Author Archives: Sylvan Kaufman

Hybrid Tumbleweeds

In another couple months the tumbleweeds will be rolling along in the western United States.  Wells and Ellstrand (2016) at the University of California – Riverside documented a new hybrid species of tumbleweed, Salsola ryanii, rapidly expanding its range.  Salsola ryanii … Continue reading

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Eating invasives

Spring is here and along with it some of the more edible invasive plants.  Anyone for a dish of knotweed kimchi or garlic mustard pesto pasta?  Pittsburgh has gone to great lengths developing edible uses for Japanese knotweed, Fallopia japonica. … Continue reading

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Murdannia keisak is making a name for itself

According to the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation Murdannia has no known common name and generally goes by Anielema, its former Latin name.  The USDA PLANTS website calls it wartremoving herb and Invasive.org calls it marsh dayflower.  Maryland Extension … Continue reading

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Giant knotweed keeps coming up

April 24, 2015. Along the west bank of Poole Slough, 4 miles east of the Pacific Ocean and Newport, OR.  Here begins the first battle of the third year against the dense stand of giant knotweed that took over about … Continue reading

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Water hyacinth used for counteracting algal blooms

In a controversial experiment in Florida, researchers are stocking King’s Bay with floating pens of water hyacinth (Eichornia crassipes) to reduce algal blooms.  Water hyacinth was removed from the bay beginning in the late 1950s, but Hydrilla replaced it and … Continue reading

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Invasive species threat to Federally endangered species

A government report on invasive species’ impacts on threatened and endangered species finds that the topic has not been well researched in most cases.  As I’ve been looking for reports on invasive plant impacts to threatened and endangered species in Maryland I’m … Continue reading

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Updated Michigan guide to Phragmites control

Michigan’s A Guide to the Control and Management of Invasive Phragmites has recently been updated.  This 3rd edition has expanded content on how to distinguish between the native and European strain of Phragmites and new recommendations on treatment strategies.

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Forest Fragments in Managed Ecosystems Study – Invasive plant habitat projects

At the Delaware Invasive Species Conference this week two Delaware researchers presented some preliminary findings from research done through the FRAME long-term ecosystem study in northern Delaware.  Ph.D. candidate Solny Adalsteinsson is finding more ticks under multiflora rose than uninvaded … Continue reading

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