Announcing the 2016 Emerald Ash Borer Research and Technology Development Meeting

October 19-20, 2016
Wooster, Ohio

The Ohio State University is pleased to host the 9th Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) Research and Technology Development Meeting at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC) in Wooster, Ohio.  The program will include submitted oral and poster presentations.  Submissions for all EAB related research and technology development are welcome. Continue reading

Assistant Professor of Entomology: Arthropod Vectors of Vertebrate Diseases – Penn State University

STARTING DATE:  January 1, 2017 or as negotiated

LOCATION: Department of Entomology
College of Agricultural Sciences
The Pennsylvania State University
University Park, PA 16802

As part of Penn State’s continuing dedication to develop excellence in the area of infectious disease dynamics, we seek to strengthen the Department of Entomology with a scientist whose program is focused on arthropods and vertebrate diseases. Continue reading

University of Georgia has 3 Extension agent positions open

The University of Georgia has listed three Extension agent positions at http://www.caes.uga.edu/unit/abo/hr/.

General information about UGA County Extension Agent positions may be found at: http://extension.uga.edu/about/join/careers.cfm. Continue reading

MacArthur Foundation 100 & Change

100&Change is a MacArthur Foundation competition for a $100 million grant to fund a single proposal that will make measurable progress toward solving a significant problem. 100&Change will select a bold proposal that promises real progress toward solving a critical problem of our time. And it will award a $100 million grant to help make that solution a reality. Proposals focused on any critical issue are welcome. 

  • No single field or problem area is designated; proposals from any sector are encouraged.
  • Proposals should articulate both the problem and the proposed solution, and must have a charitable purpose.
  • Competitive proposals will be meaningful, verifiable, durable, and feasible.

The competition opened on June 2, 2016, and registration closes on September 2, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. Central. Applications will be accepted through 11:00 a.m. Central on Monday, October 3, 2016. Semi-Finalists will be announced in December 2016 and Finalists in the Summer of 2017. A group of Finalists will present their solutions during a live event in the fall of 2017. Selection of the final award recipient rests with MacArthur’s Board of Directors. Send email of intent to: limitedsubmissions@tamu.edu

David Kerns is new Texas IPM Coordinator

Currently the Jack Hamilton Regent’s Chair in Cotton Production and Row Crop IPM, Dr. David Kerns has agreed to return to the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in the role of Statewide IPM Coordinator and Extension Entomologist. Dr. Kerns brings with him significant experience working with IPM Agents and field crop entomology. He will add depth and experience to the Extension team in both of these areas and will collaborate productively with Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Faculty to improve IPM systems in cotton, corn, grain sorghum and other field crops.  Continue reading

U of Illinois seeks Research Scientist – Department of Plant Biology

The Department of Plant Biology at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign invites applications for a Research Scientist position to work on papaya sex chromosome evolution and sex determination gene network. The Research Scientist will use a variety of molecular, genetic, genomic and informatics methods to study mutation events leading to the sex reversal from male to hermaphrodite. The successful candidate will work as a member of an integrated team to oversee and integrate ongoing efforts to understand mechanisms and patterns of sex chromosome evolution in papaya.

The Research Scientist will develop genetic, genomic, biochemical, molecular and informatics tools for ongoing analysis of sex chromosome evolution and gene networks leading to sexual differentiation. This will include conducting experiments to elucidate mechanisms of genomic, metabolic and other essential genetic functions. Continue reading

How to recognize bacterial blight in cotton

In Southeast Farm Press

by Bob Kemerait, UGA Extension

Bacterial blight has quietly found its way back into cotton fields for the second year in a row. There is little we can do about it now. However, by knowing more about this disease, cotton growers can make decisions to minimize impact next year and beyond.

Now in my 16th year as an Extension specialist at the University of Georgia, I have typically seen only light outbreaks of bacterial blight. This changed in 2015, when seemingly out of nowhere, bacterial blight caused significant premature defoliation and boll rot in a number of fields. The disease was found in more than one variety, but DPL 1454 B2RR, a promising variety with resistance to the southern root-knot nematode, was most severely affected. I was hopeful that the disease would go away if our growers planted varieties other than 1454 this season.  Unfortunately, it is back. Continue reading