APHIS Posts New Pale Cyst Nematode (PCN) Eradication Program Report

APHIS’ Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ) Pale Cyst Nematode (PCN) Eradication Program in Idaho has posted its 2017 first quarter report (January 1 – March 31). The report updates program activities and eradication progress, and provides quarterly and aggregate regulatory, survey and laboratory data.

The PCN Eradication Program is a cooperative effort among PPQ, Idaho State Department of Agriculture, and industry stakeholders. The program’s goal is to control PCN spread, and eventually establish Idaho as PCN-free. Continue reading

AgriLife Extension community fire ant control program a template for success

by Paul Schattenberg, Texas A&M AgriLife

For more than a decade, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service integrated pest management program specialist Wizzie Brown has been engaged in a community-wide battle against one of the state’s most persistent pests – the fire ant.

Since 2005, Brown and residents of the Wood Glen community in Round Rock, north of Austin, have collaborated in a neighborhood fire ant program to control the proliferation of fire ants, eliminate their unsightly mounds and keep them from biting area residents. Continue reading

Conference on Preparing Winning Grants

On May 11, 2017 (in Dover, Delaware) Delaware State University, in collaboration with USDA/NIFA’s Institute of Food Safety and Nutrition, will host the “1st conference on preparing winning grants.” This workshop will focus on NIFA’s Food Science and Nutrition competitive grant programs, with an emphasis on mentorship and successful grant writing.

NOTE: This is not a web conference or webinar.

Program Highlights include:

  • Focus on nutrition, food science, and food safety research, education, and extension;
  • New investigators, 1890 Land-grant Universities, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic-Serving Agricultural Colleges and Universities, and 1994 Tribal College faculty are highly encouraged to attend; and
  • Successful USDA/NIFA Food Science, Nutrition, and Food Safety Awardees will be assigned as mentors.

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Use advisory tool and links to guide strawberry disease management decisions

by Frank Louws, Center for IPM

All this wet weather will favor the main strawberry fruit rot diseases including Botrytis Fruit Rot (BFR) and Anthracnose Fruit Rot (AFR). BFR will be the main concern for most growers. We have not consistently identified plant sources with the AFR pathogen. Hopefully, AFR pressure will be low this year for most growers. Some strawberry fields have problems with angular leaf spot, caused by the bacteria Xanthomonas fragariae.

The Strawberry Fruit Infection Risk advisory tool shows HIGH risk for both BFR and AFR (see figure). Details of how to use this Advisory Tool are provided at https://ipm.ces.ncsu.edu/strawberry-fruit-infection-risk-tool/ or users can go directly to the map at: http://agroclimatenc.ncsu.edu/plantdisease/strawberry.aspx. Continue reading