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Service Research Helping Grasslands, Shrublands Endure Changing
Climate (Sep 25, 2012)
Forest Service researchers point to recent
climatic studies in predicting that by the end of
the century, 55 percent of future landscapes in the
West will likely have climates that are incompatible
with the vegetation types that now occur on those
State University Researchers Create Model for Analyzing
Invasive Species Threat (Sep 13, 2012)
Oregon State University News.
A team at Oregon State University has developed a statistical model that aims
to predict which non-native species might become invaders - and arm resource
managers to prevent their spread. the project includes two essential elements
for identifying invasive species: how they travel to non-native locations, and
whether they could survive and thrive in the new environment. The model also
calculates the economic impacts involved in managing the invasive species.
Sam Chan, Oregon Sea Grant's invasive species specialist, said the model could
be beneficial to resource managers. "If we had had this model in
2009 we could have shown that the city of Olympia, Wash., is a high-risk spot
for New Zealand mud snails," said Chan.
Nuisance Species Task Force (ANSTF) requests comments on ANSTF
Strategic Plan 2013-2017
Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force.
The ANSTF is an intergovernmental organization dedicated
to preventing and controlling aquatic nuisance species
(ANS) and coordinating governmental efforts dealing
with ANS in
the U.S. with those of
the private sector and other North American interests.
Note: Comments must be received within 45 days
after Aug 6, 2012 -- by Sep 20, 2012; see corrected Federal
Register Notice (Sep 19, 2012).
U.S. and Canada Sign Amended Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement (Sep 7, 2012)
Environmental Protection Agency.
The U.S. and Canada
signed an accord to protect
the Great Lakes, the world's largest freshwater system.
The agreement, last updated in 1987, addresses critical
health issues in the Great Lakes region and is a model
of binational cooperation to protect water quality. The
two governments began negotiations in 2009 to strengthen
the agreement. New provisions address the nearshore environment,
aquatic invasive species, habitat degradation, and the effects of climate
Therapy for Fruit Flies Means Better Pest Control (Sep
The Mexican fruit
fly is a significant quarantine
pest that could inflict billions of dollars in losses
to citrus, peach, pears, avocado and other crops
if it moved from Mexico into the U.S. A
new treatment developed by ARS and
cooperating scientists makes sterile male Mexican
fruit flies more macho so they will out compete wild
males to mate with female Mexican fruit flies.
No West Nile Vaccine in Sight, Self-Protection Is
Key (Sep 4, 2012)
ScienceDaily; University of Alabama-Birmingham.
As this year's threat from the West
Nile virus continues,
one infectious diseases expert at the University of
Alabama at Birmingham says a vaccine is not in our
near future, so people need to protect themselves.
The virus, most often spread by the bite of an infected
mosquito, can lead to West Nile fever or severe West Nile disease.
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