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On Wednesday, March 27, 2013, growers, scientists, and grape enthusiasts met online for a National Clean Plant Network for Grapes (NCPN-Grapes) Special Webinar on Grapevine Red Blotch. Tim Martinson, Senior Extension Associate at Cornell University, organized and moderated the event which had 430 registrants when registration closed on Monday, March 25.
The webinar consisted of three presentations, each followed by a brief question and answer period.
By Jan Suszkiw
March 18, 2013
The pale cyst nematode, Globodera pallida, is one bad roundworm.
Unchecked, the pest burrows into potato roots to feed, obstructing nutrients and causing stunted growth, wilted leaves and other symptoms that can eventually kill the plant. Severe infestations can cause tuber yield losses of up to 80 percent.
Now, however, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and cooperating scientists are evaluating new ways to control G. pallida using naturally occurring chemicals called egg-hatching factors.
The Integrated Pest Protection Center (IPPC) of Oregon State University is offering a residential course in IPM Planning and Implementation between August 11th and 24th this year.
Pre-registration is now open, and details of the course and application process can be found at: http://oregonstate.edu/conferences/event/ipmplanning/.
Two new IPM publications from the University of Arizona are available:
Although this story, which appears in American/Western Fruit Grower this month, centers on California almonds, verticillium wilt is a common disease of shade trees that is widespread through the U.S. The disease often occurs on cotton in the South.
For the American Fruit Grower story, click here.
For information on verticillium wilt of cotton, click here.
A University of Utah biologist and an international research team decoded the genetic blueprint of the two-spotted spider mite, raising hope for new ways to attack the major pest, which resists pesticides and destroys crops and ornamental plants worldwide.
There’s a brand new conference taking place this year for greening school grounds, focusing on the outdoor landscape offering both play and learning opportunities. The first International International Green Schoolyard Conference will be held in Berkley and San Francisco, California, September 16-18, 2011. Organizers have invited leaders of the school ground movement from Europe, North America, and Japan. More information is available at www.greenschoolyards.org.