The Aquatic and Invasive Plant Information Retrieval System (APIRS) includes more than 90,000 annotated citations to peer-reviewed and gray literature and reports, with aquatic, wetland and natural area invasive plants as the focus. Annotations include categories, keywords and plant names derived by the APIRS reader/cataloger as opposed to standard library cataloging or copies of abstracts. The database is used by researchers, natural resource managers, government agencies, companies, graduate students and private groups and individuals. Users may request specific searches of the database by contacting the database manager, or they may search it themselves online.
The FWC Invasive Plant Management Section is the primary sponsor of the APIRS program. Lisa Olsen manages the database and catalogs all materials placed in the database.