New App Lets You Report Invasive Species (Oct 15, 2012)
Ohio State University Extension.
Ohio State University Extension has released a new app for spotting and tracking invasive species -- non-native organisms such as Asian carps, purple loosestrife and Asian longhorned beetle -- to try to keep them from setting up beachheads and hurting the economy and environment. By using the free Great Lakes Early Detection Network app,
a person can take pictures of suspected invasive
species -- whether of farm, forest or water
-- and upload the pictures and locations
for verification. Based on this early warning,
scientists can send out alerts, map the spread
and figure out a battle plan. The network
covers the states of Ohio, New York, Illinois,
Indiana, Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota and
Spotted Wing Drosophila Detections Are Increasing in Fruit Crops (Jun 19, 2012)
Michigan State University Extension.
Captures of spotted wing Drosophila (SWD) in monitoring traps have increased recently, with higher numbers of flies trapped as well as an increasing number of monitoring sites showing activity. At this time, SWD activity has been detected in Van Buren, Allegan and Ottawa counties. For information on how to build traps to monitor SWD, take a look at the information on the MSU IPM Spotted Wing Drosophila website.
USDA-APHIS Makes Changes to the Federal EAB Quarantine; Michigan's Quarantine Remains Intact (Jun 14, 2012)
Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) recently issued a Federal Order updating its Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) quarantine policy. The Federal Order allows unrestricted interstate movement of articles regulated by the EAB quarantine within contiguous federal quarantine boundaries, with the exception of movements to protected areas within the existing quarantine area. For those who move regulated articles interstate, the impacts of the change to the federal EAB quarantine include:
- A federal certificate or limited permit is no longer needed to ship articles regulated by the EAB quarantine out of Michigan's Lower Peninsula into or through Ohio or Indiana; however, if the final destination of the articles is outside of the contiguous federal quarantine boundaries or into the protected area of Illinois or Indiana, a federal certificate or limited permit is still required.
- A federal certificate or limited permit is no longer needed to move articles regulated by the EAB quarantine into Michigan's Lower Peninsula from areas inside of the contiguous federal quarantine boundaries.
Regulated articles, including all hardwood firewood, originating from the Lower Peninsula cannot be moved into the Upper Peninsula except with a state compliance agreement. For more information on EAB, please visit www.emeraldashborer.info.
Ag. Department Confirms Brown Marmorated
Stink Bug in Michigan (Feb 1, 2011)
Michigan Department of Agriculture.
The Michigan Department of Agriculture
confirmed the presence of brown
marmorated stink bug (BMSB) in Michigan.
BMSB can be a serious pest of a variety of
fruits, vegetables, field crops, and ornamental
plants. This is the first confirmation of this
pest in the state.