Students learn how bio control insects impact noxious weeds

BECKY FREIBERG

GOODING , Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) Magic Valley students are learning how certain insects can kill noxious weeds or invasive plants.

The Idaho's Biological Control Program show students how to release insects into public or private lands.

About 30 students participated in the program at the Gooding County Fairgrounds for a series of presentations, then traveled to a field, near Gooding for a hands-on experience.

"We're moving biological control agents which are insects that brought over to control invasive plants through large areas of lands," said Bureau of Land Management Bio Control Specialist Joey Milan.

The students will work with weevils part of the beetle family.

"We do some work with moss, or some small wasps, they're plant wasps not like sting people wasps, Milan said.

The students learned about different noxious weeds from Houndstounge, Russian Knapweed, Hoary cress, too Yellow toadflax.

"Hands-on experience with mapping, they get hands-on experience with taking data collection, doing transit work, doing ecology things, and just working in a team," Milan said."They get all sorts of skills all combine in one summer experience."

Gavin Martin,15, of Gooding, said It's his fourth year participating in the project.

"Every time I drive by the freeway, I can see if there's a noxious weed if that's knapweed or if that's Hoary cress," he said.

Martin said he enjoys working with different insects.

"There some that can go into the roots of the plants, there's some that are really tiny and go on top and eat the leaves," Martin said.

The students will collect data to show how bio control agents impact the weeds through the summer.

The program is an effort to spark an interest in biology or learn something new.



 
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