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U.S. Interior Secretary To Address Joint Annual Meeting of Weed Science and Rangeland Management Societies

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February 8-11 event in Denver to focus on our nation’s “working landscapes” Interior Secretary Ken Salazar is expected to address the upcoming joint annual meeting of two leading scientific societies – the Weed Science Society of America (WSSA) and the … more »

Invasive Saltcedar Triggers Lively Debate Among Weed Scientists and Land Managers

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Saltcedar (Tamarix spp.) is an invasive plant that is crowding out native vegetation and dominating the shorelines of southwestern rivers and streams. But put a room full of weed scientists and land managers together to discuss how to tame the … more »

Weeds Hitch a Ride with Container-Grown Ornametals

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Container-grown ornamentals are a staple of the nursery industry and give homeowners a quick way to incorporate established plants into backyard gardens and landscapes. But without proper management, they also can serve as a superhighway for the spread of weeds. more »

Florida Tour Spotlights Invasive Plants in the Everglades

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During a recent fact-finding tour of aquatic ecosystems in southern Florida, officials from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) got an up-close look at how integrated weed management techniques are helping to control invasive weeds in lakes and wetlands. The three-day site visit was organized by scientists, engineers and educators from a variety of public and private organizations, including the Weed Science Society of America (WSSA). more »

Blazing Trails: Dr. Ellery Knake Remembered for his Contribution to Weed Science

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As a graduate student and instructor at the University of Illinois, Ellery Knake was fascinated with weeds. He was determined to understand their impact on crops and to explore new control techniques to benefit farmers. When he died recently at age 81, Dr. Knake left behind a body of work that has made a lasting impact on both agriculture and weed science around the globe. more »

What Homeowners Can Learn From Farmers About Weed Control

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Home gardeners are out in full force this spring tending to lawns, gardens and flower beds. But most of us will find it’s not all smooth sailing. Inevitably we will need to battle persistent weeds that rob nutrients and moisture from our prized plantings. University of Idaho weed scientist Don Morishita says homeowners can benefit from what professional farmers have known for years: an “integrated” weed management plan is best. more »

Want To Keep Your Compost Weed-Free?

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Compost can be a gardener’s best friend. It can deliver dramatic improvements in soil quality and nutrients to nourish your plants throughout the growing season. But unless you use the right techniques, you may also find yourself with a bumper crop of weeds. more »

Weed Science Society of America Asks EPA to Pursue a Rehearing of Recent Court Decision on Pesticides

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This week the Weed Science Society of America (WSSA) is asking the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to request a rehearing of the recent Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals decision defining pesticides as pollutants and requiring Clean Water Act permits before they can be applied in or near water sources. The Court’s ruling overrides existing government regulations for pesticides that are based on extensive scientific analysis. more »

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

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Nearly two dozen individuals from academia, government and private industry were honored by the Weed Science Society of America (WSSA) for their outstanding contributions to the field of weed science. The annual awards were presented during WSSA’s 49th Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida. more »

Finding the Ideal Predator for Garlic Mustard

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When garlic mustard (Alliaria petiolata) was brought to North America from Europe more than a century ago, no one predicted it would carpet thousands of acres of forestland, choke out native plants and even disrupt the development of a rare native butterfly, Pieris napi oleracea. But now scientists are using an innovative computer program to find the perfect predator for garlic mustard and regain the upper hand. more »