Chinese scientists are meeting with Oregon resource managers this week to share battle stories about a common enemy
-- Spartina alterniflora, also known as cordgrass.
Spartina, a native of North America's eastern seaboard, is a tall grass that can spread rapidly, upsetting the delicate balance of estuarine habitats. Washington officials still are fighting a massive Spartina invasion that threatened the rich mudflats of Willapa Bay. The invasive plant was found near Florence and is under control, but Oregon resource managers are watchful for any sign of the pest.
The Spartina invasion on China's southeastern coast is widespread and threatens mangrove forests that buffer coastal storms and typhoons and keeps waterways clean for important shellfish harvests.
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