Assistant Director, Western Plant Diagnostic Network

The Assistant Director, in consultation with the Director, oversees operations concerning the western region’s budget, staffing, training, data collection, equipment and facility availability, surge coordination, diagnostic protocol implementation and communications operations. In addition, the Assistant/Associate Director assumes a national leadership role in exercise and data analysis programs; and in liaison with key management in other organizations and agencies, write and set policy, negotiate agreements and determine protocols.

For more on the job, or to apply, go to https://www.employment.ucdavis.edu/applicants/jsp/shared/position/JobDetails_css.jsp .

Plant Diagnostic Network seminar schedule this winter

The next Great Plains Plant Diagnostic Network webinar is Wednesday, January 13, 2016 at 9:00am MT/10:00am CT/11:00pm ET from the Montana State University site.

Lauren Kerzicnik of Montana State University will be presenting “Spiders:  Friends or Foes”

To join go to:  http://msuextensionconnect.org/gpdn/

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New Bugs In Florida Stymie Researchers, Threaten Crops

NOTE: the description of the brown marmorated stink bug is of the nymph, not the adult.

From National Public Radio

With its pleasant climate, Florida has become home to more exotic and invasive species of plants and animals than any other state in the continental U.S. Some invasive species have been brought in deliberately, such as the Burmese python or the Cuban brown snail. But the majority of species are imported inadvertently as cargo.

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