Grafting tomatoes adds to returns for North Carolina grower

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North Carolina’s Tom Elmore had a very precise plan to start his second career as a farmer in western North Carolina, but he didn’t count on late blight taking out his tomato crop on a regular basis or correcting the problem by grafting all his greenhouse tomato plants.

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Park releases new species of predator beetles

In Smoky Mountain News

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is planning to release two new predatory beetles to stop the spread of the hemlock woolly adelgid, an invasive insect that has devastated hemlock forests throughout the eastern United States.

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New beetles to battle hemlock pest in Smokies

From the Tennessee Daily Reflector

Biologists will release two new predatory beetle species in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to battle a pest that has devastated hemlock forests.

The park has been using predatory beetles that feed exclusively on hemlock woolly adelgids (uh-DEL’-jidz) since 2002. Biologists hope releasing the two new species will enhance biological control of the invasive pest. Both of the species to be released come from Osaka region in Japan, which is where the adelgid strain in the park originated.

More than a half-million predatory beetles have been released in the Smokies in the last decade. Biologists also control the pest by spraying horticultural oil on trees near roads and injecting systemic insecticides into the soil and stems of hemlocks in the park.

Emerald ash borer now in Great Smoky Mountains

The first backcountry emerald ash borer infestation has been confirmed in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

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