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Providing the knowledge and technology required to improve the availability of native plant materials for restoring diverse native plant communities across the Great Basin.


Recent technical memorandum publication

Alexis Malcomb

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.