Research Program

About the Section's Research Program

Invasive plants degrade and diminish Florida's conservation lands and waterways.  Some invasive aquatic plants pose a significant threat to human welfare by impeding flood control and affecting recreational use of waterways and its associated surrounding economy.  The Invasive Plant Management Section funds scientific research projects at Florida's universities to improve the state's invasive plant management programs by finding more cost-efficient control techniques and also insuring these control methods are effective, safe, and environmentally compatible.  In addition, invasive plants can develop resistant to herbicides over time and new herbicides and/or herbicide combinations must be found through research in order to maintain good control.  Long term management solutions, like biological control research, can offer a permanent solution and can lower the need for herbicide use.

Areas of particular current section interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Improved practices for chemical control of Colocasia esculenta, Dioscorea bulbifera, Eichhornia crassipes, Pistia stratiotes, Hymenachne amplexicaulis, Lygodium microphyllum,L. japonicum, Nymphoides cristata, Luziola spruceana, Ruellia brittoniana, and especially for controlling Hydrilla verticillata infestations in large lake systems
  • Ecological relationships between wildlife and the amount of vegetation control
  • Research on the causes, impacts, and control of blue-green algae populations of Lyngbya and Cylindorspermopsis
  • Research on the potential invasiveness of non-native bioenergy production plant species candidates in Florida (Arundo donax, Pennisetum purpureum, etc.).
  • Susceptibility of native vegetation to increased concentrations of fluridone
  • Global climate shift and invasive plants
  • Impacts of epiphytic algae within the Order Stigonematales on apple snails and the birds that consume them - an AVM-related issue, and Order Stigonematales population range studies in Florida

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