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WSSA Scientists Stress the Importance of Early Response to Invasive Weeds

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Over the past decade, dozens of “early detection, rapid response” initiatives have been launched by states to keep invasive species from devastating natural habitats and damaging our economy. Many of these programs use mobile apps and online databases to revolutionize … more »

WSSA Pesticide Stewardship Series 07- Always Be Diligent Concerning Personal Protective Equipment

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This month pesticide safety educators, health professionals and other experts from around the U.S. will explore how to motivate pesticide handlers to use best practices concerning personal protective equipment (PPE). The discussion is part of a Pesticide PPE Seminar Series … more »

National Invasive Species Awareness Week to Focus on Prevention and Management Strategies

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The Weed Science Society of America (WSSA) is among a broad coalition of public and private stakeholders gathering in our nation’s capital March 3-8 for National Invasive Species Awareness Week. The agenda will focus on how to best prevent and … more »

Weed Science Society of America Announces 2013 Winners in Annual Awards Program

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This week the Weed Science Society of America (WSSA) honored nearly two dozen individuals for their outstanding contributions to the field of weed science. The awards were presented during the organization’s annual meeting, held this year in Baltimore, Md. “These … more »

WSSA Pesticide Stewardship Series 06- Certification Programs Fulfill an Essential Need for Competent Pesticide Applicators

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Recently, an employee of an aerial application company was penalized for applying an agricultural pesticide without following all label directions and without the required applicator certification. In a separate case, a forest service company making an urban application was also … more »

WSSA and Northeastern Weed Science Society Plan Joint Annual Meeting

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Scheduled for February 4-7 in Baltimore, Maryland Next month weed scientists, students, educators and professionals from around the world will gather in Baltimore for a joint annual meeting of the Weed Science Society of America (WSSA) and the Northeastern Weed … more »

Scientists Recommend Banishing Dangerous Aquatic Weed from Water Gardens

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If you are tempted to purchase a lovely specimen of crested floating heart (Nymphoides cristata) for your backyard water garden, you might want to reconsider. While this plant is marketed as an ornamental lily, experts from the Weed Science Society … more »

WSSA Pesticide Stewardship Series 05- Restricted Use Pesticides Require an Extra Level of Care

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The owner of a horticultural company was fined recently for using a restricted use pesticide (RUP) in ways that were inconsistent with the product label. The product’s use was restricted due to human health concerns, but workers had applied the … more »

WSSA Offers New Fact Sheet on Weeds, the Bullies of the Plant World

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Did you know that the invention of Velcro® was inspired by prickly weed burs that stuck to the pants of a Swiss engineer during a walk with his dog? It’s one of the many unique facts about weeds captured in … more »

WSSA Pesticide Stewardship Series 04- The Importance of Reading the Pesticide Label

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A person applying a pesticide to their land was recently fined for spray drift that damaged desirable shrubs and garden crops on a neighboring property. In two other recent cases, individuals were fined for improper pesticide storage and illegal disposal … more »