In the invasive species world, we talk of “Early Detection Rapid Response” (EDRR). These are invasive species that are currently not in our area, or are in very low numbers, but pose a potential threat. One of these is the Cuban treefrog.
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Recap of September First Friday with Florida First Detector
On September 2, 2022, we dove into an overview of invasive species Florida. An invasive species is a non-native species that causes economic or environmental harm or harm to humans. ... READ MORE
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
The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences has appointed internationally acclaimed entomologist and ecologist Matthew Thomas as director of the new Invasion Science Research Institute (ISRI).
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Introduced in the 1840s as an ornamental, the Brazilian peppertrees (Schinus terebinthifolia) are one of Florida's most widespread invaders. They are abundant throughout the south, central, and parts of northern Florida, spanning canals, coastal ... READ MORE
What is Florida First Detector?
Florida First Detector is a multiagency educational effort focused on enhancing the early detection of invasive pests that threaten agriculture, nursery industries, and natural areas. We offer in-person and virtual ... READ MORE
Join UF/IFAS Extension Faculty, Shannon Carnevale, to learn about cane toads in Florida, with a 1-hr webinar.
About this cane toad webinar
Invasive species, like cane toads, are species that (a) are nonnative to a specified ... READ MORE
Tips from the Help Desk...
by David Austin
Residential Horticulture Agent and
Master Gardener Volunteer Coordinator
Those pesky snails
Terrestrial snails are one of those garden pests you don't often see or pay much ... READ MORE
Two Florida counties were put under quarantine in recent weeks, but this has nothing to do with COVID-19.
An agricultural quarantine is intended to prevent the spread of invasive species, but the protocols are unrelated to restrictions put ... READ MORE