Research and Development for Cuban Bulrush Management

Published Date
February 27th, 2024
Close Date
April 26th, 2024
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Engineer Research and Development Center (DOD-COE-ERDC)

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Science and Technology and other Research and Development

Funding Instrument

Cooperative Agreement

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Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement



The Engineer Research and Development Center is offering a federal grant for the research and development of Cuban Bulrush management. This grant is a cooperative agreement and falls under the category of Science and Technology and other Research and Development. The grant does not require cost sharing or matching. The opportunity is posted and is discretionary. The CFDA number associated with this grant is 12.630. The eligible applicants for this grant are non-federal partners of the Gulf Coast Cooperative Ecosystems Studies Unit (CESU). The grant aims to determine the effectiveness of current management strategies for controlling Cuban Bulrush through various objectives. These objectives include outreach to practitioners, field monitoring, and evaluating chemical and IPM approaches for both biotypes of Cuban Bulrush in mesocosm and field settings. The grant has an award ceiling of $125,000 and an estimated total program funding of $490,000. The expected number of awards is 1. The grant opportunity will close on April 26, 2024. For more information, interested parties can contact Phoebe Fuller at


Objective 1: Determine the Effectiveness of Current Management Strategies for Controlling Cuban bulrush – Outreach to Practitioners. Engage with resource managers across the southeastern U.S. where Cuban bulrush is problematic and being managed through interactions at regional aquatic plant management and stakeholder meetings to: 1) enhance understanding of current and previous management efforts, and 2) to gain an understanding of aquatic manager knowledge regarding this species. Outcomes from this objective will be used to develop mesocosm research protocols and field trials. Objective 2: Determine Efficacy of Current Operations Through Field Monitoring. Track ongoing Cuban bulrush management activities to better understand where management can be improved through successes and failures of current field practices. Objective 3: Evaluate Chemical and IPM Approaches for Both Biotypes of Cuban Bulrush in a Mesocosm Setting. Evaluate tank mixes of 2,4-D, diquat, flumioxazin, triclopyr, florpyrauxifen-benzyl, and glyphosate against well-established Cuban bulrush mats in a mesocosm setting to determine efficacy of foliar applied treatments. Objective 4: Evaluate Chemical and IPM Approaches for Control of Cuban Bulrush in Field Studies. Building upon the mesocosm evaluations, evaluate successful treatments in the field to determine efficacy against well-established populations (tussocks). Provide peer-reviewed publications that document activity of the herbicides, mechanical control and IPM technologies tested in mesocosm and field settings for Objectives 3 and 4. Additionally, provide recommendations regarding best management practices for Cuban bulrush control.

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