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Dr. Yi Li (from the University of Connecticut), "Making Beautiful Plants Non-Invasive"

Date: 02/18/10
Time: 4-6:00 p.m.
Audience: Public
Sponsored By: School of Science and Engineering
Location: Coykendall Science Building Lounge and Auditorium
Contact: Dr. Julio Gonzalez, x3724,

We all enjoy the spectacular, brilliant red fall foliage of the common burning bush and the bird-attracting, beautiful Japanese barberry shrubs. Unfortunately, these ornamental plants are highly "invasive." What is an invasive plant? Why are they invasive? Why should we control or even eliminate them? Can we make them "non-invasive" so that we can continuously enjoy their beauty? Dr. Yi Li, a professor at the University of Connecticut and the Director and Principal Investigator of New England Invasive Plant Center will discuss many of these issues and their strategies to make these extremely popular, but highly invasive ornamental plants "sterile" or "non-invasive."