Getting the Best of Pests Webinar for January 17, 2018

Proper Pruning for Healthy and Beautiful Landscape Shrubs and Small TreesRick Smith, Pruning Guru, Inc. – Acworth, Georgia and Boxwood Blight: Identification and Management Strategies; Patrick Mawhinney, Prestige Shrub Tree & Turf – Atlanta, Georgia Continue reading

Predators delay pest resistance to Bt crops

Crops genetically modified with the bacterium Bt (Bacillus thuringiensis) produce proteins that kill pest insects. Steady exposure has prompted concern that pests will develop resistance to these proteins, making Bt plants ineffective.

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Texas Entomologists Win Regional Award for Successful Biocontrol of Invasive Saltcedar

The invasive saltcedar now has a formidable foe, thanks to a team of Texas A&M AgriLife Entomlogists and efforts by over a dozen stakeholders and agencies. Once a giant that lapped up riparian water resources and caused flooding by altering stream flow, saltcedars are now losing ground to three species of leaf beetles that are literally eating them to death. Behind the success of this pest management effort is a regional collaboration of federal, state and private agencies led by the Saltcedar Biological Control Team consisting of Dr. Allen Knutson and Dr. Mark Muegge, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension and Dr. Jerry Michels and Erin Jones, Texas A&M AgriLife Research. In February, these four entomologists received the Friends of Southern IPM Pulling Together award at the meeting of the Southwestern Branch of the Entomology Society of America.

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