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Hydrilla and King Ranch Bluestem Create Devastating Monocultures on Water and Land

Ms. Mary Gilroy describes two invasive plants that have raided Texas waterways and prairies. Learn how Hydrilla (Hydrilla verticillata) creates massive monocultures in lakes and how King Ranch Bluestem (KR Bluestem – Bothriochloa ischaemum) outcompetes native vegetation in the Central Texas Hill Country. Ms. Gilroy is an environmental scientist in Austin, Texas.

This video is part of Commander Ben’s “Invasive Species: Secrets Revealed” series of interviews from the 2011 Texas Invasive Plant and Pest Conference.

Also, watch this YouTube video to see how the City of Austin and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department have teamed up to release sterile grass carp to hunt down and munch away at Hydrilla on Lake Austin.

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Strategy and Tactics for Combatting Invasive Plant Species

Mr. Matt McCaw talks about his work, helping to manage conservation lands and improve the quality of water entering aquifers. He describes the different physical and mechanical ways to combat privets (genus Ligustrum) in Central Texas and when necessary, what types of targeted herbicides are the most effective. Learn why he likes felling Chinaberries and why Saltcedars are so difficult to take down. Mr. McCaw is a biologist in Austin, Texas.

This video is part of Commander Ben’s “Invasive Species: Secrets Revealed” series of interviews from the 2011 Texas Invasive Plant and Pest Conference.

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iPhone Apps and Google Maps Team Up to Battle Invasive Species

In part two of his interview, Mr. Chuck Bargeron talks about his work on EDDMapS to make invasive species mapping easy; IveGot1, the iPhone app to help citizen scientists report invasives in Florida; and his eagerly anticipated iPhone app to help with the reporting of invasives in Texas. He also brings out the important role that herbariums play to documenting the location of species. Mr. Bargeron is the technology director for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health at the University of Georgia.

Watch part one of Commander Ben’s interview with Mr. Bargeron, “Invasive species watch: Nile Monitor lizards and feral hogs”.

This video is part of Commander Ben’s “Invasive Species: Secrets Revealed” series of interviews from the 2011 Texas Invasive Plant and Pest Conference.

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Invasive Species Watch: Nile Monitor Lizards and Feral Hogs

In part one of his interview, Mr. Chuck Bargeron talks about the tools available to help make early detection and rapid response easier for citizen scientists. He also reveals his interest in the Nile Monitor lizards and the threat of feral hogs as invasive species. Mr. Bargeron is the technology director for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health at the University of Georgia.

Watch part two of Commander Ben’s interview with Mr. Bargeron, “iPhone apps and Google maps team up to battle invasive species”.

This video is part of Commander Ben’s “Invasive Species: Secrets Revealed” series of interviews from the 2011 Texas Invasive Plant and Pest Conference.

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Advances in the Fight Against Invasive Species in Texas

Dr. Damon Waitt talks about the great advances in bringing the invasive species community together in Texas, and in the cool nighttime November air, he reveals the invasive plant that bugs him the most—the Bastard Cabbage.  Dr. Waitt is the Senior Director and Botanist at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.

This video is part of Commander Ben’s “Invasive Species: Secrets Revealed” series of interviews from the 2011 Texas Invasive Plant and Pest Conference.

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Update: See Native Plant Avengers – Ecosystem’s Mightiest Heroes – battle Bastard Cabbage

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