Listed below is a brief description of the outreach efforts at the University of Kentucky's College of Agriculture that pertain to invasive species. We also have information on invasive species:
We would like to maintain an up-to-date list of invasive species work conducted throughout the University of Kentucky. Please contact us if you have instruction, research, or outreach efforts at the University of Kentucky pertaining to invasive species that you would like us to add to this website.
State Entomologist Office: Works with federal, state
and local agencies to
conduct surveys for exotic
pests and develop management strategies for
them. Licenses businesses
and individuals that buy,
sell, ship, or distribute
nursery stock for
Pest Surveys (CAPS): In
cooperation with federal
agencies, this project
surveys, detects, and
forest, horticultural, and
public health threats.
Current surveys include the
Projects: Students in numerous
counties are studying
invasive insects and their
P-12 audience (contact Blake Newton)
Community-Based Science Projects: Students in Leslie County studying kudzu and its impact on the community. (contact Carol Hanley)
Controlling Bush Honeysuckle in Bluegrass Woodlands: Project to combat bush honeysuckle in Bluegrass woodlands. Community audience. (contact Billy Thomas)
Kentucky Woodlands Magazine: New, quarterly magazine that includes a forest health department emphasizing invasive species issues. Forestry professional audience. (contact Jeff Stringer)
Short Courses, Workshops, and Training Programs: Continuing education for woodland owners and programs on wildflowers and gardening including information on invasive plants. Public audience. Professional Forestry Workshop Series for continuing education for practicing professionals on invasive plants, insects, diseases. (contact Jeff Stringer)
Forest Health Task Force: Statewide collaborative includes issues relating to invasive plants, diseases, insects, and other animals. (contact Jeff Stringer)
Healthy Forest Initiative Harvest Project: Collaborative research and demonstration project to assess how various silvicultural treatments will affect tree and stand vulnerability to gypsy moth/oak decline. (contact Jeff Stringer)
Aquatic Invasives Initiative: An initiative to develop guidelines to protect Kentucky’s aquatic resources from invasives. (contact Mike Mahala)
Arboriculture: (1) Plant health care workshops; recognizing the value of species diversification in healthy landscapes and understanding control and management of exotic invasive species.
The Arboretum: (1) Citizen workshops.
(2) Hands-on instruction centered on ecological restoration strategies.
(3) Self guided honeysuckle removal demonstration (Coop. with UK Forestry Dept).
Presentations and Publications: Presentations on sudden oak death and Phytophthora ramorum for professional nursery and landscape groups, as well as professional foresters. Articles in Kentucky Pest News newsletter, Kentucky Log Jam, and the Kentucky Woodlands Magazine. (contact John Hartman or Patricia de Sa)
National Plant Diagnostic Network (NPDN): Plant pathology provides real-time diagnostic records to a national database to help pinpoint outbreaks of invasive species.
Outreach: Kentucky Weed Survey; Weed Science Herbarium.
Digital Consulting System: Network with county extension offices.
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