Lyme Disease and Invasive Plants  

TOPIC: lyme disease study

== 1 of 4 ==
Date: Mon, Nov 17 2008 7:26 am


Many of us spend hours in old woods.

Although experience has shown me that some of the worst invasive species
occur on disturbed areas and younger forestland many areas of the northeast have
a lot of barberry in the undersotry.

Below is a recent study that identified a link between Japanese barberry and
the proportion of deer ticks infected with Lyme disease.

As one of the lucky foresters (knock on wood) that has not been infected
with Lyme the study might provide some of you with insight on the problem.

Russ Richardson

== 2 of 4 ==
Date: Mon, Nov 17 2008 1:16 pm
From: James Parton


Does anyone in ENTS know the distribution of Barberry in the US? Lyme
disease seems quite common in upstate SC. Dad knows several people who
has contracted the disease.


== 3 of 4 ==
Date: Mon, Nov 17 2008 1:30 pm

James, ENTS:

Here is a link to a Japanese barberry fact sheet.


== 4 of 4 ==
Date: Mon, Nov 17 2008 1:31 pm
From: Carolyn Summers

I believe there is a range map on the USDA site. The site includes
naturalized plants and, unfortunately, barberry has naturalized widely.
Carolyn Summers
63 Ferndale Drive
Hastings-on-Hudson, NY 10706