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Recent News

  • History Highlight: APHIS Battles Mediterranean Fruit Fly

    • May 16, 2022
    • USDA. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

    • The Medfly is one of the world’s most destructive pests, attacking over 200 fruits and vegetables. In June 1980, it was discovered in two highly populated urban areas in the Santa Clara Valley of northern California. APHIS and the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) began eradication activities within days. However, the overall eradication program lasted more than 27 months—and APHIS and CDFA needed to adjust and adapt their methods along the way to achieve success.

    • Post Date
      May 18, 2022
  • Five Ways Climate Change is Intensifying the Threats to Plant Health

    • May 12, 2022
    • UN. Food and Agriculture Organization.

    • Plants are humans’ best friends and main allies in life on earth. Plants are responsible for 98 percent of the oxygen we breathe and make up 80 percent of our daily calorie intake. However, we often take them for granted, not realizing the importance of keeping them healthy. Every year up to 40 percent of food crops is lost to plant pests and diseases. These losses in both yields and income have a devastating effect on the poorest communities who base their livelihoods on agriculture.

    • Post Date
      May 13, 2022
  • Chinese Tallow Leaf Litter Negatively Affects Frogs

    • May 12, 2022
    • USDA. FS. Southern Research Station. CompassLive.

    • Chinese tallow tree (Triadica sebifera) is a nonnative, invasive tree whose decaying leaf litter alters water quality and the microbial community in the wetland habitats. This negatively impacts the lifecycle of semi-aquatic species like frogs.

    • Post Date
      May 13, 2022
  • Invasive Green Crabs Pose Threat to Washington's Shellfish Industry and Tribal Culture

    • Mar 3, 2022
    • DOI. United States Geological Survey.

    • European green crabs are one of the most widespread invasive marine species on the planet, originally reaching Washington in 1996. When green crab populations grow too large, they compete with other shellfish, disturb the sediment, and destroy the eelgrass that is an important habitat for Dungeness crab and salmon. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is working to increase the effectiveness of Washington’s green crab early detection and rapid response program. Research conducted at the USGS' Western Fisheries Research Center aims to improve native shellfish habitat and limit the spread of European green crabs in coastal waters.

    • Post Date
      May 10, 2022
  • eDNA Latest Tool in Fight Against Invasive Species: The technique can assess DNA from water to track species

    • Apr 26, 2022
    • The Royal Institution of Australia. Cosmos Magazine: The Science of Everything.

    • In 2021 a team of scientists from the University of Iowa, US, deployed innovative eDNA detection techniques to identify water courses where the New Zealand mud snail may be hiding unseen, which should allow them to identify the scale of the problem and deploy early interventions to keep populations in check before they do visible, irreversible damage.

    • Post Date
      May 10, 2022
  • APHIS Issues Notice of Final Environmental Assessment for a Biological Control Agent of Air Potato

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

    • The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has prepared a final environmental assessment (EA) that addresses the environmental impacts of releasing the beetle Lilioceris egena to biologically manage air potato (Dioscorea bulbifera) in the continental United States. After careful analysis and review of comments, APHIS has determined that the release of this control agent within the continental United States will likely not have a significant impact on the environment and an environmental impact statement need not be prepared.

    • Post Date
      May 09, 2022
  • Preventing the Introduction and Spread of Invasive through Strategic Landscape-Level Approaches

    • Grants.gov.

    • Using appropriations to the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (Public Law 117-58, also referred to as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), in collaboration with other U.S. Department of the Interior bureaus, is providing grants to support implementation of measures that prevent the introduction or spread of invasive species. Proposals are requested that advance strategic, ecologically-based, landscape-level prevention measures. Landscape-level approaches are those that bring together multiple geographies, sectors, and stakeholders to protect and conserve natural resources on a larger scale.

      Total funding available is $1,852,550. The USFWS anticipates funding one to four projects, ranging between $200,000 and $1,852,550. Proposals are due June 22, 2022. The anticipated award date is August 2022. Grant Opportunity - F22AS00320.

    • Post Date
      May 09, 2022
  • Distribution Mapping and Analysis Portal (DisMAP)

    • DOC. NOAA. Fisheries.

    • DisMAP provides easy access to information to track and understand distributions of marine species in the U.S. Marine Ecosystems. Launch the portal to explore, visualize and interact with information on marine species distributions. The portal  is part of NOAA Fisheries ongoing efforts to increase the delivery and use of climate-related information to advance climate-smart science and management decisions.  The portal enables users to view, download, dynamically explore and visualize data and information on species distributions. Specifically, users can explore changes in species distributions on a map and view time series graphs showing changes in key metrics of a species distribution (e.g., average latitude, average depth) over time for over 800 species collected in NOAA bottom trawl surveys.

      See also: NOAA Showcases New Mapping Tool for Marine Species: Data Reveals Fish are Shifting into Different Waters (News Release - Apr 19, 2022)

    • Post Date
      May 09, 2022
  • National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Announces Request for Proposals for the Biden-⁠Harris Administration’s America the Beautiful Challenge 2022

    • May 4, 2022
    • The White House.

    • The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NRWF) has released the 2022 Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Biden-Harris Administration's America the Beautiful Challenge, which will leverage Federal conservation and restoration investments with private and philanthropic contributions to accelerate land, water, and wildlife conservation efforts across the country.  First Round of Funding Will Award up to $85 Million in Grants, Boosted by President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law for Local Conservation and Restoration Projects.

      Proposals for the 2022 RFP for the America the Beautiful Challenge are due July 21, 2022, and funding will be awarded in November of 2022.

    • Post Date
      May 08, 2022
  • Invasive Species and Climate Change Impact Coastal Estuaries

    • May 5, 2022
    • University of California, Davis.

    • Native species in California's estuaries are expected to experience greater declines as invasive species interact with climate change, according to a study from the University of California, Davis. The study, published in the Ecological Society of America's journal, Ecology, said these declines are expected not only because of climate-related stressors, but also because of the expanding influence of new invasive predators whose impacts are occurring much farther up the estuary.

    • Post Date
      May 07, 2022