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2011 Items of Interest:

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug in San Luis Obispo County (California) (Nov 3, 2011)
Brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB), Halyomorpha halys Stål was recently found in San Luis Obispo County in an incoming shipment of household items from Pennsylvania, where it is considered as a serious pest. In California, Los Angeles County is the only place where populations of BMSB are known to exist.

Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Identifies Giant African Land Snails in Miami-Dade County (Sep 15, 2011)
Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) has positively identified a population of Giant African land snails (GALS) in Miami-Dade County. The Giant African land snail is one of the most damaging snails in the world because they consume at least 500 different types of plants, can cause structural damage to plaster and stucco, and can carry a parasitic nematode that can lead to meningitis in humans. Anyone who believes they may have seen a Giant African land snail or signs of its presence should call FDACS toll-free at 888-397-1517 to make arrangements to have the snail collected.

First Capture of Spotted Wing Drosophila: Deploy and check traps now to enable early detection of this pest (Jul 15, 2011)
Michigan State University.
The first capture of spotted wing Drosophila for 2011 in Michigan has been confirmed. This is a new invasive insect pest of several tree and small fruit crops grown in this region, and it was first trapped in this state in late 2010. It was confirmed this week that we have caught this pest in a trap that was collected on Jul 7 in Allegan County, south of Grand Rapids, Michigan. For more information for growers and homeowners, see Michigan State University's Spotted Wing Drosophila site.

Late Blight of Tomato and Potato in Connecticut--2011 (May 2011; PDF | 819 KB)
Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station. Department of Plant Pathology Station.
Late blight was confirmed on tomatoes and potatoes in a Connecticut greenhouse. As of May 2011, no field outbreaks have been observed.

DEP Reports Didymo Discovered in the West Branch Farmington River: First Confirmation of this Invasive Species in Connecticut (Mar 29, 2011)
Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection.
The highly invasive freshwater alga, Didymosphenia geminata, known as "didymo", has been discovered in the West Branch Farmington River, a very popular trout stream in northwestern Connecticut.

Chronic Wasting Disease Found In A White-Tailed Deer In Maryland (Feb 10, 2011)
Maryland Department of Natural Resources.
A white-tailed deer harvested in Maryland has tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). Chronic Wasting Disease is a transmissible neurological disease of deer and elk that produces small lesions in brains of infected animals. Maryland joins 20 other states and Canadian provinces with CWD documented in deer, elk or moose.

State Ag. Department Confirms Brown Marmorated Stink Bug in Michigan (Feb 1, 2011)
Michigan Department of Agriculture.
The Michigan Department of Agriculture confirmed the presence of brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) in Michigan. BMSB can be a serious pest of a variety of fruits, vegetables, field crops, and ornamental plants. This is the first confirmation of this pest in the state.

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