We’re delighted to share with you this installment from midwest regional Sea Grant members and participants, including the Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant, in their Aquatic Invasive Webinar Series. This webinar, the Science Behind Aquatic Invasive Plants, was hosted by Jill Jentes Banicki (from Ohio Sea Grant) in 2013. It includes multiple presentations:
- An overview of Aquatic Invasive Plants – by Greg Hitzroth, Organisms in Trade Outreach Specialist with Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant
- Assessing the Ecological Risk of Aquatic Plants – by Rueben Keller, Ph.D., Assistent Professor at Loyola University
- Preventing the Spread of Aquatic Invasive Species – again, by Greg Hitzroth
- Q & A section
This might be old news to some, but if you’ve never given thought to the potential environmental problems posed by plants you keep in aquaria and water gardens, this is a must-watch video. While focusing on the Great Lakes region, the concepts are applicable worldwide. For anyone wondering how we might prevent future invasive plant problems, the presentation on ecological risk assessments by Dr. Ruben Keller is a must watch.
Do your part as a conscientious aquarist to prevent future ecological problems; stay informed, make wise choices, and please share with your fellow aquarists and aquarium groups!
Watch the webinar now: