Winners of Friends of Southern IPM Award Announced

Winners from four Southern states will be recognized this year as Friends of Southern Integrated Pest Management. For the first time this year, we will award two Ph.D. students.

Lindsy Iglesias and Zachary DeVries tied for the Ph.D. student award. Iglesias, in her final semester at the University of Florida, has been studying the distribution of spotted wing drosophila in the field and testing various tools to help organic growers manage the pest. Her research on distribution led to the discovery that SWD populated mostly around the edges of the field. Subsequent trials have indicated that border sprays in the beginning of the season can reduce SWD populations. 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

Auburn University doctoral student leads research on how parasitoids use scents to locate hosts

Research by a doctoral student at Auburn University into how certain insect parasitoids “sniff out” their prey will help farmers better utilize them to control insect pests.

Tolulope Morawo, a Ph.D. student at Auburn University, won a Friends of Southern IPM Graduate Student award for his research on two parasitoid species (parasitic wasps) that attack caterpillar pests. His goal is to discover how these parasitoids find their hosts through olfactory responses. Continue reading

Research by Friends of IPM graduate student winner helps Tennessee ranchers with tick scouting

Cattle owners in western Tennessee need to be vigilant for four species of cattle tick, while cattle owners in eastern Tennessee need to watch for only two species. Why? That’s what research done by a Masters student at the University of Tennessee aims to address.

Masters student David Theuret, who won one of this year’s Friends of Southern IPM graduate student awards, focused on ticks infesting cattle during his graduate program. To assist cattle producers with scouting, Theuret first sampled ticks in Tennessee to determine which species were present and what times of year producers would need to watch for them. Continue reading

Friends of Southern IPM Deadline – and news

For those of you who have already submitted, or are in the process of submitting a Friends of Southern IPM Award nomination, thank you. For those of you who are considering submitting or planning to submit, please take note of the following.

When you are filling out the form for submission, please place an amount in the “Funding” blank that is larger than 0. We have learned that the system is giving submitters an error when they place a 0 in the Funding blank. The number 1 or greater should get you past that section.

The Call for Nominations will be open until NEXT Friday, December 16, at 5 PM Eastern Time. If you are located somewhere that has Central Time, you must submit your nomination by 4 PM Central. Please do not wait until the last minute to submit a nomination, as sometimes there are unforeseen issues with the system or the server. Continue reading

Multi-state Sugarcane Aphid Team Receives regional award for saving the grain sorghum crop

Researchers and extension specialists from four different states received the Friends of IPM Pulling Together Award at the Southwestern Branch of the Entomological Society of America meeting in February. Because of the proactive actions of Texas A&M AgrLife Extension and research entomologists and the collaboration across state lines, grain sorghum producers were spared losses in the hundreds of millions. In Texas alone, sorghum is planted on 1.25 million acres and brings a value to the state of $160 million dollars each year. Continue reading

Announcing this year’s Friends of Southern IPM Award winners

This year was a boon for the Friends of Southern IPM award program. We received 44 nominations in total; 19 for the graduate student awards and 25 for the professional awards. It was the largest pool of nominations we’ve ever had. The number of choices made decisions difficult for the award panels, but we wound up with some strong winners and in most cases, very tight competitions. Continue reading