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  • Sawfly GenUS is Now Complete

    • Apr 5, 2022
    • USDA. APHIS. PPQ. CPHST. Identification Technology Program.

    • ITP is pleased to announce that Sawfly GenUS is now complete. Developed in cooperation with the Washington State Department of Agriculture, Sawfly GenUS is an interactive identification tool for all sawfly genera found in the United States and Canada. This tool is intended to help recognize exotic sawfly introductions and provide access to general information on affected plants, range, and diversity of these insects. This tool should be useful for port identifiers and screeners, provincial and state departments of agriculture, university extension professionals, and any non-expert with an interest in sawflies.

    • Post Date
      Apr 14, 2022
  • APHIS History Highlights: APHIS and Mexico Take On Deadly Screwworm

    • Apr 12, 2022
    • USDA. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

    • In the early 1970s, USDA's progress in eradicating screwworm—among the deadliest and most vicious of livestock pests—was at a crossroads. Department scientists had revolutionized the country's battle against the insect by creating a new technology. The concept was simple yet profound: rear and aerially distribute masses of sterile screwworm flies in infested areas, so the resident fly populations would have increasing difficulty reproducing—and eventually breed themselves out of existence. The new approach worked so well that by 1966, USDA declared screwworm eradicated within U.S. borders.

    • Post Date
      Apr 13, 2022
  • USDA Takes Action to Strengthen Pollinator Research Support

    • Apr 6, 2022
    • U.S. Department of Agriculture.

    • The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced its strengthened commitment to advancing research and programmatic priorities that support pollinator health by soliciting nominations for members to serve on its newly formed USDA National Pollinator Subcommittee. The Pollinator Subcommittee will provide input on annual USDA strategic pollinator priorities and goals and will make pollinator health-related recommendations to strengthen USDA pollinator research efforts. USDA is both a major funder and conductor of pollinator research, with research initiatives spanning across five USDA mission areas.

      National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics (NAREEE) is accepting nominations packages until May 31, 2002. Candidates selected to the Pollinator Subcommittee may serve 1–3 years with terms anticipated to start in July 2022.

    • Post Date
      Apr 11, 2022
  • Scientists Develop a Plan to Manage Lionfish Populations in the Mediterranean

    • Apr 11, 2022
    • University of Plymouth (United Kingdom).

    • Scientists have published a series of recommendations to enable communities and managers to minimise the impact of lionfish in the Mediterranean Sea. The invasive species was first noticed off the coast of the Lebanon in 2012, with sightings since recorded as far west as Sicily, and north into the Adriatic Sea off Croatia. More entered in 2015 due to the enlargement and deepening of the Suez Canal, with their spread unimpeded due to a lack of common predators. Researchers in the UK and Cyprus have said increasing lionfish densities – combined with the species' generalist diet and consumption of ecologically and socio-economically important fish – has the potential to result in further disruption of an already stressed marine environment. They have now published a Guide to Lionfish Management in the Mediterranean (PDF | 8.0 MB), which features a series of recommendations through which they hope lionfish populations can be managed.

    • Post Date
      Apr 11, 2022
  • What Makes This Invasive, Non-Native Reed Grass Thrive in the Wetlands?

    • Apr 6, 2022
    • Louisiana State University.

    • The Mississippi River Delta is home to the world’s largest contiguous swath of Phragmites australis, or more commonly known as the common reed. But the plant that can grow to nearly 20 ft. and has been a critical component in stabilizing the state’s coastal erosion is not actually native to Louisiana—well, not entirely. There are multiple P. australis genotypes. P. australis subspecies (ssp.) americanus is the native subspecies in the U.S. and Canada. However, Phragmites australis ssp. australis originated in central Europe and was subsequently introduced to the U.S. where it is now considered to be one of the most problematic invasive species in North America. In a newly published study in Molecular Ecology and recently featured in an edition of The Scientist, LSU researchers collaborated with Tulane University and the U.S. Geological Survey to study the genomic bases of P. australis and to investigate what exactly makes the invasive reed grass subspecies thrive in wetlands, in comparison to its native counterpart.

    • Post Date
      Apr 10, 2022
  • FWC, Southwest Florida CISMA Invite the Public to Participate in Freshwater 2022 Invasive Fish Roundup

    • Apr 6, 2022
    • Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

    • The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the Southwest Florida Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area (CISMA) invite the public to participate in the 2022 Invasive Fish Roundup event, targeting freshwater invasive fish species. This event takes place from April 28 through May 1, 2022, with the weigh-in occurring on Sunday, May 1 from noon until 3 p.m. at Bass Pro Shops, 10040 Gulf Center Drive, Fort Myers, Florida 33913. The weigh-in on Sunday, May 1 at Bass Pro Shops is open to the public.

      The roundup is a 3-day event that is open to teams of one to four anglers, fishing from shore or boat in the Southwest Florida CISMA area (Collier, Lee, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades counties) with prizes awarded to the top team in various categories and free giveaway prizes for all participants. The goal of this event is to encourage the public to target invasive species while fishing and to promote awareness of the potential negative impacts of releasing invasive species into Florida’s waterways. This is also an opportunity for Southwest Florida CISMA and the FWC to gather information about invasive fish distribution and abundance, both of which could help with future management of invasive fish species.

    • Post Date
      Apr 10, 2022
  • ARS Unveils New Disease Resistant Honeysweet Plum

    • Apr 4, 2022
    • USDA. ARS. Tellus.

    • Meet the Honeysweet Plum: A virus-resistant plum that ARS hopes to bring to market soon. They are large and oblong with a very sweet, flavorful taste. ARS created the Honeysweet variety using RNAi, a biotechnology method that makes them immune to the plum pox virus. Plum pox infects stone fruit trees: plums, peaches, apricots and cherries. Once infected, the fruit discolors and falls from the tree prior to maturation. There is no natural, genetic resistance to the virus.

    • Post Date
      Apr 08, 2022
  • USDA Asks the Public to Look for Invasive Pests to Protect Plants in April

    • Apr 5, 2022
    • USDA. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

    • The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has declared April 2022 as Invasive Plant Pest and Disease Awareness Month (IPPDAM). This national outreach month is dedicated to highlighting the impact invasive plant pests and diseases have on plant health nationwide and educates Americans about the simple actions they can take to help reduce their spread. Hungry, invasive pests threaten our nation’s food crops, gardens, and natural resources. IPPDAM aims to raise public awareness about the threat, which can devastate livelihoods, food security, and forests.

    • Post Date
      Apr 07, 2022
  • What the “Lacey Act” is and isn’t and how we use it to prevent invasions of Injurious Wildlife

    • Mar 24, 2022
    • Google. YouTube; The Wildlife Society. Invasive Species Working Group.

    • Most conservation professionals know what the “Lacey Act” is. Or do you? Since 1900, the “Lacey Act” has been the most widely known conservation law in the United States. It protects native wildlife and plants from trafficking and supports State conservation laws. And you may be surprised that it also protects against the importation of invasive or injurious species. But did you know that there was no law named “the Lacey Act”? Hence, there is a lot of confusion over what the “Lacey Act” is and isn’t. This webinar, presented by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Injurious Wildlife Listing Coordinator, aims to clear that up. By summarizing the history from 1900, you will see how the two provisions diverged. That will segue into showing how the lesser known provision of the law is effective at preventing harmful wildlife species from being imported and causing invasions.
      See also: Explore other webinars related to wildlife conservation sponsored by the The Wildlife Society

    • Post Date
      Apr 05, 2022
  • APHIS Issues Draft Environmental Assessment for the Box Tree Moth Control Program in New York State

    • Mar 31, 2022
    • USDA. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

    • The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal Plant and Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has completed a draft environmental assessment (EA) required under the National Environmental Policy Act for its box tree moth (BTM) control program in New York. The BTM was discovered in Niagara County, New York, in July 2021. The control program proposed in the draft EA for commercial nurseries and landscaped areas where BTM has been detected includes a combination of quarantine measures, survey activities, potential box tree removal, and pesticide use.

      APHIS is announcing through local newspapers in areas of New York State, where the BTM control program may occur, that a notice of availability for the draft EA will be available at (APHIS-2022-0018) for a 30-day public comment period. Anyone wishing to comment on the draft EA should submit comments on or send comments to the APHIS State Plant Health Director in New York State. APHIS will also post the draft EA on the APHIS website at USDA APHIS | Box Tree Moth.

    • Post Date
      Apr 03, 2022