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For Immediate Release:
March 11, 2013
Media Contact:
Henry Mayer
hmayer@ufl.edu
305-248-3311

Extension to host Giant African Land Snail Workshop


(MIAMI, March 11, 2013) - The Miami-Dade Cooperative Extension Division is hosting a FREE workshop on Friday, March 15 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at the Miami Science Museum, located at 3280 South Miami Avenue. 
 
The objective of the workshop is to educate the public on properly identifying and controlling the Giant African Land Snail (GALS) pest. The total number of snails collected in the 20 cores has exceeded 98,860 since September 8, 2011.

Scientists consider GALS to be one of the most damaging snails in the world, known to consume at least 500 different types of plants and posing a serious health risk to humans. 

In addition, GALS could be devastating to Florida’s agriculture and natural areas and can cause extensive damage to tropical and subtropical environments.

During the workshop, experts will address the following: General GALS management in the landscape, general characteristics and identification, and the current status of GALS in Miami-Dade County. For more information call 305-248-3311 ext. 225.