Arresting the Spread of Eurasian Watermilfoil (Myriophyllum spicatum) in the Great Lakes


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A Simulation Model for Growth of Eurasian Watermilfoil:

Selective Control of Eurasian Watermilfoil in Houghton Lake, Michigan: 2002?2006:

Management of Eurasian Watermilfoil in Houghton Lake, Michigan: Workshop Summary:

Predicting the Invasion of Eurasian Watermilfoil into Northern Lakes:

Selective Early Spring Control of EWM:

Seasonal Biomass and Carbohydrate Allocation in a Southern Population of Eurasian Watermilfoil:

Potential of a Pathogen, Mycoleptodiscus Terrestris, as a Biocontrol Agent for the Management of Myriophyllum Spicatum in Lake Guntersville Reservoir:?

Herbicide Concentration/Exposure Time Requirements for Controlling Submersed Aquatic Plants: Summary of Research Accomplishments:

Whole-Lake Applications of SonarTM for Selective Control of Eurasian Watermilfoil:

Aerial Survey Techniques to Map and Monitor Aquatic Plant Populations-Four Case Studies:

Impacts of Euhrychiopsis lecontei (Dietz) from Different Populations on the Growth and Nutrition of Eurasian Watermilfoil:

Field evaluation of microbiological control agents on Eurasian watermilfoil:

MTU associated presentations, news, etc.


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