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USDA. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

APHIS is accepting suggestions to implement Section 10201 ("Plant Pest and Disease Management and Disaster Prevention") of the 2008 Farm Bill for fiscal year 2013. Section 10201 of the 2008 Farm Bill authorizes the Secretary of Agriculture to make available Commodity Credit Corporation funds for early plant pest detection and surveillance, threat identification and mitigation of plant pests and diseases, and technical assistance in the development and implementation of audit-based certification systems and nursery plant pest risk management systems. APHIS will accept suggestions for FY 2013 projects from Nov 12 - Dec 12, 2012 11:59 pm EST (extended from Dec 7 and Dec 10). Webinar help sessions are available during the open period.

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

 
Post Date: Dec 10, 2012


USDA. Agricultural Research Service.

When it comes to selecting spray equipment to combat harmful insects that threaten the health of deployed soldiers, military personnel can turn to USDA scientists to find out which devices work best.

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

 
Post Date: Dec 10, 2012


Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is announcing the 2013 Python Challenge™ with its goal of increasing public awareness about Burmese pythons and how this invasive species is a threat to the Everglades ecosystem, including native wildlife. As part of the Python Challenge™, both the public and Florida's python permit holders are invited to compete to see who can harvest the longest and the most Burmese pythons.

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

 
Post Date: Dec 07, 2012


Pennsylvania State University.

An invasive grass species, cheatgrass, may be one reason fires are bigger and more frequent in certain regions of the western U.S., according to a team of researchers. In addition to targeting the influence of cheatgass on major fires, the researchers, who reported their findings in the online version of Global Change Biology, also found that the plant may play a role in increasing the frequency of fires.

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

 
Post Date: Dec 07, 2012


Department of Interior.

Non-native boa constrictors, which can exceed 10 feet and 75 pounds, have established a breeding population in Puerto Rico, one that appears to be spreading, according to recent research. This research is the first to document a large constrictor species established in the U.S. or its territories outside of Florida. The established boa constrictor population likely originated with the pet trade.

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

 
Post Date: Nov 30, 2012


DOC. NOAA. National Ocean Service. Marine Debris Program.

On Mar 11, 2011, a devastating 9.0 earthquake and tsunami struck Japan. As a result of the disaster, NOAAe xpects a portion of the debris that the tsunami washed into the ocean to reach U.S. and Canadian shores over the next several years. NOAA is leading efforts with federal, state, and local partners to collect data, assess the debris, and reduce possible impacts to our natural resources and coastal communities. Also see Japanese Tsunami Marine Debris information from the Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force.

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

 
Post Date: Nov 30, 2012


DOI. BLM. California. News Bytes.

The Fort Ord National Monument weed crew sprang into action this spring to beat back an invasive pest that has taken over miles of rangeland in the West.

* See our Success Stories for more information and additional resources.

 
Post Date: Nov 29, 2012


USDA. Blog.

The Don't Pack a Pest campaign went international last month as Jamaica enthusiastically kicked off its own version of the outreach initiative in Montego Bay and Kingston. The Florida-based program warns the public about the risks of bringing undeclared agricultural products -- and hitchhiking invasive pests -- from one country to another.

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

 
Post Date: Nov 29, 2012


Minnestoa Department of Natural Resources.

Interagency partners in Minnesota have launched PlayCleanGo an education and outreach campaign for outdoor recreationalists. The goal is to encourage outdoor recreation while protecting valuable natural resources. The objective is to slow or stop the spread of terrestrial invasive species (those that occur on land) through changes in public behavior.

* See our What You Can Do section for more information and additional resources.

 
Post Date: Nov 20, 2012


USDA. NAL. National Invasive Species Information Center.

Great Basin Consortium Conference 2013 -- Jan 14-16, 2013

Ohio Invasive Plants Council 2013 Research Conference - "Strengthening the Bridge between Research and Management" -- Feb 21, 2013

Biodiversity Without Boundaries 2013 -- Apr 14-18, 2013

XIVth International Symposium on Biological Control of Weeds -- Mar 2-7, 2014

* See our Conference Calendar for more information and resources.

 
Post Date: Nov 20, 2012


USDA. Agricultural Research Service.

While one team of USDA scientists is testing the effectiveness of pesticides against mosquitoes, another group is learning how repellents work. An ARS entomologist has found that five different classes of insecticides can be mixed with a sugar bait to attract and kill mosquitoes species that transmit pathogens such as West Nile virus and arboviruses.

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

 
Post Date: Nov 15, 2012


CABI. Plantwise.

The productivity of Arabica coffee and the distribution of many coffee pests and diseases are strongly linked to climate and seasonality. A series of recent studies have forecast the predicted effects of climate change on both the present and future distribution of Arabica coffee and the effects of climate change on the distribution and lifecycle of the world's worst coffee pest, the Coffee Berry Borer.

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

 
Post Date: Nov 14, 2012


USDA. NAL. National Invasive Species Information Center.

Southwest Vegetation Management Association -- Nov 7-8, 2012

The Plant Conservation Alliance Bi-Monthly Meeting -- Nov 14, 2012

Pacific Northwest Economic Region 2012 Winter Meeting: Economic Leadership Forum -- Nov 14-17, 2012

The Plant Conservation Alliance Bi-Monthly Meeting -- Jan 9, 2013

2nd Annual Weed Management Summit – Jan 16, 2013

2013 Western Society of Weed Science Annual Meeting -- Mar 11-14, 2013

The Plant Conservation Alliance Bi-Monthly Meeting -- Mar 13, 2013

Inaugural National Adaptation Forum: Action today for a better tomorrow -- Apr 2-4, 2013

* See our Conference Calendar for more information and resources.

 
Post Date: Nov 07, 2012


ScienceDaily; Entomological Society of America.

A new study published in the Journal of Economic Entomology reports that live insects were found in 47% of firewood bundles purchased from big box stores, gas stations and grocery stores in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming. Untreated firewood can harbor pathogens and destructive insects such as the emerald ash borer, the Asian longhorned beetle, bark beetles and others, and transport them to uninfested areas.

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

 
Post Date: Oct 17, 2012


USDA. Agricultural Research Service.

The Mexican fruit fly is a significant quarantine pest that could inflict billions of dollars in losses to citrus, peach, pears, avocado and other crops if it moved from Mexico into the U.S. A new treatment developed by ARS and cooperating scientists makes sterile male Mexican fruit flies more macho so they will out compete wild males to mate with female Mexican fruit flies.

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

 
Post Date: Sep 27, 2012


Oregon State University News.

A team at Oregon State University has developed a statistical model that aims to predict which non-native species might become invaders - and arm resource managers to prevent their spread. the project includes two essential elements for identifying invasive species: how they travel to non-native locations, and whether they could survive and thrive in the new environment. The model also calculates the economic impacts involved in managing the invasive species. Sam Chan, Oregon Sea Grant's invasive species specialist, said the model could be beneficial to resource managers. "If we had had this model in 2009 we could have shown that the city of Olympia, Wash., is a high-risk spot for New Zealand mud snails," said Chan.

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

 
Post Date: Sep 26, 2012


National Invasive Species Awareness Week.

A broad coalition of stakeholders will gather to spotlight harmful invasive species that cause a multibillion-dollar annual drain on our nation's economy. A week of activities, briefings, and events in Washington D.C. highlighted what is being done across the nation and around the world to stop and slow the spread of invasive species.

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

 
Post Date: Sep 20, 2012


DOI. Bureau of Reclamation.

The Bureau of Reclamation has found that silicone foul release coatings may be an important tool for mitigating invasive quagga and zebra mussels' impacts to water and hydropower infrastructure. See the Reclamation's Quagga and Zebra Mussel Web site for more information.

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

 
Post Date: Sep 20, 2012


USDA. NAL. National Invasive Species Information Center.

12th Annual NAPPC International Conference -- Oct 17-19, 2012

Habitat Council's 24th Annual Symposium: Working For a Greener World -- Nov 7-8, 2012

Eighth Meeting of the Continental Dialogue on Non-Native Forest Insects and Diseases -- Nov 13, 2012

Partners in Community Forestry National Conference -- Nov 14-15, 2012

Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force Meeting -- Nov 14-15, 2012

Partners in Environmental Technology Technical Symposium & Workshop -- Nov 27-29, 2012
Meeting has been canceled. Due to the recent changes across the Federal government on sponsoring meetings, SERDP and ESTCP unfortunately are unable to support this year symposium.

2012 Western Weed Coordinating Committee’s Annual Meeting -- Nov 27-29, 2012

River Crossings: Linking River Communities - A Research Conference and Workshop -- Mar 11-15, 2013

* See our Conference Calendar for more information and resources.

 
Post Date: Sep 20, 2012


Environmental Protection Agency.

The U.S. and Canada signed an accord to protect the Great Lakes, the world's largest freshwater system. The agreement, last updated in 1987, addresses critical health issues in the Great Lakes region and is a model of binational cooperation to protect water quality. The two governments began negotiations in 2009 to strengthen the agreement. New provisions address the nearshore environment, aquatic invasive species, habitat degradation, and the effects of climate change.

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

 
Post Date: Sep 20, 2012


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