2021 Florida Invasive Species Symposium
FISC compiles invasive species lists that are revised every two years.
Professional botanists and others perform exhaustive studies to determine
invasive exotic plants that should be placed on the lists.
In an effort to retire outdated invasive species terminology, the Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council (FLEPPC) formally changed its name to the Florida Invasive Species Council (FISC).
Researchers and extension professionals recently identified "exotic" as one of the 6 terms to avoid when communicating about invasive species (native invasive, invasive weed, alien, foreign, and nonindigenous have also been included). Misuse and misinterpretation of these terms create confusion in invasive species communication. For more information regarding invasive species terminology, please review this publication in the Journal of Extension here (Iannone et al. 2020).
Iannone III, B. V., Carnevale, S., Main, M. B., Hill, J. E., McConnell, J. B., Johnson, S. A., Enloe, S. F., Andreu, M., Bell, E. C., Cuda, J. P., & Baker, S. M. (2020). Invasive Species Terminology: Standardizing for Stakeholder Education. Journal of Extension, 58(3), 27.
The mission of the Florida Invasive Species Council is to reduce the impacts of invasive plants in Florida through the exchange of scientific, educational, and technical information.read more