Another Invasive Pest Discovered in Pennsylvania (Nov 19, 2012)
Pennsylvania State University. College of Agricultural Sciences.
Penn State researchers recently discovered the African Fig Fly in Pennsylvania for the first time, giving fruit growers across the state another invasive pest to be on the look out for. Zaprionus indianus Gupta, commonly known in Brazil as the African Fig Fly (AFF), was discovered last month by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture in grape and pest survey traps. For more information about AFF and other fruit pests, visit Penn State's Fruit Research & Extension Center.
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.
Emerald Ash Borer Found in Six More Counties; Public Urged Not to Transport Firewood (PDF | 44 KB) (Aug 3, 2012)
Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture.
Emerald Ash Borer beetle has been discovered in Bucks, Franklin, Jefferson, Perry, Snyder and Venango counties. With these new finds, 28 counties are now dealing with the invasive ash tree-killing pest "Emerald Ash Borer beetles have plagued Pennsylvania since 2007 with new
positive sites found each year," said Agriculture Secretary George Greig. "You can help prevent the further spread of these pests by not hauling firewood from place to place. Burn it where you buy it."
State Agencies Issue Alert to Contain Invasive Species in Youghiogheny (PDF | 92 KB) (Jun 11, 2012)
Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.
With the recent confirmation of the invasive aquatic alga known as didymo, or "rock snot," in the Youghiogheny River, Fayette County, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission and Department of Conservation and Natural Resources are reminding anglers and boaters that cleaning their gear is the easiest, most effective means of preventing its spread to other waters. During the past two months, state officials have documented didymo blooms in the Youghiogheny River at Ohiopyle State Park, in the Delaware River as far south as Bucks County, and in Dyberry Creek in Wayne County.