Along the Rio Grande in Texas, tiny insects are taking a big bite out of an invasive weed that competes for limited water resources vital to agriculture and native vegetation. Several years ago, ARS scientists released two insect species as part of a biocontrol program to kill giant reed (Arundo donax).
University of Georgia. Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health.Provides state, county, point and GIS data. Maps can be downloaded and shared.
The section below contains highly relevant resources for this species, organized by source. Or, to display all related content view all resources for Giant Reed.
Council or Task Force
California Invasive Plant Council.
Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Galveston Bay Estuary Program; Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC).
Business Queensland (Australia).
State and Local Government
University of California - Riverside. Center for Invasive Species Research.
- Giessow, J., J. Casanova, R. Leclerc, R. MacArthur, G. Fleming, J. Giessow (Else). 2011. Arundo donax (giant reed): Distribution and Impact Report. Prepared by the California Invasive Plant Council for the State Water Resources Control Board. Agreement No. 06-374-559-0.
- Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Arundo donax. [Accessed Sep 10, 2014].
- Mariani, C., R. Cabrini, A. Danin, P. Piffanelli, A. Fricano, S. Gomarasca, M. Dicandilo, F. Grassi, and C. Soave. 2010. Origin, diffusion and reproduction of the giant reed (Arundo donax L.): a promising weedy energy crop. Annals of Applied Biology 157:191-202.
- Polunin, O. and A. Huxley. 1987. Flowers of the Mediterranean. London: Hogarth Press.