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Invasive terrestrial plants are responsible for drying up rivers, poisoning horses, and pushing native plants to extinction. For example, kudzu, from Japan, was planted in the U.S. as a forage crop and to control erosion. Now this fast-growing vine is smothering native vegetation and taking over bridges and power lines throughout the South. Invasive Terrestrial Plants identifies the worst of these plant invaders, explaining the ecological and economic toll they exact, how they are introduced from all over the world, and what is being done to stop their spread.
Suellen May received an M.S. in plant pathology and weed science from Colorado State University. In addition to working in the environmental field, her background includes invasive species management for the Larimer County Open Lands in Colorado.