Pecan entomologist Angelita Acebes joins the UGA Tifton campus

By Clint Thompson, Julie Jernigan, University of Georgia

New University of Georgia Cooperative Extension pecan entomologist Angelita Acebes hopes to find more effective, sustainable solutions for Georgia farmers managing pest insects.

Since March 1, when she started her new position on the UGA Tifton campus, Acebes has identified the most pressing pest problems for pecan growers, including black and yellow pecan aphids, hickory shuckworms, pecan weevils and ambrosia beetles. Continue reading

Webinar: Promoting Beneficial Insects in Vineyards for Conservation Biological Control

What will you learn?

Join this webinar to learn about ecological (natural) pest management in vineyards. Vineyards are a rapidly expanding specialty crop industry across the U.S., and they represent an easy entry point for the adoption of conservation biological control (natural or ecological pest management). In this webinar, learn about the needs of beneficial insects that provide conservation biological control and how conservation practices such as flowering cover crops, insectary strips, flowering field borders and more that can sustain natural pest management. Learn more… Continue reading

Invasive insects? Biological Control? It’s all at the International IPM Symposium in March

Learn the latest about Invasive insects, biological controls, and other topics at the 9th International Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Symposium, March 19-22, 2018 at the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel in Baltimore, Maryland USA. Those who register by February 19 will pay a reduced price.

Check here for a list of more than 40 concurrent sessions to be presented during the Symposium. Continue reading

Upcoming Webinar – Good Bugs vs. Bad: Using Biological Controls in SWD Management

The Spotted Wing Drosophila research team will be presenting the second of their annual webinar series on on Feb. 23, 2018, from 12 to 1 p.m. Titled “Good Bugs vs Bad: Using Biological Controls in SWD Management,” this webinar will include an overview of the project, an update on the native biocontrol agents that have been found in surveys at farms from Oregon to Maine, and the latest information on their search for parasitic wasps from Asia.

This webinar is free and open to all thanks to funding from the USDA Specialty Crop Research Initiative. Register with your name and email address at Good Bugs vs Bad: Using Biological Controls in SWD Management.

Learn more about this webinar.

New Publication Features Hedgerow Plants to Attract Helpful Insects

The recent ATTRA publication, “A Pictorial Guide to Hedgerow Plants for Beneficial Insects,” is a meticulously photographed pictorial guide to numerous beneficial hedgerow plant species used in farmscaping for native pollinators and insect predators and parasites in California. It provides plant names,on-farm photo documentation, bloom times, heights, and descriptions that note considerations for selection and establishment.

You can download the publication for free at https://attra.ncat.org/attra-pub/summaries/summary.php?pub=582. Continue reading

Air Potato Biological Control program seeking collaborators

The Florida Department of Agriculture has an active biological control program for air potato, Dioscorea bulbifera, that has been implemented successfully throughout Florida, Georgia and Louisiana. They are mass-producing a chrysomelid beetle, Lilioceris cheni, which feeds mainly on the foliage along with some feeding of the weed’s aerial propagules.  This beetle has been shown to be highly specific to this single yam species.  Significant impacts have been noticed in total vine-length, propagule mass, and increases in plant diversity on sites that have L. cheni populations controlling this weed.  Additionally, there is another beetle species, L. egena, with larvae that develop within the aerial propagules which has recently been submitted to TAG for approval and may be available in the coming year as well. Continue reading

Michigan State seeks Assistant Professor – Biological Control

The Department of Entomology at Michigan State University seeks candidates for a tenure system position (nine months) in Biological Control at the Assistant Professor rank. We seek individuals with expertise in biological control of arthropod pests and/or weeds and supporting knowledge of insect pathology, predator-prey interactions, multi-trophic interactions, or integrated pest management. The successful candidate can apply genomic, molecular, quantitative or other methods to solving problems in biological control, at population, community, or landscape scales. The appointee will be expected to build a nationally prominent research program, as well as contribute to undergraduate and graduate teaching, extension and service. Continue reading