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Alien Plant Invasions: The Story of Cogongrass in Southeastern Forests

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Cogongrass (Imperata cylindrica), an alien grass listed as a federal noxious weed, has become a force to reckon with in the forestlands of the southeastern United States. Accidentally introduced in 1912 in packing material from Japan, the weed has negatively affected both natural and planted forests. Knowledge about the biology and management of cogongrass among foresters and land managers in the region is the greatest help in the fight against this alien species. An integrated management approach using all available methods is necessary to control cogongrass.
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Keywords: alien species; environmental management; forest; forest management; forest resources; forestry; forestry research; forestry science; integrated management; natural resource management; natural resources; pathology; pests

Document Type: Miscellaneous

Affiliations: 1: Assistant Professor School of Forest Resources and Conservation, University of Florida, 5988 Highway 90, Building 4900, Milton, FL, 32583, [email protected] 2: Research Manager International Paper, Cantonment, Florida 3: Assistant Professor Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, University of Florida, Milton 4: Professor of Agronomy and Director Mid-Florida Research and Education Center, University of Florida, Apopka 5: Senior Lab Technician West Florida Research and Education Center, University of Florida, Jay

Publication date: 2002-01-01

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