Tag: invasive

Florida Chapter of ISA Infuses UF/IFAS Arboriculture Research with $320K in Grants

DAVIE, Fla. — A lethal plant hopper species is slowly killing our Florida landscape of palm trees. Meanwhile, there are wood-decaying fungi causing several urban tree species to develop root and trunk rot affecting their stability. While scientists… Read More

UF researcher: Controlled fires don’t eliminate invasive tree

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Researchers have, in the past, reintroduced fire to restore a forest without considering its effect on exotic species that have become invasive. But a recent study by a University of Florida researcher shows that fire… Read More

UF/IFAS shares in $2.45 million to research tickborne disease risk

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — To protect personnel on Southeastern military installations from tickborne diseases, a federal program has awarded a five-year, $2.45 million grant to a team of researchers with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural… Read More

UF/IFAS researchers find potential bugs to eat invasive cogongrass

Please see caption below story. GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A few bugs may be able to chew up some cogongrass, a noxious weed that elbows out pasture grass, golf course greens and valuable ecosystems, a University of Florida Institute… Read More

UF/IFAS researchers start to pinpoint biological control for Brazilian peppertree

  GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A South American insect could help control the invasive Brazilian peppertree in places where it supplants critical habitat for many organisms, according to University of Florida and U.S. Department of Agriculture scientists. Brazilian peppertree… Read More

Local residents can give up exotic animals at UF pet amnesty event April 16

Cutline at bottom. Click here for high-res image. GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Exotic pets can be fun, but if animals become too big, too costly or too difficult to manage, the enjoyment may disappear and owners may start looking… Read More

UF/IFAS study shows invasive leaf beetle could threaten cole crops in cold climates

Cutline at bottom. Click here for high-res image. GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Gulf Coast farmers know that the invasive yellowmargined leaf beetle loves cooler temperatures, devouring leaves on turnips and other cole crops in fall and winter; now, a… Read More