Thursday, June 29, 2017

2017 NMFWA Invasive Species Working Group Workshop

Registration is now open for the first ever NMFWA Invasive Species Working Group Workshop in Nashville TN December 13-15th, 2017.  Please look at the information below to see a current list of speakers, request for proposals and registration information.

December 13-15th, 2017
Gaylord Opryland Hotel
Nashville, TN

We invite you to join us for the first Innovations in Invasive Species Management Conference and Workshop to be held in Nashville, TN December 13-15th, 2017 at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel.  This year’s meeting will be co-hosted by the National Military Fish and Wildlife Association’s Invasive Species Working Group the Tennessee Invasive Plant Council the Southeast Exotic Pest Plant Council the National Association of Invasive Plant Councils and Invasive Plant Control, Inc. .   


Who Should Attend?
·       Department of Defense Land Managers
·       Department of Transportation
·       Public and private land managers
·       Not for profit land managers
·       Municipal staff (parks and recreation, public works, inland wetlands/conservation commissions)
·       Nursery, tree and landscape professionals
·       Landscape architects and designers
·       State and federal employees
·       Members of conservation organizations
·       Educators, students
·       Gardening enthusiasts
·       Private landowners
·       Concerned citizens

CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS Pesticide Recertification Credits and other Continuing Education Credits will be offered.

Hotel and Conference Location
Gaylord Opryland Hotel Experience the finest in Southern hospitality at Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee. Our premier Opryland hotel offers guests an unforgettable getaway with all the excitement and energy of Music City under one spectacular roof. Located only 10 minutes from the airport and featuring an extraordinary selection of dining, shopping, recreational activities and entertainment, there’s never a shortage of things to do at our resort. After unwinding at Rel√Ęche Spa & Salon, practice your swing at Gaylord Springs Golf Links, make a splash at our indoor or outdoor pool, hit the gym at our state-of-the-art fitness center, or explore our nine acres of lush, indoor gardens and cascading waterfalls.

Call for Presentations
For the 2017 meeting we are requesting proposals related to:
  • All aspects of Invasive Species Management
  • Pollinators and Habitat Management
  • Herbicides, looking at them from both sides
  • Where does installation of native plant material fit into the restoration scheme
  • Management of invasive species in sensitive areas
  • Managing Behaviors in Invasive Species Management
  • Specific Invasive Species Control applications
  • Use of Innovative Tools and Equipment for on the Ground Invasive Species Management
  • Using Drones to Manage Invasive Species
  • State Specific Talks related to Invasive Species management
  • Developing and implementing a Weed Wrangle
  • Weed control projects or research from diverse habitats
  • Mapping using UAVs
  • Coordinating volunteers and communicating with the public
  • Management of key Invasives: Success Stories and Progress Reports

Types of proposals we are seeking:
·       Outdoor Equipment Demonstrations
·       General Session Oral Presentations 15-45 minutes in length
·       Poster Presentations

Abstract Submission
Deadline for entry is July 20th, 2017.
General Sessions
  • Oral Presentations will be 15-45 minutes long with 5-10 minutes for discussion and questions. Presentations will be included in a relevant general oral session, or in an organized oral session if appropriate.
  • Poster Presentations will occur during a poster session on Thursday evening December 14th. We ask that you be present during the session to present your poster and answer questions.  Posters should be no larger than 4x4 ft.
  • Outdoor Equipment Demonstrations will occur on Friday December 15th on the Opryland Grounds and at local parks in the hotel vicinity.  If you are interested in offering an equipment demonstration please contact Steven Manning
Note to Students: We encourage student submissions. Students who want to present at the conference should submit their abstract according to the outlines on this page.
Submission Instructions
For Symposia and Organized Oral Sessions, abstracts must be submitted for each presentation.
Abstracts must be submitted electronically to Steven Manning. Your email must include the document in the format described below, with this subject line:
·       Subject: (presenter’s last name) and type of submission (i.e. organized oral session, symposium, workshop, general oral session, or general poster session)
Abstract Content and Style for Papers and Posters
Each submitted abstract must include the following.  Please carefully adhere to these guidelines: Attach your abstract in Microsoft Word, using one-inch margins and Times New Roman, 10 pt. font. Single space the abstract and separate each section with a single line space. 

  1. Title of Presentation
  2. Author
    1. Name
    2. Title
    3. Organization
  3. Contact information
    1. Email
    2. Telephone
    3. Address
  4. Abstract
  5. Brief Description
  6. Speaker Bio

Working Agenda and Confirmed Speakers
December 13-15, 2017
December 13th
·       Committee Meetings 5-9 pm
December 14th and 15th
·       Oral presentations, Outdoor Equipment Demonstrations and Poster Session

Confirmed Presenters to Date
Presenter: Andrew Fraser, PNW IPC EDRR Program Coordinator (Pacific Northwest Invasive Plant Council), Seattle, WA
“PNW-IPC EDRR Citizen Science Invasive Plant Program”

Presenter: John Krupovage, Natural Resources Manager 72 Civil Engineering Directorate
"Challenges in Invasive Species Control in Urban Natural Area Restoration: sensitivity of control around Base Commanders residences”

Presenter: Joel Helm, USAF 611th CES
"Securing DoD Mission efficiencies and biodiversity by Aggressively Managing Invasive Species on Remote Pacific Islands"

Presenter: James H. Castle, Wildlife Biologist, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Walla Walla District Burbank, WA  99323
"Eradication of Flowering Rush using the Diver Assisted Suction Device (DASH).

Presenter: Dr. Ed Rudberg, Ph.D. CEO CD3 General Benefit Corporation
 Changing Behaviors: Education is NOT Enough

Presenter: Todd Neel Pesticide Specialist, Forest Service State and Private Forestry Intermountain and Northern Regions
“Incorporating new tools and technologies (including pesticides); risk assessment; when working with external partners of NFS Lands”

Presenter:  Sarah Lowe, Botanical Garden & Horticulture Manager, Cheekwood Botanical Gardens
“The Role Botanical Gardens Play in Invasive Plant Management”

PresenterAmy Walter, Volunteer Programs Manager, Nashville Zoo
“Controlling Invasives to Create the North American Wildlife Exhibit” (Tentative Title)

” Finding & Securing Grant Funds for Invasive Species Management”

Presenter: Lee Patrick, Invasive Plant Control, Inc. 
“Developing a program for underprivileged young adults to work in the invasive species management industry; A Maddox Foundation and Warner Parks Pilot Project”

Track:  Innovations in tools and equipment
Utilizing multirotor drones (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle- UAV) to monitor and treat invasive plants
Presenter:  Jon Morton, Biologist, USACE, Invasive Species Management Branch
Using Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) for Vegetation Mapping and Restoration

Field Demo & Presenter:  Sheila Kennedy   Owner/Operator, S-K Environmental, Portable Invasive Species Rinse off and Reclaim System, Okanogan, WA 98840 U.S.A.
“Eliminating transfer and introduction of invasive species with rinse off reclaim decontamination system” 

Field Demo & Presenter:  Jon Jackson and Air Force Research Representative
“NatureZap DE Technology”  ”Natural area pest plant control with Directed Energy --  Keep aliens away!!”

Field Demo PresenterJohn Lampe, Founder of Green Shoots, LLC, Saint Paul, Minnesota
“Novel electronic dispenser for precision applications of herbicide sprays and foam.”

Field Demo & Presenter:  Curtis Pearce, Uprooter Founder and CEO
“Love the Lever: Multiplying the Force Against Invasive Plants:  Utilizing manual leverage tools to manage invasive plants”

Presenter:  Zach Richardson, Founder of Chew Crew
“Grazing in Cities: An Overview of the Environmental, Economic, and Social Implications of Grazing Urban Landscapes” 
Field Demo Presenter:  Al Royster, Birchmeier 
“New technologies for Invasive Plant Managers from Birchmeier”

Presenter:  Jim Bean, Strategic Accounts Manager, BASF Professional & Specialty Solutions
“The Benefits of Branded Chemistry”
Track: Behavior Change and Education
Presenter:  Mike Berkley, Co-Founder of Growild Native Nurseries
"If You DON'T Build It, It Will Come...BACK!" Native Plant Restoration After Eradication

Presenter: Douglas A. Burkett, PhD, Environmental Biologist, Operations Division,  Armed Forces Pest Management Board
Invasive Plant Management in the DOD

Presenter:  Patterson Clark,
“The Art of Alienweeds”

Presenter:  Jim Hunt, Mayor, City of Belle Meade, TN
“Invasive Species Management challenges in affluent urban areas”

Weed Wrangle Short Talks
Presenter:  Cayce McAllister, Garden Club of America Nashville Weed Wrangle Coordinator
The Weed Wrangle and the GCA

Presenter:  Meghan Scholl, Friends and Volunteer Programs Assistant, Tennessee State Parks
“Weed Wrangle in 33 TN State Parks”

PresenterGinger-Rose Krueck, Co-Executive Director, Co-Founder, and Teacher GROW Enrichment
“Weed Wrangle Update from GROW Enrichment”

Weed Wrangle Updates
Chattanooga, Jackson MS, Dallas, TX, New Orleans LA, Knoxville, Memphis, Nashville, TN State Parks

Strike Teams
Presenter: Terri Hogan, NPS National Invasive Plant Program

Presenter: (Pending) John Klavitter, US Fish & Wildlife Service, National Wildlife Refuge System, Headquarters, National Coordinator: Cooperative Recovery Initiative/Island Restoration/Invasives

Presenter: Shawna L. Bautista, R6 Invasive Plant and Pesticide Use Coordinator, Forest Service
Region 6, State and Private Forestry
“Invasive Species Management in the US Forest Service”

Presenter: Jennifer Hillmer, Invasive Plant Coordinator, Cleveland Metroparks, OH
“Using strike team treatment records to measure progress, find maintenance threshholds, and save the planet.”

Presenter:  Steven Manning
“Using the Strike Team Model on DOD Installations, a Pilot Project”

Registration Rates
EARLY Registration is available through September 1. To register for the Innovations in Invasive Species Management Conference and Workshop please visit Eventbrite by clicking on the following link: Click here to Register for the Innovations Conference and Workshop
Full Conference
Full Conference - Student
One-Day - Student
TWRA Agency Rate
LATE Registration (Starts Oct. 2)
Full Conference

Read below for exhibit options.
All Table, Nonprofit and Booth Exhibitors will receive the following benefits:
  • Logo placement on conference website
  • Name and logo displayed in conference program
  • Exhibit booth or display table space
  • One full conference registration
  • Logo placement on conference website
Booth Exhibitor: $1,000
  • A draped, 10’ x 10’ exhibit area, with one clothed and draped 8’ table
  • A second full complementary registration
Table Exhibitor: $650
  • One clothed and draped 8’ table plus 2 chairs
Nonprofit Exhibitor: $300
  • Same benefits as regular Table Exhibitor
All Annual Meeting Sponsors receive the following benefits:
  • Logo placement on conference announcements, publications and website with a link to your website
  • Logo displayed in conference program
  • Logo displayed on prominent signage at the event
  • Exhibit booth space
  • Sponsor ribbons on name badges to recognize your company’s contribution

Additional benefits per tiered sponsor level include:
Concurrent Session Sponsor: $1,500
  • Receive 2 complimentary full conference registrations
  • Your company will be recognized as a sponsor of a concurrent session
  • Your company logo will appear on signage outside the session room

Break Sponsors: $2,500
  • Receive 4 complimentary full conference registrations
  • Your company will sponsor a morning or afternoon break during which all attendees will see your logo prominently displayed at the refreshment area
  • Quarter-page ad in conference program

Exhibitor Reception Sponsor: $5,000
  • Receive 6 complimentary full conference registrations
  • Your company will sponsor the one of the Exhibitor Receptions
  • All attendees will see your company name in several locations during lunch
  • Half-page ad in conference program

Thursday Evening Dinner Sponsor: $10,000
  • Receive 8 complimentary full conference registrations
  • Your company will sponsor the Thursday evening Dinner
  • All attendees will recognize your company name in several locations around the buffet area; speaking opportunity at the general session
  • Full page ad in conference program

Additional or partial sponsorship opportunities are available such as sponsoring the tour, a break, special session, reception, or other marketing opportunity. 
For more information please contact Steven Manning at 615-969-1309 or

Monday, June 19, 2017

Printable invasive species cards from the Saskatchewan Conservation Data Centre

Printable invasive species cards from the Saskatchewan Conservation Data Centre

New invasive species information cards in a printer friendly format are newly available from the Saskatchewan Conservation Data Centre, a NatureServe affiliate. Instructions for printing may be found on the last page of the pdf.

The cards include species' images and distinguishing characteristics.

Silent partners: Are earthworms creating pathways for invasive plants?

Silent partners: Are earthworms creating pathways for invasive plants?

A recent article of interest from The Conversation:

Food for thought, and some interesting stats...

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Kerrie L. Kyde
Invasive Plant Ecologist
Natural Heritage Program, WHS
Department of Natural Resources
11960 Clopper Road
Gaithersburg, MD 20878
301-948-8243 (office)
410-279-1847 (cell)

Several trainings are coming up in Washington and Oregon

Several trainings are coming up in Washington and Oregon.  Sign up asap!  


About the Program The Pacific Northwest Invasive Plant Council (PNW IPC) is a non-profit conservation organization (http://www.pnwipc. org/) working in partnership with National Forests and Parks, Washington Dept. of Agriculture (WSDA), Department of Natural Resources (DNR), county noxious weed programs, and other local groups on a Citizen Science EDRR (Early Detection
Rapid Response) program.

With funding from the U.S. Forest Service, the WSDA and others we are gearing up for our fifth year to search for priority and newly emerging invasive plants in our National Forests, National Parks and other public lands. We are excited to recruit new volunteers and inspire our current volunteer base to search for invasive plant populations. We have identified specific focal areas to survey for invasive plants on National Forests and Parks, DNR and other state land but there is a great need to document emerging invasive populations on all public lands. If you are recreating and/or working on public lands and are interested in participating in our program and/or would like to learn more about invasive plants you are invited to attend one of our upcoming trainings.

Citizen Science EDRR Volunteer Training Our mission is to train citizens to identify a suite of invasive plants in a 2.5 hour free training where you will learn how to
identify priority invasive species, how to record basic data and how to report findings on EDDMapSWest, a national early detection reporting system. Participants learn plant identification through a PowerPoint presentation, herbarium sheet specimens and live material. Participants also learn methods of manual removal and which species you should not attempt to remove. Trainings will equip volunteers with the knowledge necessary to conduct invasive plant surveys in order

to support local land managers that need your help. Your efforts will directly support the maintenance of healthy ecosystems. Volunteers will receive an invasive plant identification booklet along with survey forms. We ask that volunteers who sign up conduct 1-2 surveys over the field season.

8 Workshops in 2017: Capacity will be limited, so if you would like to attend one of these free trainings, please RSVP to Andrew Fraser at to reserve your place. Participants may receive WDSA or ODA pesticide license recertification credits (2 credits per workshop plus an additional 3 credits if attending optional field training on June 3rd and June 23rd).

Call for Citizen Scientists: Join a
regional volunteer effort to detect
and eradicate invasive plant


1. North Bend, WA Saturday, June 3rd 9:00am - 12:00pm
Optional Field Training and Practice 12:30 - 3:00pm
Address: North Bend Ranger Station, Meeting Hall (behind Ranger Station), 902 SE North Bend Way, North Bend, WA 98045
Hosted by: Sasha Shaw, King County Noxious Weed Board; Jonathan Schmitt, Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie Forest Service

2. Bellingham, WA Friday, June 9th 1:00pm - 3:30pm
Address: Whatcom County Noxious Weed Control Board, 322 N. Commercial St., Suite 110, Bellingham WA 98225.
The training will be held in the Civic Center Garden Level Meeting Room located at street level on the corner of Commercial &
Lottie Streets across from the Bellingham Library & City Hall. There is street side metered parking but free parking space may
be available two blocks away, across from the Bellingham Senior Center at Halleck & New Streets. Park in any spaces NOT labeled
“Senior Center Parking.”
Hosted by: Laurel Baldwin, Whatcom County Noxious Weed Board; Joseph Shea, Skagit County Noxious Weed Board

3. Springfield, OR Monday, June 12th 10:00am - 12:30pm
Address: 3106 Pierce Parkway, Suite D, Springfield, OR 97477. The training will be in the Supervisor’s Office, Room 213. Signs
will direct you to the room location or ask the front desk for directions.
Hosted by: Jenny Lippert, Willamette National Forest; Claire Hibler, Northwest Oregon District – Bureau of Land Management

4. Seattle, WA Friday, June, 23rd 9:00 am - 12:00pm
Optional Field Training and Practice 12:30 - 3:00pm
Address: University of Washington Botanic Gardens, 3501 NE 41st Street, 98105. Douglas Classroom is located within the
Greenhouse, enter the greenhouse doors and turn immediately left. Ample parking available.
Hosted by: Sasha Shaw, King County Noxious Weed Board; Katie Woolsey Washington State Department of Natural Resources

5. Sandy, OR Tuesday, June 27th 1:00 pm - 3:30pm
Address: Mt. Hood National Forest Headquarters, 16400 Champion Way, Sandy, OR 97055.
Hosted by: David Lebo, Westside Zone Botanist, Mt. Hood National Forest; Sam Leininger, Clackamas County Soil and Water
Conservation District

6. Stevenson, WA Wednesday, June 28th 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Address: Wind River Training Center, 171 Martha Creek Road, Carson, WA 98610.
Hosted by: Jennifer DeShong and Carol Chandler, Gifford Pinchot National Forest; Emily Stevenson, Skamania County Noxious

Weed Board

7. Chehalis, WA Thursday, June 29th 1:00 pm - 3:30pm
Address: Old Credit Union Bldg. - Lewis County Courthouse Campus, 56 Northwest Chehalis Avenue, Chehalis, WA 98532
Hosted by: Bradley Krieckhaus and Carol Chandler, Gifford Pinchot National Forest; Bill Wamsley, Lewis County Noxious Weed
Control Board

8. Cle Elum, WA Friday, June 30th 1:00pm - 3:30pm
Address: Cle Elum Ranger District, Tom Craven Conference Room, 803 W 2nd St., Cle Elum, WA 98922. Enter at the rear parking
lot behind the main Forest Service building on Douglas Monro Blvd. (rt. 4517) and head towards the large gravel parking
lot on the left. The Tom Craven Conference room entrance is located on the north end of the parking lot.
Hosted by: Marc Eylar, Kittitas County Noxious Weed Board; Helen Lau, Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

2017 Pulling Together Initiative Request for Proposals

2017 Pulling Together Initiative Request for Proposals
I am pleased to announce the 2017 Pulling Together Initiative Request For Proposals. Please feel free to share the attached Request For Proposals and the information below, including the webinar information.

The Pulling Together Initiative is now accepting applications for competitive funding. Details about this funding opportunity are provided in the Request For Proposals, and additional program information can be viewed at Please note that the 2017 funding opportunity will include a pre-proposal stage; the pre-proposal submission deadline is July 12, 2017.

The Pulling Together Initiative program is inviting applications for competitive grant funding to promote the conservation of natural habitats by preventing, managing or eradicating invasive and noxious plant species. In 2017, the program will award grants to develop or advance Cooperative Weed Management Areas (CWMAs) and Cooperative Invasive Species Management Areas (CISMAs).

Eligible applicants include non-profit 501(c) organizations, federal, state, tribal, local, and municipal government agencies, and educational institutions. Approximately $850,000 is available in 2017 and grant requests may be up to $100,000.

Please join for a webinar on Monday, June 12 at 12 PM Eastern Time/11 AM Central Time to learn about the 2017 grant funding opportunity through the Pulling Together Initiative. Webinar participants will learn about funding priorities and the application process, receive tips for submitting competitive proposals, and have the opportunity to ask questions. The webinar will last approximately 30 minutes. Please register at:

If you have any questions, please contact me at 612-564-7253 or

Caroline Oswald
Senior Manager

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
Central Regional Office
8011 34th Avenue South, Suite 242
Bloomington, MN 55425
612-564-7253 |

Natural Areas Webinar by Matt Horning, Plant Geneticist, USDA Forest Service Pacific Northwest Region

Natural Areas Webinar  by Matt Horning, Plant Geneticist, USDA Forest Service Pacific Northwest Region

In 2007 the US Forest Service (USFS) and Federal Highways Administration (FHWA) published the report "Roadside revegetation: an integrated approach to establishing native plants" as a technical resource for project designers and revegetation specialists aimed to increase the success of FHWA roadside revegetation projects in the Pacific Northwest USA.

Importantly, the integrated approach and information in this report is applicable on highly disturbed sites outside the context of roadsides and is broadly relevant to a diverse array of revegetation projects. Currently this document is being updated to include pollinator-specific guidance and new content including an expanded scope to include all of the US. The new report will be hosted on the website along with additional information including a resource library and other training aides. In addition to this document, the USFS and FWHA along with other partners are producing a nationwide online ecoregional workhorse and pollinator-friendly plant list utility. This utility should aid practitioners in selecting and sourcing appropriate native plant materials for various revegetation objectives including pollinator conservation through habitat creation. This presentation will highlight this integrated approach to revegetation and describe these resources for restoration practitioners.

Time Jun 7, 2017 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Or join by phone +1 408 638 0968 (US Toll) or +1 646 558 8656 (US Toll)

Webinar ID: 643 703 458

New way to detect Palmer amaranth in contaminated seedlots

New way to detect Palmer amaranth in contaminated seedlots

Sources: Patrick Tranel, 217-333-1531,; Diane Plewa, 217-300-3441,
News writer: Lauren Quinn, 217-300-2435,
URBANA, Ill. – Last summer, farmers in the Midwest got an unwelcome surprise after planting native seed on Conservation Reserve Program acres. Palmer amaranth, the aggressive and hard-to-kill weed, had established in droves. As a possible solution, some states declared Palmer a noxious weed, which prohibits its sale and transport.
“I’ve had seed growers call me,” says Pat Tranel, molecular weed scientist in the crop sciences department at the University of Illinois. “Their businesses are up in the air because of this. Unless they have a way to certify their product is Palmer-free, they can’t sell it.”
The typical testing method involves growing a sample of seeds until the plants are large enough to be identified, but this is a slow and potentially unreliable process.
“It all takes a long time, and sometimes the seeds don’t germinate during the test,” Tranel says. “Alternatively, there’s a company that will test individual seeds using DNA sequencing, but they’re charging $100 per seed. It’s not cost-effective.”
Tranel and graduate student Brent Murphy developed a way around these issues. Their low-cost method can identify Palmer amaranth DNA from within a mixed sample without having to grow the plants. The assay, which uses a method known as quantitative PCR, can detect genetic variations unique to Palmer even when flooded with samples from closely related species, including waterhemp.
“Palmer, redroot pigweed, waterhemp – they all have tiny black seeds that basically look the same. We needed a way to efficiently extract DNA from pooled seed samples and, if it’s present, identify Palmer,” Tranel says.
Once Tranel and Murphy developed this assay, they worked with U of I Extension’s Plant Clinic to optimize the test for mixed seed samples. Diagnostic outreach Extension specialist Diane Plewa and Plant Clinic technician Elizabeth Phillippi began trying different methods to extract DNA from seed. The assay is very sensitive, but if DNA is not correctly extracted from a lone Palmer amaranth seed in a mixed sample, it won’t be detected.
“The trick,” Plewa says, “is to make sure every seed is ground up during the extraction process.”
The researchers were able to consistently detect a single Palmer amaranth seed when mixed with 99 waterhemp seeds, and they believe the assay could achieve even greater sensitivity with additional refinement.
The Plant Clinic has optimized a protocol for commercial testing of seed lots. “We have a test that we feel very confident in,” Plewa says. “We are offering the service now, for $50 per sample.” For more information, call 217-649-3941 or visit the Plant Clinic website.

The article, “A quantitative assay for Amaranthus palmeri identification,” is published in Pest Management Science. Authors Brent Murphy and Pat Tranel are housed in the Department of Crop Sciences at U of I, and Diane Plewa, Elizabeth Phillippi, and Suzanne Bissonnette are from U of I Extension’s Plant Clinic. The work was supported by a USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture Hatch grant.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Meet the latest weapon in the war against invasive vines: Moths

Known as pale swallow-wort in the U.S., the vine grows on other plants and on itself, covering the forest floor in a tall, dense mat that prevents trees from regenerating’
the Canadian Food Inspection Agency approved a petition by Bourchier and others to release Hypena opulenta moths, which live in Ukraine and feed on the leaves of dog-strangling vine as caterpillars. 

So far, the results have been a mixed bag.“With a formidable root system and puffy seed pods that are easily transported short distances on the wind, dog-strangling vine spreads quickly and is difficult to eradicate. But Sandy Smith of the University of Toronto and Rob Bourchier of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada are working on a project they hope will set the plant back: in 2013, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency approved a petition by Bourchier and others to release Hypena opulenta moths, which live in Ukraine and feed on the leaves of dog-strangling vine as caterpillars. So far, the results have been a mixed bag.”

Pamela Zevit, RPBio
Adamah Consultants 
Coquitlam BC Canada
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