Have you had the displeasure of meeting stiltgrass?
Shortly after S. Luke Flory began researching the ecology of the invasive species Microstegium vimineum as part of his doctorate at Indiana University, he wanted to get the word out about what he was learning.
It was around 2004, and awareness was dawning that stiltgrass had become a widespread invader, rapidly colonizing habitats throughout the eastern United States and displacing native plant populations. This prompted a scramble for solutions.
“I pushed hard for people to understand the biology and ecology of the species in relation to possible control methods,” said Dr. Flory, now a professor of ecology at the University of Florida, who has published more than 35 papers on Microstegium.
A Way to Garden, and a book of the same name.
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