In this Issue:
  • The Air Potato Challenge
  • NISAW 2018: Invasive Bamboo
  • NISAW 2018: It’s Growing So Well It Must Be A Good Plant
  • NISAW 2018: Chemical Control for Invasive Plants
  • NISAW 2018: Well Behaved Cultivars That Help With Invasive Issues
  • NISAW 2018: Where are we on the Management of Lionfish?
  • NISAW 2018: Successful Feral Hog Management
  • NISAW 2018: Channeled Apple Snails (Pomacea canaliculata)
  • NISAW 2018: A lovely but troublesome tree, Mimosa (Albizia julibrissin)
  • Tree Privet (Ligustrum lucidum)
  • Invasives

    The Air Potato Challenge

    By L. Scott Jackson and Julie B. McConnell, UF/IFAS Extension Bay County Northwest Florida’s pristine natural world is being threaten by a group of non-native plants and animals known collectively as invasive species. Exotic invasive species originate from other continents and have adverse impacts on our native habitats and species. Many of these problem non-natives …

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    NISAW 2018: Invasive Bamboo

    Standing in the midst of a stand of bamboo, it’s easy to feel dwarfed. Smooth and sturdy, the hollow, sectioned woody shoots of this fascinating plant can tower as tall as 70 feet. Unfortunately, bamboo is a real threat to natural ecosystems, moving quickly through wooded areas, wetlands, and neighborhoods, taking out native species as …

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    NISAW 2018: It’s Growing So Well It Must Be A Good Plant

    You know that plant in the corner of the yard that seems to be taking over?  It’s the one that your friend “passed along” because they had plenty of them and wanted to share.  After all, it grows so well.  How can you go wrong? The odds are that vigorous plant is a non-native species.  …

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    NISAW 2018: Chemical Control for Invasive Plants

    Chemical (Herbicide) treatments, while not the only option, are often required for effective control of woody invasive species. When treating woody invasive species there are three common, relatively simple techniques for applying herbicide; Foliar, Basal, and Cut Stump. Foliar Applications – spray solution is applied directly to leaves. For these applications to be effective leaves …

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    NISAW 2018: Well Behaved Cultivars That Help With Invasive Issues

    An invasive plant is defined as a plant that is non-native to the ecosystem under consideration and whose introduction causes or is likely to cause economic or environmental harm or harm to human health (National Invasive Species Council, 2001). Research supports the fact that invasive plants damage natural areas, but there is great debate over …

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    NISAW 2018: Where are we on the Management of Lionfish?

    Since the first lionfish was spotted off Pensacola in 2010, panhandle organizations have been busy trying to control the spread of this invasive species. The story is well known to many… the lionfish is a voracious predator, consuming at least 70 different species of small reef fish, including vermillion snapper.  They reproduce frequently, producing an …

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    NISAW 2018: Successful Feral Hog Management

    Despite efforts by public and private land managers, feral hog populations continue to rise in many areas in Florida. Feral hogs damage crop fields, lawns, wetlands, and forests.  They can negatively impact native species of plants and animals.  Their rooting leads to erosion and decreased water quality. There are several options for controlling feral hogs. …

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    NISAW 2018: Channeled Apple Snails (Pomacea canaliculata)

    When you think of snails, you probably aren’t thinking about scary monsters that have been unleashed to terrorize us all. I’m here to warn you that you should. The channeled apple snail (Pomacea canaliculata) is a known agricultural pest that competes with native snail species. In our area (panhandle Florida, Hurlburt Field to be exact) …

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    NISAW 2018: A lovely but troublesome tree, Mimosa (Albizia julibrissin)

    All along the roadsides and in home landscapes in summer, a profusion of fluffy pink blossoms are adorning trees known as mimosa, or Albizia julibrissin. This native of China was introduced to home landscapes in this country in the 1700’s to enjoy the fragrant, showy flowers and fine, lacy foliage. However, there is a dark …

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    Tree Privet (Ligustrum lucidum)

    Keep your eyes open for this Category 1 FLEPPC invader. When the Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council deems a plant a Category 1, it means that the plant is capable of altering native ecosystems by displacing native species. Other common names for this Ligustrum include glossy privet and wax-leaf ligustrum, which are fitting descriptions of …

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