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EAB Story Map
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EAB is the primary cause of our nations extensive ash decline. Since its discovery, EAB has killed tens of millions of ash trees and has cost municipalities, property owners, nursery operators, and forest products industries tens of millions of dollars.

ALB eNewsletter | November 29, 2018
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This eNewsletter is designed to keep you up-to-date with Asian longhorned beetle (ALB) eradication efforts and serve as a meaningful resource for the most current information.

In the Garden
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I planted Shasta daisies from seed last year, and they did great. This year they got very tall and gangly and died. I did not water much, but they survived drier conditions last year. What happened?

The Bug Box: Mormon cricket
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This bug is creeping around your property. He may be friend or foe.

The Effect of Temperature and Elevated CO2 on an Agricultural Pest
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One such insect that is of growing concern to agriculturalists is the South American tomato moth

Discovery Puts Scientists One Step Closer to SCN Control
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Iowa State University researchers have discovered the mechanism that gives soybean cyst nematode (SCN) power over plants.

In our region, with a batch of fruit brought the threat to a fly-pest
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In Dnipropetrovsk region was discovered larvae of the dangerous insect pest of tropical countries

Southern Produce battles back
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While 2018 was "tough" for the sweet potato industry, Southern Produce is looking to the future

When life gives you lemons – or autumn olive berries
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The autumn olive is all over the place now, and like the other invasive species, it makes survival difficult for native flora and fauna.

Tree disease leaving 'zombie forest' in its wake, expert warns
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A forester from Bancroft, Ont., says the province could be doing much more to deal with an insidious disease that's killing beech trees across Ontario.

135 jobs cut at Quesnel and Fraser Lake sawmills
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West Fraser is cutting 135 jobs from its Fraser Lake and Quesnel sawmills due to the shortage of lumber caused by the Mountain Pine Beetle

BACKYARD HORTICULTURE: Convolvulus arvensis – Food, medicine, healthier meat products
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Convolvulus arvensis, as new research is showing it has great promise as a useful, safe and non-toxic chemo-therapeutic agent.

Fruit fly quarantine covers Southern California ports
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The Port of Long Beach, pictured here, and Port of Los Angeles, are in a quarantine area for Mexican fruit fly.

Can listening to bees help save them - and us?
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Can artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning help save the world's bees?

Farmers ready to get political in 2019
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Farmer's politics on how to deal with the crops this snowfall

The Outside Story: Southern pine beetles march north
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As if the emerald ash borer’s incursion into northern New England wasn’t enough, now there’s another potentially devastating forest pest marching this way: the southern pine beetle.

OUTDOORS: Native and non-native plants in area lakes
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Due to the problems caused by non-native plants and fish, everyone needs to be on the outlook for those non-natives and help control their potential problems.

AgriLife Extension provides information on biopesticides
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Producers may have additional biological pesticides to add to their arsenal of control methods for pests such as corn earworm and cotton bollworm

Grow with KARE: Bust that buckthorn!
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The time is now to get rid of that pesky buckthorn.

County looks for help to protect Harris Chain of Lakes
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Hydrilla and other vegetation covers the shoreline along Sharp's Mobile Park on Lake Eustis.

Northern New Mexico forests under siege by destructive insects
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Rounding a curve about a mile before the Big Tesuque Campground, Formby spotted a large swath of conifers with a red tinge — a sign the trees’ needles were dying.

Researchers in Costa Rica create a tomato that is resistant to yellow leaf curl virus
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A modification in the DNA of the original culture resulted in a new variety of super-tomato that is resistant to the harmful tomato yellow leaf curl virus

Environmentally inspired 'niche' features impact species evolution
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Evolutionary traits impact coevolution of male and female genitalia in fruit flies

First Christmas trees arrive on island
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"To date, no viable control for the pest has been found and if the current trends continue the likely outcome is the complete loss of that country’s native pine."

GARDENING WITH THE MASTERS: Finding native alternatives to invasive evergreen shrubs
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Unfortunately, some of the most commonly used evergreen shrubs are non-native plants with invasive or weedy tendencies.

Tent caterpillar, fall webworm share similarities
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Their real names are eastern tent caterpillar and fall webworm. They are very different in appearance, tree preference, season occurrence and where and why they make their web. They are similar by being native species, comparable damage to trees and control methods.

Researchers Propose CRISPR as Influencer of Low Genetic Diversity in Deadly Bacteria
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Scientists at Oregon State University have shed light on the evolutionary history of a soil bacterium that is so dangerous to grazing animals it is kept behind lock and key to prevent its spread.

A new root-knot nematode associated with Robusta coffee in the Western Highlands, Vietnam
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The root-knot nematode species Meloidogyne daklakensis n. sp. was discovered on the roots of Robusta coffee (Coffea canephora Pierre ex A. Froehner) in Dak Lak Province, Vietnam.

What Is Ashwagandha Root, the Chill-Out Adaptogen in Everyone's Supplement Stash?
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What exactly does ashwagandha do, and how do we ensure we’re taking it right? Read on and chill out.

Recovery Plan for Monilinia polystroma Causing Asiatic Brown Rot of Stone Fruit
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This recovery plan is one of several disease-specific documents produced as part of the National Plant Disease Recovery System (NPDRS) called for in Homeland Security.

Phytoplasmas—The “Crouching Tiger” Threat of Australian Plant Pathology
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The increasing availability of molecular DNA analyses, expertise, and additional methods in recent years has led to a proliferation of discoveries of phytoplasma-plant host associations and in the numbers of taxonomic groupings for phytoplasmas.

Are bugs to blame for dying pines?
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Today, I found an inch-long bug on the bark of my Austrian pine. Could these bugs be pine sawyers and, if so, what’s the best approach to control them?

Preventing Exotic Lepidoptera from Entering the U.S.
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Dr Jim Young's presentation on exotic lepidopterans

How to get rid of Mealybugs
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Have you ever noticed small cottony patches or a white insect on your plant? These small white insects are quite prevalent in green houses and indoor plants and are known as mealybugs.

These scientists are on a mission to save chocolate
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Cacao trees aren’t going extinct. But a warmer, drier climate in the rain forests of West Africa — the world’s leading producer of cacao — may soon pose a threat to the region’s farmland.

Apricot Yellows Disease: Learn About Apricot Phytoplasma Causes And Control
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Apricot yellows can cause significant, even disastrous loss in fruit yields.

Identification of sources of resistance to Alectra vogelii in cowpea germplasm from Burkina Faso
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In Burkina Faso, cowpea serves as both a food and cash crop generating significant income for stakeholders. However, cowpea production is seriously hampered by several constraints among which is the parasitic weed Alectra vogelii.

New outbreak of killer tree disease in south west Scotland
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A killer tree disease has spread to Scotland’s main timber crop, sikta spruce, raising fears for the environment and the £1 billion forestry industry.

'Down with the ants:' Weather to blame for fire ant mounds
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Fire ants are always here, but they normally live underground, unfortunately this cool, damp weather is bringing the ants crawling up.

Water hyacinth ties Lake Victoria business
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Marine transporters and fishermen continue to count their losses as the water hyacinth spreads across Lake Victoria.

Asian beetle attacking Great Lakes ash trees, the Emerald Ash Borer...
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An invasive species is attacking ash trees across the state, causing them to die quickly, becoming hazardous to the public.

How to pick the perfect Christmas tree
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the spotted lanternfly – that some reports raised as possibly hitching rides into homes on Christmas trees, that’s shaping up as a non-issue.

Researchers look for answers to beetle problem
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Researchers are trying to find out why the coconut rhinoceros beetle, an invasive species which is lethal to Guam’s coconut palm trees, is resistant to a virus that has been used to control and eradicate the pest elsewhere, according to the University of Guam.

Prevention of insecticide resistance in Colorado Potato Beetles
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Tips to prevent the Colorado Potato Beetles

Phrag fight: is it friend or foe?
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The phragmite might be in Ontario to teach the us something

A council is set to employ four people as part of a £300k plan to tackle nuisance plants
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Concerns over the spread of Japanese knotweed, Himalayan balsam and giant hogweed will see £105k spent for each of the next three years, if recommended proposals are voted through.

Sound strategies fight the onset of insect resistance to Bt cotton
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Resistance to cotton bollworm is being controlled in Australia through world-leading strategies.

Genetically-engineered cotton credited with pink bollworm eradication
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Genetic engineering and integrated pest management prove useful in eradicating dangerous agricultural pest, the pink bollworm

Manitoba maple a great climbing tree
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The Norway maple is a threat to other maples

Symptoms Of Dengue Fever You Should Not Ignore
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Look out for the Asian Tiger mosquito, they can help spread dengue fever

DEC fines nursery for infested hemlock in county
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The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has issued a $2,500 penalty to Tennessee Wholesale Nursery, LLC, Tammy Sons and Dennis Sons for transporting infested hemlock seedlings to Oswego and Schenectady counties.

Italy: Outlook for the courgette campaign
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In the last years, producers have been fighting the New Delhi virus which is carried by the white butterfly, so here is how to fight back

Demand for switchgrass exceeds supply
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The demand for switchgrass exceeds supply

Pest categorisation of Curtobacterium flaccumfaciens pv. flaccumfaciens
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Following a request from the European Commission, the EFSA Panel on Plant Health performed a pest categorisation of the seed‐borne bacterium Curtobacterium flaccumfaciens pv. flaccumfaciens.

Monin: Are you scouting for aphids?
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Weather and temperature can play a significant role in the dynamic between soybean yield and the reproductive vigor of soybean aphids.

Tackling invasive grass one clump at a time in Port Moody
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City is part of regional working group battling Spartina, an invasive grass that could spread if not eradicated

Phragmites control continues
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Oakland Township and county officials are continuing efforts to eradicate phragmites, the invasive plant that chokes out native plants and blocks traffic views.

The Italian olive trees syndrome: facts, opinions and responsibilities
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A ‘mysterious’ disease has been killing olive trees in Southern Italy

Mysterious disease affecting trees in the city
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A mysterious disease called “Thousand Cankers Disease” is affecting black walnut trees around the city.

Super termites form enormous colonies in California
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Formosan subterranean termites, often nicknamed super-termites, have been found in a number of homes in and around San Diego.

Bacterial Leaf Scorch Has Infected Many Oak Trees in the Philadelphia Area and Giroud Tree and Lawn Share 3 Signs of Bacterial Leaf Scorch to Look for in Oaks
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Bacterial Leaf Scorch has infected many Oak Trees in the Philadelphia area and this tree disease can kill an Oak if not treated!

Experts question if 11 specimens on Hong Kong’s ‘Old and Valuable Trees’ list could have survived Typhoon Mangkhut with proper care
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Tree management in Hon Kong after the typhoon

Keep your eye out for purple loosestrife
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Purple loosestrife is an aggressive, invasive noxious weed that can spread rapidly.

Frequently Asked Questions: Emerald Ash Borer Deregulation
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On September 19, 2018, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) published a proposal to remove domestic quarantine regulations for emerald ash borer (EAB).

APHIS Establishes a Mexican Fruit Fly (Anastrepha ludens) Quarantine in Long Beach, Los Angeles County, California
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Effective October 25, 2018, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) established a Mexican fruit fly (Anastrepha ludens or Mexfly) quarantine in a residential area of Long Beach, Los Angeles County, California.

USDA Reminds Public: Don't Move Wood Out of Areas Quarantined for Asian Longhorned Beetle
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State and federal officials monitor the movement of wood within and around regulated areas to enforce the quarantine.

APHIS Issues Final Environmental Impact Statement for the National Fruit Fly Cooperative Control Program
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November 16, 2018. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal Plant and Health Inspection Service (APHIS) completed the final environmental impact analysis required under the National Environmental Policy Act for its National Fruit Fly Cooperative Control Program, which protects U.S. agriculture from exotic fruit fly incursions.

US Forest Service (USFS)

USFS manages national forests and grasslands, conducts forestry research, and provides technical and financial assistance to state and private forestry agencies.

Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ) Plant Pest Program Information

PPQ safeguards agriculture and natural resources from the risks associated with entry, establishment, or spread of plant pests and noxious weeds.

The National Invasive Species Council

The NISC provides interdepartmental coordination of invasive species actions and works with other federal and non-federal groups to address invasive species issues at the national level.

Bugwood Network

Consolidation and dissemination of information and programs focused on invasive species, forest health, natural resources and agricultural management at the state, regional, national and international levels.

Bugwood - Bark and Wood Boring Beetles of the World

Information and images of economically important beetles that feed on trees and shrubs.

Bugwood - Invasive Species

Invasive and exotic species whose introduction does or is likely to cause economic or environmental harm or harm to human health.

Pest Detection



National Plant Diagnostic Network (NPDN)



National Plant Board

The National Plant Board is a non-profit organization of the plant pest regulatory agencies of each of the states and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. Member agencies must be members in good standing of the Regional Plant Board in which their state or commonwealth is located.

USDA, National Invasive Species Information Center

Established in 2005 at the National Agricultural Library, the NISIC web site serves as a reference gateway to information, organizations, and services about invasive species.

Save our Citrus



The Nature Conservancy's Don't Move Firewood Campaign

A national awareness-building effort to stop the movement of firewood which is spreading invasive pests and killing trees.