Texas AgriLife Today reports that mystery seeds have arrived in Texas. Texas residents are now among those across the nation receiving mysterious seeds delivered by mail in tiny bags marked as jewelry. U.S. Department of Agriculture officials are on alert because these seeds are unsolicited.
Several local BMGA members report receiving these seed packages.
Kevin Ong, Ph.D., Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service plant pathologist and director of the Texas Plant Disease Diagnostic Laboratory in College Station, said the concern arises because these packages have seeds in them instead of what is listed, and there is no information on what type of seeds are in packages. Dr. Ong told AgriLife Today: “We don’t know what kind of seeds they are,” Ong said. “Not knowing what the seeds are could potentially open our agriculture industry up to noxious weeds. If that proves to be the case, if they take hold, they could impact agriculture negatively.”
The public is advised not to plant the seeds and not to just throw them away until experts determine more about the seeds.
All incidences of receipt of these unrequested seeds should be reported to USDA-APHIS by sending an email to Carol Motloch, USDA-APHIS’ Texas PPQ state operations coordinator, at email@example.com. The email should include a contact email and phone number as well as a description of package information. Sending a photo of the label and material would also be helpful.
For more information, please see the full AgriLife Today article.