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Society for Economic Botany/BSA Economic Botany Section

Hughes , Mark [1], Blair, Charles [1].

Invasive Aquatic Weeds; Implications for Mosquito and Vector Management Activities.

Healthy natural wetlands ARE FAR LESS LIKELY to be breeding areas for disease-carrying mosquitoes than degraded ones. Degradation of these bodies of water by invasive aquatic weeds and other influences can result in their being potential habitat for mosquitoes that can carry the West Nile Virus, encephalitis, and other diseases. Control of these invasive plants can be an important part of the Integrated Weed/Pest Management efforts of both Weed Management Areas and Mosquito and Vector Control Agencies. Adverse effects of Water Hyacinth, Eichhnorina crassipes, hydrilla, Hydrilla verticillata, Water Evening-primrose, Ludwigia spp, Smooth Cordgrass, Spartina spp., S. densiflora x foliosa, and other species on water quality and facilitating mosquito breeding will be shown. Presentations on the importance of S. spp. in San Francisco Bay were made at recent statewide Cal-IPC and Mosquito and Vector Control Conferences. Demonstration of these relationships can enhance both agency and public awareness of their importance.

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Invasive Species
Aquatic Plants
Mosquito Control.

Presentation Type: Poster:Posters for Sections
Session: P
Location: Khorassan Ballroom/Chase Park Plaza
Date: Monday, July 11th, 2011
Time: 5:45 PM
Number: PEN013
Abstract ID:441

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