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Air Potato (Dioscorea bulbifera)

Air potato is an invasive plant species in Florida that should be removed from public and private properties to help protect the state's natural areas. It can quickly engulf native vegetation in natural areas, climbing high into mature tree canopies. It produces large numbers of bulbils (aerial tubers), which facilitate its spread and make it extremely difficult to eliminate because new plants sprout from even very small bulbils. It invades a variety of habitats including pinelands and hammocks of natural areas.

Publications

Biochar Effects on Weed Management

AG390/SS-AGR-386by Neeta Soni, Jason A. Ferrell, Pratap Devkota, and Michael J. MulvaneyJune 30th, 2021This publication provides an overview of the impact of biochar use as a soil amendment on weed management. Written by Neeta Soni, Jason A. Ferrell, Pratap Devkota, and Michael J. Mulvaney, and published by the UF/IFAS Agronomy Department, revised May 2021.

Weed Management in Fence Rows

WG210/SS-AGR-110by Brent Sellers and Jason FerrellMay 31st, 2022A UF/IFAS numbered Management.

Weeds as Reservoirs of Plant Pathogens Affecting Economically Important Crops

HS1335/HS1335 by Morgan Byron, Danielle Treadwell, and Peter DittmarFebruary 21st, 2023A UF/IFAS numbered peer reviewed Fact Sheet for Commercial audience(s). in support of UF/IFAS Extension program: Integrated Pest Management

Related IFAS Blog Posts

Weed of the Month: Crabgrass

Robert AnnisFebruary 29th, 2024A winter lawn can often look like something out of the apocalypse – large patches of what resembles scorched earth. The cause is not a rider on a pale horse, but something his horse might graze upon – crabgrass. Once considered a potential forage crop, it is now a notorious annual weed that thrives in […]

Get Sandspur BEFORE They Get You!

Barbara L. EdmondsJanuary 7th, 2024Is dolomite or lime effective in controlling sandspur? I’ve heard sandspur won’t grow if we sweeten the soil. According to UF specialist and Extension agents, attempts to kill sandspur by liming or using dolomite is not effective. Additionally, unless a soil analysis calls for it, application of lime could contribute to decline of your warm season […]

Weed of the Month: Chickweed

Robert AnnisJanuary 2nd, 2024Native to Europe,  Chickweed (Stellaria media) can be found worldwide and is a winter annual weed in Florida landscapes. It can grow throughout the year, but really thrives in the fall and spring. Established across the state, it is more common in the north and central areas of Florida. Chickweed usually grows close to the […]

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