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Aug 2009

Selected "In the News" items previously featured on NISIC for this month. See the In the News Archives to view previously posted items by year and month.

See our What's New section for current items of interest.


Biofuels: Cultivating Energy, not Invasive Species (PDF | 77 KB)
National Invasive Species Council.
Briefing paper approved by the Invasive Species Advisory Committee (ISAC) on Aug 11, 2009.


Nuisance Or Nutrient? Kudzu Shows Promise As A Dietary Supplement (Aug 27, 2009)
Kudzu, the nuisance vine that has overgrown almost 10 million acres in the southeastern United States, may sprout into a dietary supplement. Scientists in Alabama and Iowa are reporting the first evidence that root extracts from kudzu show promise as a dietary supplement for a high-risk condition -- the metabolic syndrome -- that affects almost 50 million people in the United States alone. Their study appears in the current issue of ACS' Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.

Saltcedar - Invasive.org

Invasive Saltcedar Triggers Lively Debate among Weed Scientists and Land Managers (Aug 24, 2009)
Weed Science Society of America.
The Western Society of Weed Science held a symposium on the Biological Control of Invasive Plants at the annual meeting in March. It included presentations on saltcedar, which led to a debate on biological control among the participants.

Encyclopedia of Life

Cool Tools Let Public Upload Images, Information to Massive Interactive Online Biodiversity Encyclopedia (Aug 23, 2009)
HORIZON Solutions Site.
The Encyclopedia of Life (EOL) has added interactive tools that allow the public to submit images and web content. EOL also facilitates public recognition and awareness of invasive species through detailed descriptions and maps, helping to slow their global spread and enable more rapid and effective remedial measures.

HungryPests Coalition

THEY'RE HERE AND THEY'RE HUNGRY... Ad Campaign Planned to Raise Awareness of the Threat of Invasive Pests to California's Agriculture and Environment (Aug 11, 2009)
USDA. APHIS.Hungry Pests Blog.
The advertising campaign includes print, radio and television ads and will run from Aug 17 through Oct 2009. The campaign is funded by USDA. The advertising campaign is not targeted at specific invasive pests or a particular strategy to deal with the pests. The goal is to educate and raise the general public's awareness of the risks from invasive species.

National Invasive Species Council Launches New Site
National Invasive Species Council.
The National Invasive Species Council (NISC) was created by EO 13112 in 1999. NISC members are the Secretaries and Administrators of 13 federal departments and agencies to provide high-level coordination on invasive species and is co-chaired by the Secretaries of Commerce, Agriculture, and the Interior.

Asian longhorned beetle - Invasive.org

Asian Longhorned Beetle Awareness Month (Aug 4, 2009)
Nature Conservancy. Don't Move Firewood.
August is Asian longhorned beetle awareness month! Throughout the Northeastern region of the U.S., from Maine all the way down to New Jersey and Pennsylvania, there are state, local, and federal gov't groups, as well as a few non-profits, that are working together to raise awareness of the Asian longhorned beetle.

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