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Why are plants important to aquatic ecosystems?


February 21, 2024

As Floridians, we love our freshwater resources. Did you know Florida has over 1 million acres of freshwater? That's about the size of Rhode Island! Many of our fondest memories are of boating, fishing, or water skiing in freshwater systems ... READ MORE

Category: Blog Community, Conservation, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Invasive Species, Natural Resources, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS Extension, Water
Tags: Aquatic Plants, Natural Resources, Water

New Invasion Sparks Research: Giant salvinia in Jacksonville


January 23, 2024

This blog post was written by Corrina Vuillequez, Agronomy graduate student with UF/IFAS CAIP and aquatic plant control intern for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (ACE). Our recent blog post discussed preventative measures boaters can take ... READ MORE

Category: Blog Community, Conservation, Home Landscapes, Invasive Species, Natural Resources, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS Extension, UF/IFAS Extension, UF/IFAS Research, Water
Tags: Aquatic Invasive Plants, Early Detection Rapid Response, EDRR, Giant Salvinia, Invasive Plant Research

Silent Spring: A Book That Brought Change


April 26, 2023

In a recent Working in the Weeds podcast episode, Dr. Ferrell and I sat down to share our perspectives on Silent Spring by Rachel Carson. A book that brought about change to the world of science and policy forever. This influential work is the ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Blog Community, Home Landscapes, Invasive Species, Natural Resources, Pests & Disease, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS Extension, UF/IFAS Extension, UF/IFAS Teaching

All About Alligatorweed (Redux)


March 15, 2023

Alligatorweed (Alternanthera philoxeroides) is a common invasive plant that has plagued our state for well over 100 years. Native to Brazil, Paraguay, Argentina, and Uruguay, this plant was accidentally introduced to the Florida gulf coast in ... READ MORE

Category: Academics, Blog Community, Invasive Species, Natural Resources, Pests & Disease, Pests & Disease, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS Extension, UF/IFAS Extension, UF/IFAS Research, Water
Tags: Alligatorweed, Biological Control, Integrated Pest Management, Invasive Plants, Turning Science Into Solutions, UF/IFAS CAIP
A close-up photo of a water lettuce leaf

Water Lettuce: Native… Invasive… Or Does It Really Matter? (Redux)


March 1, 2023

Water lettuce (Pista stratiotes) is a widespread floating plant in Florida. This leafy plant can be observed from north to south and tends to grow and reproduce rapidly, form very dense mats, and cause numerous problems. Because of these ... READ MORE

Category: Blog Community, Conservation, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Home Management, Invasive Species, Natural Resources, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS Extension, UF/IFAS Extension, UF/IFAS Research, Water, Work & Life

Water Hyacinth: A Past Memory or a Current Problem? (Redux)


January 18, 2023

Water hyacinth is a free-floating plant that produces a showy and very attractive blue/purple flower. As they bunch together and bloom, it provides a picturesque setting for any water garden. At least, that was the thought when these plants ... READ MORE

Category: Blog Community, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Home Management, Invasive Species, Natural Resources, Recreation, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS Extension, UF/IFAS Extension, UF/IFAS Research, Water, Work & Life
A Brazilian peppertree branch

How Long Until a New Species Becomes Invasive? Let’s Talk About The Lag Phase!


May 10, 2022

In 1898, Brazilian peppertree or Christmas berry (Schinus terebinthifolia) was imported to Florida from South America and sold as an ornamental plant for yards and landscapes. Its glossy leaves and bright red berries made it a gardening hit, ... READ MORE

Category: Blog Community, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Invasive Species, Lawn, Natural Resources, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS, Work & Life
Tags: Invasive, Invasive Plant Management, Invasive Plants, Invasive Species, Invasive Species Management, Invasive Species Research, Nonnative, Nonnative Plants, Nonnative Species, UF/IFAS CAIP, Ufifascaip

Legacy Herbicides in Lake Sediment


February 23, 2022

Located in Highlands County, Florida, Lake Istokpoga is the state's fifth-largest lake (approximately 27,000 acres). Many stakeholders use this lake; from anglers and boaters to birdwatchers and hunters, including the local ecotourism industry ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Blog Community, Conservation, Home Landscapes, Invasive Species, Natural Resources, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS Extension, UF/IFAS Extension, UF/IFAS Research, Water
Tags: Aquatic Plant Management, Center For Aquatic And Invasive Plants, Environmental Education, Invasive Plants, Invasive Species, Invasive Species Management, Natural Resources, Science Communication, Turning Science Into Solutions, UF/IFAS CAIP, UF/IFAS Extension
A hand holding a cellphone with podcast app playing.

New Podcast on Aquatic and Invasive Plants


February 22, 2022

Introducing the Working in the Weeds Podcast The UF/IFAS Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants is excited to announce its new podcast: Working In The Weeds! This series will connect scientists with stakeholders to clarify and discuss issues ... READ MORE

Category: Academics, Blog Community, Clubs & Volunteers, Conservation, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Home Management, Invasive Species, Lawn, Natural Resources, Pests & Disease, Professional Development, Recreation, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS Extension, UF/IFAS Extension, UF/IFAS Research, UF/IFAS Teaching, Water, Wildlife
Tags: Aquatic Plants, Invasive Plant Control, Invasive Plants, Invasive Species, Invasive Species Management, Invasive Species Research, Podcast, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS CAIP, UF/IFAS Extension, UF/IFAS Research, Video

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