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Dr. John Havel: Academic Spotlight

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Published on Nov 26, 2012

Biology professor Dr. John Havel recently received a significant research grant from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources through the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The grant was to find ways to control nuisance aquatic plants growing in Wisconsin lakes. Recreation in Wisconsin lakes is a billion dollar enterprise, and the quality of lakes is greatly degraded by this nuisance plant. Recent estimates indicate that the property values of lakeshore homes decline by 15 percent after lakes are invaded.

Chemicals are often used to treat the plants, but studies have found that water-milfoil weevils, a type of beetle, can actually significantly reduce plant densities, without negatively impacting the environmental. The purpose of the project is to test the effectiveness of the native water-milfoil weevil for controlling the growth of aquatic plants and determine if the native weevils should be used as an alternative to chemical treatment.

On the court to congratulate Dr. Havel is Vice President for Research, Economic Development and International Programs Jim Baker. Ladies and gentlemen, please acknowledge Dr. Havel's biological research at Missouri State University. He is in The BancorpSouth Academic Spotlight.

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