Giant Hogweed pilot project
In 2013, Heatweed embarked on a project in the province of West Pomerania in Poland involving chemical-free control of three invasive plant species: Heracleum mantegazzeanum, Heracleum sosnowskyi and Heracleum persicum. The provincial authorities mapped the incidence of the plants on public land in West Pomerania ahead of Heatweed’s pilot project.
Collaboration with NMBU and NIBIO (new name)
In spring 2014 we launched a research project in collaboration with the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) and the Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research (NIBIO) focusing on Giant Hogweed (Heracleum mantegazzeanum), Japanese Knotweed (Fallopia japonica) and Himalayan Balsam (Impatiens glandulifera). We are also testing control methods for Ground Elder (Aegopodium podagraria), Lupins (Lupinus), Canada Goldenrod (Solidago canadensis) and Beach Rose (Rosa rugosa).
Interdisciplinary international project
The Heatweed Method is part of an interdisciplinary research project on weed control that involves 11 European agricultural universities and research institutions. The Heatweed Method has been developed to give our customers optimum weed control results and the best possible return on their equipment investment.
Doctoral thesis, Norwegian University of Life Sciences
Work is currently been done at NMBU on a thesis that compares the Heatweed Method® with other solutions for controlling invasive species. The thesis will be completed in 2017 and so far shows very good results for our method:
- Sharp reduction in species population in the test fields
- Very low regrowth in three years of testing
- Strong and/or total prevention of new growth