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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 »

Three Leading Scientific Societies Take an Objective Look at the Issues Associated with “Least Toxic Pesticides” Applied as a “Last Resort”

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                Recommendations and decisions to use “least toxic pesticides” and “pesticides as a last resort” have flourished in the last decade, but according to three scientific organizations – the Weed Science Society of … more »

WSSA Pesticide Stewardship Series 03- Hiring a Pest Management Professional

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Recently, a carpet cleaning company applied a pesticide to a client’s bedroom carpet, mattress and upholstered furniture. But the pesticide was intended for use in an industrial setting, not a home. State officials intervened and fined the firm for making … more »

Team of Stakeholders Join to Promote Funding for Pesticide Safety Education Program

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Today the Weed Science Society of America announced it is joining more than 30 organizations from the scientific community, government, education and industry in a commitment to launch a National Stakeholder Team for Pesticide Safety Education Program Funding. The U.S. … more »

Annual Meetings of Weed Science Societies to Highlight Latest Developments in Research and Management of Weeds and Invasive Plants

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The Weed Science Society of America and its sister scientific societies in the U.S. and Canada are preparing for annual meetings that will highlight the latest developments in the research and management of weeds and invasive plants. First up is … more »

Decades Old Weed Seeds Trigger New Outbreak of Devastating Plant Parasite

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WSSA scientists say the resurgence of branched broomrape illustrates the impact of the weed “seed bank.” In the early 1980s, a devastating parasitic weed was found in a tomato field in California. The infestation of branched broomrape (Orobanche ramosa) was … more »