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Research Project: Implementing Biological Control Agents Within CERP Landscape

Location: Invasive Plant Research Laboratory

Project Number: 6032-22000-012-10-R
Project Type: Reimbursable Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Oct 1, 2015
End Date: Sep 30, 2020

Objective:
Mass rear biological control agents of invasive weeds and rapidly disperse them throughout the CERP landscape.

Approach:
Biological control agents for use against invasive plants (e.g., Melaleuca, Lygodium, Schinus, Casuarina) in the greater Everglades region will be mass reared and dispersed into 11 x 11mi grid cells within the geographic boundaries of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan. Release sites will be monitored for population persistence, insect migration, and plant damage.