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USDA. Blog.

On April 24, USDA confirmed the nation's 4th case of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy in an animal that was sampled for the disease at a rendering facility in central California. This animal was never presented for slaughter for human consumption, so at no time presented a risk to the food and milk supply, or to human health in the U.S. See BSE (Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy or Mad Cow Disease) from USDA for more information.

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

Post Date: Apr 27, 2012

USDA. NAL. National Invasive Species Information Center.

Sixth Annual Invasive Species Ireland Forum -- May 3, 2012

Invasive Species Advisory Committee Meeting -- May 22-24, 2012

Botany 2012 - "The Next Generation" -- Jul 7-11, 2012

39th Annual Natural Areas Conference - "Keeping Natural Areas Relevant and Resilient" -- Oct 9-12, 2012

2012 California Invasive Plant Council (Cal-IPC) Symposium - "Bay to Basin: Coordinating Response to Invasive Plants across California" -- Oct 11-13, 2012

The Oregon InterAgency Noxious Weed Symposium -- Dec 4-6, 2012

* See our Conference Calendar for more information and resources.

Post Date: Apr 26, 2012

Department of Interior.

Lessons learned from the medical community's progress in fighting cancer can provide a framework to help prevent the introduction and spread of harmful aquatic invasive species, according to a study released in American Scientist. Scientists outline five integrated steps used in cancer prevention and treatment that could be adapted to use in battling invasive species: prevention, early detection, diagnosis, treatment options and rehabilitation. See article Aquatic Invasive Species: Lessons from Cancer Research (May-Jun 2012). The study used the example of invasive American bullfrogs in the Yellowstone River as a case study for applying the cancer-treatment approach to aquatic invasions in the Northern Rockies.

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

Post Date: Apr 25, 2012

Queen Mary. University of London.

Invasive species which have the potential to destroy biodiversity and influence global change could be tracked and controlled in the same way as wanted criminals, according to new research from Queen Mary, University of London. Geographic profiling(GP) was originally developed as a statistical tool in criminology, where it uses the locations of linked crimes to identify the predicted location of the offender's residence. Researchers have shown that this technique can also be used to identify the source of populations of invasive animals and plants such as Giant hogweed and Japanese knotweed. See related article Geographic profiling as a novel spatial tool for targeting the control of invasive species.

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

Post Date: Apr 24, 2012

Southern Illinois University Carbondale. The Saluki Times.

Asian carp, that large, invasive fish known for leaping out of a river into boats when startled, now make up more than 60 percent of the total fish biomass in one of Illinois' major river systems, a research team led by Southern Illinois University Carbondale has found. But the team members’ advice for controlling the species goes something like this "If you can't beat 'em, eat 'em." Asian carp are by far the world’s most cultured fish because they are a healthful source of protein and perhaps omega-3 fatty acids. Thus, unlike so many nuisance or invasive species, these problematic fishes in the U.S. have one positive aspect: they can be converted to desirable food for both human and nonhuman consumption. See Fishing Down the Bighead and Silver Carps: Reducing the Risk of Invasion to the Great Lakes: Research Summary (Apr 2012; PDF | 351 KB).

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

Post Date: Apr 24, 2012

USDA. Blog.

Asian longhorned beetle (ALB) is an an invasive insect that feeds on certain species of hardwood trees, eventually killing them. Since its discovery in the U.S., the beetle has caused tens-of-thousands of trees to be destroyed in Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Illinois, and most recently in Ohio. Help stop the Asian longhorned beetle's destruction by raising awareness about the pest and report any signs or symptoms of an infestation immediately.

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

Post Date: Apr 24, 2012

USDA. Natural Resources Conservation Service.

The rangeland literature synthesis provides an unprecedented source of evidence-based information to guide the development and assessment of management practices and conservation programs on the nation's rangelands. See also: Chapter 7. Invasive Plant Management on Anticipated Conservation Benefits: A Scientific Assessment (PDF | 3.3 MB)

* See our Plants: Control - Decision Support Tools section for more information and additional resources.

Post Date: Apr 24, 2012

USDA. APHIS. Plant Protection and Quarantine.

On Sep 9, 2011, APHIS confirmed the detection of Giant African Snail (GAS), Lissachatina fulica, in a residential area of Miami, Florida. Since the initial detection, APHIS has actively worked with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to conduct survey, regulatory, control, and outreach activities. Federal Orders outline the safeguarding measures required for the interstate movement of regulated articles from the areas regulated for GAS. The requirements in the State's interior quarantine for GAS are parallel to this Federal Order. GAS is one of the most damaging snails in the world because it is known to consume at least 500 different plants including vegetables, fruits, and ornamental crops.

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

Post Date: Apr 23, 2012