Methods and Guidance for Testing the Efficacy of Antimicrobials against Spores of Clostridium difficile

EPA is announcing the availability of test methods for evaluating the efficacy of antimicrobial pesticides against Clostridum difficile as well as regulatory guidance for pesticidal claims for those products. These test methods and guidance provide a framework for registrants who seek to make a claim for antimicrobial pesticide products to control these spores on hard, non-porous surfaces.

Under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act, the registrant of an antimicrobial product with a public health claim is required to submit efficacy data to EPA in support of the product’s registration.   Continue reading

Penn State seeks Post-doctoral Research Associate

Full announcement and application instructions: https://psu.jobs/job/74773

A Postdoctoral Research Associate position is available in the Veterinary Entomology Laboratory of Dr. Erika Machtinger at The Pennsylvania State University in State College, PA. The successful applicant will have flexibility to work in several different research areas including integrated pest management and ecology of filth flies on livestock and poultry facilities, West Nile virus cycles associated with ruffed grouse in Pennsylvania, tick chemical ecology and associations with white-footed mice and other hosts, or arthropod transmission of avian influenza. Applicants are expected to have earned a Ph.D. degree. Previous training in veterinary entomology, vector management, vector-host interactions, wildlife conservation and ecology, is desired. Other requirements may be determined by the avenue of proposed research. The successful candidate will also participate in Extension activities through the College of Agriculture at Penn State. Continue reading

Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI)

The purpose of the SCRI program is to address the critical needs of the specialty crop industry by awarding grants to support research and extension that address key challenges of national, regional, and multi-state importance in sustaining all components of food and agriculture, including conventional and organic food production systems. Projects must address at least one of five focus areas:

  • Research in plant breeding, genetics, genomics, and other methods to improve crop characteristics
  • Efforts to identify and address threats from pests and diseases, including threats to specialty crop pollinators
  • Efforts to improve production efficiency, handling and processing, productivity, and profitability over the long term (including specialty crop policy and marketing)
  • New innovations and technology, including improved mechanization and technologies that delay or inhibit ripening
  • Methods to prevent, detect, monitor, control, and respond to potential food safety hazards in the production efficiency,handling and processing of specialty crops.

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