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Aug 2013

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Oriental fruit fly - Invasive.org

Species Profile -- Oriental Fruit Fly
USDA. NAL. National Invasive Species Information Center.
Oriental fruit flies were first recorded in Taiwan and were introduced to Hawaii in the 1940s. Several infestations in the continental U.S. have been discovered since then, but all have been eradicated. This species is a destructive pest of fruits and vegetables.

Northern snakehead

Largemouth Bass Virus Found in Northern Snakeheads in Virginia (Aug 13, 2013)
DOI. United States Geological Survey.
A virus that can cause disease in largemouth bass has now been identified in otherwise apparently healthy northern snakeheads taken from two Potomac River tributaries in Virginia. This is the first time that the pathogen, known as largemouth bass virus, has been reported in northern snakeheads. While the significance of this finding is not yet known, the study's lead author, said it raises the possibility that snakeheads could be reservoirs of this virus and capable of transmitting it to bass populations in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

Citrus greening - Invasive.org

Recipe for HLB-affected Citrus: Apply Heat -- Lots of It (Aug 5, 2013)
USDA. Agricultural Research Service.
Citrus greening disease, also known as Huanglongbing (HLB), is the most serious threat to the Florida citrus industry in its history. It's costing the industry millions in losses each year, and there is no known cure for HLB and no commercially viable, effective treatments. USDA scientists have found that heating potted citrus seedlings in growth chambers can rid seedlings of HLB symptoms.

Red imported fire ant

Researchers Study Fire Ant Venom as Natural Fungicide (Aug 2, 2013)
USDA. Agricultural Research Service.
Studies by USDA scientists have shown that certain alkaloid compounds in the venom of red imported fire ants can hinder the growth of the crop pathogen Pythium ultimum, which causes damping-off diseases that decay the seed or seedling of vegetable, horticultural and cucurbit crops.

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