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November Webinar Features Discussion of Spotted Wing Drosophila Research

A Michigan State University webinar titled “SWD in Space and Time: What do we know about the seasonal biology and movement of SWD?” is scheduled for Nov. 5, 2019, from 1-2:30 p.m. EST. This webinar will present information on the development of spotted wing Drosophila (SWD) populations over time, daily and yearly movement, and winter… Read more »


Asian Tiger Mosquito Found in Vermont

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 »


Nominations Sought for 2019 Excellence in IPM Award

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 »


Major French Cities Ban Synthetic Pesticides

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


Newly-Approved Pesticide is a Strain of Fungus Carried by Bees

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


New Invasive Species Research Lab Opens at Cornell

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


New Publication From the Northeast Center for Vector Borne Diseases Addresses Insect Repellent

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 »