Dr. James P. Cuda
The UF/IFAS Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants (CAIPS) is a multidisciplinary research, teaching, and extension unit that develops environmentally sound techniques for the management of aquatic and natural area weeds and coordinates aquatic plant research/extension activities within the State of Florida. Established in 1978 by the Florida legislature, CAIPS utilizes expertise from many departments within UF/IFAS and its Agricultural Research and Education Centers throughout Florida. The mission of CAIPS is to inform and educate all stakeholders about the impacts and management of invasive plants. Specifically, provide leadership in delivering basic concepts and practical training in Integrated Weed Management (IPM) emphasizing biological control to county extension faculty, and public/private natural resource managers. Specific elements include developing in-service training programs on invasive plant management and natural resources, and preparing electronic (PowerPoint, EDIS) and traditional training guides for use by county faculty, Master Naturalists, and public/private land managers.