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DOI. Fish and Wildlife Service.

White-nose syndrome (WNS) which is the disease that has killed millions of bats in the eastern U.S. has been confirmed for the first time in Georgia. White-nose syndrome has been recently confirmed in South Carolina and Illinois.

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

 
Post Date: Mar 19, 2013


Science Daily; Virginia Tech.

Raising plants for biofuels is many farmers' dream. The lucrative crops grow with a minimal amount of work and can be harvested using existing equipment. However, some plants that are ideal for bioenergy production come with a drawback -- they can potentially become invasive weeds that can cause billions of dollars in economic damage.

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

 
Post Date: Mar 19, 2013


USDA. FS. Pacific Northwest Research Station.

Evidence is increasing from multiple scientific fields that exposure to the natural environment can improve human health. In a new study by the U.S. Forest Service, the presence of trees was associated with human health. Results suggest that loss of trees to the emerald ash borer increased mortality related to cardiovascular and lower-respiratory-tract illness. This finding adds to the growing evidence that the natural environment provides major public health benefits.

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

 
Post Date: Feb 12, 2013


USDA. Agricultural Research Service.

USDA scientists are helping citrus growers and juice processors address the threat posed by Huanglongbing (HLB), a disease that is costing the citrus industry millions of dollars each year.

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

 
Post Date: Feb 12, 2013


DHS. Customs and Border Protection.

As Valentine's Day quickly approaches U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) diligently inspects shipments of imported cut flowers to prevent the spread of insects or pests that may damage national and local agriculture.

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

 
Post Date: Feb 12, 2013


National Wildlife Federation.

"Climate change is the biggest threat wildlife will face this century," says the report, Wildlife in a Warming World, released the National Wildlife Federation. "Shifting ranges for pests and disease-causing pathogens may have some of the most devastating impacts for wildlife and habitats. For example, warming ocean waters have enabled the outbreak of microbial disease in reef-building corals and pathogens of the eastern oyster. Mountain pine beetle outbreaks decimated trees on more than 26.8 million acres in western North America from 1997-2010."

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

 
Post Date: Feb 12, 2013


Department of Interior.

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar has appointed 14 new members to the Invasive Species Advisory Committee, which provides advice and recommendations to the National Invasive Species Council. The next ISAC Meeting will be held Mar 7-8, 2013 in Arlington, Virginia.

* See our Federal Press Releases - Department of the Interior page for more information and additional resources.

 
Post Date: Feb 06, 2013


USDA. Forest Service.

USDA has released a comprehensive syntheses of the scientific literature on climate change effects and adaptation strategies for U.S. agriculture and forests. Scientists from the Federal service, universities, non-governmental organizations, industry, tribal lands and the private sector contributed to the national stakeholder workshops and the peer-reviewed studies. The reports evaluate current conditions and look ahead to the next 25 to 100 years and the potential consequences of climate change.

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

 
Post Date: Feb 06, 2013


DOI. NPS. Mammoth Cave National Park (Kentucky).

Officials have confirmed the presence of a deadly bat fungus, white-nose syndrome, in Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky. The fungus has already killed millions of bats across the Northeast and in the Midwest.

* See our Emerging Issues section for more information and additional resources.

 
Post Date: Feb 06, 2013


Department of Environment and Natural Resources (Philippines).

The Philippine Department of Environmental and Natural Resources launched the Philippine component of an internationally-funded project on invasive alien species (IAS). The project, entitled "Removing Barriers to Invasive Species Management in the Production and Protection Forests in Southeast Asia" is funded by the Global Environment Fund (GEF) through the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP).

* See our Asia page for more information and additional resources.

 
Post Date: Jan 16, 2013


The James Hutton Institute (United Kingdom).

A study by scientists has warned the organism responsible for the Irish potato famine is still a major threat. The team said the results showed the need for strategies to protect potatoes from disease. Phytophtora infestans is a fungus like organism that causes late blight in potatoes. It infects leaves, stems and tubers and can cause devastating crop losses.

* See our Species Profile - Late Blight page for more information and additional resources.

 
Post Date: Jan 15, 2013


USDA. NAL. National Invasive Species Information Center.

Kansas Natural Resource Conference - Under Attack: Invasive Species in Kansas -- Jan 24-25, 2013

Invasive Species Advisory Committee Meeting -- Mar 7-8, 2013

Freshwater Invasives - Networking for Strategy -- Apr 8-11, 2013

9th Annual Artic Shipping Forum -- Apr 23-25, 2013

2013 Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council / South East Exotic Pest Plant Council (SE-EPPC) Joint Annual Symposium - Plant Wars: The EPPC's Strike Back -- May 21-23, 2013

4th Meeting for the IUFRO Work Unit on Invasive Species in International Trade -- Oct 23-Nov 1, 2013

* See our Conference Calendar for more information and resources.

 
Post Date: Jan 15, 2013


DOI. USGS. Science Features.

The fungus, white-nose syndrome (WNS), that has killed millions of bats in eastern North America since 2006 can survive in the environment for long periods of time, according to new research. This research has important implications for managing WNS and vulnerable bat species by revealing the important role that the environment plays in the disease. The findings suggest that susceptible bats may not be able to effectively re-colonize caves and mines that have been previously contaminated and that the reintroduction of certain bat species to such sites may not be a sound strategy for reestablishing lost populations.

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

 
Post Date: Jan 14, 2013


National Geographic. News Watch.

Antarctica and the Southern Ocean may seem very far away from civilization, but they are at great risk of losing their unique qualities due to human activities. Warmer temperatures and human visitation are increasing the likelihood that invasive species can take up residence in the Antarctic, and potentially cause major changes. Two studies have found evidence of invasions both on land (from a midge) and at sea (from crabs). The remoteness of the Antarctic can no longer protect it from potentially destructive invaders.

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

 
Post Date: Jan 14, 2013


USDA. Agricultural Research Service.

First detected in the U.S. a decade ago, the brown brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) is now in at least 39 states, is wreaking havoc in homes and gardens, and is a major economic threat to orchard fruits, garden vegetables and row crops. ARS researchers are making progress in developing ways to deal with the brown marmorated stink bug, now USDA number one "invasive insect of interest."

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

 
Post Date: Jan 14, 2013


Wildlife Foundation of Florida.

The intent of the 2013 Python Challenge™ is to raise public awareness about Burmese pythons and how this invasive species is a threat to the Everglades ecosystem, including native wildlife.

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

 
Post Date: Jan 10, 2013


University of California - Davis.

Well-intentioned children and aquarium hobbyists seeking to "free" their pet fish down a toilet bowl or into a local waterway may inadvertently be contributing to the threat of invasive species downstream, according to a new report from the University of California, Davis. See Aquatic Invasive Species Vector Risk Assessments for more information.

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

 
Post Date: Jan 10, 2013


Science Daily; Michigan Technological University.

Phragmites australis, an invasive species of plant called common reed, grows rapidly into dense stands of tall plants that pose an extreme threat to Great Lakes coastal wetlands. Early treatment is the key to controlling Phragmites. Scientists have mapped the U.S. coastline of all five Great Lakes using satellite technologies. The Phragmitesmap is the first of its kind. It is "a highly accurate data set that will allow national, regional and local managers to visualize the extent of Phragmitesinvasion in the Great Lakes and strategically plan efforts to manage existing populations and minimize new colonization."

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

 
Post Date: Dec 26, 2012


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