A rapidly mutating virus has leaped from plants to honeybees, where it is reproducing and contributing to the collapse of colonies vital to the multibillion-dollar agricultural industry, according to a new study.
Lake Tahoe Boat Inspections for Aquatic Invasive Species
by Daniel Kelly
, in Live Scientist | Jan 6, 2014
Lake Tahoe now requires inspections on all boats before launching into Lake Tahoe and other lakes in the Tahoe Basin. This short video explains the importance of boat inspections in protecting the "Jewell of the Sierra" and why you should Clean, Drain and Dry your watercraft (boats, canoes, kayaks, etc) and gear every time you leave a water body....and before you come to Lake Tahoe.
After viewing video, read article by Daniel Kelly of Live Scientist.
Quagga & Zebra Mussels - What are they and where did they come from?
by Keep Tahoe Blue | 2013
Quagga and zebra mussel origins, distribution, biology and transport vectors. A detailed assessment of the impacts they can have on the ecology, economy and culture as told by representatives from various regions of the country and from affected user groups. Ideas on how to avoid being part of the problem and becoming part of the solution. (29 minutes)
After viewing video, read article by Keep Tahoe Blue.
Fire Ants: Learning to Cope With an Invasive Species | Video
by Live Science | Mar 28, 2013
Scientists at the University of Central Florida are researching a way to manage rather than eradicate fire ants.
State confirms quagga mussels at Lake Piru
by Staff Reports
, in vcstar.com | Dec 30, 2013
A suspected infestation of quagga mussels at Lake Piru was confirmed by state officials. The invasive mollusks were found on a patrol boat Dec. 18, and initial tests indicated the creatures were quaggas.
Google's online street views could help scientists track and fight invasive species over the Internet, researchers say. Mapping where species are in the world is key to monitoring native and invasive organisms. However, collecting this data can be quite an expensive and time-consuming task.
Crazy ants invade 20 Florida counties including Palm Beach
by Alex Hobson | ABC Action News
, in wptv.com | June 13, 2013
Like something out of a bad sci-fi flick, 'crazy ants; are showing up by the shovel-full.
Cloned Giant Redwoods Planted Around World
by Douglas Main | Live Science | April 22, 2013
California's giant redwoods will now be found in six foreign countries. A new non-profit group is shipping 18-inch (46 centimeters) saplings of the trees for people to plant to help fight deforestation and climate change, according to USA Today.
You may not be able to fight fire with fire, but fighting crabs with crabs may have some merit.
Researchers studying the imperiled marshes of Cape Cod were recently surprised to discover that a section of the marsh was coming back, sprouting a "veneer of cordgrass," according to a news release describing the study.
Tree-Killing Insects Adapting to Warmer Cities
by Megan Gannon | Live Science | Apr 1, 2013
Bizarre-looking bugs known as scale insects may be tiny but they can take down an oak tree
Feral pigs are becoming a wild problem in the United States.
The wild hogs can now be found in three-fourths of U.S. states — and their populations are growing in many areas — and are estimated to cause $1.5 billion in damages each year, the Associated Press reports.
Ocean Invaders: Ports Most Vulnerable to Invasive Species
by Becky Oskin | Live Science | May 6, 2013
The highly invasive lionfish is easily available through aquarium and internet sales and represents a potential threat for California waters.
Kudzu-Eating Stinkbug May Attack U.S. Soybeans
by Megan Gannon | Live Science | April 15, 2013
Pesky vines of kudzu native to Asia have crept throughout the southeastern United States in recent decades, and now a stinkbug that feeds on the plant is making an American invasion, too. Worse, new research shows that the kudzu bugs' taste for soybeans threatens crops outside of the South.
Baby spiders beware: Researchers have just described four new types of spider flies, whose larvae infect the bloodstream of juvenile spiders.
Jewels of Death: Image Gallery of Spider Flies.
Crazy ants of a hairy variety are finding their way into the southern United States, from Texas to Florida. These crazy ants, known for their swarming, can even shut down local industry.