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University of Washington Botanic Gardens


Washington Park Arboretum
Center for Urban Horticulture

Meeting the Challenge:
Preventing, Detecting, and Controlling Invasive Plants

Session A - Controlling Invasive Plants
Session B - Ecological Interactions and Impacts
Session C - Prediction, Early Detection, and Mapping
Session D - Pathways, Vectors, and Prevention
Session E - Poster Session


Conference Schedule


Opening Session

This session will open our conference with broad themes spanning all four of our session topics.

Opening Session Presenters:


Session A - Controlling Invasive Plants

This session will focus on the latest advances in technology for controlling invasive plants, including mechanical, fire, herbicide, and biocontrol methods. Such techniques are vital to early-detection/rapid response initiatives that seek to eradicate invasive plant species before they gain a significant foothold in non-invaded natural areas and managed landscapes. They are also used to keep invasive plant populations at manageable levels. The technology is continually changing, as are the regulations that support their safe use. We encourage presentations to focus on robust comparisons of treated and non-treated conditions with quantitative assessments of treatment efficacy and relative cost.

Session A Presenters:


Session B - Ecological Interactions and Impacts

The Ecology Session will focus on the effects and ecological interactions of invasive plants in a diversity of ecosystems in northwestern North America. Topics addressed may include a range of ecological scales; for example changes in soil chemistry, impacts to native plant growth and reproduction, to broader community and ecosystem interactions. We encourage presentations that will provide attendees with a strong foundation in potential impacts of invasive plants in wildlands, generate discussion on the science of invasive plant impacts, and identify future research priorities.

Session B Presenters:


Session C - Prediction, Early Detection, and Mapping

In this session, we will discuss the science of prediction, projects that implement early detection and rapid responses to new invaders, and new approaches and techniques for mapping invasive species. We encourage presentations on advances in the prediction of new invaders and which sites are most susceptible to invasion, which can lead to improvements in the prevention and early detection of new invaders. We also encourage presentations which will discuss the development and utilization of mapping tools and databases that enable the tracking of invasive plant species, changes in the species range and management efforts.

Session C Presenters:


Session D - Pathways, Vectors, and Prevention

This session will focus on identification of pathways or vectors, various pathways of impending new invaders, and methods of preventing invasive plant introductions. Determination of the potential pathways and/or vectors of a species is the first step toward preventing the introduction of a species found to be invasive elsewhere.  Changing climates and land use patterns may result in new pathways or vectors.  We encourage presentations on pathway or vector identification methods, new discoveries of pathways, changes in the significance of pathways and vectors based on species or location, and methods of preventing invasive plant introductions.

Session D Presenters:


Closing Session

Closing Session Presenters:


Session E - Poster Session

Session E Presenters:


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Thursday, 29-Jan-2015 15:47:56 PST