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Sign National Clean Plant Network Memorandum of Understanding (Mar
USDA. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
Three U.S. Department of Agriculture
agencies today announced that a National Clean Plant Network (NCPN) has been
established at the department. USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
(APHIS), Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and Cooperative State Research,
Education and Extension Service (CSREES) have signed a memorandum of understanding
to cooperatively support NCPN research, quarantine and outreach activities.
Clean Plant Network
University of California. Agricultural and
Salazar Releases Study Showing Widespread Declines in Bird Populations,
Highlights Role of Partnerships in Conservation (PDF | 44 KB) (Mar
Fish and Wildlife Service.
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today released
the first ever comprehensive report on bird populations
in the United States, showing that nearly a third of
the nation;s 800 bird species are endangered, threatened
or in significant decline due to habitat loss, invasive
species, and other threats. At the same time, the report
highlights examples, including many species of waterfowl,
where habitat restoration and conservation have reversed
previous declines, offering hope that it is not too late
to take action to save declining populations.
Findings and Full
Report -- The State of the Birds: United States
of America 2009 (PDF | 4.3 MB)
State of the Birds.
Approach Could Improve Safety Assessments of Biocontrol Pathogens (Mar
Agricultural Research Service.
A new technique developed by an ARS team at
Disease-Weed Science Research Unit combines data
in a unique way to improve predictions about how
certain plants or crops related to a targeted weed
might react to the release of a pathogen used as
a biocontrol agent against that weed.
Approves New Funds for Preventing Aquatic Invasive Species Invasions (Mar
University of Wisconsin - Superior; Northeast-Midwest
On Tuesday, Congress provided nearly $1 million in new funds toward preventing
the introduction of aquatic invasive species in the Great Lakes. Yesterday, the
President signed the bill into law. The funds go to the Great
Ships Initiative (GSI), a collaborative effort to hasten shipping free of
invasive species on the Great Lakes.
Other Recent Funding:
disease is on the move. This disease has destroyed
millions of acres of citrus plants. There is no cure
for this deadly plant disease. Help prevent further
- Don't move citrus plants outside quarantined
- Don't graft citrus plants
- Don't buy citrus plants of an unknown origin
Agriculture Specialists Capture Red Baron:
First Baltimore Sighting of Invasive Cogon Grass Weed
Seed (Mar 11, 2009)
Customs and Border Protection.
A Customs and Border Protection plant seed
interception was confirmed on Monday as the Baltimore
first reported discovery of cogon
grass weed seed, aka Red Baron grass seed, and
just as the legendary Red Baron was a menace to allied
fighters during World War I, Red Baron grass has
become a despised invasive weed throughout parts
of the United States.
Profile -- Citrus Longhorned Beetle
USDA. NAL. National Invasive Species
The citrus longhorned beetle (CLHB), is a serious
pest of citrus in China but did not occur in the U.S. until
it was detected in a Washington nursery in 2001, which
was subsequently eradicated. With a host range of more
than 40 hardwood species, CLHB is a potential threat
to natural areas as well as fruit trees and woody ornamental
plants. Unlike many other native borer pests that primarily
attack dead trees, CLHB attacks apparently healthy trees.
Once established, it can be extremely difficult and expensive
Threaten Salmon in Pacific Northwest (Mar 2, 2009)
American Institute of Biological Sciences.
In a new study, Nonindigenous
Species of the Pacific Northwest: An Overlooked Risk to Endangered Salmon?, from
Northwest Fisheries Science Center scientists discover the overlooked risks of
introduced species on native salmon. Most discussions about the causes of declining
salmon runs focus on the four H's: habitat, hatcheries, harvest and hydropower.
But the most important factor may be an I, as in invasive species.
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