Article Launched: 07/12/2007 04:25:17 AM PDT
Purple loosestrife, an aggressive plant that has choked streams around the country, has taken hold in the Eel River watershed over the past decade. Experts are convinced they can eradicate it from the area, however, if they can use an herbicide that inhibits the plants' production of a growth enzyme, essentially making it starve itself to death...agencies have shifted to a plan to use the herbicide Habitat, recently approved for use in California, and applied with a binding agent called Competitor. Habitat's manufacturer claims the herbicide poses little danger to people, since it affects pathways that only exist in plants, although it does say that there is some limited toxicity to fish and wildlife..."I just really support the effort to deal with this quickly and not have to wait until it's an even more insurmountable problem,” Humboldt County Supervisor Jimmy Smith said.
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