News and Events

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USDA. Blog.

The Don't Pack a Pest campaign went international last month as Jamaica enthusiastically kicked off its own version of the outreach initiative in Montego Bay and Kingston. The Florida-based program warns the public about the risks of bringing undeclared agricultural products -- and hitchhiking invasive pests -- from one country to another.

* See our In the News section for more information and additional resources.

 
Post Date: Nov 29, 2012


DOI. BLM. California. News Bytes.

The Fort Ord National Monument weed crew sprang into action this spring to beat back an invasive pest that has taken over miles of rangeland in the West.

* See our Success Stories for more information and additional resources.

 
Post Date: Nov 29, 2012


USDA. NAL. National Invasive Species Information Center.

Great Basin Consortium Conference 2013 -- Jan 14-16, 2013

Ohio Invasive Plants Council 2013 Research Conference - "Strengthening the Bridge between Research and Management" -- Feb 21, 2013

Biodiversity Without Boundaries 2013 -- Apr 14-18, 2013

XIVth International Symposium on Biological Control of Weeds -- Mar 2-7, 2014

* See our Conference Calendar for more information and resources.

 
Post Date: Nov 20, 2012


Minnestoa Department of Natural Resources.

Interagency partners in Minnesota have launched PlayCleanGo an education and outreach campaign for outdoor recreationalists. The goal is to encourage outdoor recreation while protecting valuable natural resources. The objective is to slow or stop the spread of terrestrial invasive species (those that occur on land) through changes in public behavior.

* See our What You Can Do section for more information and additional resources.

 
Post Date: Nov 20, 2012


USDA. Agricultural Research Service.

While one team of USDA scientists is testing the effectiveness of pesticides against mosquitoes, another group is learning how repellents work. An ARS entomologist has found that five different classes of insecticides can be mixed with a sugar bait to attract and kill mosquitoes species that transmit pathogens such as West Nile virus and arboviruses.

* See our In the News section for more information and additional resources.

 
Post Date: Nov 15, 2012


CABI. Plantwise.

The productivity of Arabica coffee and the distribution of many coffee pests and diseases are strongly linked to climate and seasonality. A series of recent studies have forecast the predicted effects of climate change on both the present and future distribution of Arabica coffee and the effects of climate change on the distribution and lifecycle of the world's worst coffee pest, the Coffee Berry Borer.

* See our In the News section for more information and additional resources.

 
Post Date: Nov 14, 2012


USDA. NAL. National Invasive Species Information Center.

Southwest Vegetation Management Association -- Nov 7-8, 2012

The Plant Conservation Alliance Bi-Monthly Meeting -- Nov 14, 2012

Pacific Northwest Economic Region 2012 Winter Meeting: Economic Leadership Forum -- Nov 14-17, 2012

The Plant Conservation Alliance Bi-Monthly Meeting -- Jan 9, 2013

2nd Annual Weed Management Summit – Jan 16, 2013

2013 Western Society of Weed Science Annual Meeting -- Mar 11-14, 2013

The Plant Conservation Alliance Bi-Monthly Meeting -- Mar 13, 2013

Inaugural National Adaptation Forum: Action today for a better tomorrow -- Apr 2-4, 2013

* See our Conference Calendar for more information and resources.

 
Post Date: Nov 07, 2012


ScienceDaily; Entomological Society of America.

A new study published in the Journal of Economic Entomology reports that live insects were found in 47% of firewood bundles purchased from big box stores, gas stations and grocery stores in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming. Untreated firewood can harbor pathogens and destructive insects such as the emerald ash borer, the Asian longhorned beetle, bark beetles and others, and transport them to uninfested areas.

* See our In the News section for more information and additional resources.

 
Post Date: Oct 17, 2012


USDA. Agricultural Research Service.

The Mexican fruit fly is a significant quarantine pest that could inflict billions of dollars in losses to citrus, peach, pears, avocado and other crops if it moved from Mexico into the U.S. A new treatment developed by ARS and cooperating scientists makes sterile male Mexican fruit flies more macho so they will out compete wild males to mate with female Mexican fruit flies.

* See our In the News section for more information and additional resources.

 
Post Date: Sep 27, 2012


Oregon State University News.

A team at Oregon State University has developed a statistical model that aims to predict which non-native species might become invaders - and arm resource managers to prevent their spread. the project includes two essential elements for identifying invasive species: how they travel to non-native locations, and whether they could survive and thrive in the new environment. The model also calculates the economic impacts involved in managing the invasive species. Sam Chan, Oregon Sea Grant's invasive species specialist, said the model could be beneficial to resource managers. "If we had had this model in 2009 we could have shown that the city of Olympia, Wash., is a high-risk spot for New Zealand mud snails," said Chan.

* See our In the News section for more information and additional resources.

 
Post Date: Sep 26, 2012


Environmental Protection Agency.

The U.S. and Canada signed an accord to protect the Great Lakes, the world's largest freshwater system. The agreement, last updated in 1987, addresses critical health issues in the Great Lakes region and is a model of binational cooperation to protect water quality. The two governments began negotiations in 2009 to strengthen the agreement. New provisions address the nearshore environment, aquatic invasive species, habitat degradation, and the effects of climate change.

* See our In the News section for more information and additional resources.

 
Post Date: Sep 20, 2012


National Invasive Species Awareness Week.

A broad coalition of stakeholders will gather to spotlight harmful invasive species that cause a multibillion-dollar annual drain on our nation's economy. A week of activities, briefings, and events in Washington D.C. highlighted what is being done across the nation and around the world to stop and slow the spread of invasive species.

* See our News and Events section for more information and additional resources.

 
Post Date: Sep 20, 2012


USDA. NAL. National Invasive Species Information Center.

12th Annual NAPPC International Conference -- Oct 17-19, 2012

Habitat Council's 24th Annual Symposium: Working For a Greener World -- Nov 7-8, 2012

Eighth Meeting of the Continental Dialogue on Non-Native Forest Insects and Diseases -- Nov 13, 2012

Partners in Community Forestry National Conference -- Nov 14-15, 2012

Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force Meeting -- Nov 14-15, 2012

Partners in Environmental Technology Technical Symposium & Workshop -- Nov 27-29, 2012
Meeting has been canceled. Due to the recent changes across the Federal government on sponsoring meetings, SERDP and ESTCP unfortunately are unable to support this year symposium.

2012 Western Weed Coordinating Committee’s Annual Meeting -- Nov 27-29, 2012

River Crossings: Linking River Communities - A Research Conference and Workshop -- Mar 11-15, 2013

* See our Conference Calendar for more information and resources.

 
Post Date: Sep 20, 2012


DOI. Bureau of Reclamation.

The Bureau of Reclamation has found that silicone foul release coatings may be an important tool for mitigating invasive quagga and zebra mussels' impacts to water and hydropower infrastructure. See the Reclamation's Quagga and Zebra Mussel Web site for more information.

* See our In the News section for more information and additional resources.

 
Post Date: Sep 20, 2012


Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs.

Officials with the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation and the Department of Agricultural Resources have announced that the emerald ash borer (EAB) has been detected in Massachusetts. The destructive beetle was detected in the western Massachusetts Town of Dalton on Aug 31, 2012, and was confirmed by federal officials on Sep 6. Massachusetts is the 18th state in the country to detect EAB.

* See our Emerging Issues section for more information and additional resources.

 
Post Date: Sep 18, 2012


Northeastern IPM Center.

Researchers believe they have identified where brown marmorated stink bug gathers in natural landscapes during winter, and their findings could help farmers manage this invasive insect.

* See our Species Profile - Brown Marmorated Stink Bug page for more information and additional resources.

 
Post Date: Aug 30, 2012


USDA. NAL. National Invasive Species Information Center.

142nd Annual Meeting of the American Fisheries Society -- Aug 19-23, 2012

International Joint Commission Meeting -- Sep 10, 2012

2012 Great Lakes Commission Annual Meeting -- Sep 10-11, 2012

Great Lakes Week 2012: Taking Action, Delivering Results -- Sep 10-13, 2012

8th Annual Great Lakes Restoration Conference -- Sep 11-13, 2012

61st North Central Forest Pest Workshop - Invasive Species - What's Next? -- Sep 24-27, 2012

1st International Symposium on Horticultural Insects Management -- Nov 19-22, 2012

* See our Conference Calendar for more information and resources.

 
Post Date: Aug 30, 2012


Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection.

A Chinese mitten crab was recently found in Connecticut waters. This is the first confirmed report of this highly invasive crab in Connecticut waters. In late June, the crab was collected from the Mianus Pond fishway on the Mianus River. Individuals finding a crab that they suspect to be a Chinese mitten crab should keep the crab on ice or freeze it (please do not release the crab), note the exact location it was found and report it to officials.

* See our Emerging Issues section for more information and additional resources.

 
Post Date: Aug 28, 2012


West Nile Virus Update (Aug 21, 2012)

DHHS. CDC. Vector-Borne Infectious Diseases.

CDC officials report there has been an increase in the number of West Nile virus cases. There have been more than 1,100 cases in the U.S., with about half in Texas. This is the highest number of West Nile virus infections reported through the third week of August since the virus was first detected in the U.S. in 1999. See West Nile Virus - Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

* See our In the News section for more information and additional resources.

 
Post Date: Aug 23, 2012


Centre for Agricultural Bioscience International (CABI).

Invasive Species are a major problem in the U.S., causing significant harm to the environment, the economy, and to animal and human health. Learn how the Invasive Species Compendium is helping in the battle to control them. See the "Using the Invasive Species Compendium in your federal agency" live demonstration for more information.

* See our In the News section for more information and additional resources.

 
Post Date: Aug 21, 2012


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