February 26 through March 2, 2018 is National Invasive Species Awareness Week! In recognition of NISAW, DISC will be posting an “Invasive Species of the Day” throughout the week.
Today’s highlighted species is Japanese Barberry. Click the image below for a full .pdf version, and please spread the word!
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A 2012 article from UConn Today about the connection between Japanese Barberry infestations and densities of Lyme-infected ticks:
From UConn Today– Jeffrey Ward, chief scientist in the department of forestry and horticulture at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiement Station demonstrates the use of a propane torch. (Photo courtesy of Jeffrey Ward)
“In addition to attracting earthworms, the Barberry creates a perfect, humid environment for ticks. Williams recites the numbers. ‘When we measure the presence of ticks carrying the Lyme spirochete (Borreliaburgdorferi) we find 120 infected ticks where Barberry is not contained, 40 ticks per acre where Barberry is contained, and only 10 infected ticks where there is no Barberry.'”