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.

The work to get rid of phragmites, or ‘phrag,’ is never done. It’s Canada’s most invasive plant, and one the government has been reluctant to fight with chemicals. But scientists, activists, and residents fighting ‘phrag’ agree: the risk associated with a phrag invasion overtakes worries about toxicity. (Visual: )

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