USDA ARS scientists discover new ways to grow biopesticides

By Jan Suszkiw
January 24, 2013

Biopesticides containing beneficial fungi are often grown on grains or other solids, but U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists have shown a liquid diet can work better.

The approach, dubbed “liquid culture fermentation,” offers several benefits, including lower material costs and increased yields of certain forms of insect-killing fungi, including Isaria or Metarhizium, which can serve as biobased alternatives to synthetic pesticides.

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Fighting back against citrus greening

By Dennis O’Brien
January 25, 2013

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists in Fort Pierce, Fla. are helping citrus growers and juice processors address the threat posed by Huanglongbing (HLB), a disease that is costing the citrus industry millions of dollars each year.

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Wheat disease management for 2013

By Boyd Padgett, LSU AgCenter

Several wheat diseases can negatively impact yield if not properly managed. In LSU AgCenter tests, rust-infested plots yielded over 50 percent less than non-infested plots. This demonstrates the need to effectively manage these diseases to optimize profits.

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Forum to examine climate change through another lens

Recognizing that solving the problem of climate change will require expertise from all sides of the ideological spectrum, the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture will host a free public forum, Climate Change: Values, National Security and Free Enterprise, at 7 p.m. EDT April 4 in the UK Student Center ballroom.

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Save the Date for the 8th International IPM Symposium

The 8th International Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Symposium will be held in Salt Lake City, Utah USA from March 24–26, 2015 at the Salt Palace Convention Center. Headquarters hotel will be the Radisson Hotel Salt Lake City Downtown.  SHARE THIS DATE WITH YOUR COLLEAGUES TODAY!

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Residential IPM Planning course at Oregon State University

The Integrated Pest Protection Center (IPPC) of Oregon State University is offering a residential course in IPM Planning and Implementation between August 11th and 24th this year.

Pre-registration is now open, and details of the course and application process can be found at: http://oregonstate.edu/conferences/event/ipmplanning/.

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Don’t Bug Me Webinars

Learn How to Manage Ants and Other Pests Via Don’t Bug Me Webinars

Got ants?  Tired of ladybug invasions in the fall?  Brought home bed bugs from your last trip? Alabama Cooperative Extension professionals will moderate a free webinar series that will take on all of these topics. In 2013, most of the webinars will be on fire ants and other invasive ant species.  Other topics for the year include bed bugs and various insects that invade homes each autumn.

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