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Webinars for National Invasive Species Week, February 22-28

National Invasive Species Awareness Week is scheduled for February 22-28. And according to experts with the Weed Science Society of America (WSSA), it’s a topic that deserves our attention. Non-native plants, animals and pathogens can harm humans and the environment and impact our nation’s economy. The damage done by invasive plants alone costs the U.S. an estimated $34.7 billion a year.

Invasive weeds can produce skin irritation, trigger allergies and poison pets and livestock. They can clog waterways, kill native trees, and shade out crops, ornamentals and prized native flora. They are found in every imaginable habitat, including oceans, lakes, streams, wetlands, croplands, rangelands, natural areas, parks, forests, urban environments, yards and gardens.

“Though the impact of invasive species is profound, there are important steps we can take to manage infestations and prevent their spread,” says Lee Van Wychen, Ph.D., director of science policy for the WSSA. “It all begins with awareness.”

As part of National Invasive Species Awareness Week, the University of Florida, Auburn University, University of Georgia Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health, and Southern IPM Center are proud to present the webinars listed below. For more information, including a summary of each webinar, please go to http://ipmcenters.org/index.cfm/center-products/ipm-eacademy/upcoming-events/nisaw2015/ .

February 23, 2015

MANAGING THE US INVASION OF CRYPTIC WHITEFLY SPECIES: Q VS. B WHITEFLIES

12:00 PM Eastern – 30 Minutes

  • Lance Osborne, University of Florida

Register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5941281813343673345

NORTH AMERICAN Q-BIOTYPE INVASION PROJECT

1:00 PM Eastern – 30 Minutes

  • Cindy McKenzie, USDA ARS

Register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3081932556079646465

February 24, 2015

BERMUDAGRASS STEM MAGGOT, A NEW PEST OF FORAGE GRASSES IN THE SOUTHEAST.?

12:00 PM Eastern – 30 Minutes

  • Russ Mizell, University of Florida

Register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8872553424715495169

AIR POTATO BIOLOGICAL CONTROL EXTENSION NEEDS ASSESSMENT

1:00 PM Eastern – 30 Minutes

  • Gioeli, K., Overholt, W., Rayamajhi, M., Rohrig, E., Hibbard, K., Diaz, R., and Manrique, V (Ken Gioeli presenting)

Register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1518826144103127297

February 25,2015

INTEGRATED MANAGEMENT OF THE INVASIVE AQUATIC WEED HYDRILLA

12:00 PM Eastern – 30 Minutes

  • James P. Cuda and Emma N. I Weeks (Jim Cuda presenting), University of Florida

Register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7122145206947280641

SOLVINIX, A NOVEL BIOHERBICIDE FOR SOLANUM VIARUM (TROPICAL SODA APPLE)

1:00 PM Eastern – 30 Minutes

  • Raghavan Charudattan, University of Florida

Register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/586926267888570881

February 26, 2015

THE ART OF DETECTION; THE IMPORTANCE OF ACCURACY IN IDENTIFICATION IN INVASIVES (MICROBES AND PLANTS AND INSECTS, OH MY!)

12:00 PM Eastern – 30 Minutes

  • Presented by Carrie Harmon, University of Florida

Register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7852742095458662914

THE FIRST COAST INVASIVES WORKING GROUP; ROLE OF MASTER GARDENERS

1:00 PM Eastern – 30 Minutes

  • Rebecca L. Jordi & Tina Gordon

Register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2296545902801087489

February 27, 2015

TAWNY CRAZY ANTS: THERE’S A REASON WE CALL THEM CRAZY!

12:00 PM Eastern – 60 Minutes

  • Fudd Graham, Auburn University

Register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5116782232930364929

February 27, 2015

Initiation of An Integrated Regional Response to an Invasive Aphid Pest of Sorghum: from Near-term Control to Long-term Management

2:00 PM Eastern – 40 Minutes

  • Michael Brewer, Texas A&M AgriLife Research

Register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/515319473999159041

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