University of Florida scientists find way to detect Zika virus in mosquitoes

In PCT Magazine

A University of Florida entomologist is working with other scientists to detect the Zika virus in minutes, rather than days or weeks, allowing for faster and more targeted mosquito control practices and detection in patient samples.

Zika can lead to multiple symptoms in adults, including fever, rash, headache and joint pain. It also can cause microcephaly, a condition that causes infants to be born with a head that’s much smaller than that of a normal baby.  Continue reading

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Auburn University doctoral student leads research on how parasitoids use scents to locate hosts

Research by a doctoral student at Auburn University into how certain insect parasitoids “sniff out” their prey will help farmers better utilize them to control insect pests.

Tolulope Morawo, a Ph.D. student at Auburn University, won a Friends of Southern IPM Graduate Student award for his research on two parasitoid species (parasitic wasps) that attack caterpillar pests. His goal is to discover how these parasitoids find their hosts through olfactory responses. Continue reading

Northern Va. Students Honored with President’s Environmental Youth Award for Healthy and Sustainable Farming Practices

Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that the George Mason High School Environmental Group, a group of 11 students in Falls Church, Va. will receive the 2016 President’s Environmental Youth Award for grade levels 6-12 for their work with healthy and sustainable farming practices. The national award is presented each year to exceptional students who demonstrate creativity, innovation, and leadership to address difficult environmental challenges.

“Today, we are pleased to honor these impressive young leaders, who demonstrate the impact that a few individuals can make to protect our environment,” said EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. “These students are empowering their peers, educating their communities, and demonstrating the STEM skills needed for this country to thrive in the global economy.” Continue reading

Several Louisiana parishes added to the Domestic Citrus Canker (Xanthomonas spp.) Quarantine Area

Effective immediately, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is expanding the area quarantined for citrus canker in Louisiana.

APHIS established a quarantine on February 10, 2014, (DA-2014-08) following the positive identification of Xanthomonas spp., the bacterial causal agent of citrus canker, from a sweet orange tree located in New Orleans, Louisiana. APHIS further updated this quarantine on June 2, 2016 (DA-2016-35), to add portions of several parishes. Continue reading