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Scientists gear up to battle invasive species

Posted on Wed, 24 Aug 2016, 08:34

A research programme to tackle invasive species that kill plants and sicken animals is getting under way at the United Kingdom’s Centre for Agriculture and Bioscience International (CABI). The programme, worth US$50 million, aims to find scientific solution ...

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Assessing and Managing the Current and Future Pest Risk from Water Hyacinth, (Eichhornia crassipes), an Invasive Aquatic Plant Threatening the Environment and Water Security

Posted on Tue, 23 Aug 2016, 15:11

Understanding and managing the biological invasion threats posed by aquatic plants under current and future climates is a growing challenge for biosecurity and land management agencies worldwide. Eichhornia crassipes is one of the world’s worst aquatic weeds. Presently, it ...

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Most nations lack ability to deal with invasive species

Posted on Tue, 23 Aug 2016, 15:07

Most countries in the world have little capacity to deal effectively with invasive species, a study suggests. The spread of non-native species threatens livelihoods and biodiversity, but the issue is worsened by global trade, travel and climate change. They show ...

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Biosecurity – it’s everyone’s business. New Zealand’s Ministry for Primary Industries is asking kiwis to join the conversation

Posted on Mon, 22 Aug 2016, 09:09

The Ministry for Primary Industries will be holding six hui and public meetings around the country during August and September, to give New Zealanders the opportunity to contribute to a national conversation about managing biosecurity risks to New Zealand.

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A successful Australian National Xylella Preparedness Workshop

Posted on Thu, 18 Aug 2016, 16:40

Plant Health Australia coordinated a National Xylella Preparedness Workshop held in Melbourne on 1 June 2016, funded by the Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources.

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Invasive species could cause billions of dollars in damage to the world's agriculture

Posted on Wed, 17 Aug 2016, 14:25

Invasive species, or non-native species that spread aggressively, can wreak havoc on ecosystem and economies all over the world. These species arrive as stowaways on boats, planes, pets, and in wooden crates.

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New York City Battles on Against Dutch Elm Disease

Posted on Tue, 26 Jul 2016, 09:36

Like elm trees across the globe, the elms in Central Park are stricken with a ruthless beetle–fungus alliance known as Dutch elm disease. In the early 1980s, the park was losing more than 100 elms—American and other species ...

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First annual report on the State of the World’s Plants released by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (UK)

Posted on Fri, 22 Jul 2016, 12:02

The first global report provides up-to-date information on the diversity of plants and threats to plants including a potential threat to food security. You can read more about it here: http://www.kew.org/discover/news/state-worlds-plants-report-released-kew

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Argentina will be the host to the 9th Meeting of the Tephritid Workers of the Western Hemisphere

Posted on Fri, 24 Jun 2016, 15:41

Argentina will be the host to the 9th Meeting of the Tephritid Workers of the Western Hemisphere (TWWH), to be held from 16 to 21 October at the Auditorio Buenos Aires, in Recoleta, Autonomous City of Buenos Aires (CABA). The ...

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'Biblical' moth influx threatens to devastate crops

Posted on Tue, 14 Jun 2016, 17:27

Scientists have learned that cabbage and cauliflower crops could potentially be "devastated" by a species of moth arriving from continental Europe. BBC News understands that tens of millions of diamondback moths are thought to have come to the UK in ...

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Experimental Trap Disrupts Citrus Pest’s Love Life - controlling Asian citrus psyllids.

Posted on Mon, 06 Jun 2016, 15:54

An acoustic trap developed by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists may offer an environmentally friendly way to control Asian citrus psyllids. These pests transmit Huanglongbing, a devastating citrus disease also known as “citrus greening.” Infected citrus trees cannot ...

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US releases millions of wasps to fight emerald ash borer

Posted on Wed, 25 May 2016, 14:24

Parasite from China attacks eggs and larvae of Asian insect pest (emerald ash borer) that has wiped out tens of millions of trees in north America. Millions of tiny wasps that are natural parasites for the emerald ash borer have ...

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Tuta absoluta has ravaged 80% of tomato farms in a Nigerian state.

Posted on Wed, 25 May 2016, 11:47

A state of emergency has been declared in the tomato sector in Kaduna state, northern Nigeria, local media report. Tuta absoluta has ravaged 80% of tomato farms, Commissioner of Agriculture Daniel Manzo Maigar said. Read more and watch a video ...

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Australia’s worst invasive plant species available for import on Amazon and eBay

Posted on Sun, 22 May 2016, 15:13

Amazon and eBay have been exposed as weak points in Australia’s quarantine system, with the internet trading sites hosting dozens of offers to import the nation’s most dangerous weeds.

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