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In the News

Jul 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.

White nose syndrome

Forest Service Scientists Identify Key Fungal Species that Help Explain Mysteries of White Nose Syndrome (Jul 25, 2013)
USDA. FS. Northern Research Station.
U.S. Forest Service researchers have identified what may be a key to unraveling some of the mysteries of White Nose Syndrome (WNS): the closest known non-disease causing relatives of the fungus that causes WNS. These fungi, many of them still without formal Latin names, live in bat hibernation sites and even directly on bats, but they do not cause the devastating disease that has killed millions of bats in the eastern U.S. Researchers hope to use these fungi to understand why one fungus can be deadly to bats while its close relatives are benign.

Grass carp

Obama Administration Releases 2013 Asian Carp Control Strategy Framework (Jul 24, 2013)
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 comprehensive plan the Administration created in 2010 to prevent this invasive species from developing self-sustaining populations in the Great Lakes. The updated plan adds several initiatives to the proactive effort to combat Asian carp, including testing and deployment of new physical and chemical control tools, strengthening the electric barrier system in the Chicago Area Waterway System, and constructing a new project to physically separate the Great Lakes and Mississippi River basin at Eagle Marsh near Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Wild boar

Feral Swine Removal Demonstration Project (Jul 24, 2013)
USDA. Blog.
Feral swine are an invasive species with a population that has grown from approximately 1 million in 17 states in the 1980s to more than 5 million across 38 states today. The project is in its 6th month of operation and to date APHIS-Wildlife Services has conducted feral swine work on more than 175 New Mexico properties totaling 4.1 million acres of land. Wildlife Services is using a combination of methods to find and remove feral swine, including the use of surveillance cameras, cage and corral traps, and aerial operations. The New Mexico project is intended to provide guidance and support for a national program to reduce problems associated with feral swine and where possible eliminate feral swine from targeted states.

European Grapevine Moth - Invasive.org

Species Profile -- European Grapevine Moth
USDA. NAL. National Invasive Species Information Center.
European grapevine moths are native to Italy. The first specimen in the U.S. was recorded in Napa County, California in 2009. These invasive moths feed on grapevine flowers and berries, and can cause serious damage to vineyards.

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