New Bugs In Florida Stymie Researchers, Threaten Crops

NOTE: the description of the brown marmorated stink bug is of the nymph, not the adult.

From National Public Radio

With its pleasant climate, Florida has become home to more exotic and invasive species of plants and animals than any other state in the continental U.S. Some invasive species have been brought in deliberately, such as the Burmese python or the Cuban brown snail. But the majority of species are imported inadvertently as cargo.

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Are lionfish winning the war?

This article, although long, is worth the read, as it describes how an action seemingly innocent–letting pet fish go into a waterway–can lead to consequences that are not only destroying the aquatic ecosystem but may eventually be economically devastating if lionfish outfish commercial fishermen. Although several areas of the US and Virgin Islands have organized fishing tournaments and tried to put lionfish on restaurant menus, some new findings are making the latter option a little less palatable than it was originally.

The story points out the importance of a key IPM concept: prevention, and how hard the war is to win once those battle lines have been crossed.

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Friends of IPM Graduate Student winner makes important discovery involving wheat streak mosaic virus

Friends of IPM Graduate Student Award winner Jacob Price was a student employee working in the diagnostic lab at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research Center, Amarillo TX when he first encountered Wheat streak mosaic virus. Although he diagnosed other plant diseases, wheat streak mosaic seemed to prompt a question every time he diagnosed it for a grower: “Should I water?” It was very common for producers to state, “I thought it was drought stress, so I started irrigating and the wheat just died.”

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