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(Bay News 9)   Forget about the economy, crime, or global warming. Florida officials are worried about: Air Potatoes   (baynews9.com) divider line 85
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2014-07-12 07:50:30 PM
Air potatos are the fruit of an unpleasant invasive vine another idiot introduced to Florida, like tea trees.

Of course, us Floridians want it wiped out along with tea trees, boas and pythons, walking catfish and assorted other harmful transplants.
 
2014-07-12 08:14:50 PM
I'd be more concerned with air biscuits
 
2014-07-12 09:12:40 PM
Someone should try to convince them that planting kudzu everywhere will take care of the air potato problem.
 
2014-07-12 09:13:39 PM
That elite corps of retarded Navy pilots: The Air Potatoes.
 
2014-07-12 09:15:45 PM
Air potatoes? Sounds like they would have to be kinda little to grow on a vine like that.

i27.photobucket.com

//little potatoes
 
2014-07-12 09:19:01 PM

Hector Remarkable: That elite corps of retarded Navy pilots: The Air Potatoes.


www.metermill.com

/...and their fearless commander
 
2014-07-12 09:19:47 PM
With helpful photo of what a beetle might look like
 
2014-07-12 09:23:35 PM
I was pretty sure this was going to be something about rednecks with potato cannons.
 
2014-07-12 09:26:34 PM
From wikipedia:

The air potato is one of the most widely-consumed yam species. It can grow up to 150 feet tall.
Air potato can grow extremely quickly, roughly 8 inches per day, and eventually reach over 60 feet long. It typically climbs to the tops of trees and has a tendency to take over native plants.


www.mysanibel.com
 
2014-07-12 09:28:01 PM
So, once the beetles they are releasing destroy the air potatoes, what will they destroy that is native?
 
2014-07-12 09:29:48 PM
i242.photobucket.com
 
2014-07-12 09:31:46 PM
 
2014-07-12 09:34:17 PM

Badgers: From wikipedia:

The air potato is one of the most widely-consumed yam species. It can grow up to 150 feet tall.
Air potato can grow extremely quickly, roughly 8 inches per day, and eventually reach over 60 feet long. It typically climbs to the tops of trees and has a tendency to take over native plants.


Triffids! So with sea-level rise, problem solved?
 
2014-07-12 09:34:23 PM

Badgers: From wikipedia:

The air potato is one of the most widely-consumed yam species. It can grow up to 150 feet tall.
Air potato can grow extremely quickly, roughly 8 inches per day, and eventually reach over 60 feet long. It typically climbs to the tops of trees and has a tendency to take over native plants.

[www.mysanibel.com image 550x365]


So, it's kudzu, but with something [possibly] edible about it.

Also, since the effing article saw fit to show us a photo of the beetle, but not the plant:

www.visoflora.com

www.visoflora.com
 
2014-07-12 09:34:41 PM
Could be worse. Could be kudzu.

i73.photobucket.com
 
2014-07-12 09:34:44 PM

lordargent: Sounds like they would have to be kinda little to grow on a vine like that.

37.media.tumblr.com

 
2014-07-12 09:35:42 PM

eas81: Found this great gem:

"You don't want to put something out there that's going to create another problem," said Eric Rohrig, an entomologist with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. "They studied it in quarantine for four years. The only way you can release an exotic insect is if you can prove that it doesn't feed on any other plants."

/From last year.


And there's that. It only feeds on air potato plants in its natural habitat. There's no telling what it'll do here.

Idiots.
 
2014-07-12 09:38:20 PM
What are they going to release to eradicate the Floridians?
 
2014-07-12 09:41:45 PM

ArcadianRefugee: Badgers: From wikipedia:

The air potato is one of the most widely-consumed yam species. It can grow up to 150 feet tall.
Air potato can grow extremely quickly, roughly 8 inches per day, and eventually reach over 60 feet long. It typically climbs to the tops of trees and has a tendency to take over native plants.

[www.mysanibel.com image 550x365]

So, it's kudzu, but with something [possibly] edible about it.

Kudzu is edible.
 
2014-07-12 09:42:17 PM

Kenny B: Could be worse. Could be kudzu.

[i73.photobucket.com image 800x600]


Pff. Kuduz Jesus laughs at your example.

3.bp.blogspot.com


Looks like a bunch of damned triffids, here:

www.e-torch.org

Also:

4.bp.blogspot.com

www.delsjourney.com

upload.wikimedia.org
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2014-07-12 09:47:03 PM
Air potato is what they make you play if you're hot enough to be the leader but not good enough for air guitar.
 
2014-07-12 09:50:18 PM
 
2014-07-12 09:54:29 PM

ZAZ: Air potato is what they make you play if you're hot enough to be the leader but not good enough for air guitar.


Yes
 
2014-07-12 09:57:29 PM

ArcadianRefugee: Pff. Kuduz Jesus laughs at your example.


I'll be keeping that pic for future reference.
 
2014-07-12 09:59:40 PM
At first, I was thinking this had something to do with spudlaunchers.
 
2014-07-12 10:02:39 PM

Fubegra: At first, I was thinking this had something to do with spudlaunchers.


People shooting their spudlaunchers in lieu of rifles for 4th of July.
 
2014-07-12 10:03:35 PM
We used to have air potato wars all the time, those farkers were everywhere. And the vines grow so thick you can literally climb to the top and walk on them like a canopy. Lots of fun with air potatoes as a kid.
 
2014-07-12 10:06:15 PM
There's been a few insect eradication programs that released tons of sterilized adult makes that ensured that any wild females didn't succeed. You'd hope this program was releasing similarly sterilized adults, but if it's going to do a damn to those covered fields they might have to settle with establishing a population.
 
2014-07-12 10:10:39 PM
Pomme de terre de ciel?
 
2014-07-12 10:11:00 PM
Air potatoes?

4.bp.blogspot.com
 
2014-07-12 10:11:58 PM

ncsu_wolfpack: So, once the beetles they are releasing destroy the air potatoes, what will they destroy that is native?


It won't be a problem.  We'll release lizards to eat the beetles. Then we'll release chinese needle snakes to eat the lizards. Last we'll release gorillas to eat the snakes. And when wintertime rolls around...

um, does it freeze in florida?

uh oh.
 
2014-07-12 10:16:23 PM
The chain of eradication  simple and it always ends the same:

"...and in the winter, the Gorillas simply freeze to death."
 
2014-07-12 10:17:46 PM

Kumana Wanalaia: ncsu_wolfpack: So, once the beetles they are releasing destroy the air potatoes, what will they destroy that is native?

It won't be a problem.  We'll release lizards to eat the beetles. Then we'll release chinese needle snakes to eat the lizards. Last we'll release gorillas to eat the snakes. And when wintertime rolls around...

um, does it freeze in florida?

uh oh.


Dang it.
 
2014-07-12 10:21:20 PM

Kumana Wanalaia: ncsu_wolfpack: So, once the beetles they are releasing destroy the air potatoes, what will they destroy that is native?

It won't be a problem.  We'll release lizards to eat the beetles. Then we'll release chinese needle snakes to eat the lizards. Last we'll release gorillas to eat the snakes. And when wintertime rolls around...

um, does it freeze in florida?

uh oh.


I vote they just burn Florida to the ground.
 
2014-07-12 10:22:02 PM
Hates beetles

img.fark.net
 
2014-07-12 10:24:38 PM

C18H27NO3: I vote they just burn Florida to the ground.


Rising sea levels will take care of the problem. Then again, that means America's Wang™ will get Bobbittized.
 
2014-07-12 10:25:11 PM
It takes 4-5 months after calling the county to spray for mosquitoes, I can't wait to see how long it takes for the state to respond to an invasive species. My guess is they call a subcommunity in of state officials to get together for a few weeks to address the situation; then return with a viable option of "lets see what happens in a year". Because without overwhelming evidence that the "bugs" are doing damage to the environment they simply will just get paid and jerk off for a few months before actually doing anything like pick up the phone and call an exterminator.
 
2014-07-12 10:31:38 PM

C18H27NO3: Kumana Wanalaia: ncsu_wolfpack: So, once the beetles they are releasing destroy the air potatoes, what will they destroy that is native?

It won't be a problem.  We'll release lizards to eat the beetles. Then we'll release chinese needle snakes to eat the lizards. Last we'll release gorillas to eat the snakes. And when wintertime rolls around...

um, does it freeze in florida?

uh oh.

I vote they just burn Florida to the ground.


They tried that, too much humidity


/The 4 seasons in Florida are "hot"', "damn its hot", "son of a biatch its broiling hot", and "our AC just committed seppuku"
 
2014-07-12 10:32:57 PM

AirForceVet: Air potatos are the fruit of an unpleasant invasive vine another idiot introduced to Florida, like tea trees.

Of course, us Floridians want it wiped out along with tea trees, boas and pythons,

walking catfish and assorted other harmful transplants.

You have to be careful with those walking catfish. Remember the story about the little girl who had one as a pet? It was so cute. But, alas, while following her to school one day it tripped, while crossing a bridge, and the little fellow fell into a creek and drowned.
 
2014-07-12 10:35:00 PM
Don't worry, there won't be a Florida soon enough.(ok, not soon enough for most of us).
 
2014-07-12 10:35:30 PM
IT'S LIKE A BURMESE PYTHON AROUND YOUR VERY BODY

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(click)
 
2014-07-12 10:35:56 PM

ArcadianRefugee: eas81: Found this great gem:

"You don't want to put something out there that's going to create another problem," said Eric Rohrig, an entomologist with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. "They studied it in quarantine for four years. The only way you can release an exotic insect is if you can prove that it doesn't feed on any other plants."

/From last year.

And there's that. It only feeds on air potato plants in its natural habitat. There's no telling what it'll do here.

Idiots.


Nope. Not idiots. Biological control by natural enemies is one of the most effective ways of stopping invasive species if you can find a specific organism to eat it. Before the right moth was introduced Prickly Pear cactus was gobbling up Australia at several hectares and HOUR. Now it's at a low, stable equilibrium. There are plenty of other cases. We've come an awful long way since the Cane Toad disaster. Now the science is sound, the studies are solid and always err on the side of caution.

Let your google-fu wander through topics like Integrated Pest Management for more information
 
2014-07-12 10:38:48 PM
But Friday the County was giving it's best shot, with the help of tiny beetles, which feed only on air potatoes.

"I don't know why she swallowed the fly, I guess she'll die"
 
2014-07-12 10:39:24 PM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: I'd be more concerned with air biscuits


"Lambert's"...*The Home of the Thrown Rolls*.  Ate at one once...never got hit by a *roll* (No rubber bisquits, either) LOL
 
2014-07-12 10:40:07 PM

AirForceVet: Air potatos are the fruit of an unpleasant invasive vine another idiot introduced to Florida, like tea trees.

Of course, us Floridians want it wiped out along with tea trees, boas and pythons, walking catfish and assorted other harmful transplants.


I live in south Orlando and they cover about 100ft of fence. They have been around here for a long time. Very fast moving and very resilient. I even put one in a recycle bin about a month ago and it still has a couple green leafs left!
 
2014-07-12 10:41:35 PM

anuran: ArcadianRefugee: eas81: Found this great gem:

"You don't want to put something out there that's going to create another problem," said Eric Rohrig, an entomologist with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. "They studied it in quarantine for four years. The only way you can release an exotic insect is if you can prove that it doesn't feed on any other plants."

/From last year.

And there's that. It only feeds on air potato plants in its natural habitat. There's no telling what it'll do here.

Idiots.

Nope. Not idiots. Biological control by natural enemies is one of the most effective ways of stopping invasive species if you can find a specific organism to eat it. Before the right moth was introduced Prickly Pear cactus was gobbling up Australia at several hectares and HOUR. Now it's at a low, stable equilibrium. There are plenty of other cases. We've come an awful long way since the Cane Toad disaster. Now the science is sound, the studies are solid and always err on the side of caution.

Let your google-fu wander through topics like Integrated Pest Management for more information


How about them love bugs we have here? Or the gar?
 
2014-07-12 10:44:35 PM

rooftop235: How about them love bugs we have here? Or the gar?


Don't know about the gar but the love bugs natural enemy, the windshield, is putting quite a dent in their numbers....
 
2014-07-12 10:46:14 PM

Misconduc: It takes 4-5 months after calling the county to spray for mosquitoes, I can't wait to see how long it takes for the state to respond to an invasive species. My guess is they call a subcommunity in of state officials to get together for a few weeks to address the situation; then return with a viable option of "lets see what happens in a year". Because without overwhelming evidence that the "bugs" are doing damage to the environment they simply will just get paid and jerk off for a few months before actually doing anything like pick up the phone and call an exterminator.


Huh, we have a pond that went dry a few years ago. After tropical storm debbie we got our water back, and of course mosquitoes since there were no fish.  One phone call, 6 hours later a tanker dumps however many gambusia can be fit in a 500 gallon tank for transport.

I'm pretty stoked - water is now as high as it has ever been - 40 years that I've lived thru - and we just had it stocked with fingerling bass and bluegills.  Pond record from the 70s was 14.6lbs, I've caught a bunch between 8 and 12...
 
2014-07-12 10:51:23 PM

rooftop235: How about them love bugs we have here? Or the gar?


Or the Yankees. What will get rid of them?
 
2014-07-12 10:51:24 PM
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Caught two of these rat bastards today. This one was maybe 16 inches, but the second one was easily more than 20 inches long. It was heavy and friggin mad as hell. 
There are easily 3ft long ones in Wekiva. It's only a matter of time before some kid gets bit. They have wicked sharp teeth.
 
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