Researchers are introducing non-native insects in a desperate attempt to battle Japanese knotweed

June 17, 2015 by  
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If you live in the US or the UK, you are probably familiar with the scourge of Japanese knotweed, even if you don’t know it. Japanese knotweed is one of the world’s most invasive plants and has colonized many disturbed and undisturbed ecosystems in Massachusetts and at least 38 other states. It has no predators in North America or Europe and is notoriously difficult to remove by force. As the armies of knotweed march ever forward, scientists in the UK are experimenting with a dramatic method of weed-killing: the introduction of a non-native, knotweed-loving insect to munch the stalks down to size.   Read the rest of Researchers are introducing non-native insects in a desperate attempt to battle Japanese knotweed Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Aphalara itadori , beneficial insects , biological control , biological solutions , controlling japanese knotweed , ecosystem restoration , Fallopia japonica , Frederick Law Olmstead , green pest control , green weed control , invasive plants , invasive species , Japanese Knotweed , knotweed , New England invasives , non-native insects , non-native plants , pest control , psyllid , weed control , weeds

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Researchers are introducing non-native insects in a desperate attempt to battle Japanese knotweed

We’re giving away a queen-sized organic cotton mattress worth $679!

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We spend one third of our lifetime in bed, so a natural sleep surface is one of the most important investments you can make. Why? Conventional mattresses are chock full of VOCs (volatile organic compounds) that are extremely hazardous to our health including flame retardants linked allergies, asthma, hormone disruption, endocrine problems and cancer. Fortunately, there are now many natural mattress alternatives including organic cotton, wool and natural latex. And now, thanks to the good folks at My Green Mattress , one lucky Inhabitat reader will have the chance to win their very own all-natural, non-toxic mattress. We’re giving away a brand new medium-firm Queen-Sized Pure Echo Mattress valued at $679! Plus, every Inhabitat reader will receive an exclusive $75 off any mattress using PROMO CODE: Inhabitat$75 . Read on to learn how you can enter to win the best sleep of your life. HOW TO ENTER: 1. SIGN UP FOR THE GREEN MATTRESS NEWSLETTER > (Note: Scroll down to the bottom of the page) 2. SIGN UP FOR THE INHABITAT NEWSLETTER > We’ll be announcing the winners in our weekly newsletter , so if you want to find out who won, you’ll need to receive it! 3. LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW telling us what you like most about the Pure Echo Mattress and why you need a healthier, green mattress. The deadline for this giveaway is Wednesday, July 1st at 11:59PM EST . We’ll pick the comments we like best and announce the winners in our newsletter, so make sure you’re signed up ! Read the rest of We’re giving away a queen-sized organic cotton mattress worth $679! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: all natural mattress , American mattress company , certified organic cotton mattress , Contests , eco-friendly giveaways , eco-friendly mattress , eco-giveaway , giveaway , green giveaways , green mattress , Health , healthy mattress , My Green Mattress , natural mattress , non-toxic mattress , organic mattress , Pure Echo Mattress , Tim Masters , US mattress company , wool mattress

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We’re giving away a queen-sized organic cotton mattress worth $679!

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