Author Archives: Robert Wright

About Robert Wright

Robert Wright is a Professor and Extension Entomologist at University of Nebraska-Lincoln. You can reach him by email at Follow him on Twitter @BobWrightUNL

Dry Rot Canker – Obscure, but Returning Rhizoctonia Disease

Bob Harveson – Extension Plant Pathologist, University of Nebraska, Panhandle Research and Extension Center Figure 1. Surface tissues of the dry rot canker rhizoctonia disease first identified in sugarbeet in 1920 are marked by a distinctive series of concentric … Continue reading

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Insect Biologist faculty position available at University of Nebraska-Lincoln

The Department of Entomology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources is seeking applicants for a tenure leading position of Insect Biologist at the Assistant Professor rank. Teaching responsibilities include coordination of the Insect Science major … Continue reading

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Entomology Department Head, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

The University of Nebraska seeks candidates for head of the Entomology Department. Located in a major agricultural state – #1 in red meat production and #4 in cash receipts from crops – with a blend of excellent senior and recently … Continue reading

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Frederick Baxendale retirement reception

Dr. Frederick Baxendale is retiring from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln after 33 years of service in the Entomology Department as an Extension Specialist and Professor. A retirement reception will be held January 26, from 3:30-5:00 p.m. at the UNL East … Continue reading

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How can we save the pollinators?

Louise I. Lynch and Doug Golick, Department of Entomology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Original article with photos at An often-cited estimate is that one-third of the food you eat comes from insect pollinators. Many of the fruits and vegetables that … Continue reading

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Absinth Wormwood – New Invasive Species in Nebraska Panhandle

Gary Stone – Extension Educator, Nebraska Extension & Kristi Paul – Sheridan County Weed Superintendent, Nebraska Early Detection and Rapid Response (EDRR) is a concept to identify potential invasive species prior to or just as the establishment of the invasive … Continue reading

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Identification Guide to Common Spiders in Nebraska

A new publication from Nebraska Extension, Identification Guide to Common Spiders in Nebraska, Extension Circular 1590, is designed to assist with identification of common spiders from 18 families that live in Nebraska as well as two common spider-like arthropods—harvestmen and … Continue reading

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Status of Herbicide-Resistant Weeds in Nebraska

Amit Jhala – Extension Weed Management Specialist There are 480 unique cases of herbicide-resistant weed biotypes globally in 252 weed species (147 dicots and 105 monocots). Weeds have evolved resistance to 23 of 26 known herbicide sites of action and … Continue reading

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Update on Bacterial Leaf Streak of Corn in Nebraska

Feb. 23, 2017 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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National Needs Fellowships in Integrated Pesticide Resistance Management

The Doctor of Plant Health (DPH) program at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln has three National Needs Fellowship openings for students entering the DPH program who are interested in focusing on stewarding pest management technologies to avoid negative interactions between management … Continue reading

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