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
See our What's
New section for current items of interest.
the eXtension Invasive Species Community of Practice (CoP) (Feb
University of Georgia. Center for Invasive Species
and Ecosystem Health. Bugwood Blog.
The Invasive Species CoP is
a national Web site designed to connect and mobilize audiences and parties through
an Invasive Species Learning and Action Network. It is through this network that
the Invasive Species CoP seeks to involve or connect Cooperative Extension invasive
species educators, researchers, outreach and communications experts from leading
universities across the U.S. with Master
Gardeners, outdoor hobbyists, natural resources professionals and decision makers
throughout the U.S.
Insects that Cause Trouble in Paradise (Feb 23, 2012)
Nothing in life is perfect, not even tropical
paradises, thanks to invading pests like the Japanese
beetle and the Oriental
fruit fly, but ARS Entomologists
have borrowed some weapons from Mother Nature to
make the pests' lives a little less paradisiacal. Both insects also cause problems in the U.S.,
so the efforts by USDA's
researchers may provide mutual benefits.
Administration Releases 2012 Asian Carp Control Strategy Framework (Feb
Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee.
The Obama Administration announced a series
of new measures to protect the Great Lakes from Asian
carp, building on the unprecedented proactive
plan the Administration established in February 2010
to prevent this invasive species from developing
self-sustaining populations in the Great Lakes.
Service Research Used in New, Invasive-plant Software: iPhone Application
Helps People Identify Harmful, Nonnative Plants (Feb
Southern Research Station.
U.S. Forest Service research and
funding have led to the development of a free software application that will
help people identify and control destructive invasive plants in Southern
forests and grasslands. See our Smartphone
Applications page for more app resources.
Crimes Against Biodiversity: How to Catch a Killer
Weed (Feb 10, 2012)
Queen Mary. University of London.
Invasive species which have the potential to destroy biodiversity and influence
global change could be tracked and controlled in the same way as wanted criminals,
according to new research from Queen Mary, University of London. Geographic
profiling (GP) was originally developed as a statistical tool in criminology,
where it uses the locations of linked crimes to identify the predicted location
of the offender's residence. Researchers have shown that this technique can also
be used to identify the source of populations of invasive animals and plants
such as Giant hogweed and Japanese
knotweed. See related article Geographic
profiling as a novel spatial tool for targeting the control of invasive species.
(Plant) Doctor is In (Feb 8, 2012)
USDA and CABI's Plantwise Initiative
have formed a recent partnership. In collaboration
with local organizations, Plantwise has formed a
network of 182 clinics across 19 countries to increase
food security by decreasing crop losses. Through
the partnership, USDA research
and information will be electronically transferred
to the Plantwise global knowledge bank so that the "plant
doctors" at these clinics will have easier access
to in order to help farmers in far off places diagnose
and control the plant pests and diseases affecting
press release for more information -- New
Global Plant Health Resource to Improve Food Security (Jul
For the first time ever, distribution maps, diagnostic support and treatment
advice for thousands of the world's most damaging pests and diseases of plants
and crops are being made available free of charge on the Plantwise site.
its Part to Bring Valentine's Day Cheer (Feb 14,
Did you know that USDA helps
in bringing Valentine's Day cheer every year? With
the help of Department of Homeland Security's Customs
and Border Protection, USDA's
Animal and Plant health Inspection Service (APHIS)
safely imports millions of cut flowers into the U.S. free
from harmful plant pests and diseases from Jan 1-Feb
14 in preparation for the Valentine's Season.
Valentine’s Day Flowers are Pest-Free (Feb
Customs and Border Protection.
During the weeks leading to Valentine's Day, U.S.Customs
and Border Protection's highly trained agriculture specialists have been ensuring
that plant diseases and plant pests are detected and prevented from being introduced
into the U.S. where they could cause
Insights into Invasive Plant Management (Feb 3, 2012)
have created a model called Ecologically
Based Invasive-Plant Management (EBIPM) that can
significantly boost land managers' rate of success
in restoring native vegetation on rangeland damaged
by invasive plants like cheatgrass that not only limit
livestock grazing options, but also fuel wildfires.
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