Category: Invasive Species

Graduate Student Highlight: Mackenzie Bell

By Katie Ray, UF/IFAS Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants (CAIP) Intern Originally from Palm Desert in southern California, Mackenzie Bell is a graduate research assistant at the UF/IFAS Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants. Mackenzie’s thesis surrounds improving Brazilian Peppertree… Read More

Biological Control Successes in Florida

A UF/IFAS publication is available showcasing biological control success stories in Florida.  UF/IFAS Research and Extension specialists are addressing the invasive plant and insect problem in Florida. These experts develop integrated pest management techniques that often incorporate the… Read More

Graduate Student Highlight: Jessica Solomon

By Katie Ray, UF/IFAS Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants (CAIP) Intern Jessica Solomon was born and raised a Florida native. Growing up in Miami and Clearwater, she spent most of her time exploring the outdoors after school…. Read More

Fire Ants in the Garden

As the weather cools off and people get back in their yards and gardens the red imported fire ant (Solenopsis invicta) becomes enemy number one.  The non-native, red imported fire ant (RIFA) can have large colonies with 80,000… Read More

Beyond the Air We Breathe: Supporting Ecosystem Services

Ecosystem Services Our environment provides numerous benefits that are vital to our health and economic livelihood. These environmental benefits are called ecosystem services. Ecosystem services are classified into four major categories: regulating, provisional, cultural, and supporting services. It… Read More

Five of Florida’s Spookiest Invasive Plants

By Katie Ray, UF/IFAS Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants (CAIP) Intern Happy Halloween from UF/IFAS CAIP! To celebrate the scariest day of the year, we have gathered up five of the spookiest invasive plants haunting around the… Read More

Brazilian Peppertree Biological Control Extension Needs Assessment

Please take 8-10 minutes to complete the UF/IFAS Brazilian peppertree biological control extension needs assessment linked below.  Brazilian peppertree is an exotic invasive tree that outcompetes native vegetation and disrupts natural processes. Because of the negative impacts to… Read More

Spooky Insect Facts Unveil How Cannibalism Is All About Recycling

By Thomas Chouvenc, PhD, Assistant Professor of Entomology DAVIE, FL- Insects can be a great source of material for spookiness during this Halloween time of the year. In addition to your usual spider or creepy-crawler, there are many… Read More

‘Lost in the Weeds?’ Guide Sifts Through the Differences Among Non-Native Plant Lists

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — With subtropical to tropical climates, the entire state of Florida is a biodiverse haven where many native and non-native plant species thrive. But over the years, many non-native invasive varieties have been introduced throughout the… Read More