Friday, December 14, 2007

New And Notable

The latest and greatest in species introductions:

  • Sudden oak death (Phytophthora ramorum) was discovered in Lithuania, in nursery stock imported from Poland. The plants are under quarantine so hopefully the pathogen won't be sticking around.
  • The Asian hornet Vespa velutina has been discovered in France. This hornet species is not much of a direct nuisance to humans, but unfortunately they like to eat honeybees.
  • They've found another Chinese mitten crab (Eriocheir sinensis) in New York, second one ever.
  • There are a bunch of new discoveries in Puerto Rico, and as usual, they sound like the selection you'd find at your local aquarium store:
  • Also new to Puerto Rico: water spangles (Salvinia minima)
Sources: The EPPO Reporting Service #10 and the USGS NAS Alert system.

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