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Emerging Issues

Provides current resources for invasive species related emerging issues.

Additional resources for other Web sites that provide alerts and emerging issues advisories are available on the Alerts and Emerging Issues Resources page.

Selected resources for invasive species related emerging issues are listed below. A listing of previous emerging issues is available on the Archives page.

2013 / 2012 Items of Interest:

2013

Deadly Bat Disease Confirmed in Georgia (Mar 12, 2013)
DOI. Fish and Wildlife Service.
White-nose syndrome which is the disease that has killed millions of bats in the eastern U.S. has been confirmed for the first time in Georgia. White-nose syndrome has been recently confirmed in South Carolina and Illinois.

White-Nose Syndrome Confirmed in Park Bats (Jan 16, 2013)
DOI. NPS. Mammoth Cave National Park. (Kentucky)
Officials have confirmed the presence of a deadly bat fungus, white-nose syndrome, in Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky. The fungus has already killed millions of bats across the Northeast and in the Midwest.

2012

Emerald Ash Borer Now in Great Smoky Mountains (Nov 29, 2012)
Southern Region IPM News.
The first backcountry emerald ash borer infestation has been confirmed in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

State Officials Confirm Emerald Ash Borer Detected in Massachusetts for First Time (PDF | 24 KB) (Sep 12, 2012)
Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs.
Officials with the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) and the Department of Agricultural Resources (DAR) 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 August 31, 2012, and was confirmed by federal officials on September 6. Massachusetts is the 18th state in the country to detect EAB.

Chinese Mitten Crab Found in Connecticut Waters (Aug 3, 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 (Greenwich). 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.

Emerald Ash Borer Found in Prospect and Naugatuck, Connecticut (Jul 20, 2012)
Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection.
The Emerald ash borer (Agrilus planipennis) found in Prospect, CT has been confirmed by federal regulatory officials. This is the first record of this pest in Connecticut, which is added to 15 other states where infestations have been detected.

Officials Confirm First Detection of Boxwood Blight in Ohio (PDF | 176 KB) (Mar 26, 2012)
Ohio Department of Agriculture
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The Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) today announced the discovery of boxwood blight at the Red Mill Farm of Losely Nursery in Lake County in northeast Ohio. Boxwood blight is a disease caused by a fungus (Cylindrocladium pseudonaviculatum) that threatens the health and sustainability of boxwood plants. This is the first detection of boxwood blight in Ohio.

Citrus Disease Huanglongbing Detected in Hacienda Heights Area of Los Angeles County (Mar 30, 2012)
Citrus Research Board. Citrus Pest & Disease Prevention Program.
APHIS has confirmed the presence of citrus greening, also referred to as Huanglongbing, in an Asian citrus psyllid (ACP) sample and plant tissue samples collected from a lemon/pummelo tree in a residential neighborhood in Hacienda Heights, Los Angeles County, California. This is the first confirmation of the disease in California. APHIS is working closely with the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), County Agricultural Commissioners, and the California citrus industry to plan and implement communication, response, and regulatory activities in the affected area. CDFA collected the samples during ongoing citrus surveys conducted as part of the cooperative Citrus Health Response Program.

Exotic Beetle Pest of Trees Found in Kent (Mar 28, 2012)
Great Britain. Forestry Commission.
An outbreak of the Asian longhorn beetle (ALB), an exotic beetle pest which could have severe consequences for British trees, has been found in Kent, the Food & Environment Research Agency (Fera) confirmed today. This is the first time an outbreak of this pest has been found in the UK, and it is being treated extremely seriously. Fera and the Forestry Commission are taking urgent steps to try to eradicate the outbreak before it has the chance to spread further afield.

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