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
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
Hydrilla, love it or hate it…you must respect it.
At the most basic level, all plants use sunlight to turn nutrients and carbon dioxide into growth. The simple fact is this: some plants grow faster because they are just better at doing ... READ MORE
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
Aquatic Plants and How They Spread
Two things are a given in Florida: hot, humid weather and lots of boat traffic. Have you ever looked over the side of a boat and seen a thick, dark green mat of plant material underwater the water or touching ... READ MORE
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
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
While you may find some of these creatures spooky, biological control agents are not so scary after all. Biological control agents include insects, fish, or pathogens that target a specific invasive plant and increase the competitive advantage ... READ MORE
COVID-19 has impacted daily life in fundamental ways creating stress, uncertainty and challenging situations for everyone. The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants (UF/IFAS ... READ MORE
In 1979, Dan Thayer wrote a letter to Dr. William Haller that would impact the course of his entire family’s future and career paths. The letter asked if Dr. Haller would be willing to take him on as a master’s graduate student upon his ... READ MORE