UGA’s Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health recently received a $328,714 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture. With the grant, a team from the center will create BugwoodVideo, a Web-based system to pull together new and existing high-definition videos. It will be linked to the center’s Bugwood image database and other resources. All content will be free for educational use as long as the work is cited.
For decades, non-native invasive species have caused billions of dollars in damage in the U.S. Many are well known, such as the Asian longhorned beetle or kudzu. Others are less famous. The UGA center will create an online video resource to train people to learn more about the invaders and what can be done to stop them.
More information on how to use the Bugwood system, including its image database, is online at www.bugwood.org.