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Invasive Bagrada bug may cause ‘stink’ in South Central Texas

by Paul Schattenberg, Texas A&M AgriLife

The Bagrada bug, Bagrada hilaris, an invasive stink bug that has been slowly spreading through the southwestern U.S. for the past decade, has recently been reported in Hays County, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service entomologist.

“This bug can cause serious crop damage as well as cause damage to plants in commercial nurseries and home gardens and landscapes,” said Molly Keck, AgriLife Extension entomologist and integrated pest management specialist, Bexar County. Continue reading

North American Plant Protection Organization (NAPPO) Seeks New Project Proposals

The North American Plant Protection Organization (NAPPO) is seeking new project proposals from June 1 to July 31, 2017. This is the first step in NAPPO’s process for identifying new projects or topics to add to its work program. This is also the initial step in the NAPPO standard-setting process for proposals that seek to develop a regional standard.

U.S. stakeholders are invited to work with USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ) to submit new project proposals. Proposals may focus on the development or revision of regional standards, workshops (e.g. to improve the implementation of standards), technical and scientific documents, surveillance protocols, or other projects to develop similar and consistent approaches for plant health measures. For your reference, the NAPPO Secretariat has posted on its Web site a list of current projects and topics. They have also posted a list of regional standards that need updating. Continue reading

Deadline Extended for the 9th International IPM Symposium Awards until June 30, 2017

Did you submit a nomination to the Friends of Southern IPM Award program that didn’t win? Think about submitting one for an IPM Symposium Award! This year there is a new category for graduate students. Even if you submitted a winning nomination for a Friends of IPM Award, consider submitting it to the IPM Symposium. Remember that this is an international competition, so that would look great on someone’s CV!

Due to an overwhelming response to troubles with the online application process, the Symposium Awards committee is extending the IPM Achievement Awards until June 30, 2017 to assist applicants with alternative awards submissions.  Continue reading