II. Spotted Knapweed Gall Fly Lab- Using the knapweed seed heads in your area to study a biological weed control agent (insect). This lab can be modified to fit any grade level.
III. Soil Seed Bank Lab- Introducing the concept of the soil seed bank with emphasis on noxious weeds. This lab can be modified to fit any grade level.
IV. Grow a Weed, Kill a Weed Lab- This lab studies plant growth and noxious weed control. This lab can be modified to fit any grade level.
V. Grow a Larvae Lab- Students learn about an insect (moth) life cycle and noxious weed control while growing a larvae. This lab can be modified to fit any grade level.
VI. Mass Rear Calophasia lunula larvae- Have your students mass rear the larvae of Calophasia lunula, a moth who's larvae defoliate the noxious weed Dalmatian toadflax, for release on the plant next spring. This lab can be modified to fit any grade level.
VII. Noxious Weed Control Internet Slide Show- An Internet slide show created by Whitehall High School students that is a good introduction to the concept of noxious weeds as a solvable problem, weed ID and weed control methods. This can be used at any grade level.
VIII. Create a Spotted Knapweed Insectary- a spring/summer/fall project to mass rear insects that attack spotted knapweed. A project that includes students and may produce a summer job for a teacher and several students.
IX. Individual Student Biological Control Agent Study- How to get biological weed control agents for your students and help them set up and carry out individual experiments/studies in the field. These agents often become established and may become an effective part of the Integrated Pest (Weed) Management (IPM) in your area.
X. How noxious weeds effect the food chain.
XI. How noxious weeds effect the web of life.
XII. Noxious weeds and biodiversity.
XIII. Grow Cyphocleonus
achates (the knapweed root boring weevil) on artificial growth
media in the classroom- This is a work in progress as
University researchers who formulated the growth media, and the Bureau
of Land Management (the agency supporting this effort), will get
with Mr. Breitenfeldt and some of his students in summer, 2003 to
a usable lab for mass rearing this useful knapweed root boring weevil
any classroom. We hope to make this available to the public
one to two years.