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The Aquatic Plant Control Research Program is the Nation’s only federally-authorized research program directed to develop technology for the management of non-indigenous aquatic plant species. The program provides effective, economical, and environmentally compatible methods for assessing and managing problem aquatic plants. Aquatic Plant Control Research Program publications include technology transfer, including information bulletins, peer reviewed journal articles, conference publications, research briefs, conference publications, technical reports, and technical notes.

The Invasive Species Information System provides information on more than 260 invasive species, including plants, reptiles, amphibians, mammals, birds, fish and invertebrates. In addition, there are sections on the ecology, biology, taxonomy, identification and management techniques for particular invasive species .

Upcoming Meetings, Conferences and Courses

Note: We cannot guarantee the accuracy of the information presented below. This information was gathered from various sources.

  • July 10 - July 14, 2017. 2017 Island Invasives Conference - Scaling Up to Meet the Challenge, University of Dundee, Dundee Scotland
  • July 16 - July 19, 2017. 57th Annual Aquatic Plant Management Society Conference, Hilton Daytona Beach Ocean Walk Village, Daytona Beach, FL

  • July 26 - July 27, 2017. Everglades Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area Summit, Tree Tops Park, Davie, FL

  • August 6 – August 10, 2017. 102nd Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting, Oregon Convention Center, Portland, OR

  • September 4 – September 8, 2017. EMAPI 2017 - 14th International Conference on Ecology and Management of Alien Plant Invasions: Syntheses, challenges and new opportunities, Lisbon, Portugal

  • September 19 - September 22, 2017. 26th Asian-Pacific Weed Science Society Conference: Weed Science for People, Agriculture and Nature, Kyoto Research Park, Kyoto, Japan

  • October 10 - October 12, 2017. 44th Annual Natural Areas Conference - Working Beyond Boundaries: Collaboration as a Key to Natural Areas Management, Hilton Fort Collins, Fort Collins, CO

  • October 16 - October 19, 2017. 41st Annual Florida Aquatic Plant Management Society Conference, Buena Vista Palace, Orlando, FL

  • October 22 - October 26, 2017. 20th International Conference on Aquatic Invasive Species (ICAIS): Global Action Against Aquatic Invasive Species, Marriott Coral Springs, Fort Lauderdale, FL

 For additional conference information please visit the National Invasive Species Information Center.

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  Aquatic Ecosystem Restoration Foundation (AERF) – a nonprofit, tax-exempt corporation created to conduct and support applied research in the management of aquatic pest species, with a focus on nuisance vegetation

  Weed Science Society of America – promotes research, education, and extension outreach activities related to weeds

  Aquatic Plant Management Society – an international organization interested in the integrated management and study of vegetation in aquatic systems

  Florida Aquatic Plant Management Society – aquatic weed control and wetland management

  Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council (FLEPPC) – a forum for the exchange of scientific, educational, and technical information to support the management of invasive exotic plants in Florida’s natural areas

  Florida Lake Management Society – promotes protection, enhancement, conservation, restoration, and management of Florida’s aquatic resources

  Colorado Weed Management Association – provides education, regulatory direction, professional improvement, and environmental awareness of invasive exotic vegetation in Colorado and surrounding states

  Global Invasive Species Information Network – global collaborative strategy and mechanism for addressing invasive species issues

  U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC), Aquatic Plant Control Research Program and Aquatic Plant Information System (APIS) – one integrated package for access to pertinent and up-to-date information for aquatic plant managers to successfully control aquatic plant infestations; this information includes ecology, biology, systematics, identification, and environmentally compatible management techniques

  National Plant Board – a non-profit organization of the plant pest regulatory agencies acting as a clearinghouse on plant pest prevention and plant pest regulatory issues

  Aquatic Nuisance Species (ANS) Task Force – an intergovernmental organization dedicated to preventing and controlling aquatic nuisance species, and implementing the Non indigenous Aquatic Nuisance Prevention and Control Act of 1990

  Non indigenous Aquatic Species (NAS) – an information resource for the United States Geological Survey serving as a repository for accurate and spatially referenced biogeographic accounts of non indigenous aquatic species

  USDA APHIS Noxious Weeds Home Page – protecting the health and value of American agriculture and natural resources from invasive species

  National Biological Information Infrastructure – a broad collaborative program providing increased access to data and information on the nation’s biological resources, including current biological issues, such as, invasive species

  Texas Water Resource Institute – providing leadership to stimulate priority research and Cooperative Extension educational programs in water resources throughout Texas

  South Carolina DNR Aquatic Nuisance Species Program – preventing, identifying, investigating, managing, and monitoring aquatic plant problems in South Carolina’s public waters

  Aquatic Nuisance Species in Vermont – information regarding aquatic nuisance species and the Vermont Aquatic Nuisance Control Program

  Washington State’s Invasive Freshwater Plants – the problem of invasive aquatic plants in Washington, categories of invasiveness, and general and technical information regarding specific invasive plants

 Wisconsin’s Aquatic Plant Management and Protection Program – Department of Natural Resources protection and management of Wisconsin’s aquatic resources includes aquatic invasive species

  North Carolina Aquatic Weed Control Program

  Florida Aquatic Plant Management Society – aquatic weed control and wetland management; provides opportunity to acquire Continuing Education Units for pesticide applicators

  Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission - Invasive Plant Management – invasive plant management in Florida

Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission - Non-native Species – invasive animals in Florida

  University of Florida, Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants and the Aquatic, Wetland, and the Invasive Plant Information Retrieval System (APIRS)

  University of Florida, Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants “links” page

  Florida LAKEWATCH – the Statewide Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring Program that facilitates “hands-on” citizen participation in the management of Florida lakes through monthly monitoring activities

  Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council (FLEPPC) – a forum for the exchange of scientific, educational, and technical information to support the management of invasive exotic plants in Florida’s natural areas

  Florida Lake Management Society – promotes protection, enhancement, conservation, restoration, and management of Florida’s aquatic resources

 Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Bureau of Compliance Monitoring – State of Florida pesticide applicator license requirements, exams, exam scores, renewal procedures, CEU class search, earned CEU search

 UF/IFAS Aquatic Weed Control Short Course – Pesticide applicator CEUs for aquatics, ROW, CORE, aerial, ornamental and turf; approved for Florida, Georgia, NC, SC, and Tennessee; specialized training sessions in general standards (CORE), equipment calibration, plant identification, aquatic pest control category and natural areas weed management

 Florida Aquatic Plant Management Society – attendance at annual training conference provides opportunity to acquire Continuing Education Units for pesticide applicators

  The Greenbook – pesticide product labels, supplemental labels, MSDSs

  Extoxnet – Pesticide Information Profiles (PIPs)

  Pesticide Management Education Program (PMEP) at Cornell University – safe use of pesticides for applicators, consumers, and the environment and pesticide information/education center

  PAN Pesticides Database – current toxicity and regulatory information for pesticides

  Crop Data Management Systems – labels and MSDSs

 How to Convert Liquid Measurements

  Online Conversion – convert just about anything to anything; over 5,000 units, and 50,000 conversions

Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services – promotes safe pesticide use and compliance with state and federal pesticide laws and regulations in the State of Florida