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Blast from the Past – Traveling 50 Years Back in Aquatic Plant Management

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Mechanical harvesting of Hyacinth 1939
Photo Credit – UF-IFAS-CAIP

Aquatic plant science and management in today’s world is one of the most complex and diverse disciplines in which to work or study.  Focus on identifying, quantifying, actively managing, or even restoring aquatic plants are common goals. The individuals and companies charged with achieving these goals are, as they have been for decades, racing to keep the science ahead of ever increasing invasions and infestations of non-native species, degradation of native habitat, and keeping harmony among stakeholders in multi-use systems.  Working in aquatic plant management today  can be an extremely frustrating, yet rewarding career choice ; a choice that many who read this blog have made or are in the process of making (for those still contemplating, see “Why a career in aquatic plant management“).  We are an ever evolving science where the sky is truly the limit.  In this week’s blog, lets try to gain some prospective of just how far we have come. (more…)

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Simulating an Invasion! Scientists take a look at overland transport of Eurasian watermilfoil

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EWM fragments. Photo Credit: Brett Hartis

The word “invasion” strikes fear in the minds of many, envisioning occupation by foreign entities bent on plunder and destruction.  An invasion, in fact, is the aggressive entry of an outside force to occupy the space of another.  In aquatic systems of the northern United States, Eurasian watermilfoil (EWM) fits the bill of an invader to a T.

 

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Regional Update – South Carolina APMS Meeting Wrap-up

room The South Carolina APMS Chapter’s 35th annual conference was held at Springmaid Beach Resort in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina October 23-25, 2013.  (more…)

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APMS 2nd Call for Papers

You are invited to submit a title and abstract for the 54th Annual Meeting of the Aquatic Plant Management Society to be held July 13-16, 2014, at the Hilton Savannah Desoto in Savannah, GA.  Both oral and poster presentations of original research on the biology or ecology of aquatic and wetland plants, control methods (biological, chemical, cultural, or mechanical) for invasive, exotic or nuisance plant or alga species, and restoration projects involving wetland or aquatic plants and alga are solicited.  This year’s meeting will be a joint meeting with the MidSouth Aquatic Plant Management Society with regional presenters strongly encouraged to consider presenting. (more…)

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Regional Update – Midsouth APMS Meeting Wrap-up

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The 32nd Annual MidSouth APMS Meeting was held in Tunica, Mississippi this past September.  As many may know, a successful meeting does not occur without the hard work and dedication of the Board of Directors and all of the committee chairs and members.  A big thank you is warranted to all who contributed to the meeting and made it such a great success. (more…)

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Regional Update – MAPMS Meeting Wrap-up

The Midwest Aquatic Plant Management Society has just completed their 34th Annual Conference which was held in Lombard, Illinois.  The event was held at the Westin Lombard Yorktown Center, a stylish and sophisticated hotel located in downtown Lombard.  With nearly 200 attendees, the conference featured 33 cutting-edge presentations which covered a variety of subjects including hybrid milfoil and herbicide resistance.

The 2014 MAPMS Board of Directors

The 2014 MAPMS Board of Directors

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An inch per day? Scientists’ investigation sheds light on invasive submersed plant growth potential

We’ve all heard horror stories of invasive submersed aquatic plants expeditiously expanding across a water body in what seems like a matter of days.  Many of us have likely even seen this with our own eyes.  Two of the most well known invaders for their seemingly prolific expansion are Hydrilla and Eurasian watermilfoil (EWM).  (more…)

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Industry Update: Valent and Nufarm Join Forces in the Aquatics Market

Valent Corporation signed a formal agreement with Nufarm Americas giving them exclusive distributorship of its products. All of Valent’s Professional Products, including its aquatics products Clipper and Tradewind will now be sold by Nufarm.  (more…)

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How “Dry” to “Die”? – An Interesting look at Eurasian Watermilfoil Dessication and Viability

As if straight out of a Hollywood horror flick, a monster is chopped up into many pieces, only to come back at the end of the movie to warrant sequel after sequel of terror.  As many of you may know, invasive aquatic plants can embody this heinous trait in real life, making their way from water body to water body as pieces of their former selves. (more…)

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APMS Student Paper Contests for July 2014 Meeting in Savannah, Georgia

The Aquatic Plant Management Society (APMS) is inviting student papers for the
upcoming 54th Annual Meeting of the Aquatic Plant Management Society. The
meeting will be held July 13-16, 2014 at the Hilton De Soto in historic Savannah,
Georgia.  Oral and poster presentations of original research on the biology or
ecology of aquatic and wetland plants, harmful algal blooms, control methods
(biological, chemical, cultural, mechanical) for invasive exotic or nuisance native
plant species, and restoration projects involving wetland or aquatic plants are
solicited.  We had outstanding participation at the 2013 San Antonio Meeting
with nine student presenters from five different Universities meeting, but we
want to surpass those numbers at this year’s meeting!

 
The APMS has a strong ethic of student support. The society will provide all
student presenters room accommodations and complimentary registration.
First, 2nd, and 3rd place prize money will be awarded in separate contests for
both oral and poster presentations.  In addition, all students are invited to
attend a hands-on tour of local aquatic plant management sites. In addition,
this meeting presents an opportunity for students to develop their presentation
skills, learn about the field of aquatic plant management, and network with key
Government, University, Industry representatives and peers with similar
educational and professional interests.

 

Students may register and submit an abstract by following the instructions under the “annual meeting” link. The submission deadline for Title and Abstract is April 20, 2014.

 
For more information please contact the APMS Student Affairs Committee:

 
Becca Haynie, PhD
SePRO Corporation
11550 North Meridian Street
Suite 600
Carmel, Indiana 46032
317-452-0579

 
Chris Mudge, PhD
School of Plant, Environmental and Soil Sciences
Louisiana State University Agriculture Center
108 Sturgis Hall
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
225-578-1208

Downloadable PDF of Student Paper Contests announcement

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