• Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

    Join 1,795 other followers

  • Southern IPM blog posts

    July 2017
    M T W T F S S
  • Funded by USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture

    The Southern Region IPM Center is located at North Carolina State University, 1730 Varsity Drive, Suite 110, Raleigh, NC 27606, and is sponsored by the United States Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture.
  • Southern IPM Tweets

Survey underway for Phragmites scale in Louisiana

In Delta Farm Press

by Bruce Schultz

A team of 16 scientists and students led by the LSU AgCenter conducted a survey on May 31 to collect samples of a small insect that’s a potential threat to the fragile marsh of lower Plaquemines Parish, La.

The tiny insect, the Phragmites scale, is attacking Roseau cane, a plant similar to bamboo with a dense network of roots that hold marsh soil together.

LSU AgCenter entomologist Rodrigo Diaz said the survey is a good start for figuring out what can be done about the pest.

“We accomplished a lot,” Diaz said. “First, to coordinate logistics for future trips. Second, we established sites for long term-monitoring. And third, we collected baseline data of the conditions of Roseau at the beginning of the hurricane season.”

Other agencies participating in the survey included the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Also on the trip was Earl Armstrong, a lifelong resident of Plaquemines Parish, who first noticed the Roseau cane appeared to be dying on hundreds of acres about 18 months ago.

He observed that some stands of Roseau cane were so thin that an airboat could easily run through them, but a healthy stand is a challenging obstacle.

In areas of thin Roseau cane growth where the cane was growing back, the scales had already started feeding on the stalks of the new plants.

Read the rest of the story in Delta Farm Press.

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: