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Archive for April, 2008

Biocontrol Successes

There is a good article in the Boston Globe today summarizing the state’s work on the Purple Loosestrife Biocontrol Project. Purple loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria) is one of the 141 plant species on the state’s Prohibited Plant List, and was categorized as invasive by the Massachusetts Invasive Plant Advisory Group. Beth Suedmeyer of the Massachusetts Wetlands […]

Invasive Plant Training

If you are a Massachusetts resident concerned about invasive plants, consider signing up for one of the IPANE Volunteer Training Sessions being held this May and June. IPANE teaches volunteers how to identify invasive plants and enlists them to conduct monitoring surveys across New England. The beginner training for western Massachusetts is coming up soon, […]

Winter Moth Biocontrol

Last week I headed out to UMass Amherst to meet with some of the people in Cooperative Extension that participate in the Massachusetts Introduced Pests Outreach Project. While there, I got a tour of the Elkinton Lab, where they are working on a few different biological control projects that target insect pests. One of those […]

Pest Alert: Gladiolus Rust

On March 10, 2008, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services identified a suspected infection of gladiolus rust (Uromyces transversalis) on the leaves of gladiolus plants at a cut flower production farm in Hendry County, Florida. Gladiolus rust primarily attacks hybrid cultivars of gladiolus grown for cut flower production, and if uncontrolled, can lead […]

New pesticide shows promise in fighting EAB

While we don’t have the emerald ash borer (Agrilus planipennis, “EAB”) here in Massachusetts, other states are not so lucky. Now there may finally be some good news about beating this pest. As reported over at the Illinois Cooperative Agriculture Pest Survey Program blog, Illinois has just registered a promising new pesticide, Emamectin Benzoate, for […]

Eastern Plant Board Meeting

Last week I attended the annual meeting of the Eastern Plant Board, in Charleston, West Virginia. The EPB is part of the National Plant Board, an organization made up of the plant pest regulatory agencies from every state in the union (plus Puerto Rico). There was a lot of business covered over the three days […]