TIPPC News: Texas State University System joins TIPCC

The Texas State University System (TSUS) and Texas Invasive Plant and Pest Council (TIPPC) are entering into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to promote awareness of invasive plant and pest impacts and management in Texas; provide an exchange of scientific, educational and technical information; to facilitate the communication and exchange of information regarding all aspects of invasive pest and plant biology, distribution, control and management; and to promote awareness and an understanding regarding invasive pests and plants and their control across Texas.

New Animal and Pest Databases

In order to expand our clearinghouse of invasive species information, two new educational databases are in the works. TexasInvasives.org is working with Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and other wildlife experts to create an Invasive Animals Database, and with the Texas Forest Service, AgriLife Extension, and other entomology experts to build content for an Invasive Pest Database. Both databases will be live online while species and content are added.

If you would like to contribute to either new database please contact Travis Gallo.

HB 338

House Bill 338 would require a public entity, other than the department (Agriculture), that produces a list of noxious or invasive terrestrial plant species growing in this state shall provide with the list a disclaimer that states:

“This plant list is only a recommendation and has no legal effect in the State of Texas. The Texas Department of Agriculture has sole authority to label terrestrial plants as noxious or invasive.”

If passed, this disclaimer will be required on all printed material made for public distribution including newspaper, trade publication, notice, circular, or internet website.

Les Mehrhoff Remembered

Dr. Leslie J. Mehrhoff, Director of the Invasive Plant Atlas of New England (IPANE) and a great friend of TexasInvasives.org passed away unexpectedly on December 22nd, 2010. Les described himself as an avid, old-fashioned herbarium field naturalist who would "rather be doing field work than almost anything else." Today IPANE is one of the flagship regional citizen science networks for early detection, rapid assessment, and rapid response. Les’ passing is a significant loss to the scientific community and the battle against invasive species. (photo by Frank Dahlmeyer, U CONN)

Invasive Spotlight: Golden Bamboo
(Phyllostachys aurea)

Native to Asia, golden bamboo (Phyllostachys aurea) is a grass growing to 16-40 ft in height, with jointed cane stems and bushy tops of lanceolate leaves in fan clusters, often golden green in color. A bamboo plant consists of two parts: the above ground jointed stem called a culm, and the underground jointed rhizome which bears true roots.

Infestations of bamboo create monocultures displacing native vegetation, altering habitat, and upsetting food chains. Bamboo leaf litter alters stream food webs starting with litter-feeding stream invertebrates. It is also known to attract roaches in urban areas.

Once established, bamboo reproduces vegetatively through budding of root rhizomes and runners and is very aggressive in both its rate of growth as well as the sprouting of new stems. It rapidly spreads in all directions from the location of establishment.

Learn more about golden bamboo and other Texas Invasives.
More News

National Invasive Species Awareness Week 2011: Feb. 28 - March 4, 2011, Washington, DC - More Information

13th Annual Southeast EPPC Conference: May 3-5, 2011, Lexington, KY - More Information

Save the Date: 2011 Texas Invasive Plant & Pest Conference: November 7-10, Austin, TX

If you would like your invasive species event or news listed in the next iWire, please send the details to iwire@texasinvasives.org.


New Continuing Education Online Module: Emerald Ash Borer

In order to expand our outreach and education in the insect pest arena, we have added an Emerald Ash Borer training module to the Citizen Science Online Training. The purpose of the module is to train citizen scientists about the history of EAB introduction and how to identify and report this pest. This is a required module for all citizen scientists. Please visit the Online Training and complete the module by February 28, 2011. Trust us, you’ll enjoy it.
Remembering Bill Ward

William (Bill) C. Ward of Boerne, an Invaders of Texas citizen scientist, passed away on January 8, 2011. Bill was very active in the Native Plant Society of Texas, wrote a column on native plants for the Boerne Star, and was an avid birder. Bill was an invaluable resource on topics related to conservation and will be deeply missed.
Welcome New Heart of Texas Invaders

As part of a continuing effort to revisit veteran satellites, Mike Murphrey conducted an Invaders of Texas training in Waco for the Heart of Texas Invaders, on January 22nd. Welcome back Heart of Texas Invaders.
Invaders of Texas Citizen Science Workshops

Saturday February 26, 2011
Hays County Extension Office, San Marcos, TX

Saturday March 26, 2011
Winedale Historical Center, Round Top, TX

Friday July 1, 2011
Botanical Research Institute of Texas, Ft. Worth, TX

To request a workshop, please visit our Workshop Page.