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Mar 2013

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 month.

See our What's New section for current items of interest.

Climate Adaptation Strategy Report

National Strategy Will Help Safeguard Fish, Wildlife and Plants in a Changing Climate (Mar 26, 2013)
Department of Interior.
The National Fish, Wildlife and Plants Climate Adaptation Strategy is the first nationwide strategy to help public and private decision makers address the impacts that climate change is having on natural resources and the people and economies that depend on them. The Climate Adaptation Strategy provides a roadmap of key steps needed over the next five years to reduce the current and expected impacts of climate change on our natural resources, which include the spread of wildlife diseases and invasive species.

Biofuel plants

Regulation Recommendations So That Biofuel Plants Don't Become Weeds (Mar 26, 2013)
ScienceDaily; University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences.
In the U.S., only species listed on state or federal noxious weed lists are regulated, and those lists are often biased toward species that affect agricultural crops. Conversely, invasive plant council lists include species that affect natural landscapes but have no regulatory clout. After comparing the lists and how they are created, researchers at the University of Illinois's Energy Biosciences Institute have developed some suggestions on how to improve the regulation of all invasive plant species, including new biofuels plants.

Citrus greening

Crisis in the Citrus Groves (Mar 12, 2013)
USDA. Blog.
Oranges that don't turn orange on the tree when they’re supposed to might be victims of a disease called "citrus greening," also known as Huanglongbing, or HLB. Citrus greening is especially devastating because it makes the juice bitter, so the fruit isn't even suitable for juicing, let alone the fresh market. But Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists have found that the same bitter juice that causes despair among growers could yield invaluable clues to how the disease works -- and how to stop it.

Little brown bat with fungus on muzzle (White-nose syndrome) -  NY Dept of Envrionmental Conservation

White-Nose Syndrome.org - Deadly Bat Disease Confirmed in Georgia (Mar 12, 2013)
DOI. Fish and Wildlife Service.
White-nose syndrome (WNS) which is the disease that has killed millions of bats in the eastern U.S. has been confirmed for the first time in Georgia. White-nose syndrome has been recently confirmed in South Carolina and Illinois.

Invasive plants used as biofuel

New Solution Proposed to Ensure Biofuel Plants Don't Become Noxious Weeds (Mar 4, 2013)
Science Daily; Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
Raising plants for biofuels is many farmers' dream. The lucrative crops grow with a minimal amount of work and can be harvested using existing equipment. However, some plants that are ideal for bioenergy production come with a drawback -- they can potentially become invasive weeds that can cause billions of dollars in economic damage.

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