From the Topics in the Subtropics blog :: March 4, 2020
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So I've gotten a few calls lately about this vine with a big green pod that is growing in lemon trees. What is done with it and how do you get rid of it?
Araujia sericifera, cruel vine, moth plant, bladderflower is an escaped ornamental that has become an invasive weed in California. Yes, a pretty vine brought into the garden – “poor man's stephanotis” - and it's gotten out...
- Author: Angela Calderaro
- Author: David Bubenheim
- Posted by: Guy B Kyser
Through a partnership with National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), as a part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture – Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS) Delta Regional Areawide Aquatic Weed Project (DRAAWP), NASA has developed Floating Aquatic Vegetation (FAV) mapping tools intended for operational use by DBW. An initial tool based on the Landsat Satellite provided Division of Boating and Waterways (DBW) with map imagery from satellite data that depicted live water hyacinth and water primrose acreage of areas with 30-meter pixels at approximately 14-day intervals. The FAV Mapping Tool is being modified to utilize a new satellite, Sentinel-2, with increased spatial and spectral resolution as well as...
From the Topics in Subtropics blog
The following article is from the UC ANR Integrated Pest Management website, authored by Cheryl Wilen.
Puncturevine (Tribulus terrestris) is an aptly named summer annual found widely in California. Native...
- Author: Guy B Kyser
Saw a nice article about a gall fly soon to be released for control of Cape ivy. Our old friend Baldo from CDFA started work on this in 2001, so it's been a while coming. Cape ivy is our version of kudzu, at least along the coast.
- Author: Carl E. Bell
- Posted by: Gale Perez
Some tips on grazing for invasive plant control
Using livestock for controlling invasive plants has a lot of appeal; the animals seem like a natural, green method; they're cute; and at times they can be a very inexpensive way to do some weed control. But there are also various difficulties and issues with using livestock that should be understood before you jump into a grazing program, I've discussed some below.
Livestock have different eating preferences and needs; Cattle (photo of cattle courtesy of Jack Kelly Clark, UCANR) like grass, sheep like grass and forbs, goats like browse (foliage on stems of woody shrubs, young stems and bark, like photo), and horses like grass.