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Make Me Care About: Phragmites (Video)

Dennis Whigham, a senior botanist at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, makes his quick pitch for why you should care about the wetland plant Phragmites australis. A European strain of phragmites has established itself in wetlands along the East Coast of the United States. Whigham describes some of the impacts this invasive species can have on local ecosystems. 

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Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

This weed, like its competition, is biofuel in the raw and on the attack. Aquatic weeds are conquering the Earth. They are the real driving force in climate degradation, they clog the cooling system. They dessicate the land and silt over lake and stream beds, preventing the replenishment of the ground water. Turn some of your focus on the rivers and lakes, and the weeds that overrun them.