Abstract Title

Brazilian Pepper Plant Hot Spots

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Authors' Class Standing

Patrick Buttermore, Senior Srikanth Venkataraman, Freshman James Beals, Senior Alafreet Hamad, Senior Faisal Ahmed, Senior Ismail Ahli, Senior

Lead Presenter's Name

Patrick Buttermore

Faculty Mentor Name

Emily Faulconer

Abstract

The purpose of this report is to provide additional information about the Brazilian pepper plant in Spruce Creek Park through geographical data and background information on the plant. The first part of the report covers how Brazilian pepper was introduced into Florida, why it is a problem, and where we found it. Part of our project is to look back at a previous mapping of BPP in the Spruce Creek Park to see if it has spread since the last mapping. This is important to the project because it shows how fast an invasive species spreads which affects the other native plants in the community. After looking over the previous groups locations, we scouted the park. We found Brazilian Pepper in locations other than the ones marked by the previous group, which could suggest an increasing population growth. We are still collecting data before making an conclusion.

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

No

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Brazilian Pepper Plant Hot Spots

The purpose of this report is to provide additional information about the Brazilian pepper plant in Spruce Creek Park through geographical data and background information on the plant. The first part of the report covers how Brazilian pepper was introduced into Florida, why it is a problem, and where we found it. Part of our project is to look back at a previous mapping of BPP in the Spruce Creek Park to see if it has spread since the last mapping. This is important to the project because it shows how fast an invasive species spreads which affects the other native plants in the community. After looking over the previous groups locations, we scouted the park. We found Brazilian Pepper in locations other than the ones marked by the previous group, which could suggest an increasing population growth. We are still collecting data before making an conclusion.