Register for the 9th International IPM Symposium today

Pollinator protection, biopesticide technology, and resistance management will be featured at the 9th International Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Symposium, March 19-22, 2018 at the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel in Baltimore, Maryland USA. The symposium is the premier global event for networking with leading scientists and learning the latest technologies for effectively managing pests. Those who register by February 19 will pay a reduced price. https://ipmsymposium.org/2018/registration.html  Continue reading

Biological pesticides are included in integrated pest management systems

In Southeast Farm Press

Biological pesticides can play a key role in a successful integrated pest management program and can be useful in increasing sustainability on the farm.

Speaking at a symposium on the role biological crop protection products can play in sustainable agriculture in Orlando Oct. 11, David Epstein, senior entomologist with USDA’s Office of Pest Management Policy, said integrated pest management, or IPM, is all about ecosystems and a systems-based approach to controlling pests. Continue reading

Western Region IR-4 Coordinator position still open

The University of California at Davis is still looking for qualified candidates to fill an Associate Director/Field Research Coordinator position. This person will lead the IR-4 program in the western region.

For those unfamiliar with the IR-4 program, this is a really important program funded by the USDA and the Land Grant Universities to help ensure specialty crop growers gain registered uses of reduced risk crop protection chemicals.  There are program areas in food crops, ornamental crops and also biopesticides.  This position helps lead and coordinate research and prioritize ag industry pest control needs for 13 western states and several Pacific island territories.

For more information about the position, including links to the application form, please see http://ucanr.edu/blogs/blogcore/postdetail.cfm?postnum=22336 .

EPA Registers Biochemical Pheromone to Combat Invasive Sea Lamprey

The Environmental Protection Agency has registered two new biopesticide products that use Male Sea Lamprey Mating Pheromone. The pheromone is expected to be an important tool in protecting our Great Lakes ecosystem and fisheries from predatory fish. The products are used to attract and trap breeding female Sea Lampreys during their spawning season.

The control of Sea Lamprey is of critical importance to the aqua and ecosystems of the Great Lakes region. An invasive species not native to the Great Lakes region, the Sea Lamprey is wreaking havoc on native fisheries, including Lake Trout, Salmon, Steelhead and Whitefish. A single Sea Lamprey can kill more than 40 pounds of fish during its life.  Continue reading

EPA’s Biopesticides website updated

As part of The Environmental Protection Agency’s ongoing effort to build a more user-friendly website, they have transformed their biopesticides website into a new, easy-to-use format. Information on the regulation and registration of biopesticides should now be easier than ever to access, regardless of the type of electronic device being used, including tablets and smartphones.

Biopesticides are certain types of pesticides derived from such natural materials as animals, plants, bacteria, and certain minerals. For example, canola oil and baking soda have pesticidal applications and are considered biopesticides. There are numerous advantages to using biopesticides, including reduced toxicity to non-target organisms, effectiveness in small quantities, and reduced environmental impact.

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USDA ARS scientists discover new ways to grow biopesticides

By Jan Suszkiw
January 24, 2013

Biopesticides containing beneficial fungi are often grown on grains or other solids, but U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists have shown a liquid diet can work better.

The approach, dubbed “liquid culture fermentation,” offers several benefits, including lower material costs and increased yields of certain forms of insect-killing fungi, including Isaria or Metarhizium, which can serve as biobased alternatives to synthetic pesticides.

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Change and IPM: Scenario for the future?

The following article appeared in IPMNet News:

Are changes inevitable for current IPM practices? Several recent papers unquestionably avow that IPM change is in the wind that is drifting, albeit slowly and unevenly, across the entire globe.

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