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Agricultural ‘quarantine’ explained, with two Florida counties under such orders


July 11, 2022

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

Category: Invasive Species, SFYL Hot Topic, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: Agricultural Quarantine, Giant African Land Snail, Invasive Species, Oriental Fruit Fly, Pasco County, Pinellas County, Quarantine, Whitney Elmore
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Invasive plants can threaten native species by changing seasonal animal behavior


June 15, 2022

Invasive plants don’t just outcompete native plants but can also change animal behavior in ways that disadvantage native plants as well. Invasive cogongrass is a problem in longleaf pine ecosystems. A new study found that when cogongrass ... READ MORE

Category: Conservation, Forests, Invasive Species, NATURAL RESOURCES, Wildlife
Tags: Cogongrass, Cotton Rat, Jesse Borden, Longleaf Pine, News, Wildlife Ecology And Conservation

UF scientist helps perfect tool to reduce invasive species worldwide

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May 31, 2022

A University of Florida scientist is working with a global research team to help control plants, animals and fish before they become invasive. To do this, resource managers first need protocols. In addition to preserving natural, native fishing ... READ MORE

Category: Invasive Species
Tags: Aquatic Invasives, Fisheries, Global, Invasive Plants, Invasive Species, Jeff Hill, Protocols, School Of Forest Fisheries And Geomatics Sciences, Tropical Aquaculture Laboratory
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A new study outlines the do’s and don’ts of managing invasive lionfish


May 24, 2022

Native to the Indo-Pacific, lionfish cause problems when introduced to areas outside their native range. Two invasions are underway: one in the western Atlantic, and one in the Mediterranean Sea. Now scientists are applying lessons learned ... READ MORE

Category: Coasts & Marine, Conservation, Invasive Species, NATURAL RESOURCES, Recreation, UF/IFAS Research, Water, Wildlife
Tags: Holden Harris, Lionfish, Nature Coast Biological Station

Termite season: UF/IFAS scientist answers common questions, corrects misconceptions

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March 30, 2022

Termite Awareness Week began March 13, just in time for swarming season.   Scientists at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) in Fort Lauderdale conduct year-round research on the invasive ... READ MORE

Category: Invasive Species, Pests & Disease, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS Extension, UF/IFAS Research
Tags: Asian Subterranean Termites, Entomology And Nematology, Formosan Subterranean Termites, Formosan Termites, Rudolph Scheffrahn, Termites, Thomas Chouvenc, UF IFAS Fort Lauderdale Research And Education Center, UF/IFAS Fort Lauderdale Research Education Center, Urban Entomology

Nature lovers identify hundreds of plant species at DeLuca Preserve BioBlitz

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March 8, 2022

Nearly 100 nature lovers flocked to the DeLuca Preserve to scout the property for animals and plants that live on the expanse. Visitors documented 1,600 sightings, and within those, observed 345 species. The “BioBlitz,” as it’s called, ... READ MORE

Category: Conservation, Forests, Invasive Species, NATURAL RESOURCES, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS Extension, UF/IFAS Extension, UF/IFAS Research, UF/IFAS Teaching, Wildlife
Tags: BioBlitz, DeLuca, DeLuca Preserve, INaturalist, INaturalist App

UF/IFAS, SFWMD ask residents to identify, report invasive snakes

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March 2, 2022

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla – Non-native snakes in Florida are spreading and growing in population. Some are considered invasive, threatening Florida’s environment, native wildlife, economy and public health, according to scientists at the University ... READ MORE

Category: Invasive Species, Pests & Disease, UF/IFAS
Tags: Anaconda, Burmese Python, Common Boa, CROC Docs, Fort Lauderdale Research And Education Center, Frank Mazotti, Invasive Snakes, Ivegot1.org, Melissa Miller, Native Snakes, Northern African Python, Snakes, South Florida Water Management District, UF/IFAS Fort Lauderdale Research Education Center

Termite season is coming: Local UF scientist explains what to know at free March 1 webinar

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February 24, 2022

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla -- Termite season in Florida is around the corner, and experts at UF/IFAS are ready to help. On March 1, Thomas Chouvenc, a termite expert and assistant professor at the UF/IFAS Fort Lauderdale Research and Education ... READ MORE

Category: Invasive Species, Pests & Disease, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS Extension, UF/IFAS Extension, UF/IFAS Research
Tags: Department Of Entomology And Nematology, Extension Broward Master Gardener Volunteer Program, Termites, Thomas Chouvenc, UF IFAS Extension Broward, UF/IFAS Fort Lauderdale Research Education Center, UF/IFAS Master Gardener Volunteer Program

Mosquitoes that transmit West Nile virus love to bite non-native lizards: What’s next?

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February 20, 2022

West Nile virus and St. Louis encephalitis virus circulate among wild birds via mosquitoes, occasionally spilling over to infect humans, horses and other animals.  New research finds that some of the primary vectors of West Nile and ... READ MORE

Category: Invasive Species, Pests & Disease, Pests & Disease, SFYL Hot Topic, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS Research
Tags: Culex Nigripalpus, Entomology And Nematology, Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory, Florida Mosquito COntrol Districts, Lawrence Reeves, Mosquito Research, News, St. Louis Encephalitis, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS Research, West Nile Virus
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UF study shows how climate change can worsen impact of invasive plants


February 8, 2022

A new long-term study shows how climate change and invasive plants can have synergistic effects on a native tree species. The study tested the effects of prescribed fire on long-leaf pines grown under different conditions: drought, invasive ... READ MORE

Category: Conservation, Forests, Invasive Species, NATURAL RESOURCES, UF/IFAS Research
Tags: Agronomy, Climate Change, Cogongrass, Luke Flory, News

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