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I have received funding to conduct a study of the impact of viburnum leaf beetle on native plant communities. I need your help locating stands of wild viburnum for the project.
The major question is: What changes occur in native plant communities as native viburnums are eliminated by the beetle? To address this, we will be looking at plant community composition in three types of habitats:
The specific requirements for the sites are:
- Those that have not yet been attacked by the beetle.
- Those that were attacked within the past 2-3 years.
- Those that had been attacked more than 5 years ago.
Since we anticipate visiting many sites, close proximity to Ithaca would be preferred, but we realize that we may need to do a bit of travelling to find sites meeting all these requirements. Thank you for any leads you can provide. The best way to contact me is via e-mail.
- The plants need to be those that are naturally occurring, and not transplanted by humans, and are preferred hosts of viburnum leaf beetle (mainly arrowwood viburnum and cranberrybush viburnum, but others listed as susceptible are OK as well).
- The plants cannot have been treated with any pesticides.
- In the case of stands of viburnum that have been wiped out by the beetle, we need to know the precise location of the actual plants. (We will be looking to see what plants might have started to grow where the viburnums once stood.)
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