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Hydrilla IPM RAMP Newsletter
January 2014

The members of the UF/IFAS Hydrilla IPM RAMP team wish you a happy new year. May 2014 bring each of you success in your work and all of us success in managing hydrilla infestations!

You can begin by taking the new Hydrilla CEU Course, which Ken Gioeli from UF/IFAS St. Lucie County Extension developed for you. Access the course from our website or directly through the UF/IFAS TAME Invasives Portal.

The last year has seen successful hydrilla control in several states. Here are a couple of examples (click on the news links to read more):

Cayuga Inlet, New York State (news link)-- The 2013 report of Cornell Cooperative Extension Tompkins County states: "The Cayuga Inlet endothall and fluridone treatments have been very successful, showing a decrease in tubers from an average of 304 tubers per square meter in 2011 down to 5 tubers per square meter." Additional treatments include benthic barriers to prevent regrowth from tubers.

Lake Austin, Texas (news link)-- Releases of sterile Asian grass carp over the past few years finally have knocked down the hydrilla infestation in Lake Austin. During a survey in October 2013, the lake was free of visible hydrilla. This success is the result of ongoing collaboration between the City of Austin, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Lower Colorado River Authority, and Friends of Lake Austin.

Success stories from Florida will come your way soon. The UF/IFAS Hydrilla IPM RAMP team is compiling a comprehensive Hydrilla IPM Guide for distribution this summer. You will learn about successful integrated hydrilla management in the City of Winter Park. Contact us with suggestions for the guide; you can find a brief questionnaire here (scroll down to "Wanted: Stakeholder Feedback!").

What else is new in Florida? If you live in our beautiful sunshine state and have not yet signed up for the upcoming Annual Southwest Florida Invasive Species Workshop, you still can choose to join us. Click here to register. The workshop takes place on January 22-23 in Fort Myers and will cover diverse topics.

As always, we acknowledge the funding provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Risk Avoidance and Mitigation Program (grant 2010-02825).

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