Natural resource management has been my area of expertise at the UF/IFAS Extension St Lucie County. Invasive plant management has been a persistent issue needing my attention. Fortunately for Floridians, UF/IFAS research and extension faculty are working with federal, state and local partners on solutions. The use of biological control agents in our invasive plant management plans are an innovative way to improve management of pest plants. Their use can lead to improved safety, management, water quality and reduced dependency on synthetic herbicides and costs.
Here are some of the biological control agents I’ve worked with at the UF/IFAS Extension St. Lucie County.
Oxyops vitiosa – melaleuca weevil – Learn More
Gratiana boliviana – Tropical soda apple beetle – Learn More
Lilioceris cheni – Air potato leaf beetle – Learn More
Pseudophilothrips ichini – Brazilian peppertree thrips – Learn More