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Leafy spurge control--emphasizing integrated pest management. (Symposium).

TEAM Leafy Spurge is a USDA-ARS research and demonstration program focused on the Little Missouri River drainage in Wyoming, Montana and Dakotas, and other spurge-infested drainages in the region. Its goal is to research, develop and demonstrate ecologically based integrated Pest Management strategies than can be used to achieve effective, affordable and sustainable leafy spurge control. Integrated Pest Management (IPM) combines management tools to provide more effective control than any single tool could produce. Biological control provides the foundation for TEAM Leafy Spurge's emphasis on an integrated approach. Biocontrol agents like Apthona.spp (flea beetles) are used with other tools--multi-species grazing, herbicides, etc.--for an effective, affordable and ecologically sustainable control. IPM offers the flexibility landowners need to devise different strategies for different situations.

TEAM Leafy Spurge has assembled some of the nation's most experienced leafy spurge researchers into a focused, goal-oriented team. This collaboration allows participants to share expertise, data and resources to more effectively work toward a common goal. This effort is based on a regional approach in evaluating the leafy spurge problem rather than on a local, or situation-by-situation basis.

Chad Prosser * TEAM Leafy Spurge, USDA Agricultural Research Service, Sidney, MT.
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Author:Prosser, Chad
Publication:Proceedings of the North Dakota Academy of Science
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1U8MT
Date:Apr 1, 2001
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