Postdoctoral Researcher Microbial Control of Sweet Potato Weevil

This is a grant-funded, non-tenure track position. Funding must be available for any continuation of appointment

WORK LOCATION: Department of Entomology, LSU AgCenter, Baton Rouge, La.

RESPONSIBILITIES: Funding is currently available for a postdoctoral researcher in the area of sweet potato weevil biology and control. The successful applicant will conduct research at the Louisiana State University Agricultural Center Department of Entomology in partnership with AgBiome, Inc. as part of a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation funded project. The overall objective is to “develop a microbial solution for deployment to smallholder farmers in African nations to control sweet potato weevils.” The postdoctoral researcher will develop and refine laboratory sweet potato weevil feeding assays and identify and characterize microbial activity against the sweet potato weevil. Continue reading

Field Crops Entomologist position available at Louisiana State

WORK LOCATION: The position will be based at the Tom H. Scott Research and Extension Center near Winnsboro, LA. Opportunities for research and extension activities exist at three research stations in the Region and in the Department of Entomology on campus in Baton Rouge, LA. The Regions’ field stations include over 1,000 acres of crops with research and extension demonstrations focusing on agronomic production and integrated pest management of arthropods, plant pathogens and weeds. Research projects will be located at both research stations with opportunities to expand that work to other regions of Louisiana. Laboratory and office space will be available in the Department of Entomology.

POSITION DESCRIPTION: Full-time 12 month, tenure-track position with a 70% extension and 30% research appointment. The successful candidate will be responsible for the development and implementation of pest management programs for insect pests of field crops in northeast Louisiana, including corn, cotton, soybean, and grain sorghum. The extension component will also include statewide contact responsibilities for one or more of these primary commodities. The position will provide leadership and work with producers and other LSU AgCenter personnel to plan and organize a well-balanced Extension educational program. The scientist is responsible for working with advisory committees to identify clientele needs, to develop programs that respond to those needs, and to assess program impact. The position will disseminate LSU AgCenter recommendations and provide current content to commodity web pages. Technology transfer and outreach to stakeholders must be accomplished with web content, social media, agricultural trade magazines and traditional extension methods (newsletters, blogs, oral delivery and formal extension publications). Continue reading

Louisiana researcher gives cattle some relief from stable fly attacks

After a trip to Zimbabwe 12 years ago, Louisiana State University livestock entomologist Lane Foil brought back a novel idea for stable fly control. All it involved was a piece of cloth, drenched with insecticide, placed in an area where the flies reside. Flies would land on the cloth, be exposed to the insecticide, and die.

Stable flies prey on large warm-blooded animals, including humans. After their meal, female flies lay eggs in areas like large hay bales mixed with urine and fecal material. Flies typically feed at least once a day, and on an average day, cattle can have as many of 50 sets of new flies attacking their legs. In response to the attacks, cattle “bunch” together and stop grazing. Continue reading