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Biological Control of Invasive Plants Research


Our lab focuses on ecological aspects of biological control, especially for control of invasive plants in natural and managed ecosystems.

Research themes include understanding plant-insect interactions, the behavior and impact of natural enemy populations and communities, and differences between native and non-native plants. Our lab was the first to test and obtain a permit to release a biological control agent of mile-a-minute weed, Persicaria perfoliata (formerly known as Polygonum perfoliatum), and we are currently assessing its effectiveness. Additional projects in the lab seek biocontrol agents for kudzu; and methods to enhance currently available agents for purple loosestrife.