PhD position available

The Invasive Plant Science Lab at Utah State University in Logan, UT is seeking to fill a PhD position in cropping systems. The research will focus on the use of cover crops to address invasive plants in agronomic crops of the Intermountain and Western US. Funding has been secured from the Western IPM Center to support the project, which has the potential for expanding into a variety of crops and systems, including organic.

We seek candidates with: 1) strong quantitative and statistical skills, 2) demonstrated research excellence and 3) strong oral and written communication skills. Preference will be given to applicants whose research interests and expertise complement the research project but outstanding applicants looking to broaden their field of interest will also be seriously considered.

Send a letter of application, curriculum vitae, statement of research interests, and names and addresses of three references as email attachments (pdf or word formats) to Dr. Steve Young at steve.young@usu.edu. For earliest consideration, apply by May 1, 2018. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Utah State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity/ADA Employer.  

Webinar: Glyphosate, Friend or Foe?

Join the National Association of Exotic Pest Plant Councils for a webinar on Apr 18, 2018 at 3:00 PM EDT.

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Invasive insects? Biological Control? It’s all at the International IPM Symposium in March

Learn the latest about Invasive insects, biological controls, and other topics at the 9th International Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Symposium, March 19-22, 2018 at the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel in Baltimore, Maryland USA. Those who register by February 19 will pay a reduced price.

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National Conference on Urban Entomology

The following announcement is from Kyle Jordan, NCUE Conference Chair.

The 2016 National Conference on Urban Entomology in Albuquerque, NM, is fast approaching (May 22-25, 2016). We will be joining forces with the Imported Fire Ant and Invasive Pest Ant Conference this year in what we hope will be a very successful and long-lasting partnership. Deadlines for awards and papers has been extended to March 1. Please go to our website (http://ncue.tamu.edu) and/or our Facebook group page (https://www.facebook.com/groups/ncue16) to check out the nomination forms for the Distinguished Achievement in Urban Entomology Award and the student scholarships (one for each level – undergrad, Master’s, and Ph.D.). Continue reading

The Cost of Invasive Species

Even if you’ve never heard the term ‘invasive species’, chances are they’ve affected you in one way or another.  Invasives are any non-native species or organism that cause harm to a non-native environment.  For example, you may have heard about the brown marmorated stink bug, introduced accidentally into Pennsylvania from Asia, which has descended on towns along the east coast.  With no natural predators, the insects are able to multiply, feeding on a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, hurting farmers and their crops.

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From US Fish and Wildlife Service Open Spaces blog

Battle against invasives takes active engagement

Every year, invasive plants cause $137 billion in economic losses in the United States.

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