Pollinator Protection Conference

Michigan State University is sponsoring a pollinator protection workshop in the mountains of North Carolina (Asheville area) October 12-14.  Cost $180 registration plus lodging.  This should be an excellent opportunity for anyone wanting to get an overview of the pollinator and insecticide controversies (especially in urban landscapes) currently being debated within and without the entomology community.

See attached preliminary program. Website http://www.ornamentalpollinators.org/registration.html. Speakers include Rufus Isaacs from Michigan State University, David Tarpy from NC State University, Emily Minor from University of Illinois, Jane Memmot from the University of Bristol and more.

Gastonia residents learn about IPM on A Bug’s Day

In a North Carolina nature museum on May 30, SIPMC represented one of 30 exhibitors at “A Bug’s Day” event at the Schiele Museum in Gastonia. Partnering with the North Carolina Extension Implementation Project (EIP), also funded by USDA NIFA, SIPMC presented IPM to the general pubic in a very tangible way.

“A Bug’s Day” afforded us a time to talk to homeowners and older children one on one. Adults liked the interactive posters on Farm and Home IPM, while children loved the vials of bed bugs. After some coaxing, their parents would peer into the vials as well. The experience opened up some good “bed bug story” sharing opportunities and a chance to talk to parents about what IPM means at home.

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UKAg researcher to develop artificial blood for mosquitoes

A “nuisance” is probably one of the nicest things people call mosquitoes. Mosquitoes have been called the deadliest animal on the planet, because of the diseases they spread. So why would researchers want to develop an artificial buffet for them?

The answer is simple. That “buffet” may lead to fewer mosquitoes. Stephen Dobson, a University of Kentucky professor of medical and veterinary entomology, believes his mosquito food can do just that. Others believe there’s promise too.

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APHIS fights spotted lanternfly in Pennsylvania

Last year, an invasive pest known as the spotted lanternfly was found in the United States for the first time ever in Berks County, Pennsylvania.  Tucked away in Pennsylvania Dutch Country, Berks County may seem an unlikely location to find a foreign pest, but with today’s global economy unwanted pests can show up almost anywhere.

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Black flag in Virginia cotton fields

As you may have heard, reports out of northeastern North Carolina are talking about infestations of plant bugs (Lygus) causing a symptom called “black flag” by feeding on presquare cotton.  This is very rare in US cotton.  This symptom is termed “black flag” due to the death and blackened appearance of the expanding terminal leaves.  The danger is creating “crazy cotton”, which is loss of apical dominance, causing multiple terminals per plant, delayed squaring, or yield loss.  Terminals can be destroyed from only 20 minutes of feeding.

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Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) Regulated Area Expands in Minnesota

Effective immediately, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is adding Anoka and Fillmore Counties in Minnesota to the list of regulated areas for the emerald ash borer (EAB). APHIS is taking this action in response to the detection of EAB in Anoka and Fillmore Counties.

To prevent the spread of EAB to other states, the attached Federal Order outlines specific conditions for the interstate movement of EAB-regulated articles from the quarantined areas in Minnesota. Specifically, the interstate movement of EAB-host wood and wood products from the quarantined areas in Minnesota is regulated, including firewood of all hardwood species, nursery stock, green lumber, waste, compost, and chips of ash species.

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