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Category: Invasive Species

Newly banned beach weed threatens sea turtle nesting sites

With this year’s sea turtle nesting season nearing its conclusion in Florida, many of the protected species’ newest hatchlings have completed their first big journey from their sandy nests to the water. But a crawling plant introduced to… Read More

Coming Soon: Nature Coast Currents

Starting September 17, the UF/IFAS Nature Coast Biological Station will host several live virtual events showcasing the latest scientific research and projects happening on the Nature Coast. These events are free and open to the public  Registrants will… Read More

UF/IFAS scientists on the lookout for Nile monitors seek assistance from Boca Raton residents

BOCA RATON, Fla. – Nile monitors are predatory lizards that are an immediate threat to the Everglades ecosystems. UF/IFAS scientists are asking residents in Boca Raton to be a part of the “Backyard Canal Watch/Large Lizard Lookout” social… Read More

Simple trap effective against invasive lionfish, study shows

All photos and video courtesy of Alex Fogg. A relatively inexpensive and simply designed trap shows promise as a tool for combating the invasive lionfish, according to new research from the University of Florida published in PLOS ONE…. Read More

UPDATED: Guidance from FDACS on Suspicious Seed Packets

September 2, 2020 From Stephen Enloe, associate professor with the UF/IFAS Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants: To date, the seeds that have been identified are ordinary vegetable and flower garden species, fruit trees, and horticultural bushes and… Read More

Words to use and to avoid in describing invasive plants and animals

Most people want their yard to look good, but they likely don’t know the differences between an “invasive” plant and a “native” one, say University of Florida researchers. That’s why Basil Iannone and several of his UF/IFAS colleagues… Read More

UF/IFAS scientist discovers parasite introduced by invasive pythons is threatening Florida’s native snakes

DAVIE, FL. – In Florida, native snakes play an important role in the environment that we live and enjoy. Now that role is being threatened by invasive Burmese pythons introducing a non-native lung parasite to nearly half of… Read More

In Florida two invasive termite species are mating due to sex pheromone confusion

DAVIE, Fla. – When species exhibit unexpected mating behaviors, it begs the critical question as to why. A study published back in 2015 by UF/IFAS researchers reported unusual mating behaviors between two invasive termite species in Florida known… Read More

UF professor’s paper earns recognition from Weed Science Society of America

by Olivia Doyle GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Earlier this month, the Weed Science Society of America (WSSA) gave special recognition to a paper authored by University of Florida professor James Leary, honoring it as an Outstanding Paper in Invasive… Read More

COVID-19 and UF/IFAS Extension

UFIFAS Extension Dean Nick Place

Updated 03/16/20 As we continue to monitor COVID-19 in Florida, I wanted to take a moment to update our UF/IFAS Extension community about our current status, best practices and next steps. Please call your local UF/IFAS Extension office… Read More