2011 TIPPC Conference: Student Travel Awards

This November, the Texas Invasive Plant & Pest Council will be hosting the fourth statewide conference on invasive species at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin, Texas. Building off the 2005, 2007 and 2009 conferences, the 2011 conference will be a professional level meeting including keynotes, concurrent sessions, posters, field trips and symposia.

The year's special feature is student travel awards. Visit the 2011 Conference Website for more information.

Venomous Lionfish Found in Gulf of Mexico

Scientists say lionfish, an invasive species with venomous spines, have spread into the Gulf of Mexico and begun inhabiting Gulf coral reefs. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said juvenile lionfish were found on the Flower Garden Banks, just 70 miles off the coast of Texas. Lionfish have become a top predator in coral reefs after being introduced to the Atlantic, eating native fish and crustaceans, such as snapper, grouper, shrimp and other reef fish. – Read More

Take the EcoTexan Pledge

Andrew Sessler and some friends started EcoTexas, a nonprofit organization that encourages friends and neighbors to take action to reduce the threat of invasive species, because they wanted to preserve the Texas they grew up in for their children and grandchildren. You can join them by taking the EcoTexan Pledge to make sure Texas continues to look like the state we all know and love.

BBC Touches on Invasive Species

British Radio Broadcast (BBC) recently ran a segment on global efforts against non-native invasive plants, offering a clear explanation as to why invasives should be controlled, how and when they move around, and some great info about what other countries are doing to combat the invasion. - Listen Here

Giant Salvinia to Cure Cancer?

Would you ever think giant salvinia could someday be the primary ingredient of a cancer-treating drug?

Dr. Shiyou Li, director of Stephen F. Austin University's National Center for Pharmaceutical Crops thinks so. "I strongly believe in the last many years such an invasive species may have a potential in medicinal application," said Li. He already knows salvinia compounds in the purest form can shrink human tumor cells. After the initial discovery, M.D. Anderson Cancer Clinic researchers joined in, and discovered the 30 something compounds have a unique molecular makeup. Could further research serve both fishermen and cancer patients alike? – Read More

More News

Texas-New Mexico-Mexico Saltcedar Biological Control Consortium: October 4-5, Alpine, Texas
This year's meeting will provide participants with the latest information on saltcedar biological control in the TX-NM-Mexico region.- Learn More

Seventh Continental Dialogue Meeting: October 5-6,Boulder, CO
Current panel topics including Applying What we Know to Managing the Firewood Pathway; Climate Change Impacts on Forests and the Spread of Invasives; Technology Applications for Managing Invasives; and Collaborative Efforts on Various Non-Native Forest Insects and Disease. - Learn More

2011 Natural Areas Conference: November 1-4, Tallahassee, FL
This year’s conference explores a range of topics concerning natural areas management and planning in the face of climate change. - Learn More

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Postponed: September Invasive Species and Rare Plant Monitoring Workshop

The first Invasive Species & Rare Plant Monitoring citizen science workshop went fantastic! The Lufkin Zoo was a wonderful venue, and participants gave us great feedback. Unfortunately the weather did not cooperate. Due to drought conditions and 105 degree temperatures, the field trip was short and very little was blooming. With no rain in sight and temperatures staying put through September, we have decided to postpone the September workshop until early Spring. A date and venue will follow soon.
Invaders of Texas Citizen Science Workshops

*New* Rare Plant Monitoring & Invasive Species Workshops
Early Spring 2011
TBD, East Texas Pineywoods

For more information or to request a workshop, please visit our Workshop Page.