Navigation Links
Repelling the knapweed invasion
Date:2/18/2012

This press release is available in French.

Vancouver, B.C. (Wednesday, February 15, 2012) The problem of invasive species may seem remote from most people's lives. But in some parts of the United Kingdom, an invasive plant creates a problem that hits home, literally. That's because the presence of invasive knotweed on a property prevents potential buyers from obtaining a mortgage. This destructive plant from Asia, which can tear down walls and rip up roads, is also putting down roots in many parts of Canada.

Research by Judith Myers, an ecology professor emerita at the University of British Columbia, shows that the tide can be turned. At this week's meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in Vancouver, Myers will talk about how her research has helped reduce the threat of a similar plantknapweed. The rangeland plant had spread through the interior of British Columbia, ruining pastureland for cattle and impacting local economies. Following extensive testing of European insects to find those that would feast on the knapweed but leave everything else alone, a beetle was introduced to North America that has caused a significant and rapid decline in knapweed.

For every one dollar spent on the control program, there was $17 in economic benefit in British Columbia. Considering that a 2008 estimate put the annual cost of invasive weeds at $65 million in British Columbia alone, the success of the program is a win for the economy and for the ecology.

Myers will present her findings at the AAAS session Transcending Interdisciplinary Research Barriers: Best Practices for Mobilizing Knowledge on Saturday, February 18, from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., in Room 213 of the Vancouver Convention Centre West Building.


'/>"/>
Contact: Judith Myers
myers@zoology.ubc.ca
604-970-0675
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1

Related biology news :

1. Salt water alone unlikely to halt Burmese python invasion
2. Aquatic fish jump into picture of evolutionary land invasion
3. Market transactions and economics in general affect biological invasions
4. Invasion of genomic parasites triggered modern mammalian pregnancy
5. Forests under threat from exotic earthworm invasion
6. Open minded and open access: NeoBiota, a new publishing platform for invasion biologists
7. High-throughput screen finds compounds that regulate cancer cell invasion
8. Manage biological invasions like natural disasters, biologists say
9. Tree resin the key evidence of current and historic insect invasions
10. Defective cell surface glue is key to tumor invasion
11. UC Riverside entomologist helps manage invasion threats posed to Californias avocados
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:4/11/2017)... 11, 2017 Crossmatch®, a globally-recognized leader ... today announced that it has been awarded a ... Activity (IARPA) to develop next-generation Presentation Attack Detection ... "Innovation has been a driving force within Crossmatch ... allow us to innovate and develop new technologies ...
(Date:4/11/2017)... 11, 2017 No two people are ... the New York University Tandon School of Engineering ... found that partial similarities between prints are common ... mobile phones and other electronic devices can be ... vulnerability lies in the fact that fingerprint-based authentication ...
(Date:4/6/2017)... Forecasts by Product Type (EAC), ... End-Use (Transportation & Logistics, Government & Public Sector, Utilities ... Generation Facility, Nuclear Power), Industrial, Retail, Business Organisation (BFSI), ... you looking for a definitive report on the $27.9bn ... ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... October 12, 2017 , ... DuPont Pioneer and recently formed ... entered into a multiyear collaboration to identify and characterize novel CRISPR-Cas nucleases. The ... gene editing across all applications. , Under the terms of the agreement, Pioneer ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... October 12, 2017 , ... AMRI, a ... biotechnology industries to improve patient outcomes and quality of life, will now be ... are being attributed to new regulatory requirements for all new drug products, including ...
(Date:10/11/2017)... ... October 11, 2017 , ... The CRISPR-Cas9 ... overexpression experiments and avoiding the use of exogenous expression plasmids. The simplicity of ... performing systematic gain-of-function studies. , This complement to loss-of-function studies, such as ...
(Date:10/11/2017)... , ... October 11, 2017 , ... ... announced today it will be hosting a Webinar titled, “Pathology is going digital. ... Associates , on digital pathology adoption best practices and how Proscia improves lab ...
Breaking Biology Technology: