Arkansas study shows that glyphosate-resistant weeds need to be managed

In Southeast Farm Press

A four-year study recently published in the journal Weed Science shows how far-reaching the impact of a single herbicide-resistant weed can be.

The research was conducted over four years in four Arkansas cotton fields. In this study, 20,000 seeds of glyphosate-resistant Palmer amaranth, which may represent only 2 percent of seed from one plant, were introduced into a 1-square-mile area. The weeds that resulted were not managed, but allowed to “escape.”

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New Orleans pests beware: city’s mosquito, rodent and termite control board fights to make city’s buildings pest free

I’ve written several stories about how IPM changes the environment of a school or building when pests are no longer harassing the people inside the building. I’ve also passed along recommendations from specialists on how people can make buildings uninviting for pests. So when I went to New Orleans in April to help present a Friends of Southern IPM Implementer Award to the New Orleans Mosquito, Rodent and Termite Control Board, I wanted to see for myself how their work in IPM has changed the city.

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New treatment for citrus greening also treats human gout

In Southeast Farm Press

A University of Florida research team is cautiously optimistic after finding a possible treatment in the lab for citrus greening, the disease that threatens to cripple the nation’s citrus industry. The new finding uses a chemical also used to treat gout in humans.

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Collection Manager, Insects – Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago, IL, USA

The Collection Manager is involved in all aspects of care and maintenance of the Field Museum insect collection and collaborates with Curators in management of the collection. This position will also interact with the FMNH Action and Integrative Research Centers, as well as Education and Exhibits.

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New nematode resistant cotton helps yield

In Delta Farm Press

Root-knot nematode populations can vary significantly across a cotton field. Thus a farmer might not need root-knot-nematode protection on every square foot of cotton he grows.

He does want all of the cotton to yield, however, and that’s what Monsanto plant breeders were trying to achieve when they began preparing Deltapine 1454 NR B2RF and other root-knot-nematode resistant cotton varieties for release.

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Funding opportunity for alfalfa research

Alfalfa and Forage Research Program

Alfalfa and Forage Research Program (AFRP) will support the development of improved alfalfa forage and seed production systems. The program will support the development of improved production systems for other forage crops in future years, depending on the availability of funding. Proposals submitted to AFRP in FY 2014 should address one or more of the following priorities: (1) Improving alfalfa forage and seed yield through better nutrient, water and/or pest management; (2) Improving persistence of alfalfa stands by lessening biotic or abiotic stresses; (3) Improving alfalfa forage and seed harvesting and storage systems to optimize economic returns; (4) Improving estimates of alfalfa forage quality as an animal feed to increase forage usage in animal feeds; and/or (5) Breeding to address biotic and abiotic stresses that impact forage yield and persistence and the production of seed for propagation.

Applications must be received by Grants.gov by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Monday, July 7, 2014. (NOTE THE TIGHT DEADLINE)

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Searching your hotel room for bed bugs

In Wired

By Gwen Pearson

You’re packed for your trip, your boarding passes are downloaded… and then that little moment of terror hits. What if the hotel you’re going to stay in has bed bugs? It’s a real concern, but by being vigilant, you can reduce your chances of bringing home some unexpected souvenirs.

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