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NIFA Invests $4.7 Million to Address Critical Pest Problems

NIFA recently awarded 16 applied research and development grants to enhance the development, adoption, and implementation of innovative, ecologically-based, sustainable integrated pest management (IPM), technologies, tools, tactics and strategies that address regional and/or national IPM priorities. Among the projects funded include are the use of photobiology and lighting technologies for suppression of powdery mildew in strawberry production, developing techniques for management of Sclerotinia stem rot on soybeans, optimizing lures to detect invasive wood-boring insects, supporting homeowner IPM programs, and variable precision planting for maximizing weed suppression and yield increases in row crop systems. These grants are a part of NIFA’s Crop Protection and Pest Management Program, which addresses integrated pest management solutions for emerging weed, disease, and insect pests.

Projects in the southern region include:

  • Supporting Homeowner IPM Programs, University of Florida
  • Thermotherapy for Non-chemical Management of Cryptic Infections of Strawberry Transplants and Emerging Fungicide Resistant Populations, University of Florida
  • Increasing Lawn Diversity to Promote Biodiversity and Reduce Management Inputs in Urban Landscapes, University of Florida
  • A Multistate Approach to Quantifying and Managing Insecticide Resistance in Plutella xylostella the Diamondback Moth in Cole Crops, University of Georgia
  • Incorporating Hardscape and Pest Resistant Genotypes into Urban Tree IPM, North Carolina State University
  • Variable Precision Planting for Site-Specific Maximization of Weed Suppression and Yield in Row Crop Systems, North Carolina State University
  • Development and Validation of a Dynamic Action Threshold for Sugarcane Aphids in Sorghum, Texas A&M University
  • Developing Insect-Pest Management Strategies in Water-deficient Cotton Production Systems: Management Recommendations for Production Sustainability, Texas A&M University

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