Argentine black and white tegus are large non-native invasive lizards posing a threat to the biodiversity and natural balance of Florida’s ecosystems.
Tegus have a diverse diet including fruits, vegetables, insects, small animals ... READ MORE
This post was written by guest author Gabriela Rodriguez
With their serene waters, Florida’s freshwater bodies are vital to Florida’s natural ecosystem and all who enjoy it. However, the management of hydrilla has become a growing concern ... READ MORE
Florida Native Plant Society (FNPS) and Florida Invasive Species Council (FISC) are joining forces with Weed Wrangle and the University of Florida’s School of Forest, Fisheries, and Geomatics Sciences (SFFGS) to spotlight National Invasive ... READ MORE
A non-native lung parasite, Raillietiella orientalis, has reportedly spread across 25 counties in Florida, posing a threat to native snakes and other wildlife.
The University of Florida Invasion Science Research Institute (ISRI) has unveiled ... READ MORE
Termites cause billions of dollars a year in damages to homes, trees and other wooden structures across America.
In Florida, termite infestations are a year-round risk for properties and trees. While they are not swarming year-round, ... READ MORE
Recap of February 2024 First Friday with Florida First Detector
In this month's webinar, we talked about plant pathogens. A pathogen is any organism that causes disease. Some pathogens that can impact plants include fungi, bacteria, viruses, ... READ MORE
Walking through the forest, Japanese climbing fern (Lygodium japonicum) might catch your eye. The fronds are delicate and almost lacy in shape, winding their way along the stems of shrubs and trunks of trees. Like most vines, they rely on ... READ MORE
The invasive thrips parvispinus is a tiny, elusive insect that has spread across Florida with a growing appetite for a variety of fruit, vegetable and ornamental crops.
Since it first emerged in a Central Florida greenhouse in 2020, ... READ MORE
Recap of January 2024 First Friday with Florida First Detector
For our first webinar of 2024, we focused on mites! As a group, mites are incredibly diverse. There are mites pretty much everywhere. You can find them on plants, animals, people, ... READ MORE
Experts from academic, government and non-profit agencies gathered to evaluate potential invasive species to Florida based on the likelihood of arrival, likelihood of establishment and spread, and potential ecological, economical ... READ MORE