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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


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


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


Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force.

Outcome of the Regional Preparedness and Response Workshop to Address Biofouling and Aquatic Invasive Species on Japan Tsunami Marine Debris held at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon (Jul 31-Aug 1, 2012).

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

 
Post Date: Nov 30, 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


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


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

EDDMapS Alberta, the Early Detection & Distribution Mapping System for Alberta, is an innovative web-based mapping tool which can be used to document the distribution of targeted invasive plants across Alberta, and help identify the leading edge of new infestations. Volunteers can learn how to collect data on invasive plants, and enter the data into EDDMapS Alberta through a web-based data entry form. The intent is to empower the public to become actively involved, in order to more effectively slow the spread of harmful invasive plants, and reduce their environmental and economic damage.

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

 
Post Date: Nov 27, 2012


Invasive Notes Weblog.

These regulations outline the risk assessment protocol and the rules concerning plants that are ultimately ranked as Tier 1 or Tier 2 invaders. No plants have yet been assessed -- this is NOT the plant list, but the regulations that will apply to them when they are assessed.

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

 
Post Date: Nov 27, 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


New Identification Resources

Antkey - ID Guide for Introduced Ants
USDA. APHIS. PPQ. Identification Technology Program.
Antkey is a community resource for the identification of invasive, introduced and commonly intercepted ant species from across the globe. Developed through collaboration between USDA's Center for Plant Health Science and Technology (CPHST) and the University of Illinois, Antkey focuses on over 115 ant species that are introduced, invasive or commonly intercepted in the U.S. including Hawaii. Antkey seeks to mitigate the spread of established introduced ants and prevent the incursion of new introductions by providing quarantine personnel, inspectors and conservation biologists with a user-friendly identification tool specifically designed for non-specialists. Antkey is the second in a series of digital ant identification tools specifically designed and developed for non-specialists. The first tool, PIAkey: Pacific Invasive Ant Key was released in 2008.

ID Source - Gateway to Pest Identification
Colorado State University. Natural Resource Ecology Lab.
ID Source is a gateway to websites that help you identify plant pests, diseases, and weeds. Searchable for ID Aids on a pest by name, geographic region, commodity affected, and more. Developed through collaboration between USDA's Center for Plant Health Science and Technology (CPHST) and Colorado State University.

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

 
Post Date: Nov 15, 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


USDA. Agricultural Research Service.

USDA scientists have released two mobile phone applications, or "apps," to make things easier for anyone who needs to adjust insecticide spray equipment. The apps are designed to ensure that aerial and ground-based crews can hit targets and minimize pesticide drift by keying in specifics on the type of equipment and pesticide they are using.

* See our Monitoring - Smartphone Applications 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


DOC. NOAA. National Ocean Service.

Scientists from NOAA's National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) and their partners have teamed up to create specific guidelines for coastal managers to control the spread of invasive lionfish. The new manual, Invasive Lionfish: A Guide to Control and Management, includes the best available science and practices for controlling lionfish in marine protected areas, national parks, and other conservation areas. By following suggestions in the publication, resource managers can develop effective local control plans.

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

 
Post Date: Nov 07, 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


Ohio State University Extension.

Ohio State University Extension has released a new app for spotting and tracking invasive species -- non-native organisms such as Asian carps, purple loosestrife and Asian longhorned beetle -- to try to keep them from setting up beachheads and hurting the economy and environment. By using the free Great Lakes Early Detection Network app, a person can take pictures of suspected invasive species -- whether of farm, forest or water -- and upload the pictures and locations for verification. Based on this early warning, scientists can send out alerts, map the spread and figure out a battle plan. The network covers the states of Ohio, New York, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota and Pennsylvania.

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

 
Post Date: Nov 07, 2012


California Invasive Plant Council (Cal-IPC) Prevention Best Management Practice Manuals (2012)

California Invasive Plant Council.

California Invasive Plant Council (Cal-IPC) has published two prevention best management practice manuals: one for land managers, and one for transportation and utility corridors. The goal of the manuals is to present voluntary guidelines that help those managing wildlands in California to prevent accidental spread of terrestrial invasive plants. Cal-IPC's technical advisory teams included over fifty representatives from local, state and federal agencies, utilities, land trusts, and university extension. Also see Prevention Training Videos.

* See our Plants - Prevention and our Manager's Tool Kit - Prevention: Best Management Practices sections for more information and additional resources.

 
Post Date: Oct 18, 2012


Invasive Plant Science and Management - Oct–Dec 2012 (Vol 5, Issue 4)

Articles include:

Response of Kudzu (Pueraria montana var. lobata) Seedlings and Naturalized Plants to Simulated Herbivory
Ecological Characteristics of Sites Invaded by Buffelgrass (Pennisetum ciliare)
Determinants of Chinese and European Privet (Ligustrum sinense and Ligustrum vulgare) Invasion and Likelihood of Further Invasion in Southern U.S. Forestlands
Fecundity of Japanese Barberry (Berberis thunbergii) Cultivars and Their Ability to Invade a Deciduous Woodland
-- 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: Oct 17, 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


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