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Field settings for research

Cameron Parish

Freshwater marsh in coastal Louisiana. Those beautiful ochre patches are giant salvinia dying because of the feeding damage of the salvina weevil. 

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Phragmites australis die-back in Plaquemines Parish. Dead stems are the only remanents of the previous year's growth.

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Mesocosm study with giant salvinia at the LSU AgCenter Aquaculture Facility.  

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Pro-Drive boat for shallow marshes.

Drone image of ponds used to mass rear weevils and to conduct aquatic weed research.

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The Rig.

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Berlese funnel room. We have 60 funnels to maximize insect extraction from samples.

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Indoor greenhouse with growth lights. Very useful for small container experiments on campus. 

Crape myrtle bark scale research

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Setting irrigation in the crape myrtle experimental plot.

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Giovana sampling crape myrtle branches at the LSU Campus. 

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Zinan during host plant experiments. We exposed the scale to at least 10 plant species.

Emerald ash borer research

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Balwinder cutting ash trees, and crew assisting with the emergence cages.

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Phragmites die-back research

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Diaz and Cronin crews at the boat in the Mississippi River.

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Leslie counting roseau cane scales. 

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Herie and Matt collecting soil samples at the Mississippi River.

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Matt, Herie and Matt happy after playing in the mud--a.k.a. soil collection.

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Leslie and Rodrigo finding parasitized scales.

Rodrigo collecting soil at a new site in the Mississippi River.

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The true joy of counting roseau cane scales.

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Dead water hyacinth followed by the storm surge, Phragmites still standing on the back. 

Salvinia biological control research

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Charlie releasing weevil-infested salvinia into a lake.

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Otto cruising on our rearing pond.

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Looking for salvinia weevils at rearing ponds

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Alana collecting salvinia weevils in Uruguay.

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Adan in research pond, note length of root-like leaves.

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Lori and Otto placing cover fabric to protect weevils during winter.

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Seth and Bentley fixing weevil overwintering study pools.

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Micasense dual camera rig, we can capture 10 bands. This helps to measure not only plant damage but also submerged vegetation recovery.

Air potato research

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Alana making history by doing the first release EVER of air potato beetles in Louisiana, 2016.

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Leslie and Jean happy seeing the impact of beetles at the Grand Isle. 

Lori showing massive leaves at the Grand Isle hammock.

Chinese tallow research

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After planting the tallow forest at Southern University. Manrique and Diaz labs.