Workshop to Develop Research Priorities for Invasive Aquatic Plants

Overview

Improved management of aquatic invasive species (AIS) requires continued research on the basic biology and ecology of pest species and control methods. Funding for research on management of AIS has been inadequate although recently introduced legislation (National Aquatic Invasive Species Act) includes authorization of increased funding. Even if increased funding is authorized, the AIS problem is growing rapidly, and available resources will likely continue to limit research efforts. Consequently, development of priorities for research that address key biological, ecological, and management questions are critical for effectively addressing AIS problems.

Funding agencies and nonprofit groups have requested that the Western Regional Panel on Aquatic Nuisance Species (WRP) and other organizations prioritize research needs to help direct available funding to appropriate problems. Despite several attempts, the WRP has been unable to develop a consensus on research needs. The inability of the WRP to focus research priorities may be due to the diversity in habitats, organisms, pathways, and management options for AIS. While there are broad questions that apply to all AIS, more narrowly focused research questions that address specific taxa or pathways may be developed more readily by smaller groups of experts and managers.

A workshop was held on December 14-15, 2005 in La Jolla, California to develop research priorities for invasive aquatic plant. A group of experts in the field met to develop a consensus on where the field currently stands and on the major, compelling research priorities for invasive submersed aquatic plants. A report that outlines the current state of the field, describes the present and emerging management considerations, and presents a short and long term research agenda will be produced. The audience for the report will include researchers and funding agencies. The purpose of the report is not to dictate research policy. Rather, it will identify avenues, issues, and problems that require attention, including areas where aquatic plant management may be advanced by collaborations among disciplines.

The format of the workshop included presentations on the current state-of-the-science in various disciplines prepared by teams of experts in each discipline followed by breakout working group sessions where teams develop consensus on research priorities. The individual team priorities were presented to all participants to identify areas of common need and potential cross-disciplinary synergies.

Participants

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Participant List (.xls)

Working Groups (.pdf)

Introductory Presentations to Working Groups

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Workshop to Develop Research Priorities for Invasive Aquatic Plants by Mark Sytsma (596k)

Invasive Plant Ecology and Interaction with Native Plant Communities by John Madsen, Toni Pennington, and John Titus (5054k)

Interaction of Invasive Aquatic Plants with Environment and Other Biota by Eric Dibble, Bill James, Susan Wilde (18703k)

Physiology and Invasive Aquatic Plant Research by Lars Anderson, George Bowes and Bill Spencer (16192k)

Invasive Aquatic Workshop: Taxonomic Group by Michael Moody, Donald Les, Joe DiTomaso (6078k)

Biological Control of Aquatic Weeds:Current Status and Future Prospects by Jim Cuda (34452k)

Chemical Control: Past and Present Research Activities by Kurt Getssinger (29k)

State of Research on Harvesting & Habitat Alteration for Control of Nuisance Aquatic Vegetation by Chuck Boylen, Robert Doyle, Mark Sytsma, Mary Pfauth, and Vanessa Howard (1743k)

Revegitation After Management: Planting native Plants by R. Michael Smart, Gary Dick, Joe Snow, Richard Ott and Mark Webb (12781k)

Aquatic Weed Eradication Programs: State and Federal Issues by Patrick Akers and Robert Leavitt (75k)

Reports

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Aquatic Invasive Plant Management: Managers' Issues (94k .pps)

Biological Control of Aquatic Weeds: Critical Assessment of Research Needs (158k .pps)

Invasive Plant Ecology and Interaction with Native Plant Communities - Final (16k .pps)

Working Group on Physical & Mechanical Control (38k .pps)

Physical Control Methods for Aquatic Vegetation Bibliography (79k .pdf)

Revegetation after management (23k .pps)

Interaction of Invasive Plants with Environment and Other Biota (2498k .pps)

Group Discussion (Submersed Plant Research Priorities) (.pdf)

Ecology Database Choices (136k .pdf)

Native plant restoration working group (35k .pdf)

Taxonomic Discussion Research, Information and Implementation Priorities (51k .pdf)

Taxonomic Discussion - Literature Cited (28k .pdf)

Invasive Physiology and Photosynthesis Breakout Group (41k .pdf)

State and Federal Issues Workgroup (24k .pdf)

 

Publication Guidance

MANUSCRIPT PREPARATION GUIDE JOURNAL OF AQUATIC PLANT MANAGEMENT (PDF)

Funding

Western Regional Panel on Aquatic Nuisance Species Californian Department of Food and Agriculture California Department of Fish and Game Portland State University/Smithsonian Environmental Research Center Aquatic Bioinvasion Research and Policy Institute.

Contacts

For additional information:

Mark Sytsma: 503-725-3833, sytsmam@pdx.edu

John Madsen: 662-325-2428, jmadsen@gri.msstate.edu

 

sunset in la Jolla photo by Jeff Schardt