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Research Project: Headquarters Cooperative Programs - Crop Production and Protection (CPP)

Location: Crop Production and Protection

Title: Federal agency-perspectives and funding opportunities for weed and invasive plant research symposium

item Young, Steve
item KELLS, JAMES - Michigan State University
item NANDULLA, VIJAY - National Institute Of Food And Agriculture (NIFA)

Submitted to: Weed Science
Publication Type: Proceedings
Publication Acceptance Date: 4/1/2023
Publication Date: N/A
Citation: N/A

Interpretive Summary: Despite the challenges posed by weeds and invasive plants, integrated management techniques, several effective chemistries, and the development of new technology are a signal that ongoing and renewed efforts are worthwhile. National coordination is needed across the sectors of weed and invasive plant sciences to achieve common goals. Federal agencies have the largest land holdings, which are infested with weeds and invasive plants, and work with a diverse group of stakeholders comprising managers, researchers, and regulators. Thus, there is an urgent and pressing need to facilitate dialogue between federal agencies specific to weed and invasive plant science to 1) serve as a starting point for summarizing current knowledge and identifying information gaps and 2) re-engage national program leaders and representatives to better coordinate programs in addressing common challenges.

Technical Abstract: The terrestrial and aquatic areas covered by federal agencies and the work of employees and associated stakeholders to address weeds and invasive plants are a primary reason to focus on improved coordination and communication. As such, the symposium, which brought national program leaders and representatives from 12 federal agencies and departments together, was an initial effort in this direction by discussing weed and invasive plant science efforts and what is known and needed in order to help build and re-establish connections. Funding and engagement opportunities for each agency and department have been provided for greater awareness among weed and invasive plant scientists (Table 1). In addition, an effort is underway to identify gaps and overlaps in invasive plant activities that could create opportunities for greater collaboration at the national level. Ultimately, the symposium served as an important starting point for more frequent and diverse interactions, improving information and knowledge transfer pathways, and building collaborations.