Scale-up Trials Using Weed Suppressive Soil Bacteria in Rangeland Restoration – Design, Methods, and Implementation: An Experts’ Workshop
The US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) have assembled an interagency/entity team to accomplish careful evaluation of efficacy, non-target impacts, and feasible techniques needed to deliver P. fluorescens as a biopesticide for use in the control of Bromus tectorum (cheatgrass), Aegilops cylindrica (jointed goatgrass), and Taeniatherum asperum (medusahead) at a landscape scale. As a first step toward accomplishing this goal, a workshop was convened by USFWS. Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) was contracted to organize, facilitate and prepare a summary report. The goals of the workshop were to 1) review the available body of knowledge on P. fluorescens and 2) discuss and evaluate potential issues of scale-up applications of the biopesticide. The invited participants included representatives from federal agencies, university staff, PNNL, and county governments with established expertise in rangeland restoration and soil amendment use.
[.pdf link] Aston, Lara M.; Gorton, Alicia M. 2015. Scale-up trials using weed suppressive soil bacteria in rangeland restoration – design, methods, and implementation: an experts’ workshop. Tech. Mem. PNNL-24833. Richland, WA: USFWS, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. 27 p.