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Maharashtra farmers fight attack of the pests
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The pink bollworm outbreak – the worst since Maharashtra adopted BT cotton (genetically hybrid seeds) in 2002 – hit nearly 84 per cent of the state’s area under cotton cultivation in 2017

Hawkins Apple Maggot Quarantine Bill headed to House
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12th District Sen. Brad Hawkins’ legislation to help Leavenworth respond to a boundary change for Washington’s apple maggot quarantine area received a unanimous vote today from the state Senate.

Stink bugs discovered on board fourth ship destined for NZ
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Two types of stink bug were found on the car carrier Glovis Caravel, operated by Japanese shipping company Mitsui OSK Lines, on the weekend.

Cheatgrass spraying from air is in works
climate damage ecology epidemiology management pesticide photographs treatment weed

Time has proved that 6,000-plus feet in elevation is no bulletproof safeguard against cheatgrass.

Finding the witches' broom on the ski trail
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Anything that kills a growing tip on a tree can instigate a thicket of new shoots that (if you use your imagination) looks like the business end of a broom.

Tasmanian berry growers fear spotted wing drosophila is on its way
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Growers discuss pest worse than fruit fly.

Pecan licensing gains support from New Mexico lawmakers
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Licensure could be New Mexico’s latest weapon against the notorious pecan weevil, if legislation is passed to establish a license for pecan buyers that would track where the nuts came from while criminalizing theft.

Keeping tabs on invasive insects in Kamloops
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A Thompson Rivers University professor and entomologist will be speaking about identified critters not native to the Kamloops area during a Thursday Kamloops Naturalist Club presentation at Heritage House in Riverside Park.

Hydrilla again rearing its ugly head in Lake Norman
ecology impact invasives management spread treatment weed

A new outbreak of the hydrilla in the Ramsey Creek area has Lake Norman environmental officials concerned.

Controlling fire ants with natural compounds
biology insect invasives management organic photographs research success treatment

Compound found in cinnamon could be used to repel the invasive insect.

Alberta regions receive funding to battle mountain pine beetle
cost forest_health forest_pine forest_restoration funding insect ipm management photographs survey treatment

he towns of Canmore and Whitecourt, Alta., as well as Woodlands County have received a combined total of $130,000 to eradicate the mountain pine beetle.

On the hunt for nematodes
behavior biology ecology grape history ipm management nematode pesticide photographs treatment

Fighting an invisible enemy isn’t easy.

Pine wood nematodes intercepted in British imports
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Inspection and quarantine authorities in Shanghai have intercepted pine wood nematodes, a species of roundworm, in the wooden packaging of imports from Britain

Oregon travelers advised: Don't pick up invasive hitchhikers
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Invasive species are unwelcome hitchhikers. The message from agricultural officials to international travelers is simple– be aware of where you are traveling and what you might be bringing back to Oregon.

Sick bees eat healthier
behavior biology disease research

When given the option to forage on artificial flowers with either high quality pollen, lower quality pollen, or sugar water, healthy bees showed no pollen preference. However, twice as many infected bees selected the higher quality pollen than the lower quality pollen.

Pest Free Campfire Firewood In Trabuco Canyon, Parks Says
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If you've been to the forest, you've seen the tagged trees. Those marked for cutting due to the proliferation of the Borer beetles.

Invasive Giant Salvinia Found at Lake Nacogdoches
ecology epidemiology history management pesticide spread treatment weed

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) inland fisheries staff found a total of 30 acres of invasive giant salvinia in multiple locations at Lake Nacogdoches Feb. 5.

Southwest Florida Vegetable Growers on High Alert for Late Blight
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According to multiple reports from the field, positive identifications of late blight — a deadly vegetable disease — are being found around Southwest Florida, and is now present on both tomato and potato crops in the area.

Pheromone from insect that transmits citrus greening (HLB) identified
biology citrus disease ecology genetics insect invasives management research semiochemical success technology

The discovery makes it possible to synthesize the substance and use it in traps to attract and kill Asian citrus psyllid, helping control worst pest faced by citrus industry.

APHIS Establishes Mexican Fruit Fly Quarantine in the Encinitas Area of San Diego County
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Staff trapped and confirmed five adult Mexflies triggering a 65 square mile quarantine area.

APHIS Removes the Mexican Fruit Fly Quarantine Area in Laredo, Webb County, Texas
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APHIS removed the quarantine area after three Mexfly life-cycles elapsed with negative detections in the area.

Perdue Announces Emergency Funding for Spotted Lanternfly in Pennsylvania
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U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced $17.5 million in emergency funding to stop the spread of the spotted lanternfly in southeastern Pennsylvania.

APHIS Establishes Mediterranean Fruit Fly Quarantine in the Half Moon Bay Area of San Mateo County
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APHIS is applying safeguarding measures and restrictions on the interstate movement or entry into foreign trade of regulated articles from this area.

Pest Management Changes Proposed for Hawke’s Bay
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The proposed plan has been developed by Regional Councillors and staff working with key stakeholders and interested groups.

Revealing the witchweed in Africa
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These plants can devastate yields of maize, sorghum, millet, and increasingly, rice and sugarcane.

Why Hard Times at NJ’s ‘Insect Factory’ Could Be Bad News for Garden State
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The Phillip Alampi Beneficial Insect Rearing Laboratory breeds ‘good’ bugs to fight pests and reduce pesticide use, but overdue repairs are hampering its mission

Can you identify these 5 larvae damaging your corn?
behavior biology corn ecology fact_sheet identification insect ipm management photographs

No-till and cover crops provide a great habitat for early-season corn pests. Finding them requires digging in the soil and knowing what to look for.

20% reduction of pesticides needed in fight against Black Sigatoka
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Susceptibility to disease adds up to a third on banana sales prices. This is what Kyle McKinney of Alltech Crop Science recently estimated in an interview.

Workshops aim to nip invasive species in the bud
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Two educational public workshops are in the works detailing priority threat plant species found throughout the Eastern Upper Peninsula.

Skip the seed treatment for SCN
biology ecology ipm management nematode photographs treatment

Farmers need to look at varieties and crop rotation for SCN management.

‘Stink bugs’ increasing
behavior climate ecology epidemiology history identification insect invasives management pesticide photographs spread treatment

An invasive species that first came to the United States about 20 years ago now has a well documented presence in southern Maine, but is still most likely a few years away from being a serious threat.

Ash borers confirmed in Dedham
behavior ecology epidemiology forest_health history insect invasives management photographs spread treatment tree_removal

Local ash trees have a new predator, as the emerald ash borer, an invasive insect has been confirmed in Dedham.

A strange discovery on the Curragh!
ecology invasives mollusk photographs reporting spread

Two little boys out playing on the Curragh Plains recently discovered one of the most invasive species in the world lurking among the shrubs.

Bacteria-infected mosquitoes might be good thing for Miami
behavior biocontrol ecology genetics insect invasives ipm male_sterile management photographs treatment

Millions of bacteria-infected mosquitoes flying in a suburban neighborhood are being hailed as an innovation that may kill off more bugs that spread Zika and other viruses.

Biosecurity Queensland confirms Panama disease tropical race 4 on Tully Valley banana farm in FNQ
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Queensland has confirmed a third instance of Panama disease tropical race 4 on a banana farm in the Tully Valley.

Bartlet Mall Commission OKs park restoration plan
ecology invasives management tree_removal weed

The tree removal would target the park's Norway maple trees, an invasive species that Tree Commission Treasurer Connie Preston said has been known to crowd out other trees with their wide and shallow root systems.

Tumbleweeds, despised icons of the West
ecology epidemiology history invasives photographs weed

I was disappointed to learn that tumbleweeds were not natives in the west. But then, neither were cowboys nor the cows that they rustled and wrangled.

DEC Awards Grants To Help Fix Southern Pine Beetle Damage
ecology forest_pine funding insect invasives ipm management pesticide photographs spread treatment

Five projects across Nassau and Suffolk counties were awarded over $275,000 through the Southern Pine Beetle Community Recovery Grants to help with recovery efforts from southern pine beetle (SPB) damage.

New invasive species detected in Virginia
behavior ecology epidemiology history insect invasives photographs spread

A new invasive species called the Spotted Lanternfly has been detected by the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

This is the emerald ash borer
behavior ecology fact_sheet forest_health history identification impact insect invasives management photographs spread

What’s eating your ash tree? Good chance it’s the emerald ash borer.

Hundreds of Pak rice containers stuck up at Zimbabwe ports
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Hundreds of Pakistan rice containers have been stuck up for more than a week at Zimbabwe ports on the issue of Phytosanitary protocols.

GLT's Grow: Combating Japanese Beetles With Milky Spore
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Japanese Beetles are the bane of every gardener. These voracious insects are tough to get rid of, but can milky spore come to the rescue?

Bollworm losses: Agriculture deptartment and farmers in a catch-22 situation
behavior biology cost cotton damage ecology impact insect ipm management photographs

Cotton growers' applications seeking compensation for losses due to pink bollworm pest have touched close to 13 lakh and still more are trickling in.

Woody plant development and timely topics for early February
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All these infestations were detected in trees or panel traps before the borer became well established in the communities, perhaps only present for a few years.

Wild parsnip spreading in Hubbard County
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Wild parsnip is growing without rhyme nor reason, according to Hubbard County Agricultural Inspector Greg Hensel.

Hieracium, bane of the high country, might be showing signs of decline | Stuff.co.nz
ecology editorial history photographs spread weed

I decided to track down a couple of hieracium experts to see if they could explain what was going on in the Awatere.

'Evil crab grass on steroids' moves into Alberta
biology ecology epidemiology history invasives management photographs weed

A towering invasive plant that has wreaked havoc in eastern Canada and the United States is now being tracked in Alberta.

APHIS Posts New Pale Cyst Nematode (PCN) Eradication Program Report
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The PCN Eradication Program is a cooperative effort among PPQ, Idaho State Department of Agriculture, and industry stakeholders. The program’s goal is to control PCN spread, and eventually establish Idaho as PCN-free.

ALB eNewsletter | January 31, 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.

Cold snap gives hemlocks a fighting chance
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The cold snap that kept faces hidden under scarves for two weeks was a relief for one species of living things: the hemlock.

Turkey implements temporary tariff reductions
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Understanding and managing invasive plant species
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Smart gardeners adapt their gardening practices to avoid spreading invasive species.

Beetle discovery sends beekeepers buzzing
behavior biology damage ecology insect photographs spread survey

Puget Sound beekeepers are on alert because of a beetle that's been recently found in the area.

Citrus black spot: new evidence reviewed
citrus disease public_response reporting research

The authors of the paper reported finding the fungal pathogen in domestic gardens in Portugal, Malta and Italy but said there was no evidence of the disease at any of the sites.

Cosmo's Nose Protecting Alameda County From Invasive Pests
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The CDA's Agriculture Canine Inspection Team intercepts unmarked parcels containing agricultural commodities infested with harmful exotic pests that can damage agricultural and natural environments.

NM lawmaker asks for money to eradicate pecan weevil
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One lawmaker is hoping to get help from the state eradicating the damaging pecan weevil.

Perfect conditions for aggressive weed to spread
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Seasonal conditions through December and January have created a prime opportunity for the increased germination of Tropical Soda Apple.

Dogs sniff out noxious weeds in Snowy Mountains
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Sniffer dogs will soon be put to work to track down a noxious weed as part of the Kosciuszko National Park's annual summer eradication program.

Don't forget to tackle these 3 gardening tasks ahead of spring
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It may be winter, but there’s still more to life than binge-watching TV. On a sunny day, bundle up and get outside for some gardening. You’ll get a head start, lift your spirits and set your mind on spring.

Triticum a major player in wheat crop diseases
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Knowing what diseases are turning wheat fields yellow is half the battle, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Research plant pathologist in Amarillo. And sometimes, there’s more going on than expected.

Potato Beetle Genome Raises More Questions Than Answers On Infamous Pest
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The Colorado potato beetle is notorious for its role in starting the pesticide industry — and for its ability to resist the insecticides developed to stop it.

Tackling bees' greatest threat: Lithium chloride could kill Varroa destructor mites without harming bees
biology ecology insect management photographs research success treatment

"Lithium chloride has potential as an effective and easy-to-apply treatment for artificial and natural swarms and particularly for the huge number of package bees used for pollination."

Peeling bark is sign of emerald ash borer
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Woodpeckers strip chunks of bark, looking for the larvae (boring stage). Borers make D-shaped tunnels that are not always clear, but your photo shows one.

Doctor opens website to dispel misguided fears about fire ants
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A doctor is trying to correct misperceptions about fire ants whose invasion of Japan has conjured up images of death and destruction.

Potato farmers in Bangladesh: Late blight dashes hope
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Potato growers are very worried as the deadly fungal disease late blight has started spreading rapidly in their potato fields because of dense fog and absence of sufficient sunlight.

U of M paving the way toward better barley, stronger hops
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It’s not a question of if, but when an invasive species will threaten Minnesota hop crops.

W.Va. Sets Email for Reporting Invasive Species
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The WVDA has established an email where the state's residents can send pictures and descriptions of a suspected invasive pest, as well as their locations and any related damage to buildings or plants.

Brown marmorated stink bug: A threat to California nut crops?
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Time will tell if California’s San Joaquin Valley climate is too hot and dry for the brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) to become established and threaten the scores of specialty crops produced there.

AU: Some WA Strawberry growers forecast average production despite TPP
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The Western Australian strawberry season is on track to reach average production for some growers, despite the industry having to deal with diseases such as tomato potato psyllid

Mussel-Free bill goes before Colorado legislature
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The Colorado legislature will consider a bill that would provide stable funding for Colorado Parks and Wildlife efforts to keep zebra and quagga mussels out of state waters.

Call to remove 'exotic' trees to protect Scotland's pine forests
alternate_host disease ecology forest_health forest_pine management photographs spread

Exotic pine tree species planted next to native Scots pine forests should be removed to limit the risk of disease to native trees, a study has found.

It's alive: Crews find 1st emerald borer beetle baby in Winnipeg ash tree
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The knotted signs of an infestation were discovered last fall, but this week Winnipeg forestry crews found their first live emerald ash borer beetle larva tucked beneath the bark of a St. Boniface tree.

Hemlock: Treatments needed to save Ohio forests
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It will prove impossible to stop the adelgid’s march — and its destruction of hemlock trees.

The real dirt: Watch for with the invasion of the brown marmorated stink bug
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The brown marmorated stink bug is a plant-destroying pest making its way into the area now.

Trees being burned on border of Jasper park to combat mountain pine beetle
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Foresters and provincial officials are burning tens of thousands of trees east of Jasper National Park to try to slow the spread of mountain pine beetles.

Fijian air passenger fined for attempting to take foreign plants and seeds into NZ
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A Fijian air passenger tagged as a smuggler has been fined more than $2,000 for attempting to take foreign plants and seeds into New Zealand.

NIFA Invests in Fighting Citrus Greening Disease
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The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced awards to combat citrus greening disease.

Neighbors Angered at OC South-End Cutting
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The city calls it routine maintenance that was too long delayed. Some neighbors called it a scalping. Just before Christmas, a crew cut back the considerable growth along 52nd Street.

East Hampton ends state of emergency over beetle infestation
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East Hampton officials have ended a state of emergency over the town’s infestation of southern pine beetles, though they continue to fight the insects’ encroachment on the region.

Pest categorisation of Tecia solanivora
damage ecology history insect reference research

Some authors regard T. solanivora as the most important insect pest of potatoes globally.

PROTECT YOUR PETS: ‘Killer’ caterpillars on the move in Spain
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PET OWNERS are being warned to keep their animals away from processionary caterpillars that are on the move on the ground and that have the potential to kill.

County gets state funds for aquatic invasive species program
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The Anoka County Board has approved a resolution in support of the county’s implementation plan to deal with the aquatic invasive species threat in rivers, lakes and streams.

NSAI-MMB dispute: Monsanto says it is not to blame for pink bollworm
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If cotton crops became vulnerable to pink bollworm attack, the blame should lie with the local seed companies who could not get farmers to comply with the required protocol to resist it, Monsanto has said.

New Tactics May Sweeten Fruit Fly Control
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The spotted wing drosophila is a tiny fruit fly with a major sweet tooth. It causes big problems for berry growers, but scientists are hoping they can turn the pest’s love for sugar against it.

Tree discovery offers hope against chestnut blight
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To date, there is no known resistance to chestnut blight in American chestnut trees and no treatment for the disease once a tree is infected.

Next north Queensland cyclone a banana disease threat: growers
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The next cyclone to hit north Queensland could have disastrous long-term consequences for Australia's biggest banana-producing region, potentially spreading a devastating crop disease that has reached the area.

Alfalfa snout beetle tough pest to control
biocontrol biology ecology history insect ipm management specialty_crops

Alfalfa snout beetle is a tough pest to control. If no preventive or treatment actions are taken, it can render your fields incapable of producing alfalfa for more than one to two years per planting.

Dutch Elm Disease costs communities more than aesthetics
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Not only is the removal of old elms a costly venture – between 1999 and 2015 the Town of Truro spent over $650,000 removing its diseased elms – the loss of urban forests carries a cost in itself.

Combination of resistance genes offers better protection for wheat against powdery mildew
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A decent wheat harvest requires robust wheat. However, wheat crops are often infected by fun-gal diseases such as powdery mildew.

Using Genetic Engineering To Control Leaf Miner Insects In Tomato Plants
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A promising control method is the use of a bacteria-derived protein to protect plants from insect attack and damage.

Record lows helping get rid of Giant salvinia in NWLA lakes
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The growing problem of Giant salvinia in Northwest Louisiana lakes is starting to see some improvement ... at least for now.

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.