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Category: Invasive Species

Plant this not that: a new guide to protect Florida

Florida’s climate makes a cozy environment for a variety of plant species. The downside is that invasive and potentially destructive species often try to call Florida home, too. A new guide developed by UF/IFAS Extension… Read More

Learn about invasive species in free virtual workshop

The next “Gardening in the Panhandle LIVE!” will discuss invasive species, live on Oct. 14 at 1 p.m. Eastern, noon Central. Recordings are posted afterward at tinyurl.com/GardeningLive. Zoom requires pre-registration, and viewers have another option… Read More

UF Study: Where brown anoles invade, native green anoles reach new heights

An anole on a branch

Green anole lizards used to be a common sight in much of the southeastern United States, but in places like Florida, people are now more likely to encounter the invasive brown anole, especially in urban… Read More

Termite study: Scientists zero in on how termites coordinate mating behavior for colony success

Termites cause $5 billion a year in damage to structures across America. They are social insects that thrive through group living in colonies.  To get a closer look at how termites coordinate their behaviors and movements enroute to successfully… Read More

UF/IFAS scientist publishes new data on insect causing lethal disease in palm trees

The vast number of palm trees that enhance the landscape of homes, businesses, parks and highways throughout Florida is steadily declining and is a cause of economic concern. The responsible insect infects palm trees with… Read More

Assessment tool shows 33 aquatic species worldwide pose ‘very high risk’ of invasion

RUSKIN, Fla. — A global risk-assessment tool shows 33 nonnative aquatic species worldwide pose a “very high risk” of becoming invasive in current and future climate conditions. “These species readily establish, spread and have severe… Read More

UF scientists discover how a native fish prevents the establishment of a globally invasive species

RUSKIN, Fla. — In the battle of mosquitofish against guppies, University of Florida scientists found that the native mosquitofish won, and that’s good for our ecosystems. Invasive species are one of the greatest threats to… Read More

Growing the ag work force, one classroom at a time

youth outreach_lecture_students_ag literacy and invasive species

Agriculture is the second largest industry in Florida with an estimated market value of over $7.46 billion according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, but uncertainty of the industry’s future labor force remains, as the… Read More

UF/IFAS Study: Does paternal health status in mosquitoes influence maternal offspring results?

VERO BEACH, Fla. – Scientists at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences are one step closer to learning the factors that ultimately lead to characteristic differences in mosquito offspring – a… Read More

UF scientists predict potential spread of disease vector mosquito new to Florida

UF/IFAS scientists predict where in Florida environmental conditions may be suitable for Aedes scapularis to spread, now that it has invaded the Florida Peninsula. Aedes scapularis can transmit yellow fever virus, Venezuelan equine encephalitis virus,… Read More