Invasive Phragmites australis is a threat to wetland biodiversity and integrity across North America. My project is investigating the use of insect-based biological control for suppression of invasive Phragmites australis using two stem-boring moths. My research is part of the broader pilot program in North America for the biological control of invasive P. australis. Specifically, I am interested in characterizing the damage to invasive and the efficacy of the biological control agents under a range of environmental conditions.
University of Waterloo