USDA-Agricultural Research Service and Weed Science Society of America Collaborate to Present Weed Science Webinar Series: USDA ARS

USDA-Agricultural Research Service and Weed Science Society of America Collaborate to Present Weed Science Webinar Series

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WASHINGTON, March 28, 2022 — The USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and the Weed Science Society of America (WSSA) today announced the launch of a series of free webinars focusing on current research and advances in weed management. weeds and invasive plants.

“ARS scientists have worked in a wide range of agricultural and natural ecosystems, including agronomic and horticultural crops, pastures, forests, rangelands, wetlands and riparian areas,” said Steve Young, USDA-ARS National Program Manager for Weeds and Invasive Pests. “Our scientists have contributed to discoveries in the newest areas of robotics and genetics as well as the traditional and fundamental topics of weed-crop competition, physiology and the integration of weed control tactics. weeds.”

By collaborating with WSSA, ARS scientists aim to highlight important research that has contributed to the development of sustainable practices for controlling weeds and invasive plants.

“The WSSA is delighted to host a series of webinars to highlight the contribution of ARS scientists to our discipline,” said WSSA President Stanley Culpepper. “Their efforts to advance knowledge of weed and invasive plant management are a critical component of long-term management success.”

Presentations will be given by experts in weed science research from the USDA-ARS beginning April 5. The webinars will take place every Tuesday from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. AND and include an interactive Q&A session:

At the High Plains Grassland Research Station in Cheyenne, Wyoming, ecologist Dana Blumenthal (left, lying on a plank) and plant physiologist Jack Morgan measure plant height and upload data on soil content. soil water to determine the role of water in mediating plant responses to warming and rising carbon dioxide. (Stephen Ausmus, D1538-1).

April 5 – ARS Weed Science: past, present and future: Steve Duke, Senior Scientist at the National Center for Natural Products Research at the University of Mississippi, Steve Young, National Program Manager – Invasive Weeds and Pests, WSSA Representatives and ARS Administrators

Theme I: Tactics

April 12 Integrated weed management in cropping systems: Marty Williams, ecologist at the Global Change and Photosynthesis Research Unit in Urbana, IL

April 19 – Uncultivated Systems: Advances in Biological Weed Control Tools: Melissa Smith, research ecologist at the Invasive Plant Research Laboratory in Fort Lauderdale, FL

April 26 – New technology for the identification and control of weeds: Steven Mirsky, research ecologist at the Sustainable Agricultural Systems Lab in Beltsville, MD

Theme II: Mechanisms

May 3 – Role of plant physiology in weed-crop competition: Dave Horvath, plant physiology researcher at the Sunflower and Plant Biology Research Unit in Fargo, ND

May 10 – Molecular basis for controlling invasive plants: Matt Tancos, research plant pathologist at the Foreign Disease and Weed Research Unit in Fort Detrick, MD

May 17 – Addressing herbicide resistance with alternative chemicals: Scott Baerson, molecular biologist at the Natural Products Utilization Research Unit in Oxford, MS

Theme III: Impacts

May 24 – Spread and distribution of invasive plants: John Madsen, research biologist at the Invasive Species and Pollinator Health Unit in Albany, California

May 31 – Effects of climate change on weeds and their management: Dana Blumenthal, ecologist at the Rangeland Resources & Systems Research Unit in Fort Collins, CO

June 7 Restoration for invasive plant management: Roger Sheley, ecologist at the Rangeland and Forage Range Management Research Unit in Burns, OR

To attend the webinar, please register in advance. This webinar is open to the public and WSSA membership is not required.

The Agricultural Research Service is the principal internal scientific research agency of the United States Department of Agriculture. Daily, ARS focuses on solutions to agricultural problems affecting America. Every dollar invested in agricultural research translates into $17 of economic impact.

Lana T. Arthur