Assistant Professor-Agricultural Insect Ecologist position open at Clemson

Clemson University is recruiting an Agricultural Insect Ecologist for a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level (anticipated as a 12-month appointment with an initial 50% Research, 50% Teaching split). The position will reside within the Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, and will be located on the University’s main campus in Clemson, South Carolina. The successful candidate will be expected to develop a nationally-recognized, extramurally funded research program, actively engage in the work of the department and the entomology program, be engaged in the national and international entomological community, and mentor undergraduate and graduate students. Research areas should complement existing programs in agricultural biology and arthropod biodiversity. Particularly desirable areas include pollination ecology, plant-insect interactions, parasitoid biology, or other areas related to agricultural ecology. Initial teaching responsibilities will include courses in Agricultural Entomology, Integrated Pest Management, and a course related to the candidate’s specialty, in addition to other agreed courses as program needs evolve.

This position closes September 9. Read the full description.

Georgia Farmer Barry Martin Shares His Perspective on Cover Crops

Barry Martin is a Hawkinsville, Ga., farmer who plants peanuts, cotton, corn, soybeans, wheat and grain sorghum, and uses strip till. He plants a cover crop in large part to control weeds, such as the herbicide-resistant Palmer amaranth. “A good cover of rye seems to prevent its germination,” he says. Learn more (watch the video).

AgriLife Extension sets two public Zika educational programs in Brown County Aug. 29

by Steve Byrnes, Texas A&M AgriLife

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will conduct a pair of Zika educational programs for the public on Aug. 29 in Brown County.

The first program, sponsored by the City of Brownwood, will be at 4 p.m. at the Adams Street Community Center, 511 E. Adams Brownwood. The second will be at 6 p.m. at the May School in May and is sponsored by the May Independent School District. Continue reading

University of Florida is using vegetable grafting to manage diseases in crops

by Jose Perez, University of Florida

Grafting has been used for thousands of years to propagate and improve tree crops.   For vegetable crops this technique is relatively new. Use of grafting for disease management in vegetable production was first introduced about 90 years ago in watermelon to help manage fusarium wilt, said Dr. Xin Zhao, an Associate Professor at the Horticultural Sciences Department of the University of Florida. Vegetable grafting has been used extensively in Asian countries such as China, Japan, and South Korea; primarily employed to help manage soilborne diseases in intensive cultivation systems. Continue reading

What a “GMO” really means

This post originally appeared in Georgia FACES.

By Wayne Parrott, University of Georgia, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

A supermarket shopper 50 years ago would never believe the amount of fresh produce available today, especially in the winter. No generation before us has had a more plentiful, nutritious or safe assortment of fresh fruits and vegetables at their disposal.

New fruit and vegetable variety development is an ongoing process. Most of the fruits and vegetables found in supermarkets today simply do not exist in the wild. Over the past centuries, farmers derived fruits and vegetables from wild plants. In many cases, it is very difficult to recognize the wild versions. Continue reading

APHIS Declares Eradication of European Grapevine Moth from United States

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has determined that the European grapevine moth (EGVM) (Lobesia botrana) has been eradicated from California and is lifting the Federal quarantine on 446 square miles of Napa and Sonoma Counties that have been under regulation since June 2010. APHIS and the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) have conducted extensive survey, control, and regulatory efforts for over three years and found no EGVM in this last quarantined area. This means the United States is free from this pest and unrestricted movement of grapes and other host commodities from these areas can resume. This action is effective on August 18, 2016. Continue reading

Research scholar sought to work on risk analysis

The Center for Integrated Pest Management at NC State University is seeking a research scholar to work with the USDA Center for Plant Health Science and Technology, Plant Epidemiology and Risk Analysis Laboratory.

The successful applicant will carry out work supporting cooperative activities of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the NSF Center for Integrated Pest Management. This work will entail the collection development, evaluation, analysis and communication of biological information. The primary responsibility of this position will be to research, write, and present reports on various arthropods, plant pathogens and nematodes, which will be used to develop pest forecast models to support USDA APHIS decision making processes. The person in this position should have experience in geospatial analysis and will work closely with a team of GIS analysts, modelers, and researchers at the USDA’s Center for Plant Health Science and Technology. The work will involve performing literature searches, reviewing and interpreting highly technical scientific information and government reports, corresponding with subject matter experts, developing forecast models and analyzing information to produce written reports that will then be presented to a team of analysts. Continue reading