Visit this exhibit for free from September 29th, 2012 through January 2nd, 2013 at:
Florida Museum of Natural History
University of Florida Cultural Plaza
3215 Hull Road
Gainesville, FL 32611-2710
Hours: Mon-Sat 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun 1-5 p.m.
Hydrilla, a submersed invasive aquatic plant, costs nearly $20 million each year to control in Florida's canals, lakes, rivers, springs, and flood control structures.
Floridians have been challenged to keep water hyacinth under control since the late 1800s. Best management practices developed in the past 30 years, have reduced infestations of this floating aquatic plant significantly.
Water lettuce, another invasive aquatic plant, forms large floating mats on the water surface, blocking the exchange of oxygen from the air into the water. The loss of oxygen can result in low water quality and have a harmful effect on fish and wildlife.
UF researchers develop environmentally sound techniques for controlling invasive plants and protecting wetlands: