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Aquaphyte July 2021

Meet Raychel Rabon

Raychel joined the UF/IFAS Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants in June as the Center’s new communications manager. In this position, Raychel will manage communication for UF/IFAS CAIP by creating video, design, print media, and other content regarding research, events, and education conducted by the Center.

Previously, Raychel served as a marketing and communications specialist for the UF/IFAS Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering and earned her bachelor's and master's degrees from the UF/IFAS Department of Agricultural Education and Communication with a specialization in communication and leadership development.

Research Highlight

Low-level Maintenance Control of Waterhyacinth

Dr. Ben Sperry, assistant research scientist, and Dr. Jay Ferrell, UF/IFAS CAIP director, are collaborating to replicate the low-level maintenance control study conducted by Dr. Joe Joyce in 1985. This study will allow UF/IFAS CAIP researchers to scientifically recognize Dr. Joyce's findings.

CAIP researchers are currently running similar trials to observe and quantify the relationship between herbicide quantity, water quality (dissolved oxygen levels), and muck accumulation.

Plant Directory Highlights

Invasive Aquatic Plant Highlight
Native Plant Highlight

For more information visit the UF/IFAS CAIP Plant Directory.

Graduate Student Highlight

Jackson Jablonski, UF/IFAS Agronomy Graduate Student

Jackson Jablonski is an agronomy master’s student focusing on invasive plants. Cuban bullrush management is his main project with graduate supervisor Dr. Candice Prince. At the UF/IFAS Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants (CAIP), Jackson has contributed to projects related to Brazilian Peppertree, Water hyacinth, Hydrilla, and Cogon grass.

By Christine Krebs, UF/IFAS CAIP Communication Assistant

Education & Outreach

Aquatic Plant Management Summit

During April and May, UF/IFAS CAIP researchers hosted the Aquatic Plant Management Summit. For this summit, scientists covered the following topics:

  • History of aquatic plant management
  • Agency responsibilities
  • Mechanical harvesting, chemical control, and biological control
  • Preventative plant management

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Seminars

In January and February, UF/IFAS CAIP researchers facilitated a series of Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) seminars addressing the following topics and questions:

  • How do herbicides work?
  • How do herbicides get registered?
  • How are herbicides applied?
  • Understanding label statements
  • Selecting the right herbicide

*If you are interested in viewing these presentations, send a request to our online form.

SPRING BLOG HIGHLIGHTS

Impacts of Invasive Plant Management Techniques

By Olivia Doyle, UF/IFAS CAIP Communications Assistant

UF/IFAS CAIP Scientists Educate About Aquatic Invasive Plant Control

By Shelby Thomas, Former UF/IFAS CAIP Communications Manager

Aquatic Plant Management Techniques

By Olivia Doyle, UF/IFAS CAIP Communications Assistant

Aquatic Plant Management Agencies

By Olivia Doyle, UF/IFAS CAIP Communications Assistant

Necessity of Aquatic Plant Management

By Olivia Doyle, UF/IFAS CAIP Communications Assistant

Waterhyacinth: A Past Memory or a Current Problem?

By Dr. Jason Ferrell, UF/IFAS CAIP Director

Giant salvinia: A Sleeping Monster

By Dr. Jason Ferrell, UF/IFAS CAIP Director

National Invasive Species Awareness Week

By Olivia Doyle, UF/IFAS CAIP Communications Assistant

Spray Coverage vs. Spray Coverage

By Dr. Benjamin Sperry, UF/IFAS CAIP Research Assistant Scientist

Do Aquatic Herbicides Cause Sores on Fish?

By Dr. Benjamin Sperry, UF/IFAS CAIP Research Assistant Scientist

News, Events, & Jobs

Now Hiring: Education and Training Specialist (UF/IFAS Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants)

This full-time position is dedicated to enhancing the Center’s education and outreach to our audiences. Our goal is to continue to grow each communication mode and encourage positive engagement with our content on various levels.

MidSouth Aquatic Plant Management Society 40th Annual Conference

July 12-14, 2021 (Virtual July 27-29) • Riverside Hilton, New Orleans, Louisiana

UF/IFAS Aquatic Weed Short Course

August 16-19, 2021 • Orlando, Florida

Florida Aquatic Plant Management Society 45th Annual Training Conference

October 11-14, 2021 • St. Petersburg, Florida

AWARDS & RECOGNITION

Dr. Stephen Enloe - Southern Weed Science Society Outstanding Educator Award

Dr. Jason Ferrell - APMS T. Wayne Miller Distinguished Service Award

Dr. Lyn Gettys - Outstanding Weed Scientist Florida Weed Science Society

Conrad Oberweger - 2nd Place, Florida Weed Science Society Student Paper Contest

Taylor Darnell - 3rd Place, Florida Weed Science Society Student Paper Contest

Dr. Stephen Enloe receives the Southern Weed Science Society (SWSS) Outstanding Educator Award. Featured in this photo (from left to right): SWSS Board Member Kelly Backsheider, Dr. Stephen Enloe, and SWSS President James Holloway (Photo courtesy of Joseph Omielan, Southern Weed Science Society)

SPRING 2021 PUBLICATIONS

Effect of carrier volume and application method on waterhyacinth (Eichhornia crassipes) response to 2,4-D, glyphosate, and diquat, published in Invasive Plant Science and Management

Authors: Sperry, B.P., Ferrell, J.A.

Growing winter Brassica carinata as part of a diversified crop rotation for integrated weed management, published in GDB Bioenergy: Bioproducts for a Sustainable Bioeconomy

Authors: Tiwari, R., Reinhardt Piskácková, T.A., Devkota, P., Mulvaney, M.J., Ferrell, J.A., Leon, R.G.

Tolerance of pintoi peanut to PRE and POST herbicides, published in Weed Technology

Authors: Martin, L.J., Dias, J.L.C.S., Sellers, B.A., Ferrell, J.A., Leon, R.G., Vendramini, J.M.B

Using Microsoft Teams and ZOOM to Deliver Pesticide License Training and Certification, published in the Journal of Pesticide Safety Education

Authors: Bultemeier, B., Atkinson, M., Gasper, J., Ferrell, J.A.

Brazilian peppertree and mangrove species response to imazamox and carfentrazone herbicides, to be published in the Invasive Plant Science and Management journal

Authors: Enloe, S.F., Leary, J.K., Prince, C.M., Sperry, B.P., Lauer, D.K.

(Accepted to the Invasive Plant Science and Management journal)

Sprayer Cleanout Procedures: Protect Equipment and Crops, published in askIFAS

Authors: Bultemeier, B.W., Sperry, B.P.

Influence of floating plant density on aqueous spray loss, published in Pest Management Science

Authors: Mudge, C.R., Sperry, B.P.

Effect of carrier volume and spray quality on glyphosate-resistant soybean response to sublethal dicamba exposure, published in Pest Management Science

Authors: Mudge, C.R., Sperry, B.P., Getsinger, K.D.

Effect of carrier volume and application method on waterhyacinth response to 2,4-D, glyphosate, and diquat, published in published in the Invasive Plant Science and Management journal

Authors: Sperry, B.P., Ferrell, J.A.

Effect of carrier volume and adjuvant with foliar applications of triclopyr on Brazilian peppertree, published in the Journal of Aquatic Plant Management

Authors: Sperry, B.P., Enloe, S.F., Leary, J.K.

Sensitivity of non-target aquatic and terrestrial plants to metsulfuron-methyl exposure by foliar spray or irrigation, published in the Journal of Aquatic Plant Management

Authors: Prevost, W.J., Mudge, C.R., Sperry, B.P., Fontenot, K.K., Strahan, R.E.

Observations of a submersed field application of florpyrauxifen-benzyl suppressing hydrilla in a small lake in central Florida, published in the Journal of Aquatic Plant Management

Authors: Sperry, B.P., Leary, J.K., Jones, K.D., Ferrell, J.A.

Other Resources

Aquaphyte is an electronic newsletter of the University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants (UF/IFAS CAIP). The newsletter is produced for managers, researchers, agencies and other interested stakeholders. The purpose of Aquaphyte is to share research, accomplishments and other news from UF/IFAS CAIP.