Two species of striped cucumber beetle are key pests of squashes, gourds, cucumbers, melons, and other cucurbit crops. A new guide in the open-access Journal of Integrated Pest Management reviews the beetles' biology and current and potential management strategies.
In South Texas, the unique landscape of the coastal plain and the presence of nilgai, an antelope species native to India, combine to drive a recent cattle fever tick resurgence.
Meet Laura Nixon, Ph.D., postdoctoral researcher at the USDA Agricultural Research Service, chemical ecology expert, world traveler, and subject of the next installment of our "Standout Early Career Professionals" series.
In its effort to keep cattle fever ticks from escaping quarantine in five counties along the southern Texas border, researchers at the U.S. Department of Agriculture have developed an overnight DNA test that can detect ticks' genetic indicators of resistance to permethrin, a common pesticide used to manage ticks.