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The story of the annual flower – Marigold | The Navhind Times
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The root exudates of marigold plants are most effective against nematodes.

Preventing damage from Fire Blight, Plum Curculio
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During the summer there are a few consist calls I receive concerning fruit trees.

Squash friends and foes: Increasing the yield in your home garden
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Two pests will come after your squash plants -- the squash vine borer and the squash bug.

'Uncertainty' around ash dieback concerning forest owners
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There are significant concerns in relation to ash dieback in Ireland, according to the chairman of the Limerick and Tipperary Woodland Owners (LTWO) group, Colum Walsh.

Herbicide trials show promising alternative to paraquat
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“The best approach currently to controlling some of our more difficult to control fallow weeds is through a sequential herbicide application or double knock approach."

More plans to development former Harpenden allotment site and protected snail habitat submitted
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These snails forage, hibernate and find cover on the Westfield Road green.

How to remove English ivy from a tree
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English ivy (Hedera helix) is harmful to trees upon which it grows.

Good gardenias need a little care
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Anyone who has planted a gardenia knows it is one of the most fragrant plants for the landscape. They also know the plant needs a little care to remain attractive.

Valencia Researchers Make Red Palm Weevil Breakthrough
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A natural pesticide with no harmful side effects has been developed in Valencia.

First Report of Invasive South American Tomato Leaf Miner Tuta absoluta in Tajikistan
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T absoluta has arrived in Tajikistan.

Mild winter means chafer beetle is back with a vengeance
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Lawn specialist says now is the time to do some lawn work to prevent the grubs next year

Study Shines a (Fluorescent) Light on Invasive Fruit Fly Trapping
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For a study of trapping invasive fruit flies in cherry orchards, researchers marked thousands of spotted-wing drosophila (Drosophila suzukii) fruit flies with fluorescent dust.

Got fusarium? Turn to worms
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Insects and disease are two enemies of the prairie wheat farmer, but researchers feel there is a unique case where one can help deal with damage inflicted by the other.

This Strange Leaf Structure Could Someday Help Clean Oil Spills
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The unusual shape contained within these leaves makes them “super-hydrophobic,” meaning they repel water.

Worried about oak wilt?
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Remember the no-prune dates of April 15 – July 15 to reduce the chance of oak wilt infection.

435 farm suicides in state in Jan-Feb despite loan waiver
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Nearly 80% of the cotton growing area, or 34 lakh hectares, has been impacted by the pink bollworm pest attack.

Last day to prune Elm trees before ban to prevent Dutch elm disease
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Across Alberta, the pruning of elm trees is prohibited from April 1 to October 1 each year to reduce the risk of Dutch elm disease (DED).

Switchgrass may offer potential for native grass in pastures
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The unrealized promise of a biomass industry aside, switchgrass offers many advantages for land owners thinking about adding a native grass to their pastures.

Milfoil morning
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What has 12 to 21 pairs of leaflets, tangles itself on boat propellers, and doesn’t belong in Minnesota lakes?

Scientists to Investigate Mysterious Lake Plant in Twin Cities Waters
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The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is on the lookout for a newer, fairly mysterious aquatic invasive species.

Southern Pine Beetles March Further Into New York State
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The invasive pests have killed thousands of pine trees on Long Island since 2014.

The time frame to act on grubworms has begun
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If you know you had a problem with the bugs last year, you can be pretty assured they will be a problem this year.

USDA Warns Dangerous Pests are Emerging, Adds Cherry Fruit Fly to Alert List
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It's spring, which means many invasive Hungry Pests are emerging and will soon begin feeding on trees, plants and crops.

Swede midges and Leek moths emerging in the Maritimes — Farm Focus
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Two new vegetable pests have recently emerged in the Maritimes, Swede midge (Contarinia nasturtii) and Leek moth (Acrolepiopsis assectella), and growers are encouraged to be on the lookout.

Fields with wireworms needed for 2018 research
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The beetle larvae can live in the soil for up to five years, and there are no insecticides available to control them

Check your firewood for spruce beetles
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If you’ve purchased or plan to get firewood from a retailer in Fairbanks, be wary of bringing home unwelcome guests.

Panama Disease in Myanmar
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The feared Tropical Race 4 stem of the Fusarium fungus, which causes the so-called Panama disease in Cavendish bananas, has now also been found in Myanmar.

Deadly Olive Tree Bacterial Disease 'Xylella fastidiosa' Detected in Corsica | LatestLY
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A deadly bacterial disease with no known cure that ravaged olive groves in southern Italy three years ago has been detected in the French island of Corsica.

Harlequins a threat to horticulture
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Infestations of Harlequin ladybirds in the Gisborne district could pose a threat to the horticulture and viticulture industries.

U.S. report raises objections to South Korea barriers to U.S. fruit
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Trade barriers for U.S. fruit exports to South Korea are flies in the perfume of U.S.-Korea trade relations.

Ash experts hired to manage invasive pest
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Twenty years ago, most people never heard of emerald ash borer (EAB), a tiny insect that kills ash trees.

APHIS to Allow the Importation of Lemons from Chile into United States Under a Systems Approach
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The systems approach is a combination of prescribed measures that must be taken by Chilean growers, packers, and shippers to minimize the risk of importing Chilean false red mite (Brevipalpus chilensis) into the United States.

APHIS Amends Karnal Bunt Regulated Areas in Maricopa and Pinal Counties in Arizona
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Following a review of available information, APHIS determined that 728 fields qualify for deregulation.

CFIA invests $80 million to update Centre for Plant Health
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The CFIA explains that the Centre is a CFIA diagnostic testing, research and quarantine facility, which has both laboratories and greenhouses.

Deluca: Making way for native species in the gorge
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There is a project underway to destroy hundreds of invasive trees on 34 acres of land in the gorge in an effort to restore the eco-health of the forest.

US entomologist: Not all bugs are bad
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The impact of predatory bugs on crops dates back to the 1860s, when a man named Charles Valentine Riley used a beetle to rid the citrus industry of the cottony cushion scale.

Years of eavesdropping on insect dirty talk is starting to pay off for grape growers
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Entomologists have taken the act of bugging conversations to a whole new level.

UF student wins $2,000 grant for invasive species work
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A UF student received a research grant from the Weed Science Society of America for her work with invasive species.

These Beetles Use Booze-Soaked Trees to Farm Their Food
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You probably wouldn't enjoy a home made of alcohol-soaked wood. But for ambrosia beetles, it doesn't get any better.

ALB eNewsletter | March 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.

APHIS Expands the Citrus Greening Quarantined Area in CA
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APHIS is supplying safeguarding measures.

Destructive Beetle Found in Albany Pine Bush Preserve
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The Department of Environmental Conservation says a single southern pine beetle was caught in a trap in the Albany Pine Bush Preserve.

2018 - 2019 Costa Rica Coffee Harvest is At Risk
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The Ministry of Agriculture is considering declaring this a very serious “phytosanitary emergency.” The State Phytosanitary Service and Icafé are carrying out reviews to make the declaration of emergency.

A new app listens to the problems of bees
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The app, which is in the final stages of testing, uses a form of artificial intelligence to analyse the sound that bees are making in order to deduce whether they are suffering from a number of maladies.

New frontier to protect peppers against European corn borer
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Ostrinia nubilalis represents one of the main phytophagous insect for peppers grown in protected cultivation.

Emerald Ash Borer confirmed in Marshall and Tama counties
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A highly destructive beetle that targets and kills ash trees, the emerald ash borer (EAB), has been confirmed in Marshall and Tama counties.

ANA Inspiration features slick greens, bomber-friendly layout
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“That’s one of the things that they overseed with is Poa Trivialis, so it’s already a poa plant.”

Rust alert after tour of England’s wheat fields
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Wheat growers should be focusing on rust diseases in the early spring, as controlling these will give a very clear benefit in higher yields.

How to Avoid Another Devastating Year of Winter Moth Infestation
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The winter moth (Operophtera brumata) is an invasive species that is now a major problem in Massachusetts.

Ecuador takes steps to prevent TR4 incursion
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Ecuador is taking steps to prevent the entry of Panama disease tropical race 4 (TR4) and also establishing emergency plans for if the fungus were to one day be detected in the country.

Judge Orders State To Pay Immediately In Citrus Canker Lawsuit
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A Florida judge is ordering the state agricultural department to immediately pay residents their share from a class-action lawsuit filed after the state removed their citrus trees.

Key to halting HLB could be in the pest that spreads it | Packer
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Researchers studying the Asian citrus psyllid and how it spreads huanglongbing (HLB/citrus greening) say the key to beating the disease is in how the bacteria infects only that specific pest.

Invasive species removal to go forward despite neighbors' objections over property values
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At a village board meeting earlier this month, trustees chose not to delay the plan.

What's in a name?
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Sometimes a plant’s name is part of its appeal, but I can think of a few plants that need to be renamed.

Sagittaria latifolia
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Known as waabiziipin by the Ojibwe. Grows in creeks, rivers, ditches, lakes and other places where there is shallow water.

Portland's Japanese Beetle Infestation is a Serious Threat
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In order to avoid the consequences of a widespread Japanese beetle infestation, the Oregon Department of Agriculture has devised a Japanese Beetle Eradication Response Plan.

Western States, Wyoming Wage War On Invasive Species
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Invasive species swim, grow, crawl, have plagued western states for decades, affect about 100 million acres or the size of California, and breed like crazy.

Bt Corn Adoption Benefits Other Crops, Too
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Farmers that plant insect-resistant corn aren’t just helping their own harvests. As it turns out, other growers nearby benefit, as well—even if they’re growing other crops that aren’t pest-resistant themselves.

Proven tactics control silverleaf whitefly in cotton
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It’s a crop-crossing threat that can quickly take over a field if control measures are late. The silverleaf whitefly caused cotton farmers more problems over a wider area in 2017 than in typical years.

The mystery of the bees that failed to make it through the winter
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What factors could have kicked in to cause the demise of a colony?

Rising wireworm numbers a growing concern for the potato industry.
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Wireworm populations appear to be on the rise in Western Canada.

How to avoid buying invasive plants from nurseries
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Here is a small sampling of the plants to avoid buying and/or planting.

Invasive beetle threatens Japan's famed cherry blossoms
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Across Japan's capital, delicate pink and white cherry blossoms are emerging, but the famed blooms are facing a potentially mortal enemy, experts say: an invasive foreign beetle.

First report of potato cyst nematode infecting potato in Kenya
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The potato cyst nematodes (PCN) Globodera pallida and G. rostochiensis are key pests of potato, subject to strict quarantine regulations worldwide.

APHIS Establishes a Mexican Fruit Fly Quarantine in Willacy County, Texas
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This action is necessary to prevent the spread of Mexfly to non-infested areas of the United States.

Growing lemons in Singapore
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Use environment-friendly methods to deal with disease and pests.

Why African farmers should balance pesticides with other control methods
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Insect pests cause almost half of the crop losses in Africa. If the continent is to feed its growing population, farmers must find ways to control them. Pests account for high losses in other developing regions too.

Georgia bans the import of potato from Turkey citing potato wart risks
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The relevant decree was signed by the Georgian Prime Minister, Giorgi Kvirikashvli

Root Awakening
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The Coral Tree (Erythrina fusca) is likely to have been attacked by Erythrina gall wasps.

Timing key for pest issues
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Horticulturists have a way of determining when it is the right time to spray chemicals, by timing the pest management with ornamental plant development.

Crowded irises must be thinned every few years
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Irises spread from the rhizome, and must be thinned and spread out periodically

What Is That … Splash of Orange?
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One orange flower we consistently see in our cottage “lawn” and along the roadside is orange hawkweed which is also known as devil’s paintbrush.

How to grow leeks – and outwit the allium leaf miner fly
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The allium leaf miner is a pesky thing that has taken up residence around here and likes to shred anything in the allium family.

The top invasive species to watch out for in Upstate New York
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Call it New York's Most Unwanted List -- a collection of invasive species.

New book on fungal diseases of urban trees
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Trees can get sick too

Solanum Tampicense in Texas
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Solanum tampicense, an invasive weed currently known in the United States.

APHIS Adds LA, MN, and NH Counties and GA to EAB Regulated Area
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This action is to prevent the interstate spread of EAB.

APHIS Adds South Carolina to the EAB Regulated Area
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This action is to stop the interstate spread of EAB.

Behind the bark
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The life and looming death of UW’s iconic cherry trees

Diseased Harrison elms cut down, officials defend enforcement as 'necessary'
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Dutch elm disease is a fungal disease of elm trees that is spread by elm bark beetles.

Mozambique: Another Norfund Fiasco as Matanuska Goes Bus
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The banana plantation in Monapo, Nampula, that was supposed to be a model for foreign farm investment and was promoted by Norfund, has finally gone bankrupt

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.