At a Congressional hearing focusing on giant salvinia, Damon Waitt, the senior director and botanist at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at the University of Texas at Austin, said "Bistineau helped define me and started me on a path that led to a Ph.D. in botany, the Wildflower Center and a passion to protect ecosystems from invasive species."
Waitt went on to say, “You have in this room all the ingredients to address the threat of giant salvinia – research, biocontrol, herbicide programs, volunteer support, a management plan. What seems to be lacking is the recipe that combines these ingredients into a coordinated effort that will solve the giant salvinia problem.”
Waitt's recommendation is to integrate management resources across jurisdictional boundaries.
Read the press release in Media-Newswire.