Vegetable growers learn about diseases at Clemson field day

by Denise Attaway, Clemson University

South Carolina vegetable growers learned the latest in disease, insect and watermelon research, and weed management during this year’s Coastal Research and Education Center/United States Department of Agriculture Field Day. Continue reading

Clemson study finds a natural enemy for kudzu bug

published by AgFax

By Denise Attaway, Clemson University

Kudzu bugs may have met their match in one Clemson University graduate student.

The kudzu bug is an invasive soybean pest first discovered in Georgia in 2009. It has since spread to 13 states and Washington, D.C. Research by Francesca Stubbins, an entomology graduate research assistant at the Edisto Research and Education Center (REC), shows for the first time that mermithid nematodes can infect and kill the insects. Stubbins’ research involved collecting kudzu bugs from soybean fields. Nematodes — long, slender, parasitic worms — were found in the abdomens of some of the dissected female insects. Continue reading