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ScienceDaily; University of Florida. Florida Museum of Natural History.

University of Florida researchers curating a 17-foot-7-inch Burmese python, the largest found in Florida, discovered 87 eggs in the snake, also a state record. "It means these snakes are surviving a long time in the wild, there's nothing stopping them and the native wildlife are in trouble."

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

 
Post Date: Aug 14, 2012


USDA. Blog.

Throughout August, the Asian longhorned beetle may emerge from the trees in your community. This destructive beetle kills 13 types of hardwood trees, from the inside out. Early detection is crucial in the fight to save trees from the Asian longhorned beetle. Learn how to detect and report the beetle to improve a community's chances for saving its trees.

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Post Date: Aug 14, 2012


USDA. Blog.

See how you can help prevent aquatic invasive species and protect our waters!

* See our Aquatic Species - What You Can Do for more information and additional resources.

 
Post Date: Jul 27, 2012


ScienceDaily; University of Alberta. Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry (Canada).

Researchers are making every effort to put an end to the threat of West nile virus spreading to the brain, causing severe illness and sometimes death.

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Post Date: Jul 17, 2012


ScienceDaily; The Norwegian University of Science and Technology.

A coalition of researchers from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology and staff from the Norwegian Biodiversity Information Centre have created a unique quantitative method that enables researchers and others to assess the environmental risks posed by non-native species. While the method is tailored to the Norwegian environment, it can easily be adapted to other countries, and fills a vital need internationally for a quantifiable, uniform approach to classifying and assessing alien species, the developers say. This approachmayhelp determine how dangerous an introduced species will be in its new environment before the damage takes place.

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

 
Post Date: Jul 17, 2012


U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown.

Bipartisan legislation to stop Asian carp from destroying the Great Lakes' ecosystem has passed both houses of Congress and is now poised to become law. The Stop Invasive Species Act, of which Brown was an original cosponsor, would require the expedited creation of a plan to block Asian carp from entering the Great Lakes through a number of rivers and tributaries across the Great Lakes region.

* See our Federal Press Releases - Senate section for more information and additional resources.

 
Post Date: Jul 03, 2012


University of Georgia. UGA Today.

A new University of Georgia study shows that some native clearweed plants have evolved resistance to invasive garlic mustard plants -- and that the invasive plants appear to be waging a counterattack. The study, published in the early edition of the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, is thought to provide the first evidence of coevolution between native and invasive plant species. See article Coevolution between invasive and native plants driven by chemical competition and soil biotafor more information.

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Post Date: Jun 29, 2012


U.S. Department of Agriculture.

U.S. Forest Service and Canadian Forest Service of Natural Resources Canada officials convened here for the first forest health summit between the two countries to discuss issues of common concern such as invasive species. "The borders that separate the United States and Canada don't segregate threats to our natural resources," said U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. "The countries share common environmental concerns. It is critical that we continue to collaborate and address current and future land management challenges as partners."

* See our Federal Press Releases - USDA section for more information and additional resources.

 
Post Date: Jun 29, 2012


USDA. Agricultural Research Service.

When an insect pierces the surface of a plant to feed, much of the action takes place in the plant's interior. A device called the Electrical Penetration Graph is a critical tool for peering into the process. Now a new type of EPG developed by USDA entomologists is giving scientists the clearest view yet of the wars waged between piercing-sucking insects and the plants they attack.

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

 
Post Date: Jun 18, 2012


AlphaGalileo Foundation.

An international team of scientists have published the first continent-wide assessment of the Antarctic's biogeography, and propose that the landmass should be divided into 15 distinct conservation regions to protect the continent from invasive alien species. Invasive species are identified as one of the biggest threats to Antarctic terrestrial ecosystems, particularly in a warming climate.

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Post Date: Jun 18, 2012


Oregon State University.

When debris from the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan began making its way toward the West Coast of the U.S., there were fears of possible radiation and chemical contamination as well as costly cleanup. But a nearly 70' floating dock that unexpectedly washed ashore in Newport, Oregon has been traced back to the Japanese disaster has brought with it a completely different threat -- invasive species. Scientists at Oregon State University's Hatfield Marine Science Center said the cement float contains about 13 pounds of organisms per square foot.

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Post Date: Jun 12, 2012


Time Science.

Scientists from around the world looked at past research on ecological change, and found that the planet may be approaching a "critical transition," otherwise known as a "tipping point," as a result of human activity like agriculture and urbanization. There are signs that climate change, habitat loss and population growth is dramatically reshaping life on Earth, an international team of researchers recently reported in the journal Nature. See the related article Biodiversity loss and its impact on humanity (Jun 6, 2012)

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Post Date: Jun 12, 2012


USDA. NAL. National Invasive Species Information Center.

Florida Lake Management Society 23rd Annual Conference - "Lake Management in a Time of Budget Cuts" -- Jun 18-21, 2012

65th Annual California Weed Science Society Conference -- Jan 23-25, 2013

2013 MRNRC (Missouri River Natural Resources Committee) Conference and BiOP Forum -- Mar 11-14, 2013

International Didymo Conference -- Mar 12-13, 2013

* See our Conference Calendar for more information and resources.

 
Post Date: Jun 05, 2012


Pollinator Partnership.

Five years ago the U.S. Senate's unanimous approval and designation of the final week in June as "National Pollinator Week" marked a necessary step toward addressing the urgent issue of declining pollinator populations. Pollinator Week has now grown to be an international celebration of the valuable ecosystem services provided by bees, birds, butterflies, bats and beetles.


DOI. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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Post Date: Jun 05, 2012


U.S. Department of Agriculture.

USDA will support 321 projects in all 50 states that help to prevent the introduction or spread of plant pests and diseases threatening U.S. agricultural and the environment. The funding, totaling $50 million, is provided by Section 10201 of the 2008 Farm Bill. See Plant Pest and Disease Management and Disaster Prevention Programs for more information.

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Post Date: May 24, 2012


Fox News; Associated Press.

Asian carp are in direct competition with native aquatic species for food and habitat. Their rapid population increase is disrupting the ecology and food web of the large rivers of the Midwest, including the Missouri River. Last year's hurricanes and flooding not only engulfed homes and carried away roads and bridges in hard-hit areas of the country, it dispersed aggressive invasive species as well. See additional related news from USGS's Invasive Carp Research Program.

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

 
Post Date: May 24, 2012


USDA. NAL. National Invasive Species Information Center.

Pacific NorthWest Economic Region's 2012 Invasive Species Conference - "The Power of Partnerships" -- Jul 19-19, 2012

7th Ballast Water Management -- Sep 19-20, 2012

International Conference & Exhibition Ballast Water Management 2012 (ICBWM2012) - "Operational Experience of Ballast Water Treatment Systems" -- Nov 14-16, 2012

3rd International Research Conference on Huanglongbing (IRCHLB III) -- Feb 4-7, 2013

* See our Conference Calendar for more information and resources.

 
Post Date: May 23, 2012


Weed Science Society of America.

Online databases and new smartphone applications are making it easier than ever to track and map infestations of invasive weeds. New technologies are also making it easier than ever to capture and report information on the location of weeds so that online databases are more complete. Previously, weed sightings were submitted to EDDMapSusing detailed online forms. But the new applications are game changers. Now home gardeners, backpackers and other laypeople likely to encounter invasive weeds can participate as well. See our Smartphone Applications page for more information.

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

 
Post Date: May 23, 2012


USDA. Blog.

The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is one of many "Hungry Pests" that can cause significant damage to our country's natural resources. Since first being identified in 2002, EAB is responsible for the destruction of tens of millions of ash trees in 15 states in the Midwest and Northeast. Help keep EAB from spreading by not moving firewood and by inspecting your trees regularly.

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

 
Post Date: May 22, 2012


USDA. Agricultural Research Service.

ARS is studying a potential biological control for the kudzu bug, which does feed on the kudzu vine, but also could be a major pest of soybeans, peanuts and other legumes.

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

 
Post Date: May 08, 2012


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