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Feb 2010

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.

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Purple loosestrife

Climate May Keep Beautiful Killer Plant (Purple Loosestrife) in Check: University of Toronto Research (Feb 26, 2010)
University of Toronto.
Canadian scientists have found that adapting to northern climates carries a severe reproductive penalty for purple loosestrife, that may limit its spread. As the plant has spread north, it has run into challenges posed by a shorter growing season, including early flowering resulting in smaller sizes and reduced seed production.

Great Lakes

Administrator Jackson Unveils Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Action Plan (Feb 22, 2010)
Environmental Protection Agency.
The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Action Plan: FY2010 - FY2014 (Feb 21, 2010; PDF | 1.3 MB) directs aggressive action under five priority "focus areas" the task force has identified as vital for restoring the Great Lakes, which includes combating invasive species. The plan includes efforts to institute a "zero tolerance policy" toward new invasions, including the establishment of self-sustaining populations of invasive species, such as Asian Carp.

Emerald ash borer

Federal Funds Will help efforts to slow the Emerald Ash Borer invasion in Michigan and Beyond (Feb 19, 2010)
Michigan State University. College of Agriculture & Natural Resources.
All ash trees in North America could eventually be lost to the emerald ash borer (EAB), an exotic pest from Asia first discovered in Michigan and Canada in 2002. In an effort to develop strategies for managing recent infestations of EAB, state and federal forest specialists and researchers have been awarded $2.2 million from the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) for a pilot project in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. The project, called SLAM, is designed to SL.ow A.sh M.ortality.

Climate change

Does Climate Change Promote Invasive Species? (Feb 3, 2010)
Harvard Magazine.
Researchers have found that non-native plants, and especially invasive species, thrive during times of climate change because they're better able to adjust the timing of annual activities like flowering and fruiting. The study Favorable Climate Change Response Explains Non-Native Species' Success in Thoreau's Woods used a dataset that began with Henry David Thoreau’s cataloging of plants around Walden Pond in the 1850s, and where the average annual temperature has increased by about four degrees Fahrenheit.

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