March 3, 2017

Dr. Kurt Kowalski of USGS traveled to Washington, DC this week to present on “Innovative Controls for Common Reed (Phragmites) in the Great Lakes Region.” The presentation was part of a Capitol Hill seminar focused on “innovative methods” for invasive species control. This event was part of National Invasive Species Awareness Week, and included presentations on impacts and prevention, early detection and rapid response, behavior change, and partnership building.

Kowalski’s presentation focused on the Great Lakes Phragmites Collaborative’s approach to regional partnerships and cooperation as well as Phragmites gene expression and research into microbial symbiosis to hinder growth of Phragmites.

To learn more about the Collaborative and these research efforts, visit