Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council

Overview: The 2009 FLEPPC symposium promises to be another blockbuster meeting with the latest information on a variety of topics related to invasive species in Florida. Here’s a preview of what you can look forward to at the Symposium:

Theme: This year’s theme is "The Weeds of Wrath," a reference to John Steinbeck's landmark novel, “The Grapes of Wrath,” which reminds us to continue our struggle to save Florida’s natural areas from pest plants, even during difficult economic times. As weed control budgets shrink and policy makers reconsider priorities, it is more imperative than ever to stay connected, cooperative, and supportive of one another. We hope to see you in Delray Beach.

Keynote Address:

Joe DiTomaso, Ph.D. Weed Specialist, University of California, Davis

This year’s keynote speaker is Dr. Joseph DiTomaso, a non-crop weed specialist at University of California, Davis and Director of the UC Weed Research and Information Center. Dr. DiTomaso is a distinguished researcher who has focused on understanding invasive plant biology and ecology in order to develop effective control strategies. He has published over 80 refereed manuscripts or book chapters, 160 additional extension papers, and has co-authored five books on Weed Science and invasive plant related topics.

Dr. DiTomaso’s keynote presentation will explore the intersection of the biofuel industry and biological invasions. The need for viable alternative energy technologies has increased interest in large-scale production of biofuel crops. Many of the characteristics of potential biofuel species—high productivity, perennial, high-density growth, drought resistance, few major pests—are also typical of invasive plants infesting Florida’s natural areas. Dr. DiTomaso will share his experiences with biofuels in California and make the case for rigorous risk assessments of candidate biofuel species.

Program - NEW

Online Registration

Field Trips


Earn CEU’s at the 2009 FLEPPC Symposium - NEW

Guidelines for Presenters - NEW


The FLEPPC conference is a great opportunity to build relationships and support exotic pest plant control by registering as an exhibitor and/or sponsor. Opportunities for sponsorship include door prizes, unique silent auction items, refreshment breaks, education/research grants.

Please contact Todd Olson at 561-845-5525 X309 or email tolson@avcaquatic.com.

Key dates

Call for Papers & Posters - open
Online Registration – opens March 1
Abstracts due – January 23
Early Registration closes – April 26
Accepted Authors notified – February 1
Preliminary Program available – February 20
Online registration closes – May 22

Hotel Information

Delray Beach Marriott (http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/pbidr-delray-beach-marriott/)
Discounted room rates available to conference attendees. Please request the FLEPPC Conference group rate or use the group code (FEPFEPA) or (FEPFEPB) when booking online.
10 North Ocean Boulevard
Delray Beach, Florida 33483 USA
Phone: 1-561-274-3200
Fax : 1-561-274-3202
Toll-free: 1-877-389-0169

Symposium Contacts

Program Chair: LeRoy Rodgers
Registration: Dianne Owen
Site Arrangements: Mike Bodle