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Stem-injection of herbicide for control of Ailanthus altissima (Mill.) Swingle: a practical source of power for drilling holes in stems

E Badalamenti, T La Mantia   

iForest - Biogeosciences and Forestry, Volume 6, Issue 3, Pages 123-126 (2013)
doi: https://doi.org/10.3832/ifor0693-006
Published: Mar 05, 2013 - Copyright © 2013 SISEF

Technical Notes

Ailanthus altissima is a well-known invasive tree in many parts of the world showing an outstanding ability to establish within woodlands and other less-disturbed habitats. Previous studies have reported that control of this species is very difficult because of its strong resprouting. Indeed, effective control can be achieved only by mechanical treatment followed by the application of a systemic herbicide. Operating drills or saws and other mechanical equipment require electric power supply which is not readily available in many invaded sites, notably shrubslands and woodlands. In two study sites, we evaluated control obtained by glyphosate through a stem-injection technique and compared two sources of power for the electric drill used. More than 90% of the glyphosate-treated trees in this study appeared to be dead just 1 month after treatments, and a car battery plus inverter was the most practical electrical source for drilling stems in the field.


Invasive Alien Species, Management Strategies, Control Technique, Glyphosate

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E Badalamenti
T La Mantia
DEMETRA Department, University of Palermo, v.le delle Scienze, Ed. 4, Ingr H, I-90128 Palermo (Italy)

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Badalamenti E, La Mantia T (2013). Stem-injection of herbicide for control of Ailanthus altissima (Mill.) Swingle: a practical source of power for drilling holes in stems. iForest 6: 123-126. - doi: 10.3832/ifor0693-006

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Roberto Tognetti

Paper history

Received: Jul 19, 2012
Accepted: Nov 15, 2012

First online: Mar 05, 2013
Publication Date: Jun 01, 2013
Publication Time: 3.67 months

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