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a New Category in Regulations Governing Nursery Stock Importation;
Plants for Planting Not Authorized for Importation Pending Pest
Risk Analysis (PDF | 81 KB) (May 27, 2011)
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
Effective Jun 27, 2011
APHIS is changing the way it regulates imports of nursery stock into
the U.S., also known as the Agency's
Q37 regulations. This regulatory change establishes a new import category for
plants whose importation is "not authorized pending pest risk analysis," also
known as NAPPRA.
Under the new rules, APHIS will publish a list of plants that it considers to
be quarantine pests or hosts of quarantine pests. Such plants will not be allowed
to be imported until APHIS has
completed a pest risk analysis.
Reports 2010/2011 Winter Honey Bee Losses (May 23,
Recent survey reports honey bees losses holding about steady. Total losses from
managed honey bee colonies nationwide were 30% from all causes for the 2010/2011
winter. "The lack of increase in losses is marginally encouraging in the
sense that the problem of Colony Collapse Disorder
(CDD) does not appear to be getting worse for honey bees and beekeepers."
Weed Reporting System Now Available in 11 Western States (May
Montana State University.
Early detection of new invasive plant infestations and rapid, coordinated responses
are needed to eradicate or contain invasions before they become too widespread
and control becomes technically and financially impossible. The Missouri
River Watershed Coalition-Early Detection and Distribution Mapping System allows
for reporting new sightings of select invasive species, automatically alerts
state weed coordinators of those reports, automatically alerts EDDMapS users
of verified reports, and generates distribution maps for reported species.
and Wildlife Service Unveils National Plan to Combat Deadly White-Nose
Syndrome in Bats (May 17, 2011)
Fish and Wildlife Service.
The National Plan aims to halt the spread of white-nose
syndrome (WNS), which has killed more than a million bats. The document offers
guidance on a range of issues, including how to identify the disease and improving
bio-security. WNS has spread rapidly since it was first found in 2006, and now
affects 18 states and four Canadian provinces.
Understanding of Foot-and-mouth Disease Offers Potential for Alternatives
to Culling (May 6, 2011)
Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research
Council. Institute for Animal Health Statement. (United
The mass culling of cattle to control outbreaks of foot and mouth disease may
soon be a thing of the past, according to scientists who have made a breakthrough
in understanding how the virus is transmitted. A study has established a hidden "window
of opportunity" between the point when a cow becomes infected with the foot
and mouth virus and the time when she is able to transmit the virus to another
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