Author Archives: Laurie Vial

Great Lakes Vegetable Working Group allows educators to collaborate

At its heart, the Great Lakes Vegetable Working Group (GLVWG) is a network of educators who specialize in all aspects of vegetable production. They collaborate and share lessons from the field and lab to continually sharpen their skills to serve … Continue reading

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Great Lakes Fruit Working Group works to improve the sustainability of fruit production

Our mission is to improve the sustainability of fruit production and quality of life in the Great Lakes region. The Great Lakes Fruit Working (GLFW) Group, funded by the North Central Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Center, was founded informally in … Continue reading

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EPA Registers the Wolbachia ZAP Strain in Live Male Asian Tiger Mosquitoes

On Nov. 3, 2017, the Environmental Protection Agency registered a new mosquito biopesticide – ZAP Males® – that can reduce local populations of the type of mosquito (Aedes albopictus, or Asian Tiger Mosquitoes) that can spread numerous diseases of significant … Continue reading

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Genetic discovery another tool in battle against wheat pests

From IPM in the South By Rosemary Hallberg by Kay Ledbetter, Texas A&M AgriLife Greenbug and Hessian fly infestations can significantly reduce wheat yield and quality in Texas and worldwide. Breeding for resistance to these two pests using marker-assisted selection … Continue reading

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UGA mycologists partner with the CDC to tackle fungicide resistance

 From IPM in the South By Rosemary Hallberg by Merritt Melancon, University of Georgia There are a limited number of compounds available to combat fungal infections in both plants and people. A team of University of Georgia researchers is helping to … Continue reading

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Industrial and Commercial Scientific Coalition on Pest Exclusion (IC SCOPE) Working Group brings stakeholders together

Research, Extension and industry personnel have formed the Industrial and Commercial Scientific Coalition on Pest Exclusion (IC SCOPE), to apply scientific methodology in order to quantify the impact of pest exclusion measures to improve Integrated Pest Management (IPM) practices in … Continue reading

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Biological pesticides are included in integrated pest management systems

From IPM in the South By Rosemary Hallberg In Southeast Farm Press Biological pesticides can play a key role in a successful integrated pest management program and can be useful in increasing sustainability on the farm. Speaking at a symposium … Continue reading

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Conference on cover crops and soil health

Pre-registration is ending next week for the Second National Conference on Cover Crops and Soil Health, being held Dec. 7-8 in Indianapolis, IN.  The pre-registration deadline is Tuesday, Nov. 7.  After November 7th, the conference registration price goes from $150 to $200 for ag professionals (including university, agency, … Continue reading

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Center for Turfgrass Environmental Research and Education Annual Research Symposium: Turf Trends for Changing Times

 From IPM in the South By Rosemary Hallberg The turf industry is facing many challenges in terms of changes in climate, regulations, pest populations, technology. The objective of this symposium is to present and discuss what these challenges will be in … Continue reading

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New tool predicts risk of plant disease

 From IPM in the South By Rosemary Hallberg A newly developed technique can predict the risk of plant disease or infestation across the globe. Described in open-access journal Frontiers in Applied Mathematics and Statistics, the technique considers pest-host interactions and the … Continue reading

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