Aquatic vegetation management to enhance multiple-user benefits of southeastern wetlands
Gary Ervin, lead PI
Gray Turnage, co-PI, MSU Geosystems Research Institute
Adrian Lazaro-Lobo, doctoral student
This project (funded by the MS Water Resources Research Institute is exploring a variety of chemical control measures (herbicides) to reduce the abundance of key nuisance plant species, while maintaining diversity of desirable species and also minimizing any negative impacts on key water quality parameters (e.g., dissolved oxygen, nitrogen, and phosphorus).
The ultimate objective of this work is to discover methods to control nuisance aquatic vegetation in wetland and aquatic habitats of areas like the nearby Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge (NNWR), while minimizing impacts on non-target vegetation and water quality.
Carter, C., J. D Madsen, and G. N. Ervin. 2018. Effects of initial propagule size and water depth on Butomus umbellatus L. growth and vegetative propagation. Aquatic Botany 150: 27-32.