Officials Confirm Thousand Cankers Disease for First Time in Ohio (PDF | 160 KB) (Aug 12, 2013)
Ohio Department of Agriculture.
In an effort to protect the trees of Ohio, the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) is encouraging Ohio citizens to check their trees for signs of the Walnut Twig Beetle and Asian Longhorned Beetle. The Walnut Twig Beetle is a small beetle known to carry a fungus that causes Thousand Cankers Disease (TCD), which can kill walnut trees. Walnut Twig Beetle was first confirmed in Ohio in late 2012 in traps set by Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Forestry officials in Butler County. Additionally, scientists from the Ohio Plant Diagnostic Network, a cooperative partnership between ODA and The Ohio State University, recently
isolated the TCD fungus from walnut branch samples from the Butler County area, marking the first time
TCD has been confirmed in Ohio.
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 Pennsylvania.
State Ask an Expert Now Online (May
Ohioans who have questions — on everything
from personal finance to agricultural enterprise
budgets, from gardening to crop production,
from nutrition to producing fruits and vegetables
safely — have a new way to find answers.