Position open for assistant professor in arbovirology

Virginia Tech’s Department of Entomology invites applications for a tenure-track position at the level of Assistant Professor in the area of arthropod-borne viruses starting in Spring 2017. This position is the first in a cluster of six new faculty positions in infectious disease research at Virginia Tech. The nine-month, 70% research and 30% teaching appointment will be based on the campus at Virginia Tech, a land-grant university in the scenic New River Valley of Virginia.

Responsibilities: The successful candidate will be expected to develop an extramurally funded research program focused on arthropod-borne viruses and serve as a member of the established Vector-Borne Disease Research Group in the Fralin Life Sciences Institute at Virginia Tech. This world-class research facility includes a dedicated insectary and BL3 containment facility. Continue reading

How this season is shaping up for peanuts

Virginia Tech specialists talk about varieties, fertilization and more on how the Southeastern peanut crop will fare this season. See the Virginia Ag Advisory.

Eastern Shore Ag Conference & Trade Show

Join Virginia Tech, Virginia Cooperative Extension, the Virginia Association of Potato and Vegetable Growers, and Industry to hear updates, research information, and innovative products for grain, oilseed, and vegetable crops important to Virginia’s Eastern Shore on January 26 and 27, 2016. This event is free and open to the public. Announcements concerning conference updates, weather delays and/or closings, etc. will be made at: https://www.facebook.com/EasternShore.Soils.

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IPM research results available in two new publications

Researchers from Virginia Tech and the University of Tennessee have new publications on insect and disease control based on 2014 research trials.

Virginia: Results of field trials conducted in 2014 to evaluate disease control strategies in field crops are summarized in a new publication. Disease resistance and chemical control of foliar diseases, soilborne diseases, and nematodes were evaluated in wheat, corn, soybean, peanut, and cotton.

FIELD CROP DISEASE CONTROL 2014

University of Tennessee: The 2015 version of PB1768, Insect Control Recommendations for Field Crops, is now available online at UTcrops.com.  Hard copies will soon be available and distributed at UT county and crop production workshops. See more at http://bit.ly/1GHBtHW

Guide to Stink Bugs posted online

A revised version of the Field Guide to Stink Bugs of Agricultural Importance in the United States can now be found online at https://pubs.ext.vt.edu/444/444-356/444-356.html. The guide was produced by experts at Virginia Tech.

Virginia Tech experts tackle bed bugs in public housing

Two Virginia Tech extension entomologists proved that safe bed bug control doesn’t have to be expensive, but it’s more effective when it’s proactive.

In 2011, Virginia Tech masters student Molly Stedfast and her faculty advisor, Dini Miller, set out to test a preventive, low toxicity bed bug remediation program, combined with resident and staff education, in an apartment complex for low-income, disabled residents. The trial program lasted for three years. Results of the program were published in the Journal of Integrated Pest Management.

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Southern rust confirmed in Virginia corn

In Southeast Farm Press

Southern rust was confirmed Aug. 3 on corn samples from Chesapeake and Suffolk in Virginia, according to a blog posting by Hillary Mehl, assistant professor of plant pathology at the Virginia Tech Tidewater Agricultural Research and Extension Center in Suffolk.

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