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Japanese beetle recorded in 69 Iowa counties this season
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“There’s been way more,” said Zach Bott, winemaker at Fireside. “They just showed up and swarmed — 20, 30 to 40 (Japanese beetles) per plant.”

Hemlock wooly infests Lake Michigan's shoreline
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Concerned citizens in Michigan are working to protect approximately 170 million hemlock trees from the hemlock wooly adelgid (HWA).

This Huge Plant Can Cause Burns, Blindness
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Giant Hogweed is an invasive plant that can be dangerous to your health and the environment.

Alien species invasions and global warming a 'deadly duo', warn scientists
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Invasions by alien species and global warming form a “deadly duo”, scientists have warned.

New Property Tax Hikes Expected to Pay for Pasadena’s Battle Against Mosquitoes
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On Monday, the Pasadena City Council is expected to adopt a Joint Tax Resolution which will require the City to assess a property tax increase on Pasadena residents and businesses to pay for vector control services provided by the San Gabriel Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District (SGVMVCD).

Japanese knotweed causing problems in Toronto, conservationists warn
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Torontonians should be fighting back against an invasive plant species that's threatening to take over parts of this city, but there's a problem — it's kind of pretty.

Weeds can be an angler's best friend
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Summer fishing success can be improved for multiple species if you learn to fish in and around weed areas.

Signup for gypsy moth-suppression program under way
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The West Virginia Department of Agriculture urges landowners to help protect West Virginia forests by signing up for the Cooperative State-County-Landowner Gypsy Moth Suppression Program. The signup period runs through Thursday, Aug. 31.

Good Prices, Average Pests Make for Peachy Season
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A big harvest would normally drive prices down, but buyers have been eager for New Jersey peaches this year. That’s because major peach producers in Georgia and South Carolina are having a terrible season.

Why this huge snail that looks like a rabbit is banned in Australia
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The enormous snails are native to Eastern Africa, but quickly spread to many tropical countries.

NIWA unveils aquatic weed harvester
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The management of the National Inland Waterways Authority, NIWA, will, this week, be unveiling its latest aquatic weed harvester in Lagos at its 2nd International Conference and Exhibition.

MDC confirms zebra mussels in three Jackson County lakes
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Officials ask boaters to take precautions to prevent spread of destructive mussels

Nematodes Are Everywhere, Including in Corn - News | Agweb.com
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Nematodes are a problem that’s more widespread than you might think.

City receives boost for Russian olive removal
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Russian olive trees aren’t easy to remove, but the city of Casper’s efforts to eradicate the invasive species along the North Platte River received a boost on June 16 from a $5,000 grant awarded by the Wyoming Governor’s Big Game License Coalition.

Plant Parasite Dodder Transmits Signals among Different Hosts
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This is the first time that dodders have been found to transmit inter-plant signaling. This discovery shows that, in addition to damaging hosts, dodders also transmit ecologically meaningful information among host plants.

Parasitic Japanese knotweed threatens road safety
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Japanese knotweed is a very invasive plant, difficult to control and able to damage road infrastructure

Snails are important to health of marsh | Letters to the Editor | The News
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It was stated that one cause of loss of the main salt-marsh grass (smooth cordgrass) was increased consumption by “snail predators.” This is a misleading statement — the snail in question, the salt-marsh periwinkle, is an indispensable component of the marsh ecosystem.

Isle of Man confirms first case of Chalara ash dieback tree disease
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The presence of Chalara dieback, caused by the Chalara fraxinea fungus, has been confirmed by laboratory in the UK.

Protecting Australian cotton from Verticillium wilt
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New research by the NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) will focus on the fungal disease Verticillium wilt to help the Australian cotton industry manage the risk associated with the disease.

Virus vector confirmed in Scottish blueberries
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The aphid is a known vector of blueberry scorch virus (BlScV).

The bizarre physics of fire ants
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A Georgia Tech laboratory, the question at hand is not how to get rid of fire ants, but rather what we can learn from them.

Who's afraid of the giant African land snail? Perhaps we shouldn't be
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Despite their fearsome reputation, our research on Christmas Island's invasive snail population suggests the risk they pose to native ecosystems has been greatly exaggerated.

Railroad gives Lake Zurich $20,000 grant for flowers, trees
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Lake Zurich has received a $20,000 grant from Canadian National Railway to fund downtown beautification projects.

Mesh cheaper than chemicals in stopping potato disease | Stuff.co.nz
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Scientist Dr Charles Merfield believes he has the answer to solving the problem of the potato psyllid, which costs growers about $10 million a year.

West Texas cotton producers should watch for bollworms
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A Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service entomologist is advising West Texas cotton farmers to remain vigilant in their hunt for bollworms.

Hot Weather Favors Development of Spider Mites in Garden and Landscape Plants
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It has been hot and dry, a combination that favors the development and rapid reproduction of the spider mite according to Kelly McGowan, horticulture educator, University of Missouri Extension.

CSU research cheatgrass control with sites in Estes Park
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Over the past decade, cheatgrass has spread across northern Colorado like wildfire — and that is one of the things that Shannon Clark is concerned about.

Elm trees attract pest to Colorado for first time
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Though the bug is a home invader, it’s only a nuisance. It doesn’t bite people or pets, cause disease or damage plants.

Venomous fire ant invasion spreads to Kyushu region
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Dozens of fire ants, native to South America, were found at the container yard for the Port of Hakata in Fukuoka on Friday, the first discovery of the venomous species in the Kyushu region, the Environment Ministry said.

Burbank City Council briefed on city’s urban reforestation plan - Burbank Leader
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While many people like ficus, ash, elm and sycamore trees, Williams said each of those species comes with challenges.

Louisiana requires gardeners to register all cotton plants, even in home gardens
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You must register the plants with the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry. The registry is for its boll weevil control program.

5 Common Questions About Managing Japanese Beetles
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Here are answers to five common questions about managing Japanese beetle in gardens.

20 million disease-spreading mosquitoes will be released in the US - but it's a good thing
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The male mosquitoes are raised in machines and are infected with Wolbachia, a natural bacterium. When the sterile male mosquitoes mate with wild females, the resulting eggs won’t hatch. The lab-infected mosquitoes are harmless to humans.

With increasing urbanisation, invasive ants take over sacred groves
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As urbanisation spreads, battles are raging on holy lands: invasive ants are taking over the leaf litter in sacred groves.

Got bugs? Take thoughtful steps to control them
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The first step is to determine if management is needed; monitoring and correct pest identification will help decide this.

Natural pesticide: Stink bugs can't take extreme heat
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When temperatures sky rocketed, stink bug numbers went down.

Raspberry bug turning more Ontario crops to mush
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The spotted wing drosophila, an Asian fruit fly that burrows into berries and turns them to mush, had taken over the crop on the London-area farm, despite careful monitoring.

Tri-state region varies on mosquito monitoring
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While Pennsylvania appears to be the most aggressive in the surveillance of mosquitos, Maryland and West Virginia also have programs in place to monitor the insect and the diseases they can carry, such as the West Nile and Zika viruses.

Muck at Grand Haven State Park turning beachgoers away
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DNR authorities believe flooding in wetlands has killed and dislodged the grass. That grass washes into rivers that feed into Lake Michigan, and this is the result.

Ask a Master Gardener: Dealing with deadly nightshade
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The red berries that form after the flowers die are the most toxic part, especially when they're still green. They contain a substance called solanine, which can cause nausea, vomiting and diarrhea if eaten.

The great caterpillar factory
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DNR planes sprayed two areas for gypsy moths this week in the western part of Porter County and in Hobart. Gypsy moths are an invasive species that can defoliate and eventually kill trees, especially oak trees.

Scientists invade Duluth to share emerald ash borer research
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170 scientists and forestry experts will converge on Duluth this week to share their knowledge of the emerald ash borer and the future of ash trees in North America.

Ask a Master Gardener: Sweeping out the broom
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Today, because of its ability to rapidly establish itself, Scotch broom and its cousins, Spanish, Portuguese and French brooms, as well as gorse, cost Oregonians about $40 million a year in control efforts and lost forestry production. So, yes, it is that bad, and you need to get rid of it.

South GA cotton growers battle white flies this season
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A tiny insect that is creating huge problems for cotton growers in South Georgia.

Beekeepers hoping to keep small hive beetle out of Nova Scotia
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Beekeepers are hoping to keep the small hive beetle out of Nova Scotia for as long as possible. The beetle has the ability to live inside a colony of bees and can compromise the honey.

Idaho, Utah team up to fight invasive mussels
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Idaho is teaming up with Utah to protect Bear Lake on the Utah-Idaho border from invasive mussels.

The good and bad of scenic highways
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So unfortunately, not all of those beauties are a good thing.

Plants behaving badly: Cogongrass
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Seemingly harmless at first glance, Cogongrass is a narrow, yellow-green colony grass that forms very dense, circular patches and can thrive in almost any habitat.

Go bananas: Tech and the future of the world's favorite fruit
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Given its importance both domestically and globally, plant scientists like Rodolfo Ceciliano Solis, from Bayer CropScience, have been working to develop a crop protection product to help control nematodes.

Environmentalists and volunteers tackle invasive plants in Lethbridge river valley
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Local organizers are calling it the largest weed pull they’ve ever seen.

Yellow-flowered street-side plant identified
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Birdsfoot trefoil thrives under dry conditions, allowing it to spread easily in lawngrass that is stressed by drought. Whether or not to use lawn weed herbicides to control it depends on your viewpoint.

Out-musseling the mussels: Researcher hopeful of new tactic against invasive species
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The hope for this idea is to modify the genes to create a mussel that can't survive, and then release it into infested lakes to breed with the existing population with the hope of passing along that gene and killing it off.

Momentum picks up in fight against invasive plants in Tahoe Keys
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This is all part of a long-term plan that has been gaining momentum over the last few years due to efforts by the Tahoe Keys Property Owners Association (TKPOA).

East Michigan fruit crop report
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Spotted wing Drosophila (SWD) numbers have jumped from moderate to high numbers in the last few days, with some fruit infestation being found.

Scouting, spray timing critical for western bean cutworm control
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Corn fields need to be scouted over about three weeks, starting with early tasselling. The threshold is five per cent of plants with eggs in order to spray. But that doesn’t mean you spray right away.

Chuck Martin: Are irises worth it?
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One reason we don't see irises in the modern landscape is because of a common and serious problem called iris bore that occurs on the bearded irises.

CSU researchers awarded emergency funds to study corn disease
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Colorado State University scientists will be studying a corn disease with limited treatment or prevention methods through a grant from the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research.

When Satan comes to call on the garden, he’s got a name — Squash Vine Borer
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An adult Squash Vine Borer, brazen and little careless for once, tried to attack my zucchini AGAIN and I was not having it. This was a showdown I was itching for.

Plant-inspired soft robot grows to reach difficult places
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Best thought of as a fast-growing, useful, mechanical plant, which unfurls from a single immobile foot, the robot’s design is explicitly plant-inspired.

New Group Formed To Fight Pachaug Pond Weeds
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They may look like "water lilies" to the untrained eye, but local boaters say that invasive aquatic plants are choking coves and shorelines on Pachaug Pond, the largest freshwater lake in eastern Connecticut.

Apple Maggot Quarantine Brush Drop-Off Site Opens Tomorrow in Leavenworth
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The Washington State Department of Agriculture has set boundaries in western Chelan County, and surrounding areas to the north, south and west, in order to contain the destructive apple maggot.

Fire ants in the landscape and pasture
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The red imported fire ant is an introduced species from South America that has established itself through most of North Carolina and all of Rowan County.

Monsoon blues for coffee-growers
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Arabica crop was doing well, but then white stem borer disease struck.

Bollworm Populations Threaten Bt Cotton Again This Year
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Growing resistance to the Bt traits found in the most common cotton varieties is proving problematic as southern states face another large population of the pest, said North Carolina State University Extension Entomologist Dominic Reisig.

Mormon cricket invasion spreads here
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With voracious Mormon crickets already invading north-central Oregon and northern Elmore County, the head of the University of Idaho's extension office in Mountain Home offered some tips to help local farmers and backyard gardeners protect their property from these pests.

Banana disease can't be eradicated
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A Cavendish banana farm near the property that was first infected in Tully in 2015 tested positive for the disease this month.

Treatments on Round Lake target invasive mussels
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The mussels in Emmet County’s Round Lake are about to receive an experimental dose of a natural compound molluscicide made from blue-green algae.

Eurasian watermilfoil found in Lake Victoria
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"It's not very dense at this time and I only saw two or three plants when I was on the lake."

Scientists expand anti-striga seed to East Africa
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African scientists said Thursday they have expanded innovative anti-striga seed that has led to the reclamation of 20,000 hectares of arable land in Kenya to other East African countries.

Lake Minnetonka Conservation District continuing harvesting aquatic invasive plants through August
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The Lake Minnetonka Conservation District is currently conducting its annual harvesting of the aquatic invasive species, Eurasian watermilfoil and curly-leaf pondweed, that was started in June and will end in mid-August.

Eurasian watermilfoil found in portions of Crooked River
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A restricted noxious weed, as listed by the Michigan Department of Agriculture, is making its home in some pockets along Emmet County’s Crooked River.

After record-setting production in 2016, NE wheat yield expected to be lower for 2017
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First recognized in 1922, Wheat Streak Mosaic is caused by a virus and has the potential to cause serious crop losses.

​Giant hogweed: how to get rid of the toxic weed | Hertfordshire Mercury
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"It can lead to a nasty rash, itching and blisters when skin first makes contact with it. "The rash and the itching can reoccur and flare up for years afterwards when skin is exposed to sunlight.

Pest & Crop Newsletter
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According to our moth captures from the last week (see trap report) we are just past peak moth flight.

Emerald Ash Borer found within interior Cedar Rapids | KGAN
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An invasive insect that destroys ash trees has been found in the inner core of Cedar Rapids.

Citrus quarantine for 200 miles of Placer County
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Lincoln, Roseville and a large portion of Rocklin have been placed under quarantine to prevent the spread of a bacterial citrus disease that has no known cure.

Shale gas development spurring spread of invasive plants in Pa. forests
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Researchers found evidence that invasive plants were introduced in gravel delivered to build pads and roads, and in mud on the tires and undercarriages of trucks traveling those roads

Ottawa experts wage war on the latest invasive plant
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If it's not controlled, biologists warn the foreign plant — strong enough to break through walls and roads — will spread, displacing wildlife and crowding out native plant species in many areas.

APHIS Updates Regulated Area in Miami-Dade County for Giant African Snail
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This may stop the emergence of the GA Snail

APHIS Amends Karnal Bunt Regulated Areas in AZ, Removes Silage from the List of Regulated Atricles
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Karnal bunt is a wheat pathogen.

APHIS Adds Wythe County, Virginia, to the Gypsy Moth Regulated Area
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Gypsy Moths spread quickly and are very damaging.

Expansion of Quarantine Areas for the Imported Fire Ant
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This may stop spread.

APHIS Establishes a Mexican Fruit Fly Quarantine in the Donna Area of Hidalgo Co, TX
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This will prevent further contamination.

APHIS Establishes a Mexican Fruit Fly Quarantine in the El Ranchito Area of Cameron Co, TX
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This may prevent further spread

Removal of Mediterranean Fruit Fly Quarantine Area in Arleta, Los Angeles Co, CA
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Ther are no more quarantines in California

APHIS Establishes a Mexican Fruit Fly Quarantine in the Ygnacio Area of Zapata Co, TX
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This action is being take to prevent further spread.

APHIS Restricts the Entry of European Cherry Fruit Fly Host Commodities from Canada
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These prohibitions will hopefully prevent further spread.

APHIS Establishes Mexican Fruit Fly Quarantine in the Palmview Area of Hidalgo Co, TX
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This action is being taken to prevent the spread of Mexflies

APHIS Adds Portions of 3 Counties in Texas to the Domestic Citrus Canker Quarantine Area.
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This expansion will be effective immediately.

APHIS Adds Doniphan County in Kansas to the Emerald Ash Borer Regulated Area
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The expansion will be effective immediately.

APHIS Expands the Citrus Greening Quarantined Area in Louisiana
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This expansion will be effective immediately.

APHIS Expands the Asian Citrus Psyllid Quarantined Area in Arizona
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This action is necessary to prevent the spread of ACP

County going high-tech in search of invasive weed
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According to county agricultural supervisor Jason Storch, the cutting-edge research project has such huge potential the county jumped at the chance to participate.

APHIS Adds 6 Parishes in Louisiana to the Domestic Citrus Canker Quarantine Area
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Under current regulations, interstate movement of citrus plants remains prohibited.

APHIS Updates the Citrus Black Spot Quarantine Area in Florida
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APHIS is adding 6 sections to the quarantine.

New Tree App Builds Partnerships Between Citizens and Scientists | UKNow
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The app focuses on tree species that have been either negatively affected by an invasive insect or disease or are economically important, such as the white oak.

A Water Weed Is Damaging Ethiopia's Largest Lake and Putting Livelihoods at Risk
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Since 2012, an invasive weed known as the water hyacinth has been subsuming tens of thousands of acreage of the surface of Lake Tana, as well as adjacent wetlands and ranches surrounding the lake.

Watch for wet weather challenges | Ohio Ag Net | Ohio's Country Journal
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This above average rainfall may seem like a huge relief, especially to those areas of the state that were in a drought last growing season, but it creates its own agronomic challenges as well.

Emerald Ash Borers on the march
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The insect was discovered through an early detection program in an ash tree in the Montcalm district.

Insect turf war ramps up in New York - Times Union
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Albany County this week became a battleground between parasitic wasps and the beetles that have been wreaking havoc in gardens across the state. The Finger Lakes region, meanwhile, could soon become the breeding ground for a first-of-its-king species: Genetically-modified moths.

The Latest: Hot, strong winds fuel Nevada brush fires
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Wildfire managers in Nevada say extensive growth of cheat grass from a very wet winter, combined with high winds, extremely low humidity and unusually hot weather has created a perfect storm for explosive rangeland fires.

Manitoulin Phragmites Week starts this coming Saturday
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There is a foreign invader trying to establish a beachhead on Manitoulin’s shores and local concerned citizens are rallying this Saturday as the start of Phrag Week to defend our shorelines.

Lakes committee receives updates, looks at 2018 fees
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Upon inspection, Brad Meredith and associate Katy Harmon found hydrilla growing in a concrete block. “I have no idea how it could grow there but it did,” said Meredith.

Surveillance turns up strawberry, raspberry pest
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SWD most commonly affects raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, cherries and plums.

Duluth launches ash borer awareness campaign | Duluth News Tribune
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City crews have started placing green sashes around the trunks of ash trees in Duluth as part of a public awareness campaign launched to monitor and combat the spread of the invasive emerald ash borer.

Mark Blazis: Some gypsy moth caterpillars survive
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Not all of our gypsy moth caterpillars died from the virus and fungal plagues of June.

Carefully trained goats go head-to-head with Rundle Park weeds | Edmonton Journal
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Jeannette Hall’s herd of nearly 200 goats are spending this week in Rundle Park where they are tackling swaths of yellow leafy spurge and other weeds.

Dinosaur's 'weed warrior' takes final trip down Green and Yampa rivers
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Tamarisk is a resilient plant, resistant to drought, burning and flooding. Its tangle of roots must be dug out of the rock and sand. The volunteers have had to prioritize their efforts.

400 sites in Cork "seriously infested" with knotweed
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Members of the council’s Northern Division were told there were 105 roadside locations, locally, identified as knotweed growth.

Newcastle a key bark-beetle battle outpost | Auburn Journal
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Newcastle has become ground zero in efforts to put a dent in the daunting number of dead and dying trees infested by a bark beetle plague in Placer County.

Pest found in Chile not expected to affect fruit exports
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The spotted wing Drosophila, an insect that can damage berries, cherries and other crops, was recently found in Chile for the first time. The discovery of the pest is not expected to interfere with Chilean produce exports to the U.S.

Illinois Valley growers scrambling for weapons against Japanese beetles | Free | newstrib.com
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Some plant growers are grabbing for any weapon they can find to combat this summer’s assault by Japanese beetles.

Local News: Council to host �Spencer Urban Forestry Management Plan� (7/13/17) | Spencer Daily Reporter
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2,000 trees are at risk of being destroyed by the emerald ash borer if the invasive species makes its way to Clay County.

Cotton harvest equipment moving into state restricted without
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Cotton harvest season means used and custom harvest equipment is moving throughout the state. The boll weevil is an insect native to Mexico. It causes extensive damage to cotton plants.

Resident warns about fire risk of non-native, invasive trees
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Some Colorado residents said invasive species, specifically non-native trees, are causing concern in these high fire risk conditions.

Wright County to Pilot New Aquatic Invasive Species Project | KSTP.com
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Eyes will be focused on a first-of-its-kind program in Minnesota designed to fight aquatic invasive species in area lakes. The pilot project is being tested on four lakes in Wright County: East and West Lake Sylvia, Lake John and Pleasant Lake.

DEC, volunteers battle invasive water chestnut in lake, reservoir | Newsday
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Water chestnut, which is native to Europe, Asia and Africa, was found in Massapequa Lake in 2011. Now, the 40-acre lake north of Merrick Road is “covered completely” and the plant has spread to the reservoir.

Agencies work to educate about invasive species
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Their names may sound innocuous. But for environmentalists, they’re bad actors — invasive species that are disrupting the ecological balance of New York, altering habitat and food chains. This is the state’s fourth annual Invasive Species Week, during which agencies across the state work to educate residents on the detrimental impacts of invasive species.

Youngstown news, Ohio expands quarantine area of Asian longhorn beetle
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State officials have expanded a quarantine to stop the invasive Asian longhorn beetle from spreading across Ohio.

At Home: Emerald ash borer has arrived | The Topeka Capital-Journal
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Last month, the presence of the emerald ash borer in Shawnee County was confirmed at Lake Shawnee. This invasive pest is a killer of ash trees. It is to ash trees what Dutch elm disease was to elm trees in the 1960s-70s, when many communities lost all their shady, elm tree-lined streets and parks to the disease.

NAPPO - Phytosanitary Alert System
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Effective June 2, 2017, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) removed the Arleta area of Los Angeles County, California, from a Mediterranean fruit fly (Medfly) quarantine. As a result, there are no additional Medfly quarantines in California.

Working to reduce the risk of wildfire | My View | santafenewmexican.com
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State partners at the New Mexico State Forestry Division are assisting with implementation as part of their mission to protect private property from catastrophic wildfire and promote healthy, sustainable forests and watersheds for the benefit of all New Mexicans.

Roseville Quarantined in Deadly Citrus Disease Battle - Roseville Newspaper, News, Travel, Entertainment Rocklin, Granite Bay, Placer County, Sacramento California
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As of July 2017, 200 square miles in south Placer County are under a citrus quarantine after the discovery of the psyllids in western Lincoln in September 2016, and single psyllid in Roseville in June 2017.

Artists Building Burning Man Temple With Dead Trees Removed By PG
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Each year, organizers hold a competition to design Burning Man temple. This year, a team in Oakland proposed using wood from 100 percent dead trees to highlight the state's tree mortality crisis.

Varroa mite vigilance crucial as eradication program turns to a colourful bee-eater
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It is a common dry season visitor throughout the tropical north, and now the rainbow bee-eater could hold the key to identifying the remaining varroa mite colonies that have made their way to Australia.

The Dominican Republic declares itself free of the Mediterranean fly
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The Dominican Republic was one of the 14 countries that had managed to eradicate the Mediterranean Fly (Ceratitis capitata, Wiedemann), thanks to the contribution of 12 million dollars from the Dominican Government, and to the technical and financial support of international organizations.

Managing spotted wing Drosophila in cherries at harvest time
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As much of the state is harvesting or about to start tart cherry harvest, Michigan State University Extension has reminders about the best management practices for controlling spotted wing Drosophila (SWD) at this critical time of year.

Crop-destroying stink bug found in Skagit County for 2nd time in 2 weeks | KOMO
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Entomologists just captured a second stink bug in Skagit County that could have devastating impacts on crops and the economy if it continues to spread, they said.

Detection of Huanglongbing or Citrus Greening in Trinidad
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HLB is particularly devastating because of its severe yield reduction in citrus trees, followed by tree decline, the absence of resistant citrus varieties, and the limited control measures to prevent disease progression and pathogen spread by the vector, Asian citrus psyllid (ACP, Diaphorina citri).

EU labels Egyptian goose, alligator weed as dangerous - News Agency of Nigeria (NAN)
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European Commission on Wednesday added 12 species to list of so-called invasive aliens, among them the Egyptian goose and alligator weed.

New project to use drones for Emerald Ash Borer research in Boulder
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Arbor Drone LLC, Spectrabotics LLC, and researchers from Colorado College will collect data using drone flights over southwest Boulder this week to study trees affected by Emerald Ash Borer.

Roosevelt Island Reopens - Minus 200 Trees
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Roosevelt Island has reopened but hikers will notice the stumps of many missing ash trees. The National Park Service cut them down because they were dead or dying — killed by the emerald ash borer beetle.

Landowner blows whistle on plumeless thistle - East Oregonian
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A new invasive weed has been spotted for the first time growing in southern Morrow County.

There’s a Human Upside to Boulder’s Insect Invasion – Next City
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Once the emerald ash borer was discovered in 2013, parks staff knew they would eventually have an overwhelming supply of harvested wood on their hands from the infected and dead trees they’d have to remove.

EPPO - First record of tomato leafminer in Kyrgyzstan - Esenali Uul
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The tomato leaf miner Tuta absoluta (Lepidoptera, Gelechiidae) is highly invasive and is the most damaging pest of tomato in South America.

First report of Phyllosticta citricarpa and description of two new species, P. paracapitalensis and P. paracitricarpa, from citrus in Europe
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The genus Phyllosticta occurs worldwide, and contains numerous plant pathogenic, endophytic and saprobic species.

Bonneville County Weed Control uses insects to stop invasive weed - KIFI
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According to Bonneville County Weed Control, the Yellow Starthistle has already taken over millions of acres in California. They have brought in the Hairy Weevil. The county says the bugs will not be a problem for other plants and animals in the area.

USDA-Removal of Mediterranean Fruit Fly Quarantine Area in Arleta, Los Angeles County, California.
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Control actions included high density trapping, fruit removal, sterile insect technique, regulatory quarantine measures, and foliar bait sprays near the detection sites.

Western Bean Cutworm Moth Flight Begins Impressively
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Moths have begun emerging from soil, mating and egg laying follows. Scouting for egg masses should commence once moth captures are increasing daily.

European Cherry Fruit Fly - Fact Sheet - Canadian Food Inspection Agency
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Damage associated with this pest is caused by larval feeding in the fruit pulp, which can result in losses of up to 100% if left uncontrolled. The presence of this pest in Canada was confirmed for the first time in June 2016 in an urban park located in Mississauga, Ontario. This is the first record of this fly in North America.

NAPPO Citrus Canker - APHIS quarantines portions of Harris, Fort Bend, and Cameron Co., TX
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A citizen reported the trees through the Save Our Citrus website.

Seminar on EAB to be organized on August 27

A seminar will be organized by Nebraska Extension in Lancaster County and the Nebraska Forest Service to give out information to homeowners on protection against EAB.

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



Stop The Beetle



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.