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Research Project: Areawide Management of Invasive Weeds in the Sacramento/San Joaquin River Delta to Assist the California Division of Boating and Waterways

Location: Invasive Species and Pollinator Health

Project Number: 2030-22000-029-06-S
Project Type: Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Aug 26, 2014
End Date: Jul 1, 2019

Objective:
To assess low-risk herbicides for use in managing waterhyacinth, to assist with controlled growth experiments of invasive aquatic plants, to develop an extension and outreach program for the Areawide beginning with an Areawide project webpage, rearing biocontrol insects for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, collaborate on research on the interaction of Neochetina weevils with waterhyacinth, and collaborate on research on the interaction of Megamelus planthoppers with waterhyacinth.

Approach:
1. Field trials will be performed with new greener low-risk herbicides for control of waterhyacinth, in cooperation with CDBW; 2. UCD WRIC will assist with the development and implementation of controlled-growth experiments on invasive plants at the Aquatic Weed Research Laboratory, and provide assistance with field research as needed; 3. WRIC will develop a plan for extension and outreach programs for the Areawide project, beginning with designing and launching a webpage for the Areawide program. 4. WRIC will rear additional biocontrol insects for use on waterhyacinth in the Sacramento/San Joaquin River Delta. 5. WRIC will collaborate on research on the interaction of the Neochetina weevil with waterhyacinth. 6. WRIC will collaborate on research on the interaction of Megamelus planthoppers with waterhyacinth. 7. Project progress will be documented through annual reports, presentations at technical planning meetings and for stakeholders, and in manuscripts submitted to peer-reviewed journals.