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Category: Invasive Species

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

UF researchers to use AI to predict how hurricanes spread invasive plants

Scientists project hurricane intensity and frequency will increase with climate change. That leads researchers to want to better predict how storms will disperse and establish nonnative plant invaders. Knowing where invasive plants spread will always… Read More

University of Florida graduate students to host three free electronic field trips

By Jarred Shellhouse Agricultural education and communication graduate students in the UF/IFAS College of Agricultural and Life Sciences are hosting a free electronic field trip series for middle and high school students in Florida and… Read More

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… 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… 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… 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… 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… Read More