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Archives - 2009

Provides selected resources for invasive species related emerging issues for prior years. For more recent emerging issues, see our Emerging Issues page. See the Archives page for additional years.

Agencies seek public's help in curtailing spread of invasive snails in Capitol Lake (Nov 24, 2009)
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.
First known discovery of New Zealand mud snails in Puget Sound. See a fact sheet (PDF | 571 KB) for more information.

Invasive moth detected in Oakville area: European grapevine moth a known grape pest (PDF | 137 KB) (Oct 12, 2009)
Napa County (California). Department of Agriculture and Weights and Measures.
A single European grapevine moth, Lobesia botrana, has been detected in the Oakville region of Napa County, along with larvae. This is the first known detection of this invasive species in the U.S.

The Vine That Ate The South Is Here! Dreaded Invasive Kudzu Vine Has Been Found In Ontario (Sep 22, 2009)
Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters.
Kudzu has been discovered for the first time in Canada, in Ontario.

Disease Killing Redbay Trees Makes First Appearance in Mississippi (PDF | 93 KB)(Aug 12, 2009)
State of Mississippi. Department of Agriculture and Commerce. Bureau of Plant Industry.
The Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce (MDAC) and Mississippi Forestry Commission have confirmed the positive identification of laurel wilt disease in Jackson County, where the disease was discovered killing redbay trees in late July. Laurel wilt can spread in at least two ways: one is via the beetle's natural reproduction and migration. A second way is through the sale and transport of beetle-infested wood, a result of redbay's use as firewood and for outdoor grilling. 

Laurel Wilt Disease Confirmed On Avocado Sample From Homestead, Florida (Jul 31, 2009)
Southeast AgNET.
Florida Agriculture and Consumer Services Commissioner Charles H. Bronson announced the confirmation of laurel wilt disease in an avocado sample from Homestead, Florida. This find represents the first laurel wilt confirmation in a commercial avocado-growing area.

State Officials Take Steps to Contain the Commonwealth's First Confirmed Infestation of Zebra Mussels (PDF | 25 KB) (Jul 8, 2009)
Massachussets Department of Conservation and Recreation.
The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation has confirmed the presence of zebra mussels, a highly aggressive aquatic invasive species, at Laurel Lake in Lee and Lenox. See Zebra Mussel page for more information.

Confirmation of Citrus Greening in Chatham County, Georgia (PDF | 12 KB) (Jun 19, 2009)
USDA. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
This is the first confirmation of citrus greening in the State of Georgia.

Emerald Ash Borer Found in New York State: Surveys and Monitoring in Cattaraugus County Area To Help Delineate Spread of Invasive Beetle (Jun 17, 2009) / see Current Status of EAB in New York State
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.
An Emerald Ash Borer (EAB)infestation has been discovered in Randolph, Cattaraugus County. The EAB is a small but destructive beetle that infests and kills North American ash tree species, including green, white, black and blue ash. This is the first time it has been detected in New York.

Detections of the South American cactus moth (Cactoblastis cactorum) in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana (Jun 2, 2009)
Louisiana State University. AgCenter.
The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service confirmed detections of the South American cactus moth (Cactoblastis cactorum) in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana. This is the first confirmed detection of this pest in Louisiana.

Emerald Ash Borer Confirmed (May 26, 2009)
University of Kentucky. College of Agriculture.
Officials with the Office of the State Entomologist in the University of Kentucky Entomology Department on May 22, 2009 announced two confirmed occurrences in Kentucky of emerald ash borer, an invasive insect pest of ash trees. These are the first findings of this destructive insect in the state. See Kentucky's Emerald Ash Borer page for more information.

Minnesota Officials Find Emerald Ash Borer Infestation in St. Paul Neighborhood (May 14, 2009)
Minnesota Department of Agriculture.
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture announced the discovery of an emerald ash borer infestation in St. Paul just northeast of the intersection of Interstate 94 and Highway 280. This is the first detection of the destructive tree pest in Minnesota.

Citrus Greening Found in South Carolina (Apr 14, 2009)
Southeast Farm Press.
A plant disease that presents a serious threat to the U.S. citrus industry has been located in Charleston County in South Carolina. Federal and state plant-health officials have confirmed the presence of citrus greening. An infected tree produces fruit that is bitter and unmarketable. Officials are establishing a quarantine to prohibit the movement of citrus plants and other hosts from the area. This is the first confirmation of citrus greening in South Carolina. See Citrus Greening from Clemson Unviversity for more information and to report an infected citrus tree.

An Pseudococcus dendrobiorum (Apr 2, 2009)
Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services. Division of Plant Industry.
Pseudococcus dendrobiorum has had its first report not only in this country, and in this hemishpere Predicting the economic significance of this mealybug is difficult due to the lack of information on the economic impact of this mealybug.

African Bee Detected in Southern Utah (Jan 2009)
Utah Department of Agriculture and Food.
The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food (UDAF) has detected the presence of the Africanized Honey Bee in Washington and Kane Counties of Southern Utah.

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