7 horticulture jobs available

Seven new jobs in horticultural science are now available:

Extension Educator, Floriculture and Greenhouse Crops, Michigan State University
As part of Michigan State University Extension and the Agriculture & Agribusiness Institute, the Floriculture/Greenhouse Extension Educator will have statewide Extension programming responsibilities focused on floriculture and greenhouse crop production and pest management. Michigan, a national leader in greenhouse-grown plant material, ranks third among U.S. states in floriculture crop production. This position, based in Kalamazoo County, is in the heart of the greenhouse plant production in southwest Michigan. (See more) Continue reading

Insect Identification Lab Director, Penn State University

The Department of Entomology, College of Agricultural Sciences at Pennsylvania State University is seeking an enthusiastic scientist to lead efforts on identification of arthropod pests, which impact biosecurity, food security, and public health. The successful candidate will respond to inquiries and requests for information from the public and will participate in one or more Penn State Extension teams such as the Horticulture Team. Success in this position will lead to a reduction in pesticide use and improvements in water quality, biosecurity, and public health. Candidates must possess effective communication skills (verbal and written), teaching skills, interpersonal skills, ability to build effective working relationships with colleagues and clientele, and work as an active member of the Department and Extension team. The ability to engage professionally with a diverse population of faculty, staff, and students across the university is required. The individual also must be able to work effectively in a team and with diverse populations and audiences. While not a requirement, the ability to communicate in Spanish is a plus. Continue reading

3D printing is bringing new possibilities to IPM

Scientists in Florida and Pennsylvania are using new 3-D printers to battle destructive invasive insects.

In Florida, scientists at the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Services (FDACS) are experimenting with new trap designs to aid in the control of the Asian citrus psyllid, the vector of citrus greening. Pennsylvania State University scientists are using the printers to make deadly mates for emerald ash borer.

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BMSB treatments are causing secondary flare-ups of San Jose scale

Insecticides used to treat brown marmorated stink bug are depleting predatory insects that control San Jose scale, say Pennsylvania State University extension specialists. San Jose scale is easy to prevent, and prevention is preferable to trying to treat it once it starts. It is also a dangerous pest to leave uncontrolled, as it can kill a tree in a season or two.

Read more at the PSU extension page on San Jose scale.