Research and IPM
Grants Programs: UC IPM - UC SAREP Educational Events
The Noxious Weeds Management Workshop, held October 24, 2001 in the Embassy Suites, Lompoc, Calif., focused on heightening awareness of the problems that exotic, invasive weeds cause in Santa Barbara County, and to discuss management methods for two of the more common, high-interest, problematic weeds: yellow starthistle, Centaurea solstitialis, and giant reed, Arundo donax.
Dr. Joseph DiTomaso, extension specialist with Vegetable Crops and Weed Science at UC Davis and a recognized expert on yellow starthistle, discussed Yellow Starthistle Management. One of the highlights of the workshop, his talk focused on effective tools for yellow starthistle management, including controlled burns, competitive vegetation, biocontrol agents, and selective herbicides.
Carl Bell, regional advisor for invasive plants, UC Cooperative Extension, San Diego County, discussed Arundo (Giant Weed) Management. He told of the impact of giant reed on riparian systems. Giant reed is not found in or near all rivers in Santa Barbara County, he said. His talk offered insight on improving the response to incipient infestations, and receptiveness to local treatment projects.
Jerry Davidson, entomologist with the Santa Barbara County Agricultural Commissioner's Office, presented his talk on Biological Control of Weeds in Santa Barbara County. He discussed the biology, morphology, and distribution of some of the biocontrol agents used in yellow starthistle control, and gave an overview of the biocontrol program in Santa Barbara County.
Don Hartley, professor at Santa Barbara City College, discussed Principles of Habitat Restoration. His talk emphasized the systems approach to habitat restoration and conservation, including the human systems of regulations and organizational roles.
Dr. Chris Gillespie, botanist, and Craig Nathe, range management specialist, Vandenberg Air Force Base, spoke on Habitat Restoration and Range Management at Vandenberg Air Force Base. They presented an overview of the noxious weed problems on the base. Gillespie discussed the species, their distribution, and base politics relative to habitat restorations. Nathe discussed the artichoke thistle problem. (A field trip to Vandenberg Air Force Base was canceled due to security concerns at the field site.)