Invading our news: Invasive species news blog, Update 2
- Hi! I’m Mainer95, a summer intern at GMRI. One project that I’m working on this summer is this special blog series, Invading Our News.
Here is the second installment. I hope its not baa-ring. (Image source: hello-julie, Flickr user, CC: BY, NC)
Scientists at the University of George have been researching the relationship between some native clearweed plants and garlic mustard. Some clearweed plant specimens with a special chemical sinigrin are able to wage warfare back upon their garlicky invaders. But, these sinigrin-filled plants have coevolved with garlic mustard to the point that they have trouble surviving without their new neighbor.
To create an exhibit that it… The Bristol Zoo in the UK has designed a new exhibit that showcases the invasive species in their local waterways. Though skunk-cabbage and floating pennywort may sound friendly, they are actually fierce invaders in British waterways that are now also on display at the zoo. The exhibit curators hope that they can use the display to educate the public about these invasive species that many people might not know about.
Goats are being rented for six weeks from a farmer to eat up all of the phragmites across two acres of wetlands within Freshkills Park on Staten Island. The park officials hope that the goats will weaken the phragmites population, preparing it for future assaults from herbicides. In the future, the park plans to use goats to mow their lawn. The park is the largest one in New York City, and the sanitation department only mows the 2,200 acres once a year, so the park officials are hoping that the goats will come back later to munch on grass instead of phragmites.
The Falmouth Town Council recently appropriated $18,000 to the Conservation Commission to help rid the town’s conservation lands of invasive species. With a couple thousand acres of land, this will be a big project. Though not an ideal solution, chemical application is going to be the most efficient way to remove the invasives from all of the natural areas.