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Harvard University. School of Public Health.

The likely culprit in sharp worldwide declines in honeybee , known as colony collapse disorder (CCD), since 2006 is imidacloprid, one of the most widely used pesticides, according to a new study from Harvard School of Public Health. Pinpointing the cause of the problem is crucial because bees -- beyond producing honey -- are prime pollinators of roughly one-third of the crop species in the U.S. and livestock feed. Massive loss of honeybees could result in billions of dollars in agricultural losses, experts estimate.

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Post Date: May 01, 2012


USDA. Blog.

USDA and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services have been fighting to stop the spread of the giant African snail. In six, months, more than 40,000 of these snails have been collected. Alert homeowners are the first line of defense in reporting signs of snail infestations. Please do your part in the fight against invasive species -- if you have a giant African snail or see the snails or signs of their presence, call the toll-free helpline at 888-397-1517.

* See our Species Profile - Giant African Snail page for more information and additional resources.

 
Post Date: May 01, 2012


USDA. Blog.

On April 24, USDA confirmed the nation's 4th case of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy in an animal that was sampled for the disease at a rendering facility in central California. This animal was never presented for slaughter for human consumption, so at no time presented a risk to the food and milk supply, or to human health in the U.S. See BSE (Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy or Mad Cow Disease) from USDA for more information.

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Post Date: Apr 27, 2012


USDA. NAL. National Invasive Species Information Center.

Sixth Annual Invasive Species Ireland Forum -- May 3, 2012

Invasive Species Advisory Committee Meeting -- May 22-24, 2012

Botany 2012 - "The Next Generation" -- Jul 7-11, 2012

39th Annual Natural Areas Conference - "Keeping Natural Areas Relevant and Resilient" -- Oct 9-12, 2012

2012 California Invasive Plant Council (Cal-IPC) Symposium - "Bay to Basin: Coordinating Response to Invasive Plants across California" -- Oct 11-13, 2012

The Oregon InterAgency Noxious Weed Symposium -- Dec 4-6, 2012

* See our Conference Calendar for more information and resources.

 
Post Date: Apr 26, 2012


Department of Interior.

Lessons learned from the medical community's progress in fighting cancer can provide a framework to help prevent the introduction and spread of harmful aquatic invasive species, according to a study released in American Scientist. Scientists outline five integrated steps used in cancer prevention and treatment that could be adapted to use in battling invasive species: prevention, early detection, diagnosis, treatment options and rehabilitation. See article Aquatic Invasive Species: Lessons from Cancer Research (May-Jun 2012). The study used the example of invasive American bullfrogs in the Yellowstone River as a case study for applying the cancer-treatment approach to aquatic invasions in the Northern Rockies.

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Post Date: Apr 25, 2012


Southern Illinois University Carbondale. The Saluki Times.

Asian carp, that large, invasive fish known for leaping out of a river into boats when startled, now make up more than 60 percent of the total fish biomass in one of Illinois' major river systems, a research team led by Southern Illinois University Carbondale has found. But the team members’ advice for controlling the species goes something like this "If you can't beat 'em, eat 'em." Asian carp are by far the world’s most cultured fish because they are a healthful source of protein and perhaps omega-3 fatty acids. Thus, unlike so many nuisance or invasive species, these problematic fishes in the U.S. have one positive aspect: they can be converted to desirable food for both human and nonhuman consumption. See Fishing Down the Bighead and Silver Carps: Reducing the Risk of Invasion to the Great Lakes: Research Summary (Apr 2012; PDF | 351 KB).

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Post Date: Apr 24, 2012


USDA. Blog.

Asian longhorned beetle (ALB) is an an invasive insect that feeds on certain species of hardwood trees, eventually killing them. Since its discovery in the U.S., the beetle has caused tens-of-thousands of trees to be destroyed in Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Illinois, and most recently in Ohio. Help stop the Asian longhorned beetle's destruction by raising awareness about the pest and report any signs or symptoms of an infestation immediately.

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Post Date: Apr 24, 2012


Queen Mary. University of London.

Invasive species which have the potential to destroy biodiversity and influence global change could be tracked and controlled in the same way as wanted criminals, according to new research from Queen Mary, University of London. Geographic profiling(GP) was originally developed as a statistical tool in criminology, where it uses the locations of linked crimes to identify the predicted location of the offender's residence. Researchers have shown that this technique can also be used to identify the source of populations of invasive animals and plants such as Giant hogweed and Japanese knotweed. See related article Geographic profiling as a novel spatial tool for targeting the control of invasive species.

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Post Date: Apr 24, 2012


Earth Day Network.

Earth Day Network is partnered with National Environmental Education Week (Apr 15-21, 2012), which annually promotes understanding and protection of the natural world by actively engaging K-12 students and educators of all environmental subjects (see Educators' Network for lesson plans). See What You Can Do to help control invasive species.

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Post Date: Apr 19, 2012


Society for Science & the Public. Science News.

The fungal pathogen Geomyces destructans, introduced into North America from Europe, is the likely cause of white-nose syndrome, an epidemic that has killed millions of North American bats, according to a study from the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (Apr 9, 2012).

* See our Species Profile - White-Nose Syndrome and our In the News section for more information and additional resources.

 
Post Date: Apr 19, 2012


USDA. Blog.

These purple traps will be seen this spring and summer throughout Maryland and 46 other states that are participating in the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) survey. The purple traps help State and Federal officials to uncover signs of the invasive, tree-killing EAB.

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Post Date: Apr 18, 2012


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