Category Archives: Invasive Species

Protecting the Promise of California Agriculture – a report

View the report here. In turbulent economic times, assessing a government agency’s effectiveness can be a trying task. Our nation’s and indeed the world’s recent financial history did more than force government to cut budgets; it forced many great industries … Continue reading

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Editorial from the Porterville Recorder – Psyllid scare has been handled very well

http://www.recorderonline.com/articles/restrictions-57416-psyllid-handled.html Local, state and national ag officials, growers and even residents are to be commended on not only how they handled the Asian citrus psyllid finds, but for working together to keep the restrictions to the shortage time possible. The … Continue reading

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Detection Dogs profiled on NBC Bay Area

http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Agricultural-Dogs-Sniffing-Out-Illegal-Produce-209436231.html View more videos at: http://nbcbayarea.com.   There was a time when Hawkeye the dog stood amidst the humblest of life’s predicaments. He was confined to a kennel in Georgia, his days playing-out in a small concrete cell. But this … Continue reading

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Giant, Fluorescent Pink Slugs Found on Mountain – from Yahoo.com

It would seem to be something you’d see only in a cartoon or at a Phish concert, but according to park rangers in New South Wales, Australia, dozens of giant, fluorescent pink slugs have been popping up on a mountaintop … Continue reading

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USDA proclaims April as Invasive Plant Pest and Disease Awareness Month

  http://www.aphis.usda.gov/newsroom/2013/04/pest_awareness_month.shtml The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) today proclaimed April as “Invasive Plant Pest and Disease Awareness Month.” All month, APHIS will highlight how invasive species can enter the United States and … Continue reading

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News Release – European Grapevine Moth Quarantine Lifted in Four Counties

http://www.cdfa.ca.gov/egov/Press_Releases/Press_Release.asp?PRnum=13-001 State and federal agricultural officials are lifting the European grapevine moth (EGVM) quarantine in Santa Clara, Nevada, and Santa Cruz counties, and a portion of Sonoma County. This action is the result of progress with regulatory and control efforts, … Continue reading

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Research and coexistence essential to embrace opportunities of the future

The future outlook for agriculture is bright.  Food production will have to roughly double by 2050 in order to meet population projections.  And if we look where much of that growth is expected to occur–Asia–we know that California farmers and ranchers will have … Continue reading

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Wasp holds promise for control of Asian citrus psyllid – From the Riverside Press-Enterprise

http://www.pe.com/local-news/riverside-county/riverside/riverside-headlines-index/20120925-region-psyllid-killing-wasp-taking-hold.ece  BY MARK MUCKENFUSS mmuckenfuss@pe.com A tiny insect from Pakistan is finding a foothold in the Inland Empire — good news for anyone with an orange tree in their yard or a citrus grove to maintain. Tamarixia radiata is a … Continue reading

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The Famous Flickr Lacewing

Meet the “Flickr Lacewing.” That’s what some folks online are calling a newly discovered insect species, more formally known as “Semachrysa Jade Winterton, Guek and Brooks.” It was given this name by Dr. Shaun Winterton, a senior insect biosystematist (that’s … Continue reading

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The Award-Winning European Grapevine Moth Eradication Program

Several years ago, CDFA detected a new pest in California – the European grapevine moth, an invasive species that targets a number of plants, notably grapes. Because California is the leading grape producer in the country and one of the … Continue reading

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