- Author: Guy B Kyser
Puncturevine (Tribulus terrestris) kept a low profile during the drought years but seems to have exploded following this year's rains. (It is still ‘lying low', so to speak, but there is a lot more of it.)
Also known as goatheads or caltrop, puncturevine is a prostrate annual that produces large, hard, spiked seeds. The seeds disseminate by sticking to animals, tires, and feet, and can easily puncture bike and ATV tires. I tried to do a puncturevine study once but couldn't get the seeds to germinate; my theory now is that the seeds have to be run over by a vehicle before they'll sprout. Conveniently, the plant is commonly found along dirt roads, on roadsides, and on the edges of ag...
- Contributor: Beckeye Stanton
- Posted by: Guy B Kyser
Mark your calendars for a one-day science symposium on Invasive Species at UC Davis on August 29 co-sponsored by the Delta Interagency Invasive Species Coordination (DIISC) Team, the Delta Stewardship Council's Delta Science Program, and UC Davis.
- Author: Cheryl Reynolds
Summer is right around the corner. The mild weather we've recently experienced following a rich rainy season is the perfect combination for the luscious growth we see in lawns and landscapes.
Business picks up this time of year for the many maintenance gardeners who are hired to mow lawns, clean up landscapes, or get rid of unwanted insects, diseases, or weeds. What many people may not realize is that maintenance gardeners who apply pesticides as part of their services must be certified by the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR). Even if pesticides are not used often, such as a single herbicide application, a Qualified Applicator...
- Author: Cheryl A. Wilen
In what has been dubbed “dandelion-gate,” members of the Washington State legislature spent 20 minutes complaining about weeds on the capital's lawn “In all the years I've been here I've never seen so many dandelions all over,” Sen. Mike Padden (R) said. “Is it your policy not to treat dandelions?” The department responsible for landscaping responded that the legislature cut its budget and now it only has 15 people covering the nearly 500 acre campus.
More and more, cities and public agencies are being asked to review and revise (and in some cases develop) their pesticide use policies. Often...
- Author: Sharon Lawler
- Author: Maribel Portilla
- Posted by: Guy B Kyser
Mosquito research by Maribel Portilla and Sharon Lawler recently included an experiment on how Egeria, or Brazilian water weed, affects mosquito populations. Egeria is a submersed aquatic weed that can cause problems in channels and irrigation waterways. Mosquitoes also breed in stagnant waters, but, we asked, is this because of the weeds?
We used large cattle-watering tanks to simulate stagnant, back-water areas with and without infestations of Egeria (Figure 1). Five tanks had no weeds, five had healthy Egeria, and five had Egeria that was sprayed with the herbicide fluridone. We added zooplankton and insects colonized naturally.
Interestingly, there were fewer...