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Governor Sean Parnell.

Governor Parnell declared Jun 23-29, 2013 Alaska Invasive Weeds Awareness Week. Alaska is in a unique position to avoid the enormous costs of widespread invasive plants, now impacting all 48 contiguous states and Hawaii. In recognition of this opportunity, State, federal, local, private, and non-profit organizations, as well as the public, are working together to increase public awareness, promote invasive weed prevention and management, and help keep our communities and environment free of invasive weeds. See Invasive Plants for more information from the Alaska Committee for Noxious and Invasive Plants Management.

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

 
Post Date: Jun 27, 2013


Pollinator Partnership.

Six years ago the U.S. Senate's unanimous approval and designation of the final 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.

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

 
Post Date: Jun 19, 2013


Michigan State University. Midwest Invasive Species Information Network.

The MISIN smartphone app provides a mobile solution for the capture of invasive species field observation data. You can play an important role in the early detection and rapid response to new invasive threats in your area by contributing invasive species observations to the MISIN database.

* See our Monitoring - Smartphone apps section for more information and additional resources.

 
Post Date: Jun 13, 2013


USDA. NAL. National Invasive Species Information Center.

Kudzu bugs are native to Asia and were detected for the first time in the U.S. in Georgia in 2009. Kudzu bugs damage soybeans and other legume crops.

* See our Animals section for more information and additional species profiles.additional resources.

 
Post Date: Jun 13, 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


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


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. 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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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