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Trevor Caughlin’s Goathead Research

“Bike tires, wheelchairs, puppy paws and wallets in the Boise area all feel the sting of the noxious weed, the goathead (Tribulus terrestris). This European weed with deceptively cheerful yellow flowers and spiked fruit traveled overseas on the wool of sheep and livestock in the 1800s, and has run rampant in the dry, sunny open lands of the Treasure Valley ever since. But, as Boise State researchers are discovering, the most economically vulnerable populations in Boise may be feeling the sting the worst.

“Our research shows that the prevalence of this noxious weed that punctures bike tires is higher in areas where property values…”

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Read the full article: Boise’s Public Enemy #1: the Goathead puncturevine