Forest ThreatNet

Volume 2, Issue 1 - Winter 2009

Scientists Highlight NASA Partnership, Invasive Research at Interagency Conference


USDA Interagency Research Forum on Invasive Species logoEFETAC ecologists Qinfeng Guo and Bill Hargrove shared recent research through posters presented at the annual U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Interagency Research Forum on Invasive Species held in Annapolis, MD, in January. Hargrove’s poster, based on EFETAC efforts with partners from NASA Stennis Space Center and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, showed developments of the early warning system in place for monitoring forest changes using remote sensing, GIS, and satellite imagery. Guo’s poster explained the utility of a national invasive plants database, an ongoing project with EFETAC’s Josephine Falcone and Joe Brownsmith of the University of North Carolina Asheville’s National Environmental Modeling and Analysis Center. “The annual Forum is an important event during which many researchers and land managers gather to report new findings, initiatives, and progress,” says Guo. Hargrove adds, “Attending the Forum is a great way for USDA representatives to gain the most current information about invasive insects, diseases, and plants affecting U.S. forests.”

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