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Why Are Aquatic Plants Managed?

Christine Krebs, Communications Manager for the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants (UF/IFAS CAIP).
February 27, 2024

Plants are important to aquatic ecosystems. However, sometimes aquatic plant management is necessary. But if plants are important, why are aquatic plants sometimes managed? Well, the key to a healthy aquatic ecosystem is a wide diversity ... READ MORE

Category: Blog Community, Invasive Species, Natural Resources, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS Extension, UF/IFAS Extension, Water
Tags: Aquatic Invasive Plants, Aquatic Plant Management, CAIP, Center For Aquatic And Invasive Plants, Invasive Species Management

Why are plants important to aquatic ecosystems?

Christine Krebs, Communications Manager for the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants (UF/IFAS CAIP).
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

Christine Krebs, Communications Manager for the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants (UF/IFAS CAIP).
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

Check It Out! Invasive Plant Management Guides

Christine Krebs, Communications Manager for the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants (UF/IFAS CAIP).
October 26, 2023

After several discussions with invasive plant management groups in Florida, it was recognized that many land managers often lack access to resources about the technical aspects of herbicides for invasive plant treatments. Therefore, a brief ... READ MORE

Category: Conservation, Forests, Invasive Species, Natural Resources, Recreation, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS Extension, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: Brazilian Peppertree, Center For Aquatic And Invasive Plants, Invasive Plant Control, Land Management, Natural Resources, Turning Science Into Solutions, Woody Species
giant salvinia in a bucket

Aquatic Hitchhikers: How long does giant salvinia survive on my boat bunk?

Christine Krebs, Communications Manager for the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants (UF/IFAS CAIP).
August 4, 2023

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. You might be wondering, “What if my boat has been out of the water for ... READ MORE

Category: Blog Community, Conservation, Invasive Species, Natural Resources, Recreation, SFYL Hot Topic, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS Extension, UF/IFAS Extension, UF/IFAS Research, Water
Tags: Boating, Center For Aquatic And Invasive Plants, Invasive Plant Research, Invasive Plants, UF/IFAS Research
Lake picture with LAKEWATCH logo

Florida LAKEWATCH: A Regional Coordinator’s Perspective

Christine Krebs, Communications Manager for the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants (UF/IFAS CAIP).
July 17, 2023

This blog post was written by Marina Schwartz, regional coordinator for Florida LAKEWATCH. Hi, I’m Marina! I’m one of the regional coordinators of the LAKEWATCH Program, and I’m here to explain what our role is and how we help ... READ MORE

Category: Blog Community, Clubs & Volunteers, Community Volunteers, Conservation, Invasive Species, Natural Resources, Recreation, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS Extension, UF/IFAS Extension, Volunteer/Training, Water
Tags: Center For Aquatic And Invasive Plants, Citizen Science, Community Volunteers, Florida LAKEWATCH, Lakes, LAKEWATCH, UF/IFAS CAIP, Volunteers
Picture of a lake with aquatic plants

Why does everyone ask about lake muck? 

Christine Krebs, Communications Manager for the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants (UF/IFAS CAIP).
July 14, 2023

Whenever you talk about aquatic plant management, regardless of where you are in the country, you always get a few of the same questions and concerns from stakeholders. One of the most common, whether you are in Florida, Connecticut, or somewhere ... READ MORE

Category: Conservation, Invasive Species, Natural Resources, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS Extension, UF/IFAS Extension, Water
Tags: Aquatic Invasive Plants, Aquatic Plant Management, Center For Aquatic And Invasive Plants, Lake Muck, Natural Resources, UF/IFAS CAIP, Water Quality

Silent Spring: A Book That Brought Change

Christine Krebs, Communications Manager for the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants (UF/IFAS CAIP).
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)

Christine Krebs, Communications Manager for the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants (UF/IFAS CAIP).
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

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