There is already a wall on our southern border, apparently, made of arundo (giant cane). This NY Times feature discusses US - Mexico cooperation in tackling the giant grass. Great pictures, too.
Arundo is also a big deal in California. Locally, it is one of the target species in the Delta Regional Areawide Aquatic Weed Project.
The Aquatic Plant Management Society (APMS) is calling for papers for the 56th Annual Meeting, July 17-20, 2016, at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in Grand Rapids, MI. Both oral and poster presentations are solicited for original research on the biology or ecology of aquatic and wetland plants, control methods (biological, chemical, cultural, mechanical) for invasive, exotic or nuisance plant or alga species, and restoration projects involving wetland or aquatic plants and algae.
Student presentations are especially encouraged and prizes will be awarded!
In summer 2015, USDA-ARS and UC Davis Dept of Plant Sciences set up a water hyacinth control study with California Department of Boating & Waterways. The goal of the study was to determine the best of several different surfactants to pair with an aquatic-use formulation of glyphosate.
Aquatic weed trials are tricky compared to terrestrial trials, because the test sites are three-dimensional and they move around. In addition, water hyacinth is free-floating. In order to establish secure test plots, we built floating 1-m2 quadrats out of PVC pipe, swim noodles, and construction fencing.
On 31 July, we anchored the quadrats in open water within a sunken island in the Sacramento delta. Quadrats were...
Joe DiTomaso and I are supposed to monitor the effectiveness of a hydrilla treatment in a pond near Marysville. I usually work on rangeland, where things stay put - the plants don't float away, and the equipment doesn't sink out of sight. How are we going to do this?
- Here are some rough dimensions of the pond. It is surrounded by dense stands of willow and cattail.
- We'll set T-posts at A, A', B, B', etc. so that we have as many permanent transects as we want. It's OK to set the posts on dry land, outside of the willows and cattail.
- When we're sampling, we run this cheap polypropylene rope (it floats) between A and A'. We have nylon twine tied at every 2 meters,...
Yellowflag iris (Iris pseudacorus L.), native to Europe, is an emergent invasive of pond margins, ditches, and other wetland sites in much of the United States. It forms dense stands which displace native sedges and rushes, reducing waterfowl habitat and water flow. Yellowflag iris reproduces by seeds and through rhizome fragmentation. The rhizomes make it hard to remove mechanically. Accessing an infestation for making herbicide applications can be problematic. Because of its height and density, and because it grows in shallow water and mud, yellowflag iris is difficult to treat with hand-held booms or mounted...