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Category: Water

Hurricanes: Friend or Foe to Invasive Plants?

By: Dr. Candice Prince, Assistant Professor Flooded homes, torn off roofs, and downed powerlines – these are usually the first images that spring to mind when talking about hurricanes. While it is true hurricanes can be a major… Read More

Integrated Management Approach Increases Water Flow

By: Dr. Benjamin Sperry, UF/IFAS CAIP Research Assistant Scientist The Issue: The outlet river connecting Lake Panasoffkee and the Withlacoochee River was infested with hydrilla earlier this year. The infestation resulted in significantly reduced water flow from the… Read More

Potential Impacts of Invasive Plants

Contributor: Lara Colley, UF/IFAS CAIP Education Coordinator Approximately 130 invasive plant species currently impact the state of Florida, often escaping from yard environments. An invasive species is one not native to a specific location and has a tendency… Read More

UF/IFAS Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants

Originally formed as the Center for Aquatic Weeds, the UF/IFAS Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants (CAIP) is a multidisciplinary research, teaching and extension unit established in 1978 by the Florida legislature. CAIP uses expertise from many departments… Read More

UF Researchers Find a Strong Correlation Between Liver Cancer and Cyanobacterial Toxins

When researchers in the UF Center for Emerging Pathogens analyzed U.S. public health data from 1999-2010, they determined that contamination from cyanobacterial blooms is a potential risk factor for non-alcoholic liver disease. They superimposed satellite maps of U.S…. Read More

UF/IFAS and Florida Sea Grant Researchers Test Water Quality Following Harmful Algal Blooms Using Wild Sponges

UF/IFAS and Florida Sea Grant researchers have tracked over a 15-20 year period how wild sponge populations in Florida Bay recover from harmful algal blooms. Healthy sponge populations in the Florida Keys maintain good water quality and flourishing… Read More

New Tools and Approaches to Better Manage Nutrient Impact

Growing Algae to Remove Excess Nutrients With all of the press regarding harmful algal blooms, it is sometimes easy to forget that most algae are good – in fact crucial for the health of our aquatic food webs…. Read More

Florida Climate-Smart Agriculture Initiative Announced

Florida’s farms, ranch and forest industries are taking a lead and calling for deeper exploration of farmers, ranchers, and forest land owners as suppliers of environmental protection as well as of food and fiber. The Florida Climate-Smart Agriculture… Read More

The Causes of Harmful Algal Blooms: What We Know

Florida’s Big Questions As Floridians look for solutions to the state’s growing harmful algal bloom problem, a few major questions regarding the causes of these blooms can arise: What are the current sources, fate and transport of nutrients… Read More