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

See What's New on the NISIC's Web site. Includes items of interest that have been added to our site, in order of most recent post date.

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Recent News

  • Preventing Aquatic Invasive Species through Behavior Change

    • Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

    • The Minnesota DNR’s Invasive Species Program has embarked on an exciting project that aims to better promote the adoption of desirable aquatic invasive species (AIS) prevention behaviors and create positive social norms supporting AIS prevention in Minnesota.

    • Post Date
      Feb 01, 2023
  • An Assessment of Native Seed Needs and Capacities

    • National Academies of Sciences, Medicine, and Engineering.

    • An ad hoc study committee appointed by the National Academies of Sciences, Medicine, and Engineering is assessing federal, state, tribal and private sector needs and capacity for supplying native plant seeds for ecological restoration and other purposes. A final report (2023) examines the needs for native plant restoration and other activities, provides recommendations for improving the reliability, predictability, and performance of the native seed supply, and presents an ambitious agenda for action.

    • Post Date
      Feb 01, 2023
  • Species Profile -- New Guinea Flatworm

    • New Guinea flatworm

      The New Guinea flatworm was first found in Florida in 2012. It's method of introduction is unknown, although land flatworms have been known to be introduced in the soil of imported plants. New Guinea flatworms are predators of land snails.

    • Post Date
      Jan 24, 2023
  • Species Profile -- Hammerhead Worm

    • Hammerhead worm

      Hammerhead worm was first discovered in 1891. It was introduced by movement of infested plants and soil. These worms are predators of earthworms, could potentially impact agricultural, horticultural, and natural ecosystems

    • Post Date
      Jan 24, 2023
  • APHIS Announces Notice of Intent to Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza Control in the United States

    • Jan 18, 2023
    • USDA. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

    • The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is announcing to the public the intent to prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) to examine the potential environmental effects of the Agency’s response activities to highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) outbreaks in commercial and backyard poultry operations in the U.S. APHIS is requesting public comment to further define the scope of the EIS, identify reasonable alternatives and potential issues, as well as relevant information, studies, and/or analyses that APHIS should consider in the EIS.

    • Post Date
      Jan 23, 2023
  • USDA Provides more than $70 Million to Protect Crops and Natural Resources from Invasive Pests and Diseases in 2023

    • Jan 18, 2023
    • USDA. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

    • The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is allocating more than $70 million to support 350 projects under the Plant Protection Act’s Section 7721 program as part of a nationwide effort to strengthen the country’s infrastructure for pest detection, surveillance, and mitigation, as well as protect the U.S. nursery system. Universities, states, federal agencies, nongovernmental organizations, nonprofits, and Tribal organizations will carry out selected projects in 48 states, Guam, and Puerto Rico.

    • Post Date
      Jan 18, 2023
  • The Greening of the Great Basin

    • Dec 28, 2022
    • JSTOR Daily.

    • The arid and semiarid Great Basin of the western United States comprises parts of California, Nevada, Utah, Idaho, and Oregon and can variously be described by its hydrology, topography, or biology. Biologically, the area has been defined historically by the native sagebrush and shrubs that thrive in the dry valleys of the Sierra Nevada and Cascade Mountains. But, as a recent study undertaken by researchers at the University of Montana and the Department of Agriculture notes, these native plant communities are rapidly being colonized by nonnative annual grasses like cheatgrass (Bromus tectorum), red brome (B. rubens), and medusahead (Taeniatherum caput-medusae) to the detriment of wildlife and humans.

    • Post Date
      Jan 10, 2023
  • Controlling an Introduced Invasive: On the Search for Ailanthus' Achilles Heel

    • Jan 2023
    • USDA. FS. Northern Research Station. Rooted in Research.

    • Ailanthus altissima (tree-of-heaven) is a rapidly growing invasive tree species introduced to the United States nearly 200 years ago. Today, this species is a common invader in many forests across the nation. Scientists with the Northern Research Station have identified a unique biological control measure for managing Ailanthus—Verticillium nonalfalfae, a native soil-borne fungus. Check out this latest issue of Rooted in Research that explores how Verticillium can reduce Ailanthus populations.

    • Post Date
      Jan 10, 2023
  • Battling Exotic Ant Pests in American Samoa

    • Jan 5, 2023
    • USDA. National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

    • Invasive species pose a threat across the United States and its territories, but they can be especially challenging for the U.S. South Pacific territory of American Samoa. Among the invasive pests menacing the territory are several non-native fire ant species. 

    • Post Date
      Jan 06, 2023
  • Live European Green Crabs Confiscated from Seafood Market; Species Remains Prohibited in Washington

    • Dec 29, 2022
    • Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

    • In early December Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) Police received information that a Seattle market was selling live “green crabs”. The Seattle seller had bought the live green crabs from a seller in Massachusetts with the intention of selling them for crab stock and soup. The crabs were destroyed by WDFW Police officers.

    • Post Date
      Jan 05, 2023