In a new article published in the international journal Biological Control, three authors affiliated with Cornell University and the IPM Institute of North America call for increasing investment in biologically based approaches to control pests in agriculture. Read the article here.
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The Asian Tiger mosquito, typically associated with tropical climates, has been found in Vermont. Although these viruses were not present in specimens found, the insect is a known disease vector for Zika, chikungunya and dengue. Natalie Kwit, public health veterinarian with the Vermont Department of Health, said that while the discovery of Aedes albopictus in… Read more »
The latest issue of ESA (Entomological Society of America) eNews includes several articles relevant to IPM professionals, such as a discussion of entomological infographics, and reporting on new resources and findings regarding the Pecan Nut Casebearer and Japanese Barberry. Read the entire newsletter here.
Criteria for Nomination Candidates for an Excellence in IPM Award are individuals or organizations whose IPM work in New York State deserves special recognition. Excellence in IPM Awards recognize effort in: – developing new IPM tools; – implementing or evaluating IPM methods in their operations, businesses, or organizations; – encouraging demonstrations and adoption of IPM;… Read more »
Five major French cities (Paris, Lille, Nantes, Grenoble and Clermont-Ferrand) simultaneously announced a ban on synthetic pesticides today, in a mostly symbolic move meant to change nationwide laws on pesticide use. Read more on The Brussels Times
Canadian company Bee Vectoring Technologies (BVT) has just secured EPA approval for a new pesticide, called CR7. CR7 is a strain of a fungus, Clonostachys rosea, that is found in nature and feeds on other fungi. BVT has found a way to distribute this fungus via bumblebee pollination. Read more on Modern Farmer
Cornell University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) is well known for it’s research on nematodes. In early August, the Golden Nematode Quarantine Facility opened it’s doors for the first time, supported by a $1.2 million grant from New York state, and $400,000 in federal funding. Read more on the official CALS website
Northeast Regional Center for Excellence in Vector-Borne Diseases recently published Insect Repellent Essentials: A Brief Guide. “Insect repellents are substances that, when used as directed, can reduce tick, mosquito, and other insect bites. Preventing bites will help you avoid disease-causing pathogens carried by these animals. This brief guide provides information on how repellents work, when… Read more »
Please join us for the first annual Tick Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Academy! Tick species and tickborne diseases of medical importance are increasing in number and geographic distribution and generating enormous societal costs in lost productivity and treatment expense. At the Academy, participants will learn valuable skills from world-class experts to improve performance and outcomes… Read more »
Research published in the journal Nature Communications found that the death of plant tissue and slow-down in growth resulting from the herbicide glyphosate depends upon the time that the herbicide is applied and also the biological clock, or circadian rhythm, of the plant. Dr. Antony Dodd, senior lecturer in the School of Biological Sciences and… Read more »