Survey Details Integrated Pest Management Adoption, Challenges in U.S.
A survey of state integrated pest management coordinators shows positive signs of IPM uptake in agricultural settings, but common barriers remain. In general, the more profitable, testable, and understandable the practices, the more likely growers are to adopt them.
Small but Destructive: Hibiscus Mealybug Emerges as Concerning Pest of Florida Fruits, Ornamentals, Some Row Crops
The invasive hibiscus mealybug (Nipaecoccus viridis) has been documented on 51 host plants in Florida—so far. A new guide in the Journal of Integrated Pest Management provides one of the first in-depth looks at this emerging pest.
International IPM Program Drives Sustainable Management of Tomato Leafminer
Since 2012, the Centre for Agriculture and Bioscience International's Plantwise program has guided growers in 10 Latin American countries on managing Tuta absoluta, a devastating lepidopteran pest of tomatoes, and substituting or complementing chemical control with more sustainable strategies.
Single Mow of Park Trails Not Enough to Reduce Ticks
Mowing has been recommended for managing ticks where people tread, but a new study suggests that a single mow of park trails in early summer isn't enough to reduce prevalence of blacklegged and American dog ticks.