Stinkwort Workshop

Hybrid Stinkwort Workshop, held February 15, 2024 (Playlist of 11 videos)

On February 15, 2024, a diverse group of nearly 130 participants met in San Jose, CA and online for a hybrid workshop dedicated to stinkwort. The goals of the workshop were to disseminate information on stinkwort biology, control, and monitoring techniques while fostering dialogue and collaboration among stakeholders.

The meeting was supported by funding from the USDA NIFA program and sponsored by Valley Water, CA State Parks, Cal-IPC, and UC Santa Cruz.

Invited talks covered topics from basic biology to management and policy. On the biology side, talks covered stinkwort phenology and impacts, response to disturbance and competition, seed bank dynamics, response of populations after fire, niche evolution and insights from the native range. Applied talks focused on early detection and rapid response, the nuts and bolts of stinkwort control, managing populations along roadsides, gravel quarries as a vector for invasion, eradicating populations at the leading edge of invasion, and managing populations in sensitive habitats. The final talk summarized Cal-IPC’s latest information on upcoming funding and policy opportunities along with updates on USDA’s nascent biological control program for stinkwort.

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