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USDA. NAL. National Invasive Species Information Center.

2013 American Phytopathological Society Caribbean Division Meeting -- Jun 17-19, 2013

Biosecurity in New Zealand - Have We Gone Soft at the Border? -- Jul 11, 2013

5th National Conference on Ecosystem Restoration -- Jul 29-Aug 2, 2013

2013 New Zealand Plant Protection Society Conference -- Aug 13-15, 2013

2013 American Phytopathological Society Northeastern Division Meeting -- Oct 23-25, 2013

Wisconsin Crop Management Conference and Agri-Industry Showcase -- Jan 14-16, 2014

Invasive Species Educational Forum -- Jan 22-24, 2014

Crop Protection in Northern Britain 2014: The Dundee Conference - Environmental Management & Crop Protection -- Feb 25-26, 2014

* See our Conference Calendar for more information and resources.

 
Post Date: Jun 12, 2013


Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.

Michigan's Aquatic Invasive Species Awareness Week is an opportunity to learn about aquatic invasive species, their impacts on Michigan waters, as well as what you can do to prevent their introduction and spread in your local area and throughout the state.

* See our Michigan state resource page for more information and additional resources.

 
Post Date: Jun 12, 2013


Invasive Plant Science and Management - Apr-Jun 2013 (Vol 6, No. 2)

Articles include:

The Effect of Biochar on Native and Invasive Prairie Plant Species
Passive Reestablishment of Riparian Vegetation Following Removal of Invasive Knotweed (Polygonum)
Use of a Native Matrix Species to Facilitate Understory Restoration in an Overbrowsed, Invaded Woodland
Invasive Pine Tree Effects on Northern Coastal Scrub Structure and Composition
-- 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: Jun 06, 2013


Thousand Cankers Disease Survey Guidelines Now Available (May 2013)

USDA. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

In cooperation with the U.S. Forest Service, APHIS Plant Protection and Quarantine has updated the Thousand Cankers Disease (TCD) Survey Guidelines for 2013 (Mar 2013; PDF | 4.5 MB). TCD results from the combined activity of Geosmithia morbida fungus and the walnut twig beetle (WTB, Pityophthorus juglandis).

* See our Thousand Cankers Disease page for more information and additional resources.

 
Post Date: Jun 06, 2013


USDA. Agricultural Research Service.

USDAscientists have developed a new cell line that rapidly and accurately detects foot-and-mouth disease virus (FMDV) which causes a highly contagious and economically devastating disease in cattle and other cloven-hoofed animals. "This important breakthrough is an example of how ARSscientists are working to improve agricultural productivity in the face of increasing demand for food," said ARSAdministrator Edward B. Knipling. "This new cell line will help in the global effort to control a disease that can cause significant economic losses."

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

 
Post Date: May 28, 2013


University of Florida. Cooperative Extension.

Many Florida residents find unknown plants growing in their yard, unknown bugs in their houses or gardens, and apparent diseases on what were previously healthy plants. But Florida residents may not know what resources are available to identify these disease, plant, and pest organisms.

* See our Resource Library - Identification Resources section for more information and additional resources.

 
Post Date: May 28, 2013


USDA. Blog.

In this case it is green, a brilliant emerald green, and it is chomping its way through America's forests. The emerald ash borer (EAB) may look pretty, but it is killing our ash trees in our forests and backyards. Emerald Ash Borer Awareness Week (May 19-25) is the time of year when you might see adult beetles flitting about among your ash trees. It is also the time of year you may unknowingly move this pest if you pack firewood when you kick off the summer camping season. The EAB attacks ash trees and all ash trees are at risk.

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

 
Post Date: May 28, 2013


Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

A Miami man has caught and killed the longest Burmese
python
ever captured in Florida: 18 feet, 8 inches. The Burmese python is an invasive species that has negative impacts on the Everglades ecosystem and its native wildlife. The public is asked to report sightings of exotic species to IveGot1.org or 888-IveGot1. There is also a free smartphone app: IVEGOT1.

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

 
Post Date: May 22, 2013


U.S. Department of Agriculture.

USDA and the EPA released a comprehensive scientific report on honey bee health. The report states that there are multiple factors playing a role in honey bee colony declines, including parasites and disease, genetics, poor nutrition and pesticide exposure. See ARSinformation on Honey Bee Health and Bee Informed Partnership information for Preliminary Results: Honeybee Colony Losses in the U.S., Winter 2012-2013.

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

 
Post Date: May 22, 2013


Invasive.org.

The goal of May 2013 Illinois Invasive Species Awareness Month is to provide resources and opportunities to help stop the spread of invasive species in Illinois - each and every person can make a difference, including you!

* See our Illinois state resource page for more information and additional resources.

 
Post Date: May 01, 2013


USDA. Blog.

Feral swine have been called the "rototillers" of nature. Their longs snouts and tusks allow them to rip and root their way across America in search of food. Unfortunately, the path they leave behind impacts ranchers, farmers, land managers, conservationists, and suburbanites alike. April, Invasive Plant Pest and Disease Awareness Month, is a great time to learn about this serious threat to both plant and animal health. Learn more from USDA's Public Education Initiative.

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

 
Post Date: Apr 30, 2013


Weed Science Society of America.

"Early detection creates opportunities for us to make smart decisions and eradicate new invasive weeds before they spread widely and become entrenched. In those early stages, control efforts are typically easier, more successful and far more cost effective."

* See our Plants - Early Detection and Rapid Response section for more information and additional resources.

 
Post Date: Apr 30, 2013


Invasive Species Ireland.

The Invasive Species in Ireland initiative has just published Ireland's first report on the economic cost of invasive and non-native species in Ireland and Northern Ireland.

* See our International - Europe page for more information and additional resources and our Economic Impacts - International section for more information and additional resources.

 
Post Date: Apr 23, 2013


Washington State University.

Researchers at Washington State University are preparing for a Northwest invasion of the zebra mussel - a small, distinctly striped and rather tenacious freshwater mollusk that can quickly encrust underwater surfaces. The mussels have caused significant damage in other parts of the country and pose an enormous risk to the hydroelectric infrastructure, recreational facilities and unique ecological system of the Columbia River Basin. The Columbia River Basin is one of the last major river systems in the U.S.still free of zebra mussels and the closely related quagga mussels; but possibly not for long. Once they are established in the water, they are almost impossible to eradicate.

* See our Washington state resource page for more information and additional resources.

 
Post Date: Apr 23, 2013


DOI. United States Geological Survey.

Biodiversity Information Serving Our Nation or BISON is the only system of its kind; a unique, web-based Federal resource for finding species in the U.S. and territories. Its size is unprecedented, offering more than 100 million mapped records of nearly every living species nationwide and growing. And the vast majority of the records are specific locations, not just county or state records.

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

 
Post Date: Apr 23, 2013


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

This publication provides descriptions and clear pictures of key characteristics as well as details on how to distinguish several common look-a-like species.

* See our Species Profile - Japanese Stiltgrass page for more information and our Resource Library - Identification Resources page for more identification resources.

 
Post Date: Apr 18, 2013


USDA. NAL. National Invasive Species Information Center.

Southern Plant Board 2013 Annual Meeting -- Apr 21-24, 2013

Central Plant Board 2013 Annual Meeting -- Apr 28-May 2, 2013

Mid-Atlantic Invasive Plant Council's Invasive Plant Removal Day -- May 4, 2013

Great Lakes Panel on Aquatic Nuisance Species -- May 7-8, 2013

2013 Salmon Recovery Conference -- May 14, 2013

Western Plant Board 2013 Annual Meeting -- May 20-23, 2013

Invasive Alien Predators - Policy, Research and Management in Europe -- Jun 16-18, 2013

2013 National Pollinator Week -- Jun 17-23, 2013

National Plant Board 2013 Annual Meeting -- Aug 4-8, 2013

Great Lakes Week 2013 -- Sep 9-12, 2013

Great Lakes Commission 2013 Annual Meeting -- Sep 9, 2013

9th Annual Great Lakes Restoration Conference -- Sep 10-12, 2013

22nd Annual California Invasive Plant Council (Cal-IPC) Symposium -- Oct 2-5, 2013

International Workshop: How to Communicate on Pests and Invasive Alien Plants -- Oct 8-10, 2013

8th International Integrated Pest Management Symposium -- Mar 24-26, 2015

* See our Conference Calendar for more information and resources.

 
Post Date: Apr 18, 2013


Department of Interior.

The major national groups that coordinate the battle against invasive species announced the 2013 National Invasive Species Achievement Awards. The awards recognize the dedication and collaborative efforts of local, state and federal officials; private citizens; and volunteers in preventing and controlling invasive species.

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

 
Post Date: Apr 17, 2013


California Invasive Plant Council.

This interactive database developed by the California Invasive Plant Council (Cal-IPC) has been recently (Mar 2013) and contains information on the plants currently included in the Cal-IPC Invasive Plant Inventory. The Inventory categorizes plants as High, Moderate, or Limited, reflecting the level of each species' negative ecological impact in California. Includes options to search for species by region and by habitat type. The database provides a better view of information on each species and allows users to download the entire Inventory as a spreadsheet.

* See our Plants - Databases section for more information and additional resources.

 
Post Date: Apr 17, 2013


Mid-Atlantic Invasive Plant Council.

Cooperative Weed Management Area Trainings - Apr 23 and Apr 24, 2013

The Mid-Atlantic Invasive Plant Council is offering two opportunities to learn how to establish, manage and fund a Cooperative Weed Management Area or Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area or similar organization for the purpose of removing invasive plants and restoring natural habitats. Presentations by people who have successfully developed and implemented CWMA type groups will be followed by discussion of the challenges and rewards of these efforts. Trainings are free but registration is required.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
National Conservation Training Center
Shepherdstown, West Virginia

Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve
St. Jones Reserve
Dover, Delaware

* See our Education for Professionals section for more information and additional resources.

 
Post Date: Apr 17, 2013


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