University of Florida will close facility in Fort Pierce after funding cuts

The University of Florida says state recent funding cuts will force the school to close a facility in Fort Pierce that works at controlling invasive plants and insects. 

The Indian River Research and Education Center will shut down after Gov. Rick Scott vetoed its funding last week.

The center is a highly-secure lab and quarantine facility where scientists conduct research on biological controls for invasive species.

Twelve positions will also be eliminated, said Jack Payne, a UF senior vice president for agricultural and natural resources.

Invasive species cost Florida about $100 million a year, according to Payne.

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