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Brazilian Peppertree Biological Control Images

This page features images and information about the Brazilian Peppertree Biological Control Program at the UF/IFAS-IRREC Norman C. Hayslip Biological Control Research and Containment Laboratory.

Norman C. Hayslip Biological Control Research and Containment Laboratory

Facility

  • Located on Pruitt Research Road in Fort Pierce
  • The laboratory features offices, and both non-quarantine and quarantine laboratories
  • Hurricane-tolerant greenhouses
  • Water treatment ensures no quarantined insects will leave the laboratory
  • Back-up generators function during power outages

Dr. Carey Minteer distributes Brazilian pepper thrips at the first public event and news conference

Dr. Carey Minteer

  • In this 2019 image, Dr. Minteer releases thrips at a park in Broward County
  • The event was a news conference involving all of the agencies who contributed to the program success

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Brazilian Peppertree

  • Containerized Brazilian peppertrees are part of the research program at the UF/IFAS-IRREC Norman C. Hayslip Biological Control Research and Containment Laboratory. 

Brazilian Peppertree


The Brazilian peppertree is Florida's most serious invasive plant - consuming more than 700,000 acres statewide.

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Brazilian Peppertree

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Dr. Carey Minteer examines a Brazilian peppertree in the laboratory

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Adult flowers on a Brazilian peppertree

Brazilian Pepper Thrips


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Adult and Immature Brazilian Pepper Thrips

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Close-up of Brazilian Pepper Thrips

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Actual Size of Brazilian Pepper Thrips

Calophya Latiforceps


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Adult Calophya Latiforceps

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Calophya Latiforceps Immatures

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Calophya Latiforceps Adults

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Calophya Latiforceps Male

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Calophya Latiforceps Female

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Damage to Brazilian Peppertree by Calophya Latiforceps

Calophya Lutea


Calophya lutea is a second insect for biological control of Brazilian peppertree.

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Calophya Lutea

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Calophya Lutea - Male

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Calophya Lutea - Female

Calophya Terebinthifolii


Calophya terebinthifolii is a third insect for control of Brazilan peppertree.

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Mature Calophya Terebinthifolii

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Immature Calophya Terebinthifolii

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Calophya Terebinthifolii

Outreach and Extension


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Local officials participated in a Brazilian pepper thrips release

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Brazilian pepper thrips are prepared inside a quarantine lab

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Brazilian pepper thrips in labeled containers