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Month: May 2018

Revised field identification sheet for grubs

The revised field identification sheet for grubs from the Michigan State University Extension, Department of Entomology will assist in identification and gives information about typical crops or situations affected by different species. In summary, at this time of the year: Lighter-textured fields and parts of fields (e.g., sandy knolls) often are a focal point for… Read more »

Plant Protection and Quarantine Releases 2017 Annual Report

Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ) continued to push the United States’ line of defense against invasive pests and diseases further offshore, allowing action to be taken against pests hitchhiking on or in imported goods before they reached U.S. borders. They fought back against the spread of damaging pests such as exotic fruit flies, citrus greening,… Read more »

Grant Opportunity: FY 2018 Lead and Healthy Homes Technical Studies Program

Available funds include approximately $2 million for Lead Technical Studies awards and $5 million for Healthy Homes Technical Studies awards. The goal of the Lead Technical Studies grant program is to gain knowledge to improve the efficacy and cost-effectiveness of methods for evaluation and control of residential lead-based paint hazards. The Healthy Homes Technical Studies… Read more »

Plant-Insect Ecosystems Student Symposium at Annual ESA Meeting

The ESA 2018 Annual Meeting in Vancouver will host the first ever “P-IE Student Symposium,” titled “Pollinator and Invasive Species Science Policy Field Tours: A Melting Pot of Efforts Promoting Protection of our Food Supply.” This symposium will recap knowledge and experiences gained from the tours and build upon the two P-IE initiatives: Science Policy… Read more »

CDC reports increase in vector-borne disease

Almost everyone has been bitten by a mosquito, tick, or flea. These can be vectors for spreading pathogens (germs). A person who gets bitten by a vector and gets sick has a vector-borne disease, like dengue, Zika, Lyme, or plague. Between 2004 and 2016, more than 640,000 cases of these diseases were reported, and 9… Read more »