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Brendan Querion wades into a stand of Giant Hogweed. Photo: Brian Mann
Brendan Querion wades into a stand of Giant Hogweed. Photo: Brian Mann

Giant Hogweed is a plant invader that threatens people as much as ecoystems

The last couple of decades, northern New York has been besieged by invasive plants and animals. The impact on the region's ecosystems has been profound. An invasive fungus called White Nose Syndrome has devastated once-thriving populations of bats. Zebra mussels and other non-native organisms are literally changing the chemistry of Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River.

For the most part, however, the foreign invaders haven't posed a threat to human health. But now, scientists, environmentalists and farmers are battling a nasty invasive plant from Eurasia called giant hogweed. As Brian Mann reports, the massive plant can cause serious injury and even blindness.  Go to full article
Giant hogweed sap blisters sunstruck skin.
Giant hogweed sap blisters sunstruck skin.

Pretty Plants That Hurt

Martha Foley talks with horticulturist Amy Ivy about plants that are noxious. From Wild Parsnip to Giant Hogweed, Amy says these plants are lovely to look at, but don't touch!  Go to full article

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