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.
Foul Release Coatings Show Most Promise at Managing Quagga and Zebra
Mussels at Water and Hydropower Facilities (Aug 21,
The Bureau of Reclamation has found that silicone foul release
coatings may be an important tool for mitigating invasive quagga and zebra
mussels' impacts to water and hydropower infrastructure.
See the Reclamation's Quagga
and Zebra Mussel Web site for more information.
Virus Update (Aug 21, 2012)
Vector-Borne Infectious Diseases.
report there has been an increase in
the number of West
Nile virus cases. There
have been more than 1,100 cases in
the U.S., with about half in Texas. This is
the highest number of West Nile virus infections
reported through the third week of August since the
virus was first detected in the U.S. in 1999. See
West Nile Virus - Frequently
Asked Questions for more information.
Change Effects, Potential Mitigation in Northeast Forests Subject
of Forest Service Report (Aug 15, 2012)
Northern Research Station.
A new report by U.S. and Canadian scientists analyzes decades of research and
concludes that the climate of the Northeast has changed and is likely to change
more. The report outlines the effects of climate change on multiple aspects of
forests in the northeastern corner of the U.S. and
eastern Canada and concludes with recommendations on adaptive and mitigating
strategies for dealing with future effects. See General
Technical Report NRS-99 for more information.
the USA is the Invasive Species Compendium's Number
One User? (Aug
Centre for Agricultural Bioscience International
Invasive Species are a major problem in the U.S.,
causing significant harm to the environment, the economy, and to animal and human
health. Learn how the Invasive
Species Compendium is helping in the battle to control them. See the "Using
the Invasive Species Compendium in your federal agency" live demonstration
for more information.
Scientists Find State Record 87 Eggs in Largest Python from Everglades (Aug
ScienceDaily; University of Florida. Florida
Museum of Natural History.
University of Florida researchers curating a
python, the largest found in Florida, discovered
87 eggs in the snake, also a state record. "It
means these snakes are surviving a long time in the
wild, there's nothing stopping them and the native
wildlife are in trouble."
Help USDA Fight
Hungry Pests: Keep an Eye Out for Asian Longhorned Beetle (Aug
Throughout August, the Asian
longhorned beetle may
emerge from the trees in your community. This destructive
beetle kills 13 types of hardwood trees, from the
inside out. Early detection is crucial in the fight
to save trees from the Asian longhorned beetle. Learn
how to detect and report
it (Asian longhorned bettle) to improve a community's
chances for saving its trees.
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