News and Events

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U.S. Department of Agriculture.

USDA's Secretary announced the allocation of $5 million to support 19 projects under the National Clean Plant Network (NCPN) funded under the Agriculture Act of 2014 (the 2014 Farm Bill). NCPN-funded facilities provide high-quality propagative plant material that is free of plant pathogens and pests that can otherwise cause economic losses to the American specialty crop industry, which includes fruits and vegetables and other crops.

* See our Federal Press Releases - USDA section for more information and additional resources.

 
Post Date: Jul 02, 2014


USDA. NAL. National Invasive Species Information Center.

Capacity-building workshop for Central, South and East Asia on ecosystem conservation and restoration to support achievement of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets -- Jul 14-18, 2014

International Conference on Advances in Plant Sciences (ICAPS) -- Aug 6-8, 2014

Native Seed Propagation Workshop -- Sep 13, 2014

2014 British Crop Protection Council Congress -- Sep 30-Oct 1, 2014

10th Ballast Water Management Summit -- Sep 17-18, 2014

2014 Joint Symposium of the Georgia Exotic Pest Plant Council & Southeast Exotic Pest Plant Council -- Oct 15-16, 2014

2014 Natural Areas Conference -- Oct 15-17, 2014

2014 Joint Symposium of the Georgia Exotic Pest Plant Council & Southeast Exotic Pest Plant Council -- Nov 12-14, 2014

International Conference on Advances in Plant Sciences (ICAPS) -- Nov 18-22, 2014

CBD Expert Workshop to Prepare Practical Guidance on Preventing and Mitigating the Significant Adverse Impacts of Marine Debris on Marine and Coastal Biodiversity and Habitats -- Dec 204, 2014

2014 Oregon InterAgency Noxious Weed Symposium -- Dec 2-4, 2014

10th Ballast Water Management Summit -- Dec 8-12, 2014

36th Annual Forest Vegetation Management Conference: Managing Forests in a Dynamic Environment -- Jan 13-15, 2015

75th Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference -- Feb 8-11, 2015

2015 National Native Seed Conference -- Apr 13-15, 2015

* See our Conference Calendar for more information and resources.

 
Post Date: Jul 02, 2014


Invasive Plant Science and Management - Apr-Jun 2014 (Vol 7, No. 2)

Articles include:


Bioenergy and Invasive Plants: Quantifying and Mitigating Future Risks
Medusahead Ecology and Management: California Annual Grasslands to the Intermountain West
Does Elevated Temperature and Doubled CO2 Increase Growth of Three Potentially Invasive Plants?
Restoration of Exotic Annual Grass-Invaded Rangelands: Importance of Seed Mix Composition
Effects of Native Herbs and Light on Garlic Mustard (Alliaria petiolata) Invasion

-- and more...

Note: Article abstracts are available to everyone. Full-text articles may require a subscription (USDA access through DigiTop).

* See our Scientific Journals page to view the first 5 abstracts or all abstracts, and additional resources. And, also see our Scientific Journal Articles section for more resources.

 
Post Date: Jul 02, 2014


USDA. Agricultural Research Service.

Findings from recent research project changes in crop production as air temperatures increase due to climate change. Researchers observed one of the effects that agricultural producers may see as air temperatures increase is a corresponding increase of insects, weeds and fungal pests because of milder winter temperatures.

* See our Federal Press Releases - USDA section for more information and additional resources.

 
Post Date: Jun 16, 2014


Pollinator Partnership.

Seven years ago the U.S. Senate's unanimous approval and designation of a week in June as "National Pollinator Week" marked a necessary step toward addressing the urgent issue of declining pollinator populations. Pollinator Week has now grown to be an international celebration of the valuable ecosystem services provided by bees, birds, butterflies, bats and beetles.

Pollinators
DOI. Fish and Wildlife Service.

* See our News and Events section for more information and additional resources.

 
Post Date: Jun 10, 2014


U.S. Department of Agriculture.

A yearly survey of beekeepers, released today, shows fewer colony losses occurred in the United States over the winter of 2013-2014 than in recent years, but beekeepers say losses remain higher than the level that they consider to be sustainable.

* See our News and Events - USDA Press Releases page for more information and additional resources.

 
Post Date: May 15, 2014


National Invasive Species Awareness Week.

National Invasive Species Awareness Week

Due to continued budget and travel restrictions for federal agencies there will not be a full program of federal events in Washington DC during 2014. However please continue invasive species awareness by hosting state or local events. Planning has begun for a full event in 2015. Also see "National Invasive Species Awareness Week" Spotlights the Importance of Prevention and Management Strategies (Feb 10, 2014) from the Weed Science Society of America.

* See our News and Events section for more information and additional resources.

 
Post Date: Feb 21, 2014


State of Hawai'i Department of Agriculture.

Another new invasive pest has been detected on Oahu, one that damages coconut trees and other palm plants. The Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle (CRB) was detected at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam on Dec 23, 2013 during routine surveys conducted.

* See our Hawaii state resource page for additional resources.

 
Post Date: Jan 16, 2014


USDA. NAL. National Invasive Species Information Center.

Invasives 2014: Invasive Species Council of British Columbia Public Forum & AGM -- Jan 21-22, 2014

2014 Agricultural Outlook Forum -- Feb 20-21, 2014

2014 Ocean Sciences Meeting -- Feb 23-28, 2014

79th North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference -- Mar 10-14, 2014

2014 Joint European Food Safety Authority - European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization Workshop on "Data Collection and Information Sharing in Plant Health" -- Apr 1-3, 2014

National Association of Environmental Professionals 2014 Annual Conference: Changing Tides & Shifting Sands -- Apr 7-10, 2014

21st Biennial International Plant Resistance to Insects Workshop -- Apr 14-18, 2014

9th Annual International Symposium of Environment -- May 12-15, 2014

2nd Annual International Conference on Ecology, Ecosystems and Climate Change -- Jun 14-17, 2014

Joint 2014 Annual Meetings & Conference of the Agriculture, Food and Human Values Society (AFHVS), Association for the Study of Food and Society (ASFS), & Society for Anthropology of Food and Nutrition (SAFN) -- Jun 18-22, 2014

Island Biology 2014: International Conference on Island Evolution, Ecology, and Conservation -- Jul 7-11, 2014

2nd North America Congress for Conservation Biology -- Jul 13-16, 2014

7th International Symposium on Molecular Insect Science -- Jul 13-16, 2014

2nd Annual International Conference on Water -- Jul 14-17, 2014

2014 Annual International Conference on Earth and Environmental Sciences -- Jul 14-17, 2014

2014 International Seminar on Protected Area Management -- Jul 18-Aug 4, 2014

51st Annual Meeting of the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation -- Jul 20-24, 2014

49th Annual Grassland Society of Southern Africa Congress -- Jul 22-24, 2014

69th Soil and Water Conservation Society Annual Conference: Making Waves in Conservation -- Jul 27-30, 2014

2014 Conference on Ecological and Ecosystem Restoration -- Jul 28-Aug 1, 2014

11th Australasian Plant Virology Workshop - 2014 -- Aug 13-15, 2014

3rd International Marine Conservation Congress -- Aug 14-19, 2014

9th Annual Georgia Environmental Conference -- Aug 20-22, 2014

2014 Australian Entomological Conference -- Sep 28-Oct 1, 2014

Meeting the Challenge: Predicting, Detecting, and Controlling Invasive Plants -- Sep 16-17, 2014

8th Australasian Soilborne Diseases Symposium -- Nov 10-13, 2014

100th Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America -- Aug 9-14, 2015

* See our Conference Calendar for more and resources.

 
Post Date: Jan 14, 2014


National Environmental Education Foundation.

National Public Lands Day is the nation's largest hands-on volunteer effort to improve and enhance the public lands American's enjoy. Get involved, find a site and help eradicate invasive species! Also, see Celebrate Fall Season With Free Access to Public Lands on Sep 28 from USDA's Blog. National Public Lands Day is pleased to partner with National Estuaries Week. Normally a one day event, National Estuaries Day has been extended into a week-long series of celebrations taking place from Sep 23-29.

* See our In the News section for more information and additional resources.

 
Post Date: Sep 25, 2013


USDA. Blog.

On an island off the northeastern tip of Long Island, NY, USDA scientists are doing their part to safeguard the U.S. food supply. At the Plum Island Animal Disease Center, a USDA research team works to ensure that we're prepared to protect ourselves against exotic animal diseases that threaten livestock production in the U.S. and around the world.

* See our In the News section for more information and additional resources.

 
Post Date: Sep 25, 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.

* See our In the News section for more information and additional resources.

 
Post Date: Aug 14, 2013


USDA. NAL. National Invasive Species Information Center.

Ecosystem Services Partnership Conference 2013 - Making Ecosystem Services Count -- Aug 26-30, 2013

2nd International Symposium on Plum Pox Virus -- Sep 3-6, 2013

5th European River Restoration Conference -- Sep 11-13, 2013

8th Ballast Water Management Summit - "Assessing the Robustness of the Type Approval Process and Examining Operational Experiences" -- Sep 18-19, 2013

The Threatened Natural Communities & Rare Plants of Maryland's Mountains -- Sep 21-22, 2013

2013 North Central Forest Pest Workshop -- Sep 23-26, 2013

Conservation of Great Lakes Natural Areas: Michigan Consortium of Botanists 2013 Annual Meeting -- Sep 28, 2013

6th Annual Atlantic Reclamation Conference (ARC 2013) Reclaiming Our Heritage - Reclamation with Climate Change Adaptation -- Oct 2-4, 2013

Wild 10 - 10th World Wilderness Congress -- Oct 4-10, 2013

2013 Wildland Fire in the Appalachians -- Oct 8-10, 2013

2013 Texas Invasive Plant and Pest Conference -- Oct 21-24, 2013

North American Lake Management Society 33rd International Symposium -- Oct 30-Nov 1, 2013

Ninth Continental Dialogue on Non-Native Forest Insects and Diseases -- Nov 4-5, 2013

Asia Pacific Academy of Sciences, Science Education, and Environmental Management -- Nov 19, 2013

1st International Symposium on Bacterial Canker of Kiwifruit -- Nov 19-22, 2013

International Organisation for Biological and Integrated Control of Noxious Animals and Plants Working Group " Pesticides and Beneficial Organisms" Meeting 2014 -- Feb 25-27, 2014

26th Vertebrate Pest Conference -- Mar 3-6, 2014

International Organisation for Biological and Integrated Control of Noxious Animals and Plants/ West Palaearctic Regional Section Working Group " Landscape Management for Functional Biodiversity" Meeting 2014 -- May 21-23, 2014

International Organisation for Biological and Integrated Conrtol of Noxious Animals and Plants/ West Palaearctic Regional Section Working Group "Integrated Control in Protected Crops Temperate Climate" Meeting 2014 -- Sep 14-18, 2014

* See our Conference Calendar for more information and resources.

 
Post Date: Aug 08, 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.

* See our In the News section for more information and additional resources.

 
Post Date: Aug 08, 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.

* See our In the News section for more information and additional resources.

 
Post Date: Aug 08, 2013


USDA. Agricultural Research Service.

Citrus greening disease, also known as Huanglongbing, 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. USDAscientists have found that heating potted citrus seedlings in growth chambers can rid seedlings of HLB symptoms.

* See our In the News section for more information and additional resources.

 
Post Date: Aug 08, 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.

* See our In the News section for more information and additional resources.

 
Post Date: Aug 08, 2013


Penn State University. College of Agricultural Sciences. Center for Pollinator Research.

USDA estimates that honey bees and other pollinators play a crucial role in the production of about $30 billion worth of crops. Colony collapse disorder is decimating the honey bee population, and Penn State, one of the country's leading honey bee research facilities, has been investigating the problem both in the lab and in the field.

* See our In the News section for more information and additional resources.

 
Post Date: Jul 02, 2013


USDA. NAL. National Invasive Species Information Center.

Aquatic Plant Management Society 2013 Annual Meeting -- Jul 14-17, 2013

8th International Conference on Urban Pests -- Jul 20-23, 2014

2013 National Tree Farmer Convention -- Jul 25-27, 2013

5th Annual Midwest Native Plant Conference -- Jul 26-28, 2013

62nd International Conference of the Wildlife Disease Association -- Jul 27-Aug 2, 2013

Mid-Atlantic Invasive Plant Council's Invasive Plant Conference: Path to Restoration Success -- Jul 31-Aug 1, 2013

2nd International Conference on Pollinator Biology, Health and Policy -- Aug 14-17, 2013

2013 Aquatic Plant I.D. Workshop -- Aug 24-25, 2013

130th OMICS Group Conference - International Symposia on Entomology -- Sep 4-6, 2013

4th Meeting of the International Organisation for Biological and Integrated Control of Noxious Animals and PlantsWorking Group - Integrated Control of Plant Feeding Mites -- Sep 9-12, 2013

Sierra Nevada Alliance - 20th Anniversary and Conference -- Sep 13-15, 2013

32nd MidSouth Aquatic Plant Mangement Society Conference -- Sep 16-18, 2013

2013 International Organisation for Biological and Integrated Control of Noxious Animals and Plants -Integrated Protection of Field Vegetables -- Sep 23-25, 2013

2013 International Organisation for Biological and Integrated Control of Noxious Animals and Plants - Biennial Working Group Meeting on Integrated Control in Oilseed Crops -- Oct 8-10, 2013

7th Meeting of the Working Group on Integrated Protection in Oak Forests Conference -- Oct 8-10, 2013

2013 International Organisation for Biological and Integrated Control of Noxious Animals and Plants - Meeting of the Working Group on "Integrated Protection and Production in Viticulture" -- Oct 13-17, 2013

37th Florida Aquatic Plant Mangement Society Annual Training Conference -- Oct 14-17, 2013

8th Annual Biocontrol Industry Meeting -- Oct 21-23, 2013

24th Asian-Pacific Weed Science Society Conference - The Role of Weed Science in Supporting Food Security by 2020 -- Oct 22-25, 2013

35th Annual Meeting - South Carolina Aquatic Plant Management Society -- Oct 23-25, 2013

XIV Congress of Spanish Weed Science Society -- Nov 5-7, 2013

International Conference on Green Agro-Industry - Green Agro-Industry: Investment for Our Future -- Nov 11-14, 2013

Weed XXI Latin American Congress / XXXIV Mexican Congress Weed Science / International Symposium on Resistance and Tolerance to Herbicide / IX International Symposium on Aquatic Weeds -- Nov 11-15, 2013

22nd Columna Conference, International Meeting on Weed Control -- Dec 10-12, 2013

The Science, Practice & Art of Restoring Native Ecosystems Conference -- Jan 17-18, 2014

7th International Weed Science Congress -- Jun 19-25, 2016

* See our Conference Calendar for more information and resources.

 
Post Date: Jul 02, 2013


University of Georgia. Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health. Bugwood Blog.

The North American Invasive Species Network has launched a new informational website, which provides a wide variety of invasive species management and research resources, links to a multitude of potential partner organizations, and access to streamlined data-sharing platforms for users throughout the USA, Canada, and Mexico.

* See our In the News section for more information and additional resources.

 
Post Date: Jun 27, 2013


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