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Research Methods

Aquatic weeds are not simply a nuisance since their presence can severely limit fish populations and lake productivity. Aquatic weeds reduce the ability to move irrigation and flood water in canals which put thousands of acres of crop land at risk, while endangering human health and property.  This means that invasive weeds represent a significant natural disaster if not managed effectively.  However, managing weeds in aquatic systems provide challenges not faced in the greater weed science community where weeds occur in terrestrial habitats.  Additionally, the research and management techniques utilized in aquatic weed management are not as standardized as those in terrestrial habitats due to managing living organisms in dynamic systems.  

Researchers within the Aquatic Plant Management Society have encountered these issues for many years and have developed effective techniques and approaches to overcome these challenges. Research Methods taps into this talent and provides 14 chapters of techniques and experiences for how to best address these complex topics, and how to overcome many of the pitfalls or challenges when conducting work in aquatic environments. This publication will prove to be an excellent reference for new researchers, regulatory officials, and natural resource managers that have an interest in aquatic plant management.

Table of Contents

  1. Propagation methods of submersed, emergent and floating plants for research
  2. Scaling studies for submersed aquatic plant management research
  3. General guidelines for sound, small-scale herbicide efficacy research
  4. How to establish aquatic field trials
  5. Use of Herbicides in Areas of High Water Exchange: Practical Considerations
  6. Aquatic dissipation studies for product registration
  7. Methods for culturing and maintaining algae for management investigations
  8. Laboratory Studies for prediction of responses for algae to algaecides in situ
  9. Herbicide assays for predicting or determining plant responses in aquatic systems
  10. Using 14C-labeled herbicides in aquatic plant research
  11. Designing and using phenological studies to define management strategies for aquatic plants
  12. Proper survey methods for research of aquatic plant ecology and management
  13. Incorporating biocontrol agents into a integrated management plan: Practical considerations
  14. Genetic Variation and Aquatic Plant Management: Key Concepts and Practical Implications

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