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Unlikely Stowaways: Weed Seeds Travel To Faraway Places on Cars, Trucks and ATVS

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When you take your four-wheel drive out for a spin this fall, you might be bringing home more than memories. Researchers at Montana State University have found that vehicles are routinely transporting invasive weed seeds. Seeds can stow away on tires, bumpers, wheel wells or the underside of a vehicle and sometimes travel great distances before falling off in a new locale. As weed seeds sprout and grow, they can crowd out native plants, disrupt native ecosystems and wildlife habitats and reduce crop yields when they spread to nearby fields… more »

Weed Scientists to Focus on Latest Research and Management Practices During 52nd Annual Meeting of WSSA

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Early bird registration is now open for the 52nd annual meeting of the Weed Science Society of America (WSSA) – an event that will focus on the latest developments in weed science research and management practices. more »

Weed Science Society of America Launches Free Training Program on the Causes and Management of Herbicide Resistance in Weeds

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Today the Weed Science Society of America (WSSA) is introducing a free training program designed to educate pesticide applicators, growers, agrichemical retailers, farm consultants and other stakeholders on herbicide resistance in weeds – a costly problem that threatens crop production across the U.S. and around the globe… more »

Scientist Point to Precarious State of U.S. Pesticide Safety Education Program

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Today scientists with the Weed Science Society of America (WSSA), the American Phytopathological Society (APS) and the Entomological Society of America (ESA) expressed concern about the precarious state of the U.S. Pesticide Safety Education Program (PSEP). Funding for the program has plummeted in recent years and is now in danger of evaporating completely… more »

Top Student Weed Scientists Recognized During First Weedolympics

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Today scientists with the Weed Science Society of America (WSSA), the American Phytopathological Society (APS) and the Entomological Society of America (ESA) expressed concern about the precarious state of the U.S. Pesticide Safety Education Program (PSEP). Funding for the program has plummeted in recent years and is now in danger of evaporating completely… more »

Coastal Communities in the Carolinas Turn the Tide Against ‘Beach Kudzu’

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Weed Science Society of America spotlights successful public-private partnership Just a decade ago, sand dunes, native plants and wildlife along some of the most popular beaches in the Carolinas were under attack by beach vitex (Vitex rotundifolia) – a highly … more »

Edible Weeds: A Tasty Revenge for Homeowners!

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If you’re growing weary of the never-ending battle against weeds, there may be one unique way to exact revenge. Scientists with the Weed Science Society of America (WSSA) suggest that if you take some prudent safety measures, you can serve up some of your worst enemies at your next dinner party… more »

Students to Compete in the First National WeedOlympics

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This summer teams of students from universities across the nation will gather in Knoxville, Tenn., for the WeedOlympics – an event sponsored by the Northeastern, North Central, Southern and Western Weed Science Societies. The July 26-27 event is open to student members of the four organizations, who will compete for bragging rights as the best student weed scientists in the country… more »

Budget Cuts Would Eliminate the Nation’s Only Federal Research Program for Aquatic Weed Control

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Today the Weed Science Society of America (WSSA) announced it has joined nearly a dozen national and regional weed management associations in expressing strong support for continued funding of an Army Corps of Engineers program targeting aquatic weed control. For more than 40 years, the Army Corps of Engineers has served as the lead federal agency protecting our nation’s waterways and water supply from invasive weeds by developing and sharing new and improved management technologies. The agency’s Aquatic Plant Control Research Program (APCRP) is the only federally authorized research initiative focused on effective, science-based strategies for managing invasive aquatic species. However, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has ‘zeroed out’ this critical program in its 2012 Civil Works budget… more »

‘Weed and Feed’ Your Lawn Responsibly to Protect the Environment

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As spring approaches, many homeowners in pursuit of a lush, weed-free lawn will turn to one of the many brands of “weed and feed” products that combine herbicides with fertilizer. But Cooperative Extension weed scientists say it is important to use these products responsibly in order to protect the environment… more »