Hydrilla may be poisoning bald eagles

In Coastal Review Online

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Hydrilla is slowly choking rivers, ponds and lakes of North Carolina. Now it has become an even more ominous potential threat and an eagle killer.

A newly identified deadly neurotoxin produced by algae found on the underside of the invasive aquatic plant has been linked to numerous bald eagle deaths in DeGray Lake, Arkansas and Thurmond Lake that straddles Georgia and South Carolina, and at Lake Sam Rayburn in Texas.

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Cluster Hire in Emerging Plant Disease and Global Food Security NC State University

As part of the Chancellor’s Faculty Excellence Program, NC State University seeks four outstanding faculty at any rank to form a new interdisciplinary faculty cluster on “Emerging Plant Disease and Global Food Security”.   Understanding the dynamics of and managing emerging plant diseases requires a collaborative approach with expertise in epidemiology, population biology, microbial evolution, geospatial modeling and bioinformatics. The new cluster faculty will develop basic knowledge in these areas and work collaboratively with several existing clusters to advance NC State University as a leader in addressing the challenges of emerging plant diseases and global food security. Continue reading

Agromedicine Workshop October 29-30th

Don’t forget to place October 29-30 on your calendars. The Agromedicine Workshop is next week and it’s time to register. This meeting will be held in conjuction with the Texas Rural Health Assoc. Conference at the Sheraton Hotel in Fort Worth, TX.

Please click here to register for the Agromedicine Workshop; then scroll all the way down until you see the Agromedicine Flyer picture. If you come across a problem with the site please feel free to contact Nykole or Amanda for further assistance. Thank you and we hope to see you there. Continue reading

New app helps strawberry and peach growers manage diseases

Strawberry growers have a direct line to help for and information about diseases with the new MyIPM app, developed by researchers at Clemson University.

The idea for the app grew out of a previous series of USDA-NIFA Southern Regional IPM grant- funded projects that provided peach and strawberry growers with monitoring tools for fungicide-resistant plant pathogens. The online tool for strawberries gave growers alternatives for managing fungicide-resistant Botrytis. Subsequent surveys showed that the program saved growers about 10 percent of their yield. Continue reading

Call for papers and posters, 2016 Southeastern Branch Entomology Society meeting

The 2016 Southeastern Branch of the Entomological Society of America Program Committee is soliciting paper and poster submissions for the upcoming meeting of the Southeastern Branch of the Entomological Society of America. Submissions should be made online.

In the lower part of the ESA-SEB submission page, please select the appropriate program for your submission. Information required for regular ten-minute papers and posters includes: presentation title, submitter’s e-mail, species and primary area (as chosen from a dropdown menu). Only submissions to section P-IE will further require selection of the most representative theme (as chosen from a dropdown menu).

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UK part of international consortium investigating environmental impacts of nanotechnology-based agrochemicals

Two University of Kentucky scientists are part of a newly established international consortium investigating the environmental impacts of nanotechnology-based agrochemicals.

The three-year $1.2 million grant entitled Fate and Effects of Agriculturally Relevant Materials (NanoFARM) was funded by the European Union and the U.S. National Science Foundation through the European Area Research Networks (ERA-NET). Typically this is a program for scientists in E.U. member states, but this year the U.S. participated in the program by providing funding through various agencies, enabling participation of U.S. researchers. Continue reading