Location: Exotic and Invasive Weeds Research
Project Number: 2030-22000-029-05
Start Date: Sep 15, 2014
End Date: Jul 01, 2019
Weed growth and development will be assessed to increase the team’s ability identify and target physiological weak points in plant biology and ecology as it relates to potential control treatments. Abiotic variables driving weed growth and development (such as air and water temperature, light and wind conditions, nutrient levels, etc.) will be monitored and provided to cooperators who will predict weed growth, reproduction and dispersal potential in critical habitats. Biologists will work with remote sensing and Geographic Information System (GIS) mapping specialists from NASA to improve targeting for area-wide weed control. Together, research personnel, operational staff, local land and waterway managers, and county mosquito abatement districts will be planning and working together throughout this project to improve program efficacy and provide sustainable methods for long-term use. Outcomes will be evaluated and promoted in cooperation with USDA, University of California (UC) Cooperative Extension Service specialists and others in San Joaquin and Contra Costa Counties. Program enhancements will thus be directly transferred to end-users as the program advances through direct application and assessment.