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Make Me Care About: Phragmites (Video)

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Smithsonian Institution

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.