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Invasive Species - What's New on NISIC's Site

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Recent News

  • Results of the 2022 Lionfish Challenge: A record-breaking year!

    • Sep 16, 2022
    • Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

    • The Lionfish Challenge 2022, the seventh annual, is a summer-long tournament that rewards divers for their lionfish harvests. The tournament boasted a total of 707 registered participants, the most in the program’s history. 196 divers conducted a total of 676 trips throughout the state during the 3-month tournament and brought in a whopping 25,299 lionfish.

    • Post Date
      Sep 29, 2022
  • Strategies Identified for Successful Outreach to Reduce the Spread of Forest Pests on Firewood

    • Aug 1, 2022
    • Nature Conservancy. Don't Move Firewood.

    • Collaborative study determines effective messengers, language choices, and modes of delivery for disseminating educational information on how firewood choices can impact forest health. A recent study done in collaboration between The Nature Conservancy’s Don’t Move Firewood campaign and researchers from Clemson University showed that most people in the U.S. don’t know firewood can harbor invasive forest insects and diseases, but when targeted education materials are used effectively, they can learn and are likely to change their behavior.

    • Post Date
      Sep 29, 2022
  • Food Security: How Do Crop Plants Combat Pathogens?

    • Sep 22, 2022
    • USDA. ARS. Down on the Farm.

    • ARS Science Leads Way in Screening at the Molecular Level. Fungal pathogens represent a large and economically significant challenge to crops worldwide. The challenge is so great, in fact, diseases caused by fungal pathogens can cause crop losses of 10-20% (worth $100-$200 billion) each year. Historically, a variety of biological, chemical, and mechanical methods have been used to fight fungal diseases, Lately, though, researchers have focused on molecular methods to develop disease-resistant crops, which would reduce the need for, and damage caused by, chemical fungicides.

    • Post Date
      Sep 27, 2022
  • DOI Funding Guide for Invasive Species Management

    • Sep 2022
    • United States Department of the Interior.

    • This funding guide includes information on DOI funding opportunities that could support projects that manage invasive species (e.g., prevention, detection, control/eradication, restoration). It is important to note that information is subject to change. All funding opportunities are subject to the availability of appropriated funds; a program that is listed may not offer funding in any given year. The guide is a starting point. Other DOI funding opportunities may exist that are not included here or that are broader in scope yet could be appropriate for invasive species management. This product helps to advance implementation of the DOI Invasive Species Strategic Plan by increasing awareness of Interior's financial assistance programs that may be available to fund invasive species management activities.
      See also: DOI Invasive Species Coordination for related information

    • Post Date
      Sep 26, 2022
  • Service Proposes to List the Tricolored Bat as Endangered Under the Endangered Species Act: Ongoing spread of white-nose syndrome is primary threat, increasing risk of extinction

    • Sep 13, 2022
    • DOI. Fish and Wildlife Service.

    • The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced a proposal to list the tricolored bat as endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The species faces extinction due primarily to the range-wide impacts of white-nose syndrome, a deadly disease affecting cave-dwelling bats across the continent.

      Bats are essential for healthy ecosystems and contribute at least $3 billion annually to the U.S. agriculture economy through pest control and pollination. The growing extinction crisis highlights the importance of the ESA and efforts to conserve species before declines become irreversible.
      See also: Related story (Sep 13, 2020) - How the USFWS and its partners are working to keep this little bat from vanishing forever

    • Post Date
      Sep 15, 2022
  • BioOne VISTA - Plant Sciences (requires login)

    • Sep 2022
    • BioOne Complete.

    • BioOne VISTA is a monthly collection of recently published articles highlighting timely subjects and themes in the biological, ecological, and environmental sciences.

      The September 2022 edition focuses on research in BioOne Complete about invasive and non-native plant species. Invasive species can be detrimental to ecosystems. Invasive plant species can change native plant communities, prevent forest regeneration, and even change the soil chemistry of an area. Understanding how non-native and invasive plants impact habitats around the world is an important step in combating the problems they present.

    • Post Date
      Sep 15, 2022
  • NAISMA Biocontrol Factsheets

    • North American Invasive Species Management Association.

    • The NAISMA Classical Biocontrol Committee is excited to announce new peer-reviewed weed biocontrol publications for use by managers and landowners. Subject matter experts are developing a series of factsheets that cover invasive plants and their associated biological control agents in North America. Funding for these factsheets is provided by the United State Forest Service. NAISMA is partnering with to host these publications.

    • Post Date
      Sep 14, 2022
  • Invasive Species are Changing the Nature of the Mediterranean Sea

    • Sep 5, 2022
    • UN. Food and Agriculture Organization.

    • The Mediterranean Sea is being invaded by hundreds of fish, jellyfish, prawns and other marine species from outside the region. More than 1 000 non-indigenous species have been identified in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea. Over half have established permanent populations and are spreading, causing concern about the threat they pose to marine ecosystems and local fishing communities.

      “Climate change and human activities have had a profound impact on the Mediterranean and the Black Sea,” says Stefano Lelli, a fishery expert for the eastern Mediterranean working for the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM). This regional fisheries management body, established by FAO, is leading efforts to promote sustainable fisheries and aquaculture in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea.

    • Post Date
      Sep 05, 2022
  • Mexican Fruit Fly Quarantine in Portion of San Diego County

    • Aug 24, 2022
    • California Department of Food and Agriculture.

    • A portion of San Diego County has been placed under quarantine for the Mexican fruit fly following the detection of six flies and one larva in and around the unincorporated area of Valley Center. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the San Diego County Agricultural Commissioner, and the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) are working collaboratively on this project.

      The Mexican fruit fly can lay its eggs in and infest more than 50 types of fruits and vegetables, severely impacting California agricultural exports and backyard gardens alike. For more information on the pest, please see the pest profile at: Residents who believe their fruits and vegetables may be infested with fruit fly larvae are encouraged to call the state’s toll-free Pest Hotline at 1-800-491-1899.

    • Post Date
      Sep 01, 2022
  • Play Clean Go: Work.Clean.Go.

    • North American Invasive Species Management Association.

    • As a resource professional (construction, agriculture, horticulture/growers, road crews) you see firsthand what invasive species can do to the landscape, so it is important that you remain vigilant in your own prevention actions. You and the work that you do as an outdoor professional play a crucial role to the success of biodiversity and reducing the spread of invasive species. Learn how you can prevent the spread of invasive species.

    • Post Date
      Aug 31, 2022