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2009-12-24 07:02:47

University of Delaware researchers have uncovered a novel means of conquest employed by the common reed, Phragmites australis, which ranks as one of the world's most invasive plants. The invasive strain, which hails from Eurasia, overtakes its "native" cousin, which has lived in North America for the past 10,000 years, ironically by provoking the native plant to "take itself out," through a combination of microbial and enzymatic activity in the soil. The research by an interdisciplinary UD...

2009-06-03 14:27:21

The UD research team found that Phragmites delivers a one-two chemical knock-out punch to snuff out its victims, and the poison becomes even more toxic in the presence of the sun's ultraviolet rays.The study, which is published in the June issue of the scientific journal Plant Signaling & Behavior, is believed to be the first to report the effects of UV-B radiation on plant allelopathy, the production of toxins by a plant to ward off encroachment by neighboring plants.The authors include...

2008-07-24 03:00:35

By David Hendee, Omaha World-Herald, Neb. Jul. 24--RED CLOUD, Neb. -- The old tree-choked, shrub-infested, island- jammed ditch south of town has a new function this summer. A river runs through it. For the first time in at least 10 years, the Republican River is reclaiming its channel, flowing faster and virtually unhindered from the Harlan County Dam to Kansas, thanks to a new program to remove invasive vegetation. "We've got a good thing started here," said Mike Clements, general...

2007-06-08 06:00:20

By Billore, Suresh Tropical India has many heavily polluted water bodies like ponds, lakes or stagnant rivers that support a green mat of diverse plant species such as phytoplankton. The cause is pollution from urban areas, industry and agriculture. The traditional treatment systems need high inputs of energy, are expensive and short lived. The shift now is to a more ecological system. Professors Suresh Billore and Prashant are developing artificial floating islands that treat the water on...