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Science, Health and Technology
5:31 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

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

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.

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Agriculture
5:30 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

How climate change could benefit some invasive plants

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: It will likely be warmer and the air will be more rich with carbon dioxide. Though scientists don’t yet know how exactly the climate will change, new studies show it could be a boon to some invasive plant species.  

A growing problem

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Agriculture
5:18 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Farmers battle thistle invading crops, pasture

Thistles have been popping up mainly in pasture land used for cattle grazing, but they also appear in fields with crops.
Jennifer Davidson KSMU

Last fall, after the drought had killed off most of the competition, a certain weed took advantage of the opportunity to germinate and flourish. And now, the thistle is hurting productivity on many Missouri farms.

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Science, Health and Technology
5:37 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Emerald ash borer found in Perry County

Credit USDAgov / Flickr

A quarantine of wood products from Perry County is likely, after the discovery of an insect that kills ash trees.

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