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Organic workshops and webinars in November

eOrganic is sponsoring several workshops, conferences and webinars this month. Below is a sampling. For more information, read their newsletter.

Organic Transition Workshops in Minnesota

Registration is open for a series of Transitioning to Organic Workshops, in Lamberton, St. Cloud, and Rochester, MN, organized by the Principles for Transitioning to Organic Farming project.These FREE, one-day workshops are for both producers who are seeking more information about organic transitioning and certification, and farmers currently going through the process of transitioning to organic production. These workshops will be primarily directed to field crop producers, but all are welcome. Download a flyer for more information about the workshops here. Space is limited for these workshops. Registration is required by November 22. Register by Clicking Here. For more information, please contact Constance Carlson by email: carl5114@umn.edu or phone: 612-301-1678. Continue reading

Rio fights Zika with biggest release yet of bacteria-infected mosquitoes

In Nature online

by Ewen Callaway

Two South American metropolises are enlisting bacteria-infected mosquitoes to fight Zika, in the world’s biggest test yet of an unconventional yet promising approach to quell mosquito-borne diseases.

Mosquitoes that carry Wolbachia bacteria — which hinder the insects’ ability to transmit Zika, dengue and other viruses — will be widely released in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and Medellín, Colombia, over the next two years, scientists announced on 26 October. The deployments will reach around 2.5 million people in each city. Continue reading

Entomologist position, western Colorado

A position for an entomologist working in western Colorado has just become available.  It can be viewed at:  https://jobs.colostate.edu/postings/38627 .

The position will work as part of the Tri River Area Extension Program. The position will provide leadership, guidance, organization, management, and educational opportunities supporting Entomology/Pest Management needs in the Tri River Area. This position will also provide support in soil and crop science, support to all classes of commercial agriculture, small acreage management and landscape pest management. Continue reading

New specialty crop project promises new, sustainable tools for BMSB fight

Specialty crop growers throughout the country will benefit from a new $3.7 million USDA grant won by NC State to find sustainable control options for the invasive brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB).

Now that BMSB is detected in 43 states and is adapting to new climates, more needs to be done to manage the pest from a national perspective, says NC State Extension Entomologist Jim Walgenbach, principle investigator in the project. The grant is sponsored by USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Specialty Crops Research Initiative Program, and includes the cooperation of scientists from 16 land grant universities across the country as well as the USDA-ARS. Continue reading

Northeastern IPM Center announces new online videos

The Northeastern IPM Center announces new videos available on its website and YouTube channel. Continue reading

Study Highlights Diversity of Arthropods Found in Homes Across the United States

by Matt Shipman, NC State University

Researchers from North Carolina State University and the University of Colorado Boulder used DNA testing and citizen science to create an “atlas” that shows the range and diversity of arthropods found in homes across the continental United States.

Previous research found a significant diversity of arthropods in homes in one part of North Carolina – we wanted to use advanced DNA sequencing-based approaches to get a snapshot of arthropod diversity in homes across the country,” says Anne Madden, a postdoctoral researcher at NC State and lead author of a paper on the new work. “This work is a significant step toward understanding the ecology of our own homes, with the goal of improving our understanding of how those organisms in our homes may affect our health and quality of life.” Continue reading

NCSU Student Creates Campus Pollinator Garden

If you have played through NC State’s Centennial Campus disc golf course, the start of hole four probably didn’t stand out as much more than an eroded slope.

But now — thanks to a partnership between an NC State graduate student and the university’s Grounds Management department — a large pollinator-friendly garden is both managing stormwater and providing habitat on campus. Continue reading