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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.

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Stop Brown Mamorated Stink Bug.

This initiative includes more than 50 researchers from 10 institutions across the U.S. working together on this project team. The team of researchers has mobilized to form a defense against the invasive pest brown marmorated stink bug. The project team is working to find management solutions for growers, seeking strategies that will protect our food, our environment, and our farms.

* See our Species Profile - Brown Mamorated Stink Bug page for more information and additional resources.

 
Post Date: Oct 16, 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


ScienceDaily; Oregon State University.

A survey of teachers from the United States and Canada found that one out of four educators who used live animals as part of their science curriculum released the organisms into the wild after they were done using them in the classroom. Also see Reducing the Risk of Introducing or Spreading Nonindigenous Plants, Animals, and Microorganisms through Science and Engineering Fair Projects (PDF | 331 KB).

Invader of the Month (Aug 2012): Classroom Pets and Projects
Maryland Invasive Species Council.
Keep, don't release! Whether it's something you acquired from school or the fair, keep it or rehome it, but don't release it into the wild. Past science projects can make fascinating pets. If you can't keep it, humanely dispose of it rather than release it.

* See our Pathways section for more information and additional resources.

 
Post Date: Sep 27, 2012


Wildlife Society.

See cover story "The Ripple Effect of Invasive Species" and other articles related to invasive species issues. Wildlife Professional includes news and analysis designed to keep wildlife professionals informed about critical advances in wildlife science, conservation, management, and policy.

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

 
Post Date: Sep 26, 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 Association of State Departments of Agriculture.

Wildlife officials in three Northwest states (Idaho, Oregon, Washington) are intensifying their battle against wild swine by launching a campaign urging hunters, anglers, hikers and others to report any feral pig sighting on a public hotline. To report sightings or suspected sightings of feral swine in Washington, Idaho or Oregon, call toll-free 888-268-9219.

* See our Washington or Idaho or Oregon state resources pages for more information and additional resources.

 
Post Date: Sep 26, 2012


South Florida Water Management District.

For invasive species related information, see Volume 1, Chapter 7: Status of Nonindigenous Species (PDF | 1.9 MB).

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

 
Post Date: Sep 25, 2012


Hawai'i Department of Transportation. Highways Division.

This Strategic Plan describes Highway Statewide Noxious Invasive Pest Program (SNIPP). In July 2009, Hawai'i Department of Transportation worked with federal, state, county and nongovernment stakeholders to formulate the program's objectives and tasks to address the problem of invasive species. Implementation of the plan will provide the Department with the means to mitigate the introduction, spread and impact of invasive species along Hawai'i State roads.

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

 
Post Date: Sep 25, 2012


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