Field study of technique for combining low-cost, herbicide-free control of woody invasives, in particular Ailanthus altissima, with production of edible mushrooms

Project Overview

Project Type: Farmer/Rancher
Funds awarded in 2007: $5,218.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2010
Region: North Central
State: Ohio
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Annual Reports


  • Miscellaneous: mushrooms


  • Crop Production: forestry
  • Pest Management: invasive species

    Proposal summary:

    This proposal for a 21 month research project will investigate an alternative treatment for controlling the spread of the invasive tree species Ailanthus altissima (common name Ailanthus or Tree of Heaven). This treatment 1) is straightforward and inexpensive, 2) is environmentally benign with minimal impact on surrounding vegetation, soil, and water, 3) can be administered by a single person quickly and effectively and 4) enhances the economic potential for small farms and rural woodlands. The last point will be addressed by investigating the suitability for producing a culinary mushroom cash crop on the Ailanthus tress which are being treated.

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