Friday, December 13, 2013

Fight against Everglades invaders gets boost - Sun Sentinel

Scientists are turning to moths to help control the spread of the Old World Climbing Fern that is choking out other plants in the northern part of the Everglades. Click title for link. From the article:
Australian pines, Brazilian pepper trees and melaleuca trees have long been the biggest exotic plant threats to South Florida's natural areas. Now Old World Climbing Fern is becoming a growing nuisance to the native habitat within the wildlife refuge, considered the northern remnants of the Everglades.
The climbing fern, with fronds capable of growing 100 feet long, can smother trees and bushes — choking off breeding and feeding grounds vital to wildlife survival.