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Montana State University

Montana State University: Report for the Montana Noxious Weed Trust Fund Advisory Council

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

 

This report for the Montana Noxious Weed Management Advisory Council was assembled in compliance with the Montana Noxious Weed Trust Fund Act and Administrative Rules which require an annual report from the Montana Agricultural Experiment Station and Montana State University Extension Service on current projects and future plans. This report is a compilation of major weed science research and education activities conducted by MSU over the past three years and includes highlights of funded Montana Noxious Weed Trust Fund grants as well as comprehensive reporting of all weed science research products and education funding and activities.

Download and read the complete report: Montana State University: Montana Agricultural Experiment Station and Extension Service REPORT FOR THE MONTANA NOXIOUS WEED TRUST FUND ADVISORY COUNCIL


MSU Announces a New App for Grasses

Monday, May 5th, 2014

 

Summary: A new app is now available for identifying more than 100 grasses and grass-like plants in Montana and nearby states and provinces.

May 5, 2014. Contact: Jane Mangold at (406) 994-5513 or jane.mangold@montana.edu or  Whitney Tilt at (406) 223-8972 or whitneytilt@gmail.com

BOZEMANA new app is now available for identifying more than 100 grasses and grass-like plants in Montana and nearby states and provinces.

Designed for beginners and experts alike, the app will work on iOS and Android devices. An Internet connection is not required. The app provides images, species descriptions, range maps and other information. It was produced by Montana State University’s College of Agriculture and High Country Apps in Bozeman, with plant expertise provided by MSU faculty and staff in the Department of Land Resources and Environmental Sciences and the Department of Plant Sciences and Plant Pathology.

“Grasses are economically and ecologically vital to our state, and are iconic of Montana’s open landscapes,” said Matt Lavin, a professor in the Department of Plant Sciences and Plant Pathology. “’Montana Grasses’ brings a wealth of information to your mobile device in an easy to use format helpful to landowners, researchers, and the general public.”

Users can browse the species list or search for specific plants by common or scientific name. The app provides 13 sets of characteristics to help define a search, including overall appearance, seed head, blade width, habitat, elevation and origin (native or introduced).

Montana Grasses allows users to select a custom list of species for future reference and sharing via email and social networks. Detailed information on grass identification basics, sources and resources, as well as a glossary of botanical terms and diagrams of grass anatomy are also provided.

Montana Grasses is available at Amazon, Apple, and Google app stores for $4.99. The app will be updated on a regular basis at no additional charge. High Country Apps will dedicate a portion of the revenues to support plant conservation in Montana.

For more information, go to High Country Apps at www.highcountryapps.com.

This article is available on the Web at http://www.montana.edu/news/12621/new-app-available-to-identify-montana-grasses


MSU May Weed Post – New Invaders

Friday, May 17th, 2013

 

The May Weed Post  features three “new” invasive plants—white bryony, big-headed knapweed, and medusahead.  These exotic species aren’t “new” to North America and are even on the noxious weed list in some western states.  But they might be “new” to you, so here is an opportunity to learn more about them so if you ever come across them in the field you’ll be more likely to know what they are.

Download and read all about the new invaders in the May MSU Weed Post

If you have suggestions for any other “new” weeds you’d like to know more about in future Weed Posts, please let Jane Mangold at MSU know.