Posted on June 30, 2010 by rhallberg
Cotton growers know the pest as the bollworm. Corn growers call it corn earworm. Tomato growers don it tomato fruitworm. By any name, the pest is Helicoverpa zea, and it’s the first pest to develop resistance to Bacillus thuringiensis.
Filed under: Pesticides, Resistance | Tagged: biotech crops, Bollgard, Bollgard refuge, Bt corn, Bt crops, Bt refuge, Bt resistance, Bt-cotton, GMO crops | 1 Comment »
Posted on June 24, 2010 by rhallberg
Posted on June 14, 2010 by rhallberg
Bats have had a long-standing reputation as villainous, equated with vampires and fingered for rabies. But, as an article in the Raleigh city newspaper explains, bats have a place in pest management.
Filed under: Urban IPM | Tagged: bats, bats and mosquitoes, mosquito control, white nose syndrome | Leave a Comment »
Posted on June 3, 2010 by rhallberg
Most homeowners enjoy a thick, green lawn, and as the weather gets warmer, keeping that lawn green and clean will get more challenging. Too much water can leave a lawn susceptible to disease, while too little water makes it dry and brown. Soil-borne insects such as grubs can eat the roots, and weeds can make the lawn look unkempt. But does a homeowner have to attack problems with a barrage of insecticides and herbicides?
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Posted on June 1, 2010 by rhallberg
According to findings from research funded by USDA, a group of pathogens including a fungus and a family of viruses may be working together to cause the decline. Read the news story in Science Daily.
Filed under: Insects | Tagged: bee decline, CCD, colony collapse disorder | 1 Comment »