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Clemson Extension backyard poultry workshop

Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service will conduct a one day Backyard Poultry Workshop.  This program will be held on Friday June 27, 2014 at the Pee Dee Research and Education Center in Florence, SC.  The program will begin 10:00 am and conclude at 4:30 pm.  This is the second class in the Backyard Poultry Workshop Series.

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Raleigh artist exhibits work on invasive species

The Raleigh Museum of Natural Sciences Nature Art Gallery will be including the exhibit, “Beyond their Borders,” featuring Raleigh artist April Flanders. Flanders, whose work includes painting, printmaking, drawing and installations, centers all of her art around the theme of invasive species.

Learn more about the exhibit and the artist by clicking here.

The world’s deadliest animal

Lions, tigers and bears have got nothing on this tiny creature that all of us see every summer in our backyards. Of all of the vicious creatures in the world, from the deadly lionfish to human beings, mosquitoes kill more people every year than any other creature. According to a writer at the Gates Notes, malaria alone kills 600,000 people a year. Another 125,000 are killed by other mosquito-transmitted viruses.

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What’s a questing tick?

Spring is the time to watch out for questing ticks. What is a questing tick, you might ask? Read this month’s School IPM 2015 newsletter to find out!

We’ve made progress in fighting invasives but still have a way to go

In the US alone, introduced species cause an economic impact of $157 billion, according to an article published in a 2005 issue of Frontiers in Ecological Environment. At that time, most of the attention for exotic invaders was being given to those that negatively affected crops. However, in the last 10 years, research and extension activities have expanded to include areas of public recreation and environmental concern (such as the hemlock woolly adelgid). Three authors from Tennessee and California explore “Introduced species policy, management, and future research needs” by looking at the status of introduced species management in 2005 and recommending ways that research could help. This post will add thoughts on ways that invasive species management has changed since then and how research has helped to inform the public about the importance of managing invasive species and how people can help.

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Predators delay pest resistance to Bt crops

Crops genetically modified with the bacterium Bt (Bacillus thuringiensis) produce proteins that kill pest insects. Steady exposure has prompted concern that pests will develop resistance to these proteins, making Bt plants ineffective.

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Springtime Means Tick Time! Learn to Protect Yourself

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, preliminary results from three different evaluation methods suggest that the number of people diagnosed with Lyme disease each year in the United States is around 300,000. Ticks are a growing problem across much of the nation. As you gear up to spend more time in the great outdoors, EPA has some important information for you about how to protect yourself from ticks.

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Texas Entomologists Win Regional Award for Successful Biocontrol of Invasive Saltcedar

The invasive saltcedar now has a formidable foe, thanks to a team of Texas A&M AgriLife Entomlogists and efforts by over a dozen stakeholders and agencies. Once a giant that lapped up riparian water resources and caused flooding by altering stream flow, saltcedars are now losing ground to three species of leaf beetles that are literally eating them to death. Behind the success of this pest management effort is a regional collaboration of federal, state and private agencies led by the Saltcedar Biological Control Team consisting of Dr. Allen Knutson and Dr. Mark Muegge, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension and Dr. Jerry Michels and Erin Jones, Texas A&M AgriLife Research. In February, these four entomologists received the Friends of Southern IPM Pulling Together award at the meeting of the Southwestern Branch of the Entomology Society of America.

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Virginia Tech masters student wins regional award for inventive bed bug remediation

Not every Masters student knows what it’s like to live with a bed bug infestation, but Virginia Tech masters student Molly Stedfast has worked with people who do. Since starting her masters project with Dr. Dini Miller in the fall of 2010, Molly has developed a bed bug integrated pest management plan and training for both residents and staff of public housing apartments. At the Eastern Branch of the Entomological Society of America meeting on March 17, Molly received a regional award for her work.

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