NC State receives $6.7 million to fight spotted wing drosophila

From NC State News

by Dee Shore

NC State has won a $6.7 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to undertake research and grower education efforts aimed at better managing a major new pest that causes hundreds of millions of dollars in annual agricultural losses.

Under the four-year specialty crop grant from USDA’s National Institute for Food and Agriculture, NC State University scientists will join with researchers and extension specialists from across the nation to conduct on-farm tests aimed at finding new ways of effectively dealing with spotted wing drosophila, a tiny fruit fly that’s been causing big problems since it was first detected in North America in 2008.

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EPA and DPNR Announce Free Conference on How to Reduce Pesticides at Public Conference in St. Thomas, USVI

Meeting Scheduled for November 18th at the Charles W. Turnbull Regional Library

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and The Virgin Islands’ Department of Planning and Natural Resources will host a conference on Wednesday, November 18, at the Charles W. Turnbull Regional Library on St. Thomas to educate hotel owners, hospitality workers, pesticide applicators, business operators and the general public on how they can reduce the use of pesticides. The conference will feature pest control experts who will share ways to address pests with fewer or less toxic chemicals, as well as an approach called Integrated Pest Management.

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Bacterial blight on resistant cotton varieties

See Southwest Farm Press for photos and data tables

The moderate temperatures and wet conditions experienced throughout the High Plains from May to July were conducive for the development of bacterial blight (Fig. 1). An increase in the disease was observed across most of the region with observations of bacterial blight-like symptoms occurring on varieties that had previously been documented as being resistant or immune.

Initial ratings of a research trial near Plains, Texas, found the disease to be present in most all plots with disease incidence averaging nearly 25 percent. Upon closer examination, the ratings were found to be incorrect resulting from erroneous labeling of plots in the field. This is good news from a production perspective, as the updated disease ratings with correctly labeled plots immune.

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