Invasives in Action

Clara Trueblood shares information about her recent presentation at the American Society of Horticultural Science Annual Conference and participation with the Invasive Plants Research Working Group.

American Society of Horticultural Science Annual Conference

The American Society of Horticultural Science (ASHS) Annual Conference was recently held in New Orleans. The conference brought together over 1,000 plant professionals to share research and extension experience in the propagation, production, and management of ornamental and agricultural crops. And because the horticultural industry introduced many invasive plant species, a primary component of the annual conference includes research updates regarding weed management and the prevention of new introductions.

I presented my graduate research from North Carolina State University to develop an Invasive Species Risk Assessment for the North Carolina horticultural industry. The Risk Assessment is used statewide by the North Carolina Nursery and Landscape Association to rank the invasive potential of ornamental plants available for sale in the state.

Conference Panelist

As a panelist with the Invasive Plants Research Working Group, I presented my graduate research from North Carolina State University to develop an Invasive Species Risk Assessment for the North Carolina horticultural industry. The Risk Assessment is used statewide by the North Carolina Nursery and Landscape Association to rank the invasive potential of ornamental plants available for sale in the state. Many of the plants I studied are also invasive plants in the Northeastern U.S. and are included with the invasive plant surveys and management plans that we complete for clients working in state forests.

Invasive Plants Research Working Group

The Invasive Plants Research Working Group included researchers and students from universities, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the USDA Agricultural Research Service. We reviewed management strategies and restoration efforts in both aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems—I look forward to applying these approaches for invasive plant management and native plant restoration with our work for clients at GAI.

For questions or more information on Clara’s Invasive Species Risk Assessment research, contact Assistant Environmental Manager Clara Trueblood at 724.873.3545.

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