USDA-ARS Invasive Weed Management Unit to ask if he would like to comment on the outline.
Dr. Davis graciously replied with these comments:
- Longevity of the viable seeds in the ground is ten years rather than five.
- Seedlings in Central Illinois germinate in the spring before anything else
- I question the sustainability of large-scale pulling operations.The soil disturbance created by all the pulling may do more damage than the garlic mustard itself
- There is a control agent in quarantine that has been shown to be completely specific to garlic mustard. It is not able to complete its life cycle on any other species