2017 IPM Enhancement Grant RFA is OPEN!

We are pleased to announce the release of the 2017 Request for Applications (RFA) for the IPM Enhancement Grants. Deadline for proposals is Friday, November 18, 2016 at 5 PM EST.

The IPM Enhancement Grants Program (IPMEP) is a foundational mechanism used by SIPMC to address important issues affecting the region that has produced many significant outputs and favorable outcomes addressing Global Food Security challenges including invasive species, endangered species, pest resistance, and impacts resulting from regulatory actions. We use a competitive process each year to solicit and select projects for funding. Continue reading

Webinar on the management of oak wilt in the Southeast

oakwiltwebinar-previewimageThe Southern Regional Extension Forestry Forest Health Program will host a webinar entitled “The Biology, Diagnosis, Epidemiology, and Management of Oak Wilt in the Southeastern U.S.” on Wednesday, October 26 at 1 pm EST.  This webinar will cover the identification, biology, and management of oak wilt, with emphasis on the southeastern U.S.  Oak wilt is a lethal disease of oaks (Quercus spp.) caused by the fungus Ceratocystis fagacearum.  This disease is prevalent throughout the eastern U.S., and is the most serious on trees in the red oak family (e.g. red oak, black oak, pin oak, etc.).  Ceratocystis fagacearum is an introduced (non-native or exotic) fungus, is transmitted by insects, and can travel through root grafts to infect neighboring trees.  Attendees to this webinar will learn how to identify oak wilt (and distinguish it from similar oak maladies) and what to do once it’s infected a tree.  Management options, including chemical, will be covered.

Link to webinar:  http://www.forestrywebinars.net/webinars/oak-wilt-identification-biology-and-management

ISA and SAF CEUs are available.

Help Worcester County Eliminate the Asian Longhorned Beetle

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) today is reminding the public of the state and federal regulations to ensure the Asian longhorned beetle (ALB) does not spread to other areas from the quarantine in Worcester County, Mass.  Regulations that restrict the movement of woody material, such as firewood, reduce the likelihood of spreading the tree-killing pest.

“Preventing the spread of the Asian longhorned beetle to areas outside of the quarantine is critical to eliminating the beetle from Massachusetts, and this cannot be done without the help of property owners and business owners in the state,” said APHIS ALB Eradication Project Manager Ryan Vazquez. “Recently, we have seen tree material move outside the regulated area, and that is why we are reminding the public to adhere to the regulations, especially when stocking up on firewood for the winter.” Continue reading

APHIS Removes the Mexican Fruit Fly Quarantine in the Bayview Area of Cameron County, Texas

Effective September 23, 2016, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) removed the Mexican fruit fly (Mexfly) quarantine in the Bayview area of Cameron County, Texas.

On May 27, 2016, APHIS established a Mexfly quarantine in Cameron County after confirming one Mexfly larva in Bayview, Texas. The quarantine restricted the interstate movement of regulated articles from that area to prevent the spread of the Mexfly to non-infested areas of the United States. Since that time, APHIS has worked cooperatively with the Texas Department of Agriculture and the Texas citrus industry to eradicate the transient Mexfly population using approved eradication protocols.

APHIS removed the quarantine area after three lifecycles passed without finding additional Mexflies in this area. The following designated website contains a description of the current federal fruit fly quarantine areas:


Draft Pest Risk Assessment for Review & Comment: Importing Live Alternanthera Plants Denmark

The government of Denmark has requested the U.S. allow importation of live plants of Alternanthera reineckii Briq. in approved growing media from Denmark into the continental United States and Alaska. APHIS has drafted a pathway-initiated risk assessment for this request. The comment period will close in 30 days.

If you would like to review the document or provide comments, refer to the Stakeholder Risk Assessment Consultation page at http://www.aphis.usda.gov/plant-health/risk-assessment-consultation.

IR-4 Coordinator needed in Western Region

The Associate Director/Field Research Coordinator contributes to the leadership of the IR-4 Program, Western Region and coordinates the associated Field Program. Responsible for providing continuing liaison with Cooperative Extension (CE) specialists and advisors, Agricultural Experiment Station (AES) researchers and others within the University of California. Work with designated liaison representatives in other states of the Western Region as well as state and federal agencies, including the California Department of Food & Agriculture (CDFA), California Department of Pesticide Regulation (CDPR), US Department of Agriculture (USDA), US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), Western Integrated Pest Management Center, commodity groups, chemical registrants and others concerned with specialty crop pest management needs. The Associate Director/Field Research Coordinator provides for the identification of pest control needs not covered by existing registrations and arrange for the development, assembly and transfer of information to support such registrations including the funding of short-term research projects. Advise commodity groups and others on the registration process and facilitate the success of their proposed research. Responsible for providing technical guidance for conducting crop residue trials under US EPA guidance and Good Laboratory Practices(GLP). This position also oversees efficacy and crop safety trials for specialty crops for food and ornamental production. The efficacy and crop safety evaluations also include the use of Biopesticide products. Work as part of a management team which includes the Director/Laboratory Coordinator and the Quality Assurance Coordinator in administering the Western Region. Continue reading

Open Call for Nominations for Friends of Southern IPM Awards has begun!

We are pleased to release the Calls for Nomination for our annual Friends of Southern IPM Award program. This program recognizes outstanding work in IPM in the southern region. We have two kinds of awards: one for IPM professionals and one for graduate students.

Deadline for nominations is Friday, December 16, 2016.

You’ll find the Calls for Nomination for these awards, along with cover forms, at http://projects.ipmcenters.org/Southern/public/ListRFAs.cfm . Click on the nomination call that you wish to use to get to the Call documents and the nomination form. You will be using our Proposal / Project Management System (PPMS) to submit your nominations this year, so please be sure to find the instructions for that in the Call for Nomination and follow the steps. Continue reading

Texas A&M scientists “one step closer” to finding cure for Zika

by Blair Fannin, Texas A&M AgriLife

After millions of sequence scans, a group of scientists led by a Texas A&M AgriLife researcher say they are “one step closer” to finding a cure for the Zika virus.

Dr. Sandun Fernando and three other scientists,have been modeling and testing a series of ligands, or molecules, that attach themselves to the Zika virus protein. Identifying these molecules will help scientists match potential drug compounds that could be developed to help inhibit Zika virus once contracted. Continue reading