"The Responsibility of PFPs.....", we saw yet another case of the general public and their intense fear of things that they don't necessarily understand. Treatment of nuisance aquatic plant species in Buckley Dunton Reservoir in Becket, MA have lead to claims of an "ecological crime" which led to the "sterilization of life" in said Reservoir. The Berkshire Eagle brought us the breaking news on October 10th...
Monday, November 17, 2014
Friday, November 7, 2014
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
"You do ill if you praise, but worse if you censure, what you do not understand". This popular quote from Leonardo Da Vinci is almost always the first thing that pops into my head when I see an article such as that which came across the Star Press last Friday. The title reads simply "BSU cancels herbicide spraying at Burris" but reading on, the quote from above continues to reveal it's truth, over... and over... and over. Before we get to deep, a little background for the reader first. Ball State University is in Muncie, IN. The "Burris" Laboratory discussed in the article is a part of their Teacher's College which serves K-12th grade students and University teaching majors who use the laboratory to learn teaching skills. We all caught up now? Well let us proceed....
In short, a petition brought forth by the parents of students attending Ball State has led to the cancellation of weed management activities on the University's campus. This is the second year in which weed management has come under pressure, as last year's activities were briefly halted until the outgoing university president deemed the management activities safe. This year, however, weed management activities at Burris caused the parents of those attending BSU (remember, not the majority of which even spend time at Burris) to file petition, stopping any further activities. As a result, University personnel now cite a severe weed problem that is affecting the aesthetic value of the campus, not to mention attracting numerous stinging insects.....
Thursday, September 18, 2014
Monday, September 8, 2014
Monday, August 25, 2014
Happy Monday Everyone! Its time for another Events Update: Conferences, symposiums, workshops, and the like are a way for us all to network, share our research or products, as well as learn a thing or two along the way. These meetings foster professional relationships, collaboration, and strengthen our science as a whole. Check out our blog on "Conference Season" to learn more of why you should consider attending a professional meeting, workshop, etc. We hope you'll take advantage of these opportunities to learn more about various aspects of the aquatic sciences..... both near and far! Click "Find out more" to get more information about each.
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
|Photo Credit: NCSU AWCP|
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Tuesday, July 8, 2014
|Photo Credit - NCSU AWCP|
Thursday, June 19, 2014
We are definitely working our way into the heat of summer here at AERF. Those in the business of aquatic plant management as well as those who just enjoy the water, often deal with the usual invasive culprits like Hydrilla, Eurasian Water Milfoil, and Water hyacinth during the time of year. Another invader, however, might not be as well-known, especially by those of us who recreate this time of year. Our plant profile this week isn't really even a plant at all, but rather a cyanobacteria (blue-green algae). This blue-green usually rears it's ugly head in the heat of summer and can have even more severe impacts than its well known invasive plant counterparts.
Tuesday, June 3, 2014
Invasive plant species can become a "giant" problem for resource managers. One true "giant", as far as invasive wetland and aquatic plants go, can be found on EVERY continent except Antarctica and is found highly invasive throughout North America. This particular plant has two native varieties which occur in various parts of the United States, however a very similar invader variety from Europe can be found throughout much of the same territory and cause a variety of problems. Its scientific name alone means "southern plant with fence-like growth"....
Friday, May 23, 2014
|Photo Credit - UF - IFAS|
Friday, May 9, 2014
Happy Friday everyone! We leave you this week with the latest in industry news and happenings. If you have news you would like featured in our Industry Update, please email to bmhartis@ncsu,edu. Stay tuned next week for more of the latest in aquatic plant management, science, and innovation!
Thursday, May 1, 2014
|Photo credit: Michigan State University Extension|
Friday, April 25, 2014
Happy Friday All! Its time for another Feature Focus Friday! This week we leave you with deadly disease, zombie birds, and invasive plants!.... Seem Interesting? Well then read ahead to learn more!
Friday, April 18, 2014
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
|2015 NEAPMS Conference. Photo Credit: Gideon Putnam Resort|
Friday, March 28, 2014
It sure has been a busy week for us here at AERF! As a result, our blog has been rather quiet, however we hope to leave you with something special for the weekend. Often you will see us reference different plants in our facebook, twitter, and blog postings. You may, more often than not, find yourself scratching your head as to what exact plant we are actually talking about. To give our readers a little more background into the plants we so often discuss, we bring you the AERF Update's "Plant Profile" section.
It only seems appropriate that we have our first "Plant Profile" feature one of the the most prevalent and problematic aquatic invasive plant species in the world! Hydrilla (H. verticillata) is by far one of the most well known submersed invasive plant species which can have both deleterious environmental and economic effects. For starters, let’s talk about how exactly Hydrilla found it's way into United States and
what makes it such a problem for our nations water bodies.
|A single hydrilla plant. Photo Credit: NCSU|
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
|MN DNR inspector and K-9|
Photo Credit: MN DNR