Periodic livestock grazing keeps invasive plant in check

Periodic livestock grazing keeps invasive plant in check

HERBIVORES, not herbicides, may be the most effective way to combat the spread of one of the most invasive plants now threatening East Coast salt marshes, a new Duke University-led study found.

The common reed (Phragmites australis) is a rapid colonizer that has overrun many coastal wetlands from New England to the Southeast. A non-native perennial, it can form dense stands of grass up to 10 ft. high that alter marsh function, kill off nativ

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