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The UF/IFAS Invasive Species Council is a growing statewide network of UF/IFAS Extension specialists and agents who are working together to address problems caused by invasive organisms of all types more strategically and effectively.


The UF IFAS Invasive Species Council provides the leadership to build the capacity of all stakeholders to proactively address the management and prevention of invasive species through partnerships and science-based teaching and extension programs.


Florida’s environment, economy, and the quality of life of all Floridians and our visitors are secure from the impacts of invasive species.

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Florida Land Steward Update, April 12, 2024

PUTNAL TREE FARM TOUR APRIL 5: THANKS FOR JOINING US! Our tour last week at the Putnal family’s Tree Farm was a success. Thanks everyone who joined us and made the event possible. Congratulations once again to Terry Putnal, his father Howard in memoriam, and the whole family for their recognition as the 2023 Jon Gould Florida Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year. Congrats also to Barry Jackson, 2023 Glen Harris Outstanding Tree Farm Inspector Read More


April 2024 First Friday with Florida First Detector

Recap of April 2024 First Friday with Florida First Detector In April, we took a closer look at the pest group thrips (Order: Thysanoptera). While there are over 7,000 species of thrips around the world, only a handful of them are pests on plants. Most thrips feed on fungi or decaying matter like leaf litter. Thrips can be distinguished from other insects by their fringed wings. They have unique rasping mouthparts which lead to damage like leaf Read More

For questions or comments regarding this site and the UF IFAS Invasive Species Council, contact Emily Bell, UF/IFAS Invasive Species Extension Coordinator.