Conference Proceedings

Title: Ohio Invasive Plant Research Conference: Brindging the Gap Between Land Management and Research Proceedings.

Editor: John Cardina

Preface: Weedy and invasive plants are recognized as significant contributors to - and symptoms of - global environmental change. Due to diverse topography, natural resources, geography, history, and current land use, it should come as no surprise that Ohio is a state that is severely impacted by invasive plants. Human traffic along its northern and southern borders has long been a significant mode of introduction of invasive species. In a state comprising some 44,830 square miles, there are 41,000 miles of rivers and streams, and 33 physiographic regions that vary in glacial geology, bedrock geology, topography, soils, and geologic history. With this favorable topography and negotiable waterways, Ohio has been a cross-roads for human migration for thousands of years. The development of the interstate highway system has made Ohio the fifth most trafficked state, with more miles of road than any other state in the Midwest. This high level of human activity superimposed on a state where four ecoregions intersect makes Ohio a crucible for mixing of plant genotypes and the adaptation and selection of weedy growth habits. Read more>>

Garlic mustard image from Invasive Plants in Ohio's Natural Habitats.

Garlic mustard (Alliaria petiolata)