Bugs used to fight exotic plants in Everglades

The Miami HeraldMay 11, 2011 

The Burmese python may be the Everglades’ most infamous invader, but a host of exotic plants like melaleuca and old world climbing fern pose far bigger ecological threats. Over the decades, they have swallowed marshes, mangrove forests and tree islands whole.

On Tuesday, federal and state agencies broke ground on a research facility in Davie that scientists hope will produce what may be the most promising weapons in Florida’s long struggle to control the spread of exotic plants.

It’s a “bug nursery.”

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