Hayslip Biological Control Research
and Containment Laboratory - BCRCL
The invasion into Florida by exotic organisms has reached unprecedented levels. Exotic plants and insects pose a threat not only to agriculture, but also to the preservation of Florida’s unique natural ecosystems. Classical biological control is often the only economically and environmentally sustainable solution to manage exotic pests once they have become firmly established. Quarantine is an important step in a classical biological control program, as the studies conducted within it ensure that exotic natural enemies brought into the state are safe to release. The University of Florida’s Biological Control Research and Containment Laboratory at Fort Pierce introduces and evaluates natural enemies of invasive insects and plants under highly secure laboratory conditions to obtain information required to make informed decisions regarding their release into Florida’s environments.