Midwest Invasive Plant Concerns - Download this questionnaire and make known your concerns about Potential andor Known Problematic Species that need more attention
Send to: Kate Howe, Midwest Invasive Plant Coordinator, Purdue University, c/o The Nature Conservancy, 620 East Ohio Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202, or e-mail to howek at purdue.edu
The Midwest Invasive Plant Network (MIPN) would like your help to evaluate research priorties and foster interactions between researchers and land managers working on invasive plants.
If you work on invasive plant issues in the Midwest, please click on this link to complete the Midwest Invasive Plant Network (MIPN) survey on research needs for invasive plants:
MIPN is composed of people from government agencies, universities, industry, non-profit organizations, and the general public who are working to address the threats of invasive plants in the Midwest. Results of this survey will be used to help direct our activities , focus research, and strengthen the community of people working together to reduce the impact of invasive plants.
Thank you for help,
John Cardina, Ohio State University & Chair of the MIPN Research Committee
Kate Howe, Coordinator for the Midwest Invasive Plant Network
Results of the MIPN Research Needs Survey, October 2007 (PDF)
See the link below for an article from the Columbus Dispatch about invasive plants in Ohio. The article highlights the Ohio Invasive Plants Council and includes a quote from John Cardina, Chair of the MIPN Research Committee.
Purdue Weed Science Site, Purdue University, Agronomy Department
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Weed Science Site
Southern Illinois University Carbondale Weed Science Site
Ohio State University, Weed Science, Research, and Extension Weed Workshop Site
Iowa State University Weed Science Research Program
University of Wisconsin Weed Science Site
CESU (Cooperative Ecosystem Study Units) National Network is a network of cooperative units established to provide research, technical assistance, and education to resource and environmental managers.
Ecological Society of America (ESA) - Postition Paper on Biological Invasions Read
"Over time, an invasive plant loses its toxic edge", News Bureau, University of Illinois, Read the article...
Rapid evolution of invasive plants, John Maron, University of Montana. Visit his website to read about his work and a list of publications.
Land Manager and Researcher Perspectives on Invasive Plant Research Needs in the Midwestern United States - This article grew out of a project conducted by the Midwest Invasive Plant Network's Research Committee and was published in the January - March, 2009 issue of Invasive Plant Science & Management.
Click here for the PDF of the full text.
Cattail Sleuths: Using Forensic Techniques to Better Understand the Spread of an Invasive Species in Wetlands
All cattails are not created equal. In fact, there is
mounting evidence to suggest that the rapid spread of cattails (Typha
spp.) in the national parks of Great Lakes Region is due, at least in
part, to the introduction of a European invader. A study examined the
prevalence of hybrids in three Great Lakes national parks representing
multiple habitat types, and the relationship between clone size and hybrid
status in newly invaded areas. Bottom line - it appears the cattails
in these sites are an aggressive 'hybrid swarm' between the native broad-leaved
cattail (Typha latifolia) and European narrow-leaved cattail
Click here to download the study "Cattail Sleuths" (Word file)
Typha angustifolia - photo provided by Botanical Department, University of Catania, Italy
Biological control of Canada thistle: more work needed (Research Brief #65), Jerry Doll, UW-Madison Agronomy