Looking for information on how to control invasive plants? A new online database provides information on how to manage over 40 invasive plants common to the Midwestern United States.
The invasive plant control database http://mipncontroldatabase.wisc.edu was developed by the Midwest Invasive Plant Network (MIPN) in cooperation with UW-Extension weed specialist Mark Renz’ lab in the Agronomy Department of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Detailed information on non-chemical and chemical control methods is provided, including the appropriate timing of treatments and effectiveness of method. A key feature of the database is the ability to conduct a customizable search. Users can search information by applicator experience level, habitat where the species is being controlled; season control is taking place, and effectiveness of method. Information within this database was extensively reviewed by four individuals for each species, two of whom are experts on the species.
One of the greatest potential resources for information on control of invasive species is the experience of field staff and volunteers. However, accessing this trove of experience can be difficult. The MIPN control database allows dedicated individuals to share their invasive species control experiences (both successful and unsuccessful) with the wider community. The sharing of all types of invasive species data improves invasive species control across the region.
If you’re interested in learning more about the MIPN control database, an online training session and demonstration will be held on May 3 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. To join the meeting, go to https://gomeet.itap.purdue.edu/controldatabase/