UF/IFAS Invasive Pest Quarantine Lab Likely To Close

University of Florida/IFAS Invasive Research Facility Likely to Close

By Brad Buck, UF/IFAS Communications

Friday, June 26th, 2015

A valuable UF/IFAS program that helps save the state millions of dollars annually in controlling invasive plants and insects will likely close after a veto by Gov. Rick Scott on Monday.

An approved increase by the Legislature of $180,000 was denied, and the facility also lost all funding. The state-of-the-art lab opened in 2004 at the UF/IFAS Indian River Research and Education Center in Fort Pierce with $3.9 million in state funding. Read more.