Title

Assessment of Chinese privet (Ligustrum sinense Lour.) Control Measures, and Selection of Most Cost Effective Management Regimes

Advisor

Grebner, Donald L.

Committee Member

Grala, Robert K.

Committee Member

Ezell, Andrew W.

Date of Degree

5-1-2017

Original embargo terms

Visible to MSU only for 3 years

Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access

Degree Name

Master of Science

Abstract

Chinese privet (Ligustrum sinense) is an invasive plant species in the United States (U.S.). This study utilized the most effective control measures found in the literature, and used financial analysis to identify the most cost effective management regimes to eradicate this species under different conditions. Management regimes were assessed using simulated scenarios created using six components, based on real parameters from the southern U.S.: infestation level, field coverage, stand density, herbicide application method, herbicide, and mechanical removal of privet. Financial impact on land expectation values (LEV) was analyzed and discussed for each simulated area conditions. Results suggest that the most cost effective management regime controlling privet varies according to these components. Privet control is economically feasible, and a positive LEV can be achieved for every area conditions. Finally, this study can serve as a guide to develop policies and incentives for invasive species control programs.

URI

https://hdl.handle.net/11668/16899

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