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UF scientists find good places to grow long-spined sea urchins, a starting point to restore ‘the lawn mowers of the reefs’

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September 12, 2023

Scientists call long-spined sea urchins “the lawn mowers of the reefs” because they eat algae that could otherwise smother reef ecosystems and kill corals. That’s why researchers affiliated with the University of Florida Tropical Aquaculture ... READ MORE

Category: UF/IFAS
Tags: Aaron Pilnick, Caribbean, Coral Reefs, Florida Aquarium Conservation Campus, Florida Keys, Florida Sea Grant, Josh Patterson, Juvenile, Larva, Long-spined Sea Urchins, School Of Forest Fisheries And Geomatics Sciences, Sea Urchins, Settlement, Substrate, Tropical Aquaculture Laboratory

Study: Sea level rise shifts habitat for endangered Keys species

August 1, 2023

A newly published study in the journal Biodiversity and Conservation describes the response to sea level rise by an endangered species only found in the Florida Keys. The silver rice rat moved to higher elevations at a greater ... READ MORE

Category: Coasts & Marine, Conservation, UF/IFAS Research, Water, Wildlife
Tags: Department Of Wildlife Ecology And Conservation, Endangered Species, Endemic Species, Florida Keys, Rats, Robert McCleery, UF/IFAS Wildlife Ecology And Conservation

Pass the Torch – Plant Torchwood

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December 19, 2022

Torchwood is a very unique and under-utilized native tree that occurs mostly in South Florida and the Florida Keys. It also occurs in Mexico and the Caribbean.  It can also grow on the East Coast of Florida to 9B, around St. Augustine. Torchwood ... READ MORE

Category: Conservation, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Horticulture, UF/IFAS Extension, Work & Life
Tags: Amyris Elemifera, FANN, Florida Association Of Native Nurseries, Florida Keys, Fragrant Trees, Giant Swallowtail, Newsletter, Newsletter2, Schaus Swallowtail, Small Trees, Torchwood, Underutilized Tree

Proposed Rule to list Queen Conch as Threatened Under the Endangered Species Act

November 22, 2022

Queen Conch (current scientific name Alger gigas, formerly Strombus gigas) is such an iconic animal in the Florida Keys that local born residents are called “conchs,” especially those living near Key West, Florida.  Most locals have ... READ MORE

Category: Conservation, Natural Resources, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: Endangered Species Act, Florida Keys, Florida Sea Grant, Queen Conch
Mexican petunia with gall mites

What is This? Gall Mites!

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August 30, 2022

Visiting different properties around the Keys, I’ve noticed an increased number of Mexican petunia plants, Ruellia simplex, covered in white patches. These aren’t mealybugs or whiteflies, it is caused by gall mites and it's the plants ... READ MORE

Category: , Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Natural Resources, Pests & Disease
Tags: Florida Keys, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Gall Mites, Invasive Species, IPM Florida, Native Plants, Ruellia
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New Fertilizer Ordinance for Monroe County

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August 11, 2021

Monroe County Board of County Commissioners recently passed a fertilizer ordinance with the intent of limiting nutrient applications to turf and landscape plants. Nutrients such as phosphorus and nitrogen, have the potential to contribute to ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Natural Resources, Work & Life
Tags: Fertilizer, Florida Keys, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Sustainability, Sustainable Landscaping
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The Ways Insects Benefit Our Yards

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June 4, 2021

When we think about insects in our yards and gardens, our first thought is probably not about all the many good things they do. But make no mistake, there are far more good bugs than bad bugs which benefit our yards in numerous ways; just ... READ MORE

Category: , Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Natural Resources, Pests & Disease
Tags: Agriculture, Beneficial Insects, Biodiversity, Diversity, Florida, Florida Keys, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Insect Diversity, Insects, IPM Florida, Native Plants

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