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UGA Extension pecan specialist believes cover crops are valuable additions to pecan orchards

by Clint Thompson, University of Georgia

University of Georgia Cooperative Extension pecan specialist Lenny Wells recommends planting crimson clover, or a similar cover crop, in pecan orchards to supply much-needed nitrogen and build up organic matter in the soil.

Whether used in fields where row crops are produced or planted in home gardens, cover crops are most often planted during the fall. They provide nutrients that will benefit the soil profile later. Cover crops may be particularly beneficial in pecan production. Continue reading

UGA mycologists partner with the CDC to tackle fungicide resistance

by Merritt Melancon, University of Georgia

There are a limited number of compounds available to combat fungal infections in both plants and people. A team of University of Georgia researchers is helping to assess the risk posed by fungi developing widespread resistance to the stable of antifungal compounds used in the United States.

Michelle Momany, professor in the UGA Franklin College of Arts and Sciences Department of Plant Biology, and Marin Brewer, associate professor in the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Department of Plant Pathology, recently received a $197,798 contract from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to study antifungal resistance in agricultural settings. Continue reading

Georgia Exotic Pest Plant Council to meet Oct. 30 at UGA-Griffin

by Sharon Dowdy, University of Georgia

The Georgia Exotic Pest Plant Council will examine the control and management of invasive insects and plants at the council’s annual conference on Monday, Oct. 30, at the University of Georgia Griffin campus.

The daylong educational event is co-sponsored by UGA-Griffin, the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) Department of Horticulture and the Georgia Center for Urban Agriculture. The conference runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Continue reading

Ph.D. Assistantship in Forest Entomology, Pathology, and Ecology

The Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources at the University of Georgia, Athens invites applications from highly motivated and enthusiastic students for a Ph.D. Assistantship starting in Summer/Fall 2018.  This collaborative work will be conducted with Dr. Kamal Gandhi (Warnell School of Forestry) and Dr. Kier Klepzig (Joseph W. Jones Ecological Research Center).  The project focuses on bark beetle (Ips avulsus), tree (longleaf pine), and environment interactions (fire, drought, etc.) as they affect the life-cycle of the beetle and its symbionts (fungi and mites).  The ideal candidate would possess both field and laboratory experience related to entomology, mycology and/ or ecology, a strong statistical background, and an independent spirit to develop, conduct, and publish research.  A MS Degree in a related field, especially in forest entomology, pathology, or ecology is a prerequisite for the position.  As a part of the graduate program, extensive fieldwork in longleaf pine forests in southwestern Georgia will be required.  Continue reading

Graduate Student Assistantship – University of Georgia

Position: The Department of Entomology at University of Georgia is looking for a Ph.D. student to study insect-plant interactions in the turfgrass system. This position provides an exciting research opportunity for hands-on experience in learning various integrated pest management (IPM) tactics such as host plant resistance, chemical and biological control in laboratory, greenhouse and field settings. The student will have access to all the research facilities in the campuses and experimental stations in Georgia.

Location: Griffin Campus Continue reading

UGA Extension’s newest plant pathologist to focus on management of plant-parasitic nematodes

by Clint Thompson, University of Georgia

University of Georgia Cooperative Extension’s newest plant pathologist will focus on improved control of plant-parasitic nematodes, the microscopic, worm-like pests that primarily feed on the roots of vegetable crops.

Nematologist Abolfazl Hajihassani is now responsible for control of the pest in more than 20 Georgia commodities, including bell peppers, tomatoes and cucumbers. Based out of the UGA Tifton campus, Hajihassani hopes his research and expertise will help producers manage the devastating pest. Continue reading

Students, teachers and community gardeners launch pollinator census this August

By Merritt Melancon, University of Georgia

Calling the class roll is a time-tested way for teachers to start the school year, but when Georgia students head back to school this year, some of them will complete a roll call of their own.

Honeybees? Present. Leafcutter bees? Here. Swallowtail butterflies? Yo. Continue reading