Trapping Weevils and Saving Monarchs

Ensuring the monarch butterfly’s survival by saving its milkweed habitat could result from U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) studies initially intended to improve detection of boll weevils with pheromone traps.

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Regional Food Systems: A View from the Southeast U.S.

This seminar will be presented by Tony Kleese, co-founder of The Earthwise Company, a community and agriculture development company that helps local governments, non-profits, and landowners plan and establish sustainable food systems. Tony will outline the opportunities and challenges in creating a sustainable food system for the southeast, and discuss a market-driven triple bottom line business approach to food security in the region.

Sponsored by:
USC Center for Research in Nutrition and Health Disparities and Clemson University Extension

When: Thursday, November 8, 2012; 2:00 – 3:00 PM
Location: 701 Whaley Street, Suite 209, Columbia, SC (adjacent to USC Campus)

ARS Scientists Devising New Ways to Protect Avocados

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists are coming up with new strategies to combat a beetle threatening the nation’s avocado trees.

Laurel wilt disease is caused by the fungus Raffaelea lauricola, and is vectored by the redbay ambrosia beetle, an invasive pest from Asia that has spread to the Carolinas, Florida and west to Mississippi. The disease kills 90-95 percent of infected trees. Scientists are concerned that it will soon reach Mexico and California, which are major avocado production areas. Its victims also include several other types of laurel trees.

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LSU AgCenter releases more weevils to fight aquatic weed

From Delta Farm Press

Dearl Sanders calls himself a bug chauffeur. The LSU AgCenter scientist is trying to move as many salvinia weevils as he can to combat the invasive aquatic plant giant salvinia, which is clogging waterways across Louisiana.

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