Texas AgriLife receives permit to test spinach product for citrus greening control

In Southwest Farm Press

by Rod Santa Ana, Texas AgriLife

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved an experimental use permit that will allow experimentation to move forward on a spinach-based product to help control citrus greening disease.

EPA has approved Southern Garden Citrus work toward development of the spinach protein product. Approval is made under the Federal Insecticide, fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA).

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Cooperative Agriculture Pest Survey (CAPS) 2016 Surveys

The CAPS program continues to be centered on the ‘bundled survey’ concept for efficiency and economy of survey. Priority Surveys are those survey initiatives that have been identified by the National CAPS Committee as being of high priority to merit a priority survey effort (See Priority Pest List – Economic and Environmental). Priority surveys for 2016 include: 1. Nursery and Retail, 2. Cotton, 3. Exotic Wood Borer/Bark Beetle and 4. Small Grains.

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AgriLife Extension experts: Bagrada bug could spread throughout the U.S.

Yet again, another insect pest has moved into South Texas with the potential to damage crops and spread to other parts of the nation, according to experts at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Weslaco.


“This one is called the bagrada bug, a stink bug that will affect primarily our winter vegetable crops,” said Dr. Raul Villanueva, a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service entomologist in Weslaco. “This one comes to us from Mexico, but unlike many other invasive species, it was first reported in California then El Paso, moved into Mexico, then to the Rio Grande Valley.”

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Program planner available for XVIII International Plant Protection Congress

The meeting of the XVIII International Plant Protection Congress is August 24-27, 2015 in Berlin.

With the help of the Planner of the Scientific Program you can access the program of the congress and structure your personal conference program. Please click here in order to open the program planner.

Please note that the program planner will be updated continuously.

If you have any further questions regarding the congress, please contact the organizing agency Conventus via phone +49 3641 31 16-374 or email ippc@conventus.de.

Webinar on pesticide product search tool

On Thursday June 25th, 2015, at 1:00 pm. EST, the National Pesticide Information Center (NPIC) will host a webinar on their newest pesticide product search tool (NPRO).

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Assistant professor of entomology open, pollinator focus

The position is a tenure track, 60% research, 40% extension.  The successful applicant will housed in the Penn State Department of Entomology and a very integral part of our Center for Pollinator Research.  Applications should be submitted before August 31, 2015 to receive full consideration.

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