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ID: 263
Assessing Nonnative Invasive Species

The U.S. Forest Service's Southern Region Task Force for Assessing Nonnative Invasive Species (NNIS) was assembled to prioritize NNIS that pose ...

Principal Investigator : James Miller

Invasive Species2010SRS
Photo of The invasive plant collection team after a morning of vacuuming seeds from refrigerated shipping containers at the Port of Savannah in November 2016. The team collected non-native, potentially invasive, plant seeds with backpack vacuums.
ID: 1316
Can plant invasions be prevented? Multidisciplinary identification and interception of non-native, invasive plants at the Port of Savannah, Georgia, USA

The positive relationship between increasing national gross domestic product (GDP) and non-native plant species-richness suggests that internati ...

Principal Investigator : Rima Lucardi

Invasive Species2017SRS
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ID: 411
Developing a simple rearing method for Emerald ash borer biological control agents

The emerald ash borer, a buprestid beetle native to Asia, is one of the most ecologically and economically significant invasive forest pests in ...

Principal Investigator : Michael Ulyshen

Invasive Species2011SRS
Photo of Augochlora pura was the most abundant bee species in the canopy. Sam Droege, USGS
ID: 743
Forest Bees are More Active in the Canopy Than Near the Ground in the Southeastern U.S.

Results from one of the first studies to investigate how bees are vertically distributed in temperate deciduous forests suggest these insects ar ...

Principal Investigator : Michael Ulyshen

Wildlife and Fish2014SRS
Photo of Newly described pine beetle, Dendroctonus mesoamericanus, initiating a mine into the bark of a healthy pine tree in Chiapas, Mexico.  The beetle is clearing liquid resin being released by the tree as a defensive reaction to prevent beetle entry.  Hundreds of attacks like this one by this species and its close relative the southern pine beetle, Dendroctonus frontalis, can deplete the resin and cause rapid death of the tree.  Once the tree is dead, the beetles feed and reproduce within the bark. USDA Forest Service
ID: 937
Forest Service Scientists and Their International Collaborators Describe a Dangerous New “Mesoamerican Pine Beetle”

A newly discovered species of tree killing bark beetle in Central America, Dendroctonus mesoamericanus, has been recently described by an intern ...

Principal Investigator : Brian Sullivan

Invasive Species2015SRS
Photo of Oconee National Forest, Georgia. USDA Forest Service
ID: 744
Have Changing Forest Conditions Contributed to Native Pollinator Decline

This study compared bee communities within seven common forest conditions or types on the Oconee National Forest in Georgia. Forest Service rese ...

Principal Investigator : James L. Hanula

Wildlife and Fish2014SRS
Photo of Chinese privet invades riparian forest of the southeastern U.S. where it chokes out other plants causing a decline in butterfly abundance and diversity. Forest Service
ID: 407
Heavy infestations of Chinese privet in forests exclude most butterflies

Heavy infestations of Chinese privet, an invasive shrub, to crowd out most other plants in affected forests. . This results in very few butterfl ...

Principal Investigator : James L. Hanula

Invasive Species2011SRS
Photo of Predator beetles are used to control hemlock woolly adelgid, an insect pest shown here on an eastern hemlock twig. USDA Forest Service
ID: 936
Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Predator Beetle Releases and Recovery Efforts in the North Georgia Mountains.

Eastern hemlock are threatened by the invasive hemlock woolly adelgid. Three predators of this pest were released in North Georgia to combat thi ...

Principal Investigator : James L. Hanula

Invasive Species2015SRS
Photo of Dead branches on a sassafras tree with laurel wilt disease (left). The sapwood black streaking discoloration characteristic of laurel wilt seen on a sassafras tree (right). Rabiu Olatinwo, U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.
ID: 1182
Laurel Wilt Disease Transmitted by Non-native Beetle Found in Arkansas

Laurel wilt has spread rapidly across the southeastern states causing extensive mortality, primarily in redbay. Forest Service scientists and co ...

Principal Investigator : Rabiu Olatinwo

Invasive Species2016SRS
Photo of Baldcypress leafroller adult and empty pupal case on a baldcypress shoot. Gerald J. Lenhard, Louisiana State University
ID: 725
Lure Developed for Killer of Louisiana Baldcypress

The land surface of southern Louisiana is sinking as an unintended consequence of humans channeling water flow. Persistent and deeper flooding o ...

Principal Investigator : Brian Sullivan

Resource Management and Use2014SRS
Photo of Robert Jetton of North Carolina State University experimentally infests potted hemlocks with hemlock woolly adelgids to examine the effects of shade on both the seedlings and the insects.
ID: 1305
More sunlight: a solution in the fight against an invasive tree-killing insect

Eastern hemlock, a species with key ecological roles in eastern forests, is being killed throughout its range by an invasive insect, the hemlock ...

Principal Investigator : Albert (Bud) E. Mayfield, III

Invasive Species2017SRS
Photo of A grid of funnel traps used to evaluate the effect of close trap spacing on captures of the redbay ambrosia beetle. Albert E. Mayfield III, U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.
ID: 1190
New Insights Into Trapping the Redbay Ambrosia Beetle

The redbay ambrosia beetle carries the pathogen that causes laurel wilt, a disease which has killed millions of redbay and sassafras trees in th ...

Principal Investigator : Albert (Bud) E. Mayfield, III

Invasive Species2016SRS
Photo of A forest heavily invaded by the Chinese privet shrub.. Nancy Loewenstein, Auburn University
ID: 726
Removing Chinese Privet Benefits Pollinators for up to Five Years.

Results from a study by Forest Service researchers showed that removal of Chinese privet can last at least five years, during which time native ...

Principal Investigator : James L. Hanula

Invasive Species2014SRS
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Lucanus elaphus (female), a wood-feeding beetle native to the southeastern United States
ID: 1496
Saproxylic insects: diversity, ecology, and conservation

A new book synthesizes global knowledge about one of the most diverse groups of insects in forests, those associated with dying and dead wood.

Principal Investigator : Michael Ulyshen

Wildlife and Fish2018SRS
Photo of Free Downloadable Software Application helps people identify Invasive plants of the South. Forest Service
ID: 147
U.S. Forest Service Research Uses New Invasive Plant Phone Application

iPhone application helps people identify harmful, nonnative plants and provides control recommendations

Principal Investigator : James Miller

Invasive Species2012SRS
Photo of A bundle of hemlock foliage used to release Laricobious predator beetles into the forest canopy to control hemlock woolly adelgid. USDA Forest Service
ID: 928
Using Predators and Chemicals together to Protect Hemlock Trees.

A non-native insect, the hemlock woolly adelgid, is eliminating an ecologically important tree species, eastern hemlock, from southern Appalachi ...

Principal Investigator : Albert (Bud) E. Mayfield, III

Invasive Species2015SRS