Category Archives: Disease Management

Common bacterium may help control disease-bearing mosquitoes

Genes from a common bacterium can be harnessed to sterilize male insects, a tool that can potentially control populations of both disease-bearing mosquitoes and agricultural pests, researchers at Yale University and Vanderbilt University report in related studies published in Nature … Continue reading

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Update on Bacterial Leaf Streak of Corn in Nebraska

Feb. 23, 2017 http://cropwatch.unl.edu/2017/update-bacterial-leaf-streak-corn-nebraska Terra Hartman – Graduate Research Assistant Tamra Jackson-Ziems, Extension Plant Pathologist Bacterial leaf streak disease of corn is caused by the bacterium Xanthomonas vasicola (syn. X. campestris pv. zeae). It was previously only reported on corn … Continue reading

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Virulent Pathogen Uses a Genetic Decoy to Foil Host’s Immune Defenses 

A virulent plant-disease agent called Phytophthora sojae knocks out resistance in its soybean host by sending out a “decoy” protein to confuse the plant’s immune system, according to a study published in the Jan. 12, Science journal. The newly uncovered mechanism may … Continue reading

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Comparing Generic Versus Name Brand Pesticides

Robert Klein – Nebraska Extension, Western Nebraska Crops Specialist Robert Tigner – Nebraska Extension,  Extension Educator (This article is part of Nebraska Extension’s Strengthening Nebraska’s Agricultural Economy series.) Over time, increasing numbers of generic pesticides have become available for use … Continue reading

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Webinars planned on Integrated Management of Palmer Amaranth and Target Spot in Cotton and other Crops in the Southeast

Please see the following two webinar announcements. Dr. Bagavathiannan and Dr. Hagan will be discussing their projects that were funded by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s Crop Protection and Pest Management – Applied Research and Development Program in … Continue reading

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Public Tick IPM Working Group funded by the North Central IPM Center announces new national pest alert on Ticks and Tick-borne diseases.

The Public Tick IPM Working Group funded by the North Central IPM Center has announced the release of their new national pest alert on Ticks and Tick-borne diseases. The pest alert contains information on the tick life cycle, spread of … Continue reading

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Disease management in organic crops webinar

Disease management in organic crops webinar Organic farming has significantly increased in importance in recent decades. According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, disease management in organic farming is largely based on the maintenance of biological diversity and soil … Continue reading

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Report provides options for organic soybean growers

Although soybeans are one of the most widely grown crops in the U.S., few soybean farmers are using organic practices. A new University of Illinois report details organic products and practices to combat pathogens and insect pests. New growers may … Continue reading

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Winter pesticide storage advice shared

Cheryl Alberts – University of Nebraska Pesticide Safety Education Program Project Coordinator What, if anything, should be done with herbicides, insecticides and fungicides left over from the summer growing season? If pesticides freeze, will they still be good next year? … Continue reading

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Rap video for Zika education released

The video at the link below, was produced by Andy Lima. Lima is a University of Florida  “Certified Mosquito Identification Specialist” and received his MS in Entomology from UF.  He is a self-described “eco rapper” and provides this video for … Continue reading

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