AgriLife Research entomologist testing potato psyllids for insecticide resistance

by Kay Ledbetter, Texas A&M AgriLife

A growing resistance of potato psyllids to the neonicotinoid classification of insecticides has Dr. Ada Szczepaniec, Texas A&M AgriLife Research entomologist in Amarillo, looking to the future.

The potato psyllid is a tiny insect with sucking, piercing mouthparts that transmits a disease called zebra chip and can cause tremendous losses to producers, Szczepaniec said. Producers have used the neonicotinoid insecticides to protect their solanaceous crops, mostly potatoes, in the past. Continue reading

Six Southern scientists receive funding to solve weed, disease problems

Six teams of IPM scientists will use funding from the USDA Southern Regional IPM grant program to explore ways to control weeds and diseases while reducing the use of pesticides. From non-chemical weed control to plant disease management, these teams will explore new tools that farmers can use to battle diseases and weeds, while lowering their use of fungicides and herbicides. This year, USDA has awarded approximately $768,000 to support Southern Regional IPM projects.

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