Kzoo College students researching invasive species

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) — A group of Kalamazoo College students spent their summer researching invasive plant species.

They conducted extensive research projects at the Lillian Anderson Arboretum and the Kleinstuck Preserve.

Invasive plants can kill species native to Michigan and have a negative impact on the entire ecosystem.

According to Fiona Summers, a student working on the research, people can make an impact by not using invasive plants for landscaping and by cleaning their shoes.

“People can easily carry seeds,” Summers said. ”If you’re going hiking in Europe, you come home and you have seeds just stuck in your boots, you can disperse them.”

While many students spend their summers working to make some extra cash, these students hope their project will bring attention to the danger invasive plants pose to our environment.

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