Posted on April 17, 2014 by rhallberg
Just a reminder to submit your program proposal submission for the 8th International IPM Symposium. The program committee is looking for proposals for a session describing your program, activity, or research that addresses effective and efficient pest management. The symposium sessions will be divided into tracks based on commodity or setting and will address various aspects of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) across disciplines and around the world. Session proposals must be submitted online at IPM Symposium Program by next Friday, April 25, 2014 for full consideration.
Filed under: Conferences, Crop rotation, Grants and awards, Insects, Invasive species, Pesticides, Plant diseases, Resistance, Urban IPM, Weed Control | Tagged: Elaine Wolff, IPM conference, ipm symposium, Solutions for a Changing World | Leave a comment »
Posted on April 3, 2014 by rhallberg
Big, creepy, and horned, the coconut rhinoceros beetle (CRB) loves to feed on—and kill—coconut and other palms, banana plants, and more. This invasive species, detected in Hawaii in December 2013, makes the perfect poster child for USDA’s Invasive Plant Pest and Disease Awareness Month—a child only its mother could love.
Filed under: Insects, Invasive plants, Invasive species, Plant diseases | Tagged: APHIS, coconut rhinoceros beetle, Hawaii, Hungry Pests, invasive pests, Leave Hungry Pests Behind, USDA | Leave a comment »
Posted on April 1, 2014 by rhallberg
For an exotic invasive insect pest, kudzu bug is fairly easy to control. Spray a pyrethroid, and it’s gone.
The problem is that the pyrethroid also takes with it many beneficial insects that usually keep other soybean pests low in numbers. So although the field may be free of kudzu bugs, it could later be overrun with soybean looper and caterpillar pests that are just as destructive as kudzu bug. So the grower has to keep spraying.
Filed under: Grants and awards, Insects, Invasive species, Pesticides | Tagged: agriculture, Dominic Reisig, household bugs, Household pests, kudzu, kudzu bug, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, NC State University, Southern Regional IPM grant, soybeans, USDA NIFA | Leave a comment »
Posted on March 26, 2014 by rhallberg
Bats throughout the United States are dying from a nonnative fungus called White Nose Syndrome. The fungus causes bats to awaken early from their hibernation period, before there is enough food available for them to survive, so they starve to death. USDA is asking for the public’s support in helping to keep bats from contracting this disease. Here are some ways you can help:
- Volunteer! You can help protect bats on public lands by helping with bat counts, acoustical monitoring and much more. Contact your local national forest for more information.
- Adhere to cave closures. If caves are open, follow all decontamination protocols recommended by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to clean clothes, footwear and equipment used in caves and mines.
- Stay out of caves when bats are present.
- Build and install a bat house to provide a safe place for bats on your property.
- Teach your friends and family about the benefits of bats.Visit BatsLIVE: A Distance Learning Adventure to learn how to make bats come alive in your home or classroom.
- Join us for the showing of the film, “Battle for Bats: Surviving White-Nose Syndrome,” at the 2014 Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capitol on March 27, 2014 at 7 p.m. to learn more.
- Take time to see live bats by visiting public bat viewing sites. – See more at: http://blogs.usda.gov/2014/03/25/research-public-can-help-bats-survive-white-nose-syndrome/#sthash.cSTOBfoi.dpuf
Filed under: Invasive species | Tagged: bat caves, bats, BatsLIVE, white nose syndrome | Leave a comment »
Posted on March 21, 2014 by rhallberg
We’ve heard a lot of expert opinions on the effect that cold weather has on insect populations. But what about plant disease pathogens? University of Tennessee Extension Plant Pathologist Heather Young Kelly discusses how this year’s cold winter will affect–or not–the incidence of disease in the South.
Filed under: Plant diseases | Tagged: plant diseases, plant pathology, University of Tennessee | Leave a comment »
Posted on March 21, 2014 by rhallberg
By James Langcuster, Auburn University Communications
If Old Man Winter deserves credit this year for reducing kudzu bugs, it is not so much due to his bite as to his persistence.
For the past few years, Dr. Xing Ping Hu, an Alabama Extension entomologist and Auburn University professor of entomology, and a team of researchers have been monitoring overwintering kudzu bug populations.
Filed under: Insects, Invasive species, Urban IPM | Tagged: Alabama Cooperative Extension, Auburn University, cold temperatures and mosquitoes, cold weather and insects, IPM Enhancement, kudzu bug, Old Man Winter, Southern IPM Center, urban pests, Xing Ping Hu | Leave a comment »
Posted on March 20, 2014 by rhallberg
Not many of us think about protecting grapevines from insects when we’re enjoying a glass of wine, but Virginia Tech Ph.D. student Jhalendra Rijal has made it his mission to help growers find ways to save their vines from the grape root borer. His work with the grape root borer, which has given growers new sampling methods and paved the way for other control options, earned him a Friends of Southern IPM Graduate Student Award.
Filed under: Grants and awards, Insects | Tagged: Chris Bergh, Friends of IPM award, graduate student award, grape root borer, Jhalendra Rijal, Virginia Tech | Leave a comment »