Tame invasives portal: A solution for your life

Kenneth Gioeli

Abstract


Local, state, and federal governments in Florida spend an estimated $12,500,000 annually to manage four invasive plants: old world climbing fern (Lygodium microphyllum), tropical soda apple (Solanum viarum Dunal), Brazilian pepper-tree (Schinus terebinthifolius), and melaleuca (Melaleuca quinquenervia). Often times, these invasive plants can not be adequately managed utilizing traditional mechanical, chemical, and cultural practices. Biological control is another proven, yet under utilized, strategy that can be used to manage invasive plants. Unfortunately, there is a lack of understanding of the role of biological control as an effective tool in our efforts to control invasive plants. A web portal entitled “TAME Invasives: A Solution for Your Life” is made available by the University of Florida at http://pesticide.ifas.ufl.edu. This portal features research-based information, multimedia products and online coursework that focus on the management of these four invasive pest plants. Online courses have been developed to teach course participants how to 1) manage these invasive plants; 2) use herbicides in the most effective manner that is safe for people and the environment; and 3) understand the role of biological control as an essential Integrated Pest Management (IPM) tool for the management of these invasive plant species.

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Proc. Fla. State Hort. Soc.     ISSN 0886-7283