Stink Bugs Invading Homes Before Winter

Entomology Today

The brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB), an invasive insect from Asia, was first collected in the U.S. in Allentown, PA in 1998. Since then it has spread to more than 40 states.

The BMSB damages fruits and vegetables and costs farmers millions of dollars each year. They are also a nuisance for home owners in the fall, as they find their way into warm houses where they stay during the winter.

Unfortunately, the BMSB has no natural enemies in North America, but that may change. Scientists are proposing to import tiny wasps from Asia which lay eggs inside the stink bugs. However, the wasps must first undergo tests to ensure that they do not attack other insects besides the BMSB, and to make sure they do not become pests themselves, as the following video from USA Today explains:

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Excellent New Onion Production Bulletin Available

From IPM West

Kudos to the Onion ipmPIPE Project and Colorado State University for the publication of Onion Health Management and Production, a 104 page, full-color bulletin written by a national team of 20 onion experts.

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Georgia growers learn some lessons about crop diseases this year

By Robert C. Kemerait, UGA Cooperative Extension

Weather conditions played a big role in the types of diseases that were found on Georgia crops in 2013.

Rainfall delayed harvest for some cotton and soybean growers and brought diseases to peanuts, cotton and corn.

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Be prepared for fire ants at school

The biting, stinging fire ant is a nuisance most people are far too familiar with, but few recognize the life-threatening danger these small pests pack in their punch.

Recently, a Texas teen died after numerous fire ant stings during a junior high football game in Corpus Christi. Allergic reactions to fire ant bites are rare, but require quick thinking and proactive first aid work.

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Co-Discoverer of Lyme Disease Dies at Age 79

Entomology Today

Stephen Malawista, one of the discoverers of Lyme disease, died Wednesday at age 79.

Malawista and his research team are credited with discovering Lyme disease in the 1970s and with helping to show that the tick-borne illness could be treated with antibiotics.

The first cases occurred in the Connecticut towns of Lyme and Old Lyme — hence the name — and were at first diagnosed as rheumatoid arthritis, but Dr. Malawista and his team showed that there was a link between ticks and the disease.

The United States Centers for Disease Control recently estimated that there are more than 300,000 cases of Lyme Disease in the U.S. each year.

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Stephen E. Malawista, Lyme Disease Researcher, Dies at 79

Stephen E. Malawista, Yale researcher who helped discover Lyme disease, dies at 79

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UGA researchers taking part in soybean root-knot-nematode resistance program

In Southeast Farm Press

By Randy Mertens, University of Missouri

Scientists from the University of Georgia, the University of Missouri and the Beijing Genome Institute have teamed up to use next-generation sequencing to identify two genes — out of approximately 50,000 possibilities — that defend soybeans from damage caused by the root-knot nematode (RKN).

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UK researchers studying ways to better manage apple disease

Bitter rot is a common harvest-season disease for apples in Kentucky. University of Kentucky plant pathology researchers are studying methods to improve fungicide recommendations to limit losses from this disease.

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