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Graduate Student Award Winner Finds Bug Bombs Don’t Live up to Claims

Setting off a bug bomb may seem like an easy solution to a roach infestation, but research at NC State University shows that it may actually harm the homeowner more than the roaches.

Zachary DeVries, who recently began a postdoc appointment at NC State University, examined the effectiveness of total release foggers for cockroaches for his doctoral dissertation. He is this year’s recipient of a IPM Symposium Graduate Student award and a Friends of Southern IPM Graduate Student award in the Ph.D. category. Continue reading

Nominate a colleague or student for a Friends of Southern IPM Award – Deadline November 17

We are pleased to release the Calls for Nomination for our annual Friends of Southern IPM Award program. This program recognizes outstanding work in IPM in the southern region. We have two kinds of awards: one for IPM professionals and one for graduate students.

Deadline for nominations is Friday, November 17, 2017.

You’ll find the Calls for Nomination for these awards, along with cover forms, at http://projects.ipmcenters.org/Southern/public/ListRFAs.cfm . Click on the nomination call that you wish to use to get to the Call documents and the nomination form. You will be using our Proposal / Project Management System (PPMS) to submit your nominations this year, so please be sure to find the instructions for that in the Call for Nomination and follow the steps. Continue reading

Louisiana State University student wins Friends of Southern IPM Award for research in ornamentals

Ambrosia beetles perform important nutrient recycling roles in a variety of natural habitats, but when ornamental nurseries border the right type of habitat, the beetles can cause serious economic damage. A Louisiana State University doctoral student is coming up with some possible solutions to help nursery owners battle the pest. His efforts earned him the 2016 Friends of Southern IPM Graduate Student award in the Ph.D. category. Continue reading

From Colombia to the Friends of IPM Award: a Masters’ student’s story

by Luis Aristizabal

In December 2006, when I arrived in the USA with the anticipation of working in agricultural sciences I had no idea how difficult it would be to be successful. My first difficulty was getting all my documents and paperwork together to become a legal immigrant. This process took about six months. After I got my authorization, I found any work I could to support my family. After one year of working at a car wash in Tampa, FL, I decided that I could not work in part-time jobs forever. I told myself, “I was working as a professional in my country; now I want to work as a professional in the USA.” But getting a professional job was not an easy task. My English was not good enough to study in a university or work as a pest management consultant as I did in Colombia. Continue reading

Auburn University masters student wins award for kudzu bug biocontrol discovery

During some routine dissections of kudzu bugs, Auburn masters student Julian Golec made a discovery that would make life a little easier for Alabama soybean growers.

Inside one of the female kudzu bugs was a parasitic fly. It was the first of two discoveries that would make biological control of kudzu bug an option.

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NC State doctoral student wins Friends of Southern IPM Award for work on urban heat islands

A doctoral student at NC State University will receive a regional award in November for his work on urban tree integrated pest management.

NCSU Ph.D. student, Adam Dale, was one of several graduate students nominated to receive a Friends of Southern IPM Graduate Student award. The Southern IPM Center, which sponsors the award, gives one Masters award and one Ph.D. award based on the decision of an outside panel.

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New Orleans pests beware: city’s mosquito, rodent and termite control board fights to make city’s buildings pest free

I’ve written several stories about how IPM changes the environment of a school or building when pests are no longer harassing the people inside the building. I’ve also passed along recommendations from specialists on how people can make buildings uninviting for pests. So when I went to New Orleans in April to help present a Friends of Southern IPM Implementer Award to the New Orleans Mosquito, Rodent and Termite Control Board, I wanted to see for myself how their work in IPM has changed the city.

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