The efficacy of the mechanical, chemical and biological controls available to agencies seeking to control invasive species will be the subject of a key-note address at the Columbia Shuswap Invasive Species Society’s (CSISS) Annual General Meeting on October 8.
“It takes years of intense research to determine what insects are effective and safe for biocontrol release,” says CSISS Education and Outreach Officer Robyn Hooper.
“Our keynote for this year’s AGM is Catherine McCrae, who is an expert on what biocontrol agents are out there, and what effect they have on invasive plant management.”
Invasive species threaten our environment and economy. These species include plants that spread quickly, reduce native biodiversity, and can be harmful to human and animal health. There are three main methods of control: mechanical, chemical and biocontrol. Mechanical control is basically pulling weeds out by hand. Chemical control requires training in the use of regulated pesticides and herbicides to kill plants. However, biocontrol is unique because insects can control the invasives for us.
The AGM, which runs from 8:45 am until 12:30 pm, will also include a round-table on CSISS activities, an update on the agency’s collaboration with various groups within the CSRD and a review of the regional priority plant list as well as bard of director elections.