Two invasive brush species focus of Aug. 7 webinar

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608,
Contact: Dr. Megan Clayton, 361-265-9201,
Dr. Alyson McDonald, 432-336-8585,
Pete Flores, 361-362-9201,

COLLEGE STATION – “Huisache and Juniper – How to Treat!,” the next Texas Range Webinar conducted monthly by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service ecosystem science and management unit, is set for Aug. 7.

This webinar will start with a look at huisache, a native, invasive brush species found in the Gulf Coast Prairies and South Texas Plains, said presenter Dr. Megan Clayton, AgriLife Extension range specialist in Corpus Christi.

“This fast-growing plant must be controlled as early and as often as possible, but just how much do we know about its ecology?,” Clayton said. “We will discuss the most effective control options and how to know which is right for your situation.”

The second plant species highlightedwill be Juniperus pinchotii or redberry juniper, said Dr. Alyson McDonald, AgriLife Extension range specialist in Fort Stockton, who will present on this subject.

The distribution of redberry juniper in Texas extends from the western Edwards Plateau northward to the Panhandle and westward to the Rio Grande, McDonald said.

“We will discuss important factors that determine the best option for managing this root-sprouting shrub,” she said.

The Texas Range Webinar Series hosts a webinar on the first Thursday of each month. Each webinar is scheduled from noon to 1 p.m., said Pete Flores, webinar coordinator in Corpus Christi.

This webinar and others in the series can be accessed at

Licensed agricultural private pesticide applicators participating in this webinar can earn one integrated pest management unit. Participants seeking Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education units must pay a $10 fee on the website. For all others, there is no fee, Flores said.

For more information on the webinars, contact Flores at .



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