Whats Growing On: Curbing Invasive Plant Species in Florida

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) - Roughly 80-85% of non-native plant species that come into the United States come in through Florida.

Luckily for us, one professor at the University of Florida is trying to prevent these invasive species from spreading and even entering the U.S.

Deah Lieurance and her team provide risk assessments on non-native plants, whether they are already here. The risk assessments also help to alert the public of any new invasive species.

The research that Lieurance is doing at UF is helping to inform state legislators and private companies on these invasive species and with invasive plant species becoming more and more abundant in Florida and across the u.S, the biggest task is being able to prevent future spreading.

Lieurance says, “the biggest goal is prevention, so we are one of the only programs in the state of Florida that works at prevention."