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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


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


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


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


USDA. NAL. National Invasive Species Information Center.

Japanese barberry was introduced as an ornamental and promoted as a replacement for common barberry (Berberis vulgaris), which is a host for black stem rust. Japanese barberry forms dense stands that compete with native trees and herbaceous plants.

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

 
Post Date: Jan 08, 2013


USDA. NAL. National Invasive Species Information Center.

Karnal bunt is a fungal disease that infects wheat, reducing quality and yield. Karnal bunt was first detected in the U.S. in 1996, possibly arrived from Mexico in shipments of contaminated grain.

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

 
Post Date: Jan 08, 2013


University of Minnesota. Collegeof Continuing Education.

IPM3 is a consortium of federal agencies and land-grant institutions dedicated to the efficient and timely delivery of practical integrated pest information to individuals responsible for developing and implementing Integrated Pest Management (IPM). IPM3 provides a Web-based, distance delivery opportunity for people interested in IPM to become proficient in the principles and application of IPM. Increasing the quality and consistency of IPM training among Federal agencies and their adoption of an IPM approach for invasive species management will certainly help minimize harm to the environment, to human health, and to wildlife. See Registration page to register online.

* See our Education for Professionals - General Course Information section for more information and additional resources.

 
Post Date: Jan 08, 2013


USDA. NAL. National Invasive Species Information Center.

This updated workbook for federal fiscal year 2013 contains basic information on programs in USDA that could be used to fund and support invasive species related projects. This list should be a helpful place to start a search for sources of technical and financial resources for invasive species activities but may not include all potential invasive species funding opportunities. Please use this workbook to help in your important and vital work in safeguarding and enhancing natural, recreational and agricultural resources.

The USDA hopes this information is helpful for those working with invasive species. Partnerships and cost-sharing programs help all of us advance our goals of protecting our agricultural resources and ensure safe, healthy land and water for all of us to enjoy. Join with USDA in fighting invasive species: prepare, protect, and prevent. Thank you for all your hard work and all your future work in this important area.

* See our U.S. Department of Agriculture Grant and Partnership Programs for Invasive Species page for more information.

 
Post Date: Jan 07, 2013


NTV abc News.

Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) has not been found in Nebraska, but has been found in states surrounding Nebraska, including Iowa, Missouri and Kansas. Professional foresters believe it is spreading mainly by transfer of infested firewood along major highways. To help avoid the spread of EAB and other tree diseases, Nebraska residents needing to buy firewood this winter are being asked to purchase locally harvested wood to keep plant diseases and insects from spreading to the state. See Emerald Ash Borer information from Nebraska Department of Agriculture and if you suspect an EAB infestation in Nebraska.

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

 
Post Date: Jan 07, 2013


Invasive Plants Association of Wisconsin. (IPAW)

One of the basic principles of invasive plant management is early detection. To that end, IPAW is sponsoring a reward program to encourage and provide incentive for citizens of the state to look for and report prohibited invasive plants.

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

 
Post Date: Jan 07, 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


University of Florida.

Because it is a fairly inaccessible region with political unrest, much of the Congo’s insect biodiversity remains largely undiscovered. Focusing on a group of leaf-mining moths, researchers name 41 new species, nearly doubling the number previously known from the region. Leaf miners occur worldwide and the biodiversity research is important because some species are agricultural pests, while others help control unwanted invasive plant species.

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

 
Post Date: Dec 21, 2012


Invasive Plant Control.

A twist of the original poem 'Twas the Night Before Christmas', with the perspective of an invasive species biologist. Also see the "Twelve Days of Aquatic Invasive Species Christmas" (Dec 19, 2012) from Tim Campbell with the Wisconsin Sea Grant working with Aquatic Invasive Species.

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

 
Post Date: Dec 21, 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


Oregon Department of Agriculture.

The Oregon Department of Agriculture has finalized the rules for a new state law addressing imported firewood that is set to go into effect on Jan 1, 2013. Starting in the new year, Oregonians will have a choice to buy local or buy firewood that has been heat treated and labeled as pest free.

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

 
Post Date: Dec 10, 2012


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


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


University of California - Berkeley.

Monthly lunch webinars begin Jan 28, 2013, continue monthly through Jun 2013. The goal of these programs is to present cutting edge research to professional foresters, landowners, policy makers, and organizations with an interest in forestry issues.
Note: Webinar recordings are available.

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

 
Post Date: Dec 07, 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


eXtension.org.

A major update to Ask an Expert, released on Monday Dec 3, extends the reach of research-based answers making them a learning tool for a larger number of people.

* See our Expertise Database section for more information and additional resources.

 
Post Date: Dec 04, 2012


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