2015 FWC / IFAS Research and Outreach Review for Invasive Plants in Florida

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) Invasive Plant Management Section and the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants held its biannual Research and Outreach Review Meeting at the UF / IFAS Orange County Extension Office in Orlando, Florida on March 4-5, 2015. The purpose of this meeting was to exchange current scientific research and outreach information on invasive plant management in Florida. The 1.5 day research and outreach review was attended by over one hundred participants and included university and government scientists, federal, state, and local government resource managers, and outreach professionals.

Below are links to the PowerPoint talks (in PDF format) that were presented at the review, listed in chronological order.

See the meeting agenda (PDF)

March 4, 2015

Title Author(s)
A brief review of invasive plant funded research 1970-2014 Don C. Schmitz, FWC Invasive Plant Management Section
Competition and re-vegetation studies on Mexican petunia Adrienne Smith, Carrie Reinhart Adams, and Sandy Wilson, University of Florida
Abundance and distribution of crayfish in two Florida spring-fed rivers managed for hydrilla Tiffani Manteuffel, C. Ross Hinkle, and I. Jack Stout, University of Central Florida
Efficacy of aquatic herbicides on rotala (Rotala rotundifolia) Carl J. Della Torre III, Lyn A. Gettys, and William Haller, University of Florida
Propagule pressure and water competition in cogongrass James A. Estrada and S. Luke Flory, University of Florida
Evaluating new waterhyacinth and waterlettuce biological control agents in Florida Carey R. Minteer and Phil Tipping, USDA/ARS
Developing novel use patterns for newly registered herbicides on water hyacinth and water lettuce Chris Mudge and Michael Netherland, USACE
Seed biology and management of Chinese tallow Heather VanHeuveln and Greg MacDonald, University of Florida
IFAS assessment of non-native plants in Florida’s natural areas Deah Lieurance and S. Luke Flory, University of Florida
Investigating risk and management of Avian Vacuolar Myelinopathy in Florida Susan Wilde, University of Georgia, and Mike Netherland, USACE
Improving rearing and establishment success of the air potato leaf beetle by closing knowledge gaps in its biology and geographic adaptation Bill Overholt, Veronica Manrique, and Rodrigo Diaz, University of Florida, and Phil Tipping, Melissa Smith, and Ellen C. Lake, USDA/ARS
Alternative herbicides and strategies for cogongrass control in Florida’s natural areas Greg MacDonald, Brent Sellers, and Heather VanHeuveln, University of Florida
Linking research with successful aquatic plant management Jeff Schardt, FWC Invasive Plant Management Section
Exploring and testing of natural enemies of cogongrass Bill Overholt and Jim Cuda, University of Florida, B.P. Le Ru, International Center of Insect Physiology and Ecology, Nairobi, Kenya, and K. Takasu, Kyushu University, Japan
Effects of insect herbivory on herbicidal control of water hyacinth Lyn A. Gettys, University of Florida, and Phil Tipping, USDA/ARS
Florida invasive plant education initiative and curriculum Katie Walters and Karen Brown, University of Florida


March 5, 2015

Title Author(s)
Biological control of Chinese tallow in Florida Greg Wheeler, USDA/ARS
Biological control of lygodium and hydrilla: progress, process, and possibilities Matt Purcell, USDA/ARS, Brisbane, Australia
Biological control of Old World climbing fern in Florida: Quarantine host range testing and post release evaluations Melissa Smith and Greg Wheeler, USDA/ARS
Influence of sediments on the fate of granular/pelleted formulations of three commonly used aquatic herbicides (compared to the liquid formulations) Mathew Nance, Chris Wilson and Bill Haller, University of Florida
Risk assessment for biological control of downy rose myrtle in Florida Matt Purcell, USDA/ARS, Brisbane, Australia
What’s new in the APIRS online database and library Karen Brown, University of Florida
Technical support for monitoring large-scale management of hydrilla and other invasive plants Mike Netherland, USACE, and Dean Jones, University of Florida
Evaluation of grass-specific herbicides to support selective control of invasive aquatic grasses Mike Netherland, USACE
Non-native species in the Atlas of Florida Vascular Plants Website Database Alan Franck and Richard Wunderlin, University of South Florida
Economic costs of invasive plant management in Florida’s natural areas Drew Hiatt and S. Luke Flory, University of Florida
Maintenance and support of the Florida Invasive Species Partnership and Florida’s Cooperative Invasive Species Management Areas websites Chuck Bargeron, University of Georgia
Understanding abiotic and biotic interactions that may affect establishment and impact of two biological control agents of Brazilian peppertree in Florida Bill Overholt, Veronica Manrique, and Rodrigo Diaz, University of Florida
Quarantine risk assessment studies and overseas surveys for classical biological control of Brazilian pepper Greg Wheeler, USDA/ARS
Biological control of air potato in Florida using the Asian beetles F. Allen Dray, Jr., Ellen C. Lake, and Melissa Smith, USDA/ARS
Outcomes and likelihood of hybridization of Asian beetles: implications for release strategies Ellen C. Lake, USDA/ARS
Maintenance and structural upgrades of the UF-IFAS-CAIP/FWC websites Karen Brown, University of Florida
Evaluation of new herbicides for resistance management of aquatic weeds William Haller, University of Florida


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