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Authors' Class Standing

Javier Gonzalez, Sophomore Jason Young, Freshman

Lead Presenter's Name

Javier Gonzalez

Faculty Mentor Name

Dr. Emily Faulconer

Abstract

The Brazilian Pepper plant, Schinus terebinthifolius, is an invasive species located across the state of Florida. The team’s goal was to physically remove and exterminate this unwanted plant from Spruce Creek Park. The procedure for physically removing this species required identification, step by step removal, and disposal of the extracted plant. This plant can grow as a multi-trunk shrub or tree up to 40 feet in height with arching and crossing branches. The removal process consists of cutting down the plant with a bow saw and trimming them enough to fit into a garbage bag and disposing of them into a waste management bin. Our group has successfully put in 12 hours of removal up to date and have cleared about a quarter of an acre located in Spruce Creek Park near 29°05'50.8"N 80°58'24.4"W. By removing an invasive species from this area, it allows for greater biodiversity by allowing more native plants to grow and receive the nutrients they need.

Did this research project receive funding support (Spark or Ignite Grants) from the Office of Undergraduate Research?

No

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Removal of the Invasive Brazilian Pepper Plant

The Brazilian Pepper plant, Schinus terebinthifolius, is an invasive species located across the state of Florida. The team’s goal was to physically remove and exterminate this unwanted plant from Spruce Creek Park. The procedure for physically removing this species required identification, step by step removal, and disposal of the extracted plant. This plant can grow as a multi-trunk shrub or tree up to 40 feet in height with arching and crossing branches. The removal process consists of cutting down the plant with a bow saw and trimming them enough to fit into a garbage bag and disposing of them into a waste management bin. Our group has successfully put in 12 hours of removal up to date and have cleared about a quarter of an acre located in Spruce Creek Park near 29°05'50.8"N 80°58'24.4"W. By removing an invasive species from this area, it allows for greater biodiversity by allowing more native plants to grow and receive the nutrients they need.

 

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