Under the Microscope: Invasive weeds, MU prof on USDA council

Mar 6, 2014

Ellen Nelson has battled invasive plants that out-compete native grasses on her grass-fed beef ranch near Bellvue, Colo., Some climate studies suggest that fight will worsen in the coming decades.
Credit Luke Runyon / Harvest Public Media

Most climate models paint a bleak picture for the Great Plains a century from now. Scientists say it’ll be warmer, and the air will be more rich with carbon dioxide. To what degree is still unclear. But even small fluctuations in climate throw farmland ecosystems out of whack. A new study shows certain invasive plant species will not only be able to withstand climate change, but thrive. Harvest Public Media’s Luke Runyon has more.

Shibu Jose is the director of the Center for Agroforestry at the University of Missouri Columbia.

But recently, Jose was appointed by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to the Forestry Research Advisory Council. That council advises the secretary of agriculture on matters related to natural resources. It also provides advice related to the McIntire-Stennis Act of 1962, which makes funding available for forestry schools and research programs, including the one at MU.

KBIA’s Margaux Henquinet spoke to Jose about the appointment.