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Two Insecticides for Control of Invasive Stink Bug (Jun
Environmental Protection Agency.
approved for emergency use, the insecticide dinotefuran
(trade names Venom and Scorpion) on tree fruit
to help manage populations of the brown
marmorated stink bug, an invasive insect that
has caused extensive yield losses in tree fruit
production in the mid-Atlantic region. In addition,
the EPA approved
an additional use for an insecticide that may help
manage stink bugs in organic production systems.
The short term emergency measure became effective
Jun 24 and will expire on Oct 15 of this year.
Residents to be on the Lookout for the Asian Longhorned Beetle:
Beetles Expected to Emerge in July (PDF | 56 KB) (Jun 29, 2011)
Plant Protection and Quarantine.
APHIS is asking for the public's help in detecting and preventing the spread
of Asian Longhorned Beetles (Anoplophora
glabripennis), a serious pest of hardwood trees. To date, the beetle has
caused the destruction of more than 72,000 hardwood trees in the U.S. alone.
Report your findings at Beetle
Geotracking invasive exotic species
iMapInvasives is a tool to serve the
needs of land managers, regional planners and
others working to prevent, control or manage
invasive species. A consortium was formed to
develop, support and maintain an on-line, GIS-based,
all-taxa invasive species mapping tool. A particular
emphasis is placed on functionality designed
to aid in Early
Detection/Rapid Response (EDRR) efforts.
Research Facility Will Help Safeguard the Supply of Global Wheat
Crops (Jun 13, 2011)
A new 2,880-square-foot greenhouse that
will play a key role in helping researchers combat
Ug99, a relatively new race of wheat stem rust
to which more than 80 percent of our global wheat
crop is vulnerable. This new greenhouse for wheat
research puts another U.S. research
facility on the front lines to battle Ug99 and
help secure global food security.
Centre for Agricultural Bioscience International
The Invasive Species Compendium is in
beta version and available to use. The Invasive Species Compendium is an online,
open access reference work covering recognition, biology, distribution, impact
and management of the world's invasive plants and animals. The Compendium currently
covers over 1,500 species with over 7,000 basic summary datasheets and 1,500
detailed datasheets. You can also access over 800 full text articles (PDF) and
65,000 abstract summaries, with plans to add 10,000 more by the end of 2011.
This new resource has been built upon a brand new technical platform which enables
our experts to update the datasheets and bibliographical data on a weekly basis.
Projects Across the Country to Advance Pest and Disease Management
and Disaster Prevention (Jun 7, 2011)
USDA is allocating
$50 million, provided by Section 10201 of the 2008 Farm Bill for projects that prevent the introduction or spread
of plant pests and diseases that threaten U.S. agriculture
and the environment.
Scientist Program's Success Highlighted (Jun 1, 2011)
University of Texas - Austin. Lady Bird Johnson
A program that harnesses volunteers throughout Texas to collect conservation
data has been highlighted as a model citizen scientist program in the June issue
of the journal Bioscience. More than 1,100 Texans have been trained
by the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center's Invaders of Texas Citizen
Scientists Program to identify and report non-native invasive plants throughout
the state. These citizen scientists have logged more than 12,000 observations
of invasive plants on a publicly accessible online database that governmental
agencies and resource managers can use to monitor the plants that compete with
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