Delivering a Virus that Gets Rid of House Flies

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists have found an effective method to infect house flies with a virus that stops the flies from reproducing.

House flies can transmit hundreds of animal and human pathogens like Salmonella, Escherichia coli and Shigella bacteria, which cause foodborne illnesses. Insecticides are used to help control flies, but the pests can develop resistance to chemicals.

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What to do with kudzu bugs now on the move

by Dominic Reisig, NC State University, in Southeast Farm Press

Yes, spring is in the air and kudzu bugs are again on the move.

This article covers 1) what is going on in terms of movement right now and 2) what you can expect in terms of future soybean invasions for May and June.

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IPM on worms battles international disease

The Carter Center has been instrumental in nearly wiping out guinea worm disease, a painful and debilitating affliction that has plagued humans for centuries. President Carter discussed this as a health issue, but it is also an inspiring IPM success.

http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/tue-april-9-2013/jimmy-carter-pt–1

Here is some more about guinea worm: http://www.cartercenter.org/health/guinea_worm/mini_site/index.html