The University Record, October 2, 2000

Fighting fire with fire

Horticulturalist Jim Dickinson points out growths of purple loosestrife at Matthaei Botanical Gardens’ willow pond. The non-native invasive species has pushed out other vegetation around the pond and threatens to take over wetland habitats across the country. The Gardens is part of a national program that has been testing the appetite and hardiness of another non-native invader—a tiny Asian beetle that feeds on the loosestrife. Click here for story. Photos by Martin Vloet, U-M Photo Services