Wetland Weeds: Causes, Cures and Compromises

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This comprehensive guide to wetland weeds covers both native and introduced species, ranging from minor or localized environmental problems to those that should not be tolerated in any situation. The author takes a pragmatic approach to weed control, recognizing that some weeds may not be possible to eradicate, and emphasizing the need to assess the extent and future potential of any infestation before taking action.

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Overview

This comprehensive guide to wetland weeds covers both native and introduced species, ranging from minor or localized environmental problems to those that should not be tolerated in any situation. The author takes a pragmatic approach to weed control, recognizing that some weeds may not be possible to eradicate, and emphasizing the need to assess the extent and future potential of any infestation before taking action.

Weed control should be planned in the context of the overall management goals for any type of wetland, the types of habitat weeds provide or overrun, and whether they can be replaced successfully with more appropriate plants. A range of strategies for controlling wetland weeds are considered.

More than 130 species of established weeds are included with information on their origins, nutrient responses, environmental effects, habitat values, prospects for containment or eradication, and even culinary uses. Other sections look at native plants as weeds, including a number of species of uncertain origins, and potential weeds still being legally sold.

KEY FEATURES
* Contains a comprehensive compendium of over 130 weeds with full color photographs
* Considers a wide range of strategies for controlling wetland weeds, including biological control and prevention
* Covers introduced as well as native weed species
* Takes a pragmatic approach to managing weeds depending on the threat they pose to the environment

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780643103955
  • Publisher: CSIRO Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/28/2011
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Nick Romanowski is a zoologist, writer and photographer who has been fascinated by all forms of aquatic life from a young age. In the course of researching interactions between plants and animals, he established Australia’s first indigenous wetland nursery, giving him the freedom to research, experiment with and write about a broad range of animals from across most of this continent. He has written numerous articles on indigenous fishes and aquatic invertebrates, as well as many books including three recent practical guides from CSIRO PUBLISHING:
Planting Wetlands and Dams, Wetland Habitats and Wetland Weeds.
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Table of Contents

Introduction
Acknowledgements

1) What is a weed?
Problems caused by weeds
Causes of weediness
The unpredictability of wetland weeds
Biological categories of wetland plants
Legal and official categories
Weedscapes

2) Prevention, control and management
Aquarium and pond plants
Assessment and planning
Restricting further weed spread
Control methods and combinations
Manual and other physical control methods
Reducing light levels
Chemical control
Biological control
Competitive planting
When all else fails

3) Native plants as weeds
Native or introduced?
Waterbutton: a cautionary tale
Native plants on the move
Minor indigenous wetland weeds

4) Compendium of weeds
Introduction to the encyclopedia
Grasses and related plants
Grasses: the family Poaceae
Sedges, rushes and other relatives of grasses
Other wetland weeds
Hardy waterlilies
Tropical waterlilies
Algae and cyanobacteria
Seaweeds

Glossary
Further information including websites
Index

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