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Managing invasive aquatic species starts with good data


By Michael Hall

Invasive aquatic plants are a problem all over the world. Transported either by accident or intentionally, some plants are extraordinarily successful in their new home. As a result, they clog water intake pipes, entangle boat propellers, crowd out native plants, take up oxygen needed by fish, and depress property values.

Taking a close look at the management of Hydrilla verticillate, or water thyme, helps show some of the trends in this field. Hydrilla was brought to North America from its home in Asia as an attractive aquarium plant.

Read the full article in ES&E Magazine’s October 2020 issue:

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