Oct 3, 2013

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Videos Available

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Videos Available

Researchers and growers explain management methods for BMSB such as insecticides, trap cropping, physical barriers, and organic and biological control techniques—in a new video.

The video is the latest installment in the “Tracking the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug” series (9 parts) produced by the Northeastern Integrated Pest Management Center at Cornell University. Earlier videos explain history and identification, overwintering and spread, monitoring and mapping, and host plants and damage.

BMSB, recently found in Sacramento, California, has been detected in 40 other states plus Ontario, posing severe agricultural and nuisance problems in six states. The insect threatens an estimated $21 billion worth of crops in the United States alone.

Click here to view the videos.

For more information, contact:

Chris Gonzales
Communication Specialist
Northeastern IPM Center
Cornell University
(607) 255-5523


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Aug 21, 2013

Alternatives to Ornamental Invasive Plants Guidebook Available On-Line

From Long Island Invasive Species Management Area website:

"Long Island, NY is one of many locations throughout the U.S. that has taken progressive steps towards improving the environment by reducing the spread of invasive plants.  Invasive plants have damaged Long Island’s unique woodlands by replacing native flora, and in turn, negatively impacting wildlife and natural ecosystem processes.  Invasive species are among the top causes of biodiversity loss across the globe. 

You can be part of the solution, by growing and planting alternatives to ornamental invasive plants!  These plants were selected based upon their similar ornamental characteristics and cultural requirements compared to the invasives.  Alternative plants may be native or non-native, but are not invasive.  Alternative plants are well-adapted to Long Island, and many are readily available at Long Island nurseries.  You can help make the future of Long Island greener by growing these “native-friendly” plants!"

Some of these alternative plants are available for viewing in a small "Native-Friendly" research and demonstration garden designed and installed by Alexis Alvey, Nursery & Landscape Specialist at Cornell University’s Long Island Horticultural Research & Extension Center in Riverhead.

The use of many of these plants to replace non-native plants is by no means limited to Long Island; interested readers from throughout the New England and northern Mid-Atlantic state could also benefit this from reading this book.

Click here to download Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County's book on alternative plants


Aug 21, 2013

How to Stop the Spread of Invasive Plants and Animals by Seaplane

Aquatic invasive species are primarily transported by watercraft. However, evidence points to seaplanes as an additional, if not as critical, vector. The fact that seaplanes may reach isolated waterbodies inaccessible to towed watercraft makes keeping aquatic hitchhikers off planes as well as boats. By following a few simple guidelines, seaplane pilots can help stop the spread of these aquatic nuisances. These measures are outlined in a 20 minute Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) video produced by the Seaplane Pilots Association and the AOPA. The video is followed by a short Air Safety Institute quiz and certificate for pilots is available for pilots at the end of the video.

Click to view How to Stop the Spread of Invasive Plants and Animals by Seaplane