We interrupt conference coverage with an "invasives" debate...

Our friends over at GardenRant (http://www.gardenrant.com/my_weblog/2010/05/challenging-what-we-think-about-invasive-plants.html) opened a debate on invasives today.  Here's the start of their post:

"Challenging what we think about invasive plants

"'Don't Sweat the Invasion' is the attention-getting title of a conventional-wisdom-knocking article on Slate.com that we somehow missed when it was first published last year. Thankfully it was republished in Landscape Architecture Magazine, where it naturally provoked a few letters to the editor.
"The author names a few scientists who are "challenging what they consider old prejudices about 'alien' species..."

So what do you think about this discussion?  It's time to weigh in.  Florida's problems with invasive species is worse than other states as we've been finding out here at the conference.  Please share your opinions here and on Gardenrant.  Thanks.

Ginny Stibolt


Ginny Stibolt said…
"To fight water weeds in the St. Johns River, researchers bringing in foreign bugs: Students get their feet wet helping release the weed-eating insects," an article in Jacksonville's Times Union Newspaper website,(http://jacksonville.com/news/florida/2010-05-18/story/fight-water-weeds-st-johns-researchers-bringing-foreign-bugs) raises another issue of bringing in biological controls for invasives. Water hyacinths are certainly a problem, but is a foreign bug a viable answer?

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