Sept. 12, 2019

SFWMD Governing Board Collaborates with USDA to Identify Insects to Combat Invasive Plants
Ongoing Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan-program rears and releases biocontrols (insects) that are fighting invasive plants in Florida

SFWMD Supports New Bug to Battle Brazilian Pepper
Click on the image to watch the video: "SFWMD Supports New Bug to Battle Brazilian Pepper" about the recent release of the thrips biocontrol agent from the USDA Invasive Plant Research Laboratory.

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.  - South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) Governing Board renewed an ongoing contract with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to research, develop and rear biocontrol insects to help combat the threat posed by invasive plants to the native Everglades ecosystem. 

The groundbreaking work will be performed at the USDA Invasive Plant Research Laboratory in Davie, Florida, constructed by the U.S. Corps of Engineers in partnership with the SFWMD and USDA. This initiative is part of an integrated pest management approach to tackle invasive and harmful species and identify and rear insects to control the spread of invasive plants. Earlier this year, the lab facilitated the release of a Brazilian insect known as thrips that will help combat invasive Brazilian peppers that have invaded hundreds of thousands of acres throughout South Florida.

Biocontrols are rigorously tested to ensure they will feed on the invasive plant being targeted and not negatively impact the native ecosystem before they are released.


For more updates on SFWMD's work:
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The South Florida Water Management District  is a regional governmental agency that manages the water resources in the southern part of the state. It is the oldest and largest of the state's five water management districts. Our mission is to safeguard and restore South Florida's water resources and ecosystems, protect our communities from flooding, and meet the region's water needs while connecting with the public and stakeholders.

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