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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 »

Tick IPM Academy Set for November 6-7 at University of Wisconsin, Madison

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 »

Circadian Rhythms of Plants Could Set the Time for Crop Spraying

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 »

IR-4 Program Moving to North Carolina

A federal research program that provides safe and effective pest management solutions to specialty crop producers will be moving from Rutger’s Agricultural Research Station in New Jersey to North Carolina State University. Read more on Fruit Grower News.

Western IPM Center August Newsletter Out

This edition contains discussion of how IPM is used to manage pests in Yellowstone National Park, a Q&A with new Center Director Amer Fayad, a guide to a new approach for IPM strategic planning and new publications by the other Regional IPM Centers. The newsletter also includes meeting listings, job postings, upcoming trainings and funding… Read more »