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Once the bane of only Southerners, kudzu is migrating north and west

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is issuing a warning — kudzu, sometimes referred to as the “Vine That Ate the South,” is on the move. Kudzu, which has been a problem in the South for decades is spreading west and north, even as far as Canada, the USDA reports. Dr. Lewis Ziska of the USDA Agricultural Research Service said, “It’s ...

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Scientists seeing more invasive trapjaw ants on Coast

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — A large, jumping ant has reached large enough numbers that its slow invasion of the Mississippi Gulf Coast is starting to be noticed. Odontomachus haematodus, which is native to South America and commonly known as the trapjaw ant, was first identified in the state in August 2000. These large brown ants can reach almost a half-inch ...

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Got hush puppies? Maryland residents asked to eat catfish

Folks in Maryland are about to find out what Mississippians already know — catfish are tasty — as the state looks to avoid an environmental disaster. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources says it aims to reduce the number of invasive blue and flathead catfish in the state’s waterways, partly by encouraging people to eat them. The agency is announcing ...

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Invasive stem maggots threaten state's pasturelands

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Forage producers and their livestock are not the only ones admiring the plentiful bermudagrass fields and pastures across the state this year. Another invasive insect has arrived in Mississippi, this time to take a bite out of potentially strong hay yields. Stem maggots are joining the list of invasive species in the state that includes fire ants, ...

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FAA grounds state agency's toy helicopter

BILOXI — A toy helicopter the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources planned to use to fly over marshland to monitor invasive species has been grounded. The Federal Aviation Administration said its regulations for a toy helicopter under such circumstances are the same as those for a military predator drone. MDMR’s project manager Mike Pursley told The Clarion-Ledger the plan was ...

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Ag Department discovers, destroys Africanized bee colony

PASS CHRISTIAN — The Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce (MDAC) located and destroyed a colony of Africanized bees at a residence in Pass Christian on Oct. 29 after receiving a complaint from a homeowner. During the investigation of the complaint, a colony of bees was discovered in the subfloor of the structure. According to the homeowner, the bees had ...

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Invasive bug poses threat to crops, lawns, homes

MONTGOMERY COUNTY and WARREN COUNTY — The Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce (MDAC) has confirmed the first positive identification of the kudzu bug, Megacopta cribraria, in Mississippi. The insects were discovered in the past week in Montgomery and Warren counties. As its name suggests, the kudzu bug commonly feeds on kudzu, but it can also be a potentially damaging ...

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Invasive cogongrass spreading, overtaking native species

SOUTHWEST MISSISSIPPI — The U.S. Department of Agriculture lists cogongrass in its assessment of the world’s worst weeds. The Enterprise-Journal reports the weed has made its way into southwest Mississippi and is overtaking surrounding plant life worse than the more familiar kudzu. Cogongrass came from southeast Asia and was introduced into Florida and southern Louisiana, Alabama and Georgia in the ...

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Biologist worry over increase in Asian tiger shrimp

GULF OF MEXICO — A big increase in reports of Asian tiger shrimp along the U.S. Southeast coast and in the Gulf of Mexico has federal biologists worried the species is encroaching on native species’ territory. The black-and-white-striped shrimp can grow 13 inches long and weigh a quarter-pound, compared to eight inches and a bit over an ounce for domestic ...

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Monster shrimp, monster problem

They sound like a shrimp-lover’s dream. Nearly-foot-long creatures that are beautifully marked and absolutely delectable. However, Asian tiger shrimp are proving a nightmare for researchers. The invasive specie is being found with increasing frequency in the Gulf of Mexico. Since they have never reached the Gulf previously, scientists and the shrimping industry are worried and are calling on the public ...

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