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Brazilian Peppertree

1st Annual Brazilian Peppertree Berry Busting Day – December 15th in Fort Pierce

1st Annual Brazilian Peppertree Berry Busting Day!!!

The Minteer Lab at the UF/IFAS Indian River Research and Education Center in Fort Pierce needs your help!  On December 15th from 8:30 AM – 1 PM, they need help collecting Brazilian Peppertree berries from the research field plots in Fort Pierce.  These BP berries will be used at their lab and are being collected to assess biocontrol agent impact on the plants under FDACS permit #2021-028.

Brazilian peppertree is an invasive plant found in coastal central and south Florida.  Research is being conducted by UF/IFAS on biological control of this invasive pest plant.  To learn more about biological control of Brazilian peppertree, please watch the quick video below:

If you would like to help this Brazilian peppertree biological control research project and have availability to assist in Fort Pierce on December 15th, please contact Emily Le Falchier at elefalchier@ufl.edu or 772-577-7373 or Dr. Carey Minteer at c.minteerkillian@ufl.edu by December 10th.


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