In Canada, a Fight Against ‘Phrag’

Eliminating the invasive reed manually is laborious, but tests of herbicides that are safe to use near water are underway.

Manually eliminating Canada’s most invasive plant, Phragmites australis, or ‘phrag,’ is a Sisyphean task. But tests of water-safe herbicides are underway. Scientists, activists, and residents fighting it agree: the risk associated with an invasion overtakes worries about toxicity. (Visual: )

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