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Super-sized restoration projects begin in Hyde

Super-sized restoration projects begin in Hyde | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

By Catherine Kozak, Coastal Review Online | With numerous bureaucratic hurdles finally cleared, an innovative wetlands restoration project led by the N.C. Coastal Federation is about to begin on thousa...

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Dr. Mike Burchell & engineers in the CALS Department of Biological & Agricultural Engineering are designing a canal complex intersecting with farmland in Hyde County. Pumps & weirs will redirect rain stormwater into a created wetland, protecting the Albemarle & Pamlico Sounds of North Carolina. Read more | http://tinyurl.com/kgb7ucg

 

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The Urban Heat Island Could Be Attracting Bugs

The Urban Heat Island Could Be Attracting Bugs | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
The hotter neighborhoods of Raleigh are awash in scale insects, an ominous indicator of how bug populations might swell in a globally warmer world.
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Some insects like it hot! CALS entomologist, Emily Meineke finds that scale insect pests thrive in the warmth of urban heat islands. Read more: http://www.theatlanticcities.com/neighborhoods/2013/03/urban-heat-islands-are-making-cities-lousy-insects/5118/

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Comb Your Antennae (Science Magazine: May Require Subscription)

Comb Your Antennae (Science Magazine: May Require Subscription) | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
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Dr. Coby Schal and postdoctoral researchers, Dr. Katalin Boroczky and Dr. Ayako Wada-Katsuma ask why cockroaches groom and find that the fastidious behavior sharpens their senses. The discovery may have implications for pest control.

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RALEIGH: N.C. State researchers say roach grooming could lead to new pest controls | Health | NewsObserver.com

RALEIGH: N.C. State researchers say roach grooming could lead to new pest controls | Health | NewsObserver.com | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
A paper published by researchers at N.C. State University found cockroach grooming habits may help developers of insecticide products find better ways of controlling pests.
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Dr. Coby Schal, entomologist in the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences coauthored the study with authors were Dale Batchelor of NCSU’s Analytical Instrumentation Facility & Marianna Zhukovskaya, Russian Academy of Sciences.

 

Read the paper in PNAS, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, here:

http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2013/01/29/1212466110.abstract

 


Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/02/04/2656341/nc-state-researchers-say-roach.html#storylink=misearch#storylink=cpy
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ScienceShot: How an Aphid Is Like a Cat - ScienceNOW

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NC State News and Information » Grooming Helps Insects Keep Their Senses Sharpened

NC State News and Information » Grooming Helps Insects Keep Their Senses Sharpened | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
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Like a self-absorbed teenager, insects spend a lot of time grooming.

 

In a study that delves into the mechanisms behind this common function, North Carolina State University researchers show that insect grooming – specifically, antennal cleaning – removes both environmental pollutants and chemicals produced by the insects themselves.

 

The findings, published online this week in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, show that grooming helps insects maintain acute olfactory senses that are responsible for a host of functions, including finding food, sensing danger and even locating a suitable mate.

 

The findings could also explain why certain types of insecticides work more effectively than others, leading to new pesticides.

 

Read the paper in PNAS here:

http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2013/01/29/1212466110.abstract

 

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Solving molecular mysteries | CALS News Center Solving molecular mysteries

Solving molecular mysteries | CALS News Center Solving molecular mysteries | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
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Researchers, Dr. Linda Hanley-Bowdoin and Tanzanian, Dr. Joseph Ndunguru, study satellite DNA to find ways to control Cassava mosaic virus.

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Two New Hessian Fly Management Tools Now Available

Two New Hessian Fly Management Tools Now Available | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

I am very excited about the publication of “Biology and Management of Hessian Fly in the Southeast”, as well as a new video produced by the North Carolina Small Grain Growers Associatio...

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The video draws on the research of wheat breeder, Dr. Paul Murphy, small grains specialist, Dr. Randy Weisz and entomologist, Dr. Dominic Reisig to demonstrate how to control this insect pest of wheat in the southeast. The video is produced through a collaboration of the NC Small Grain Growers Association and the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences at NC State University.

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N.C. State scientists work to stop the spread of boxwood blight | CALS News Center | News from the College of Agriculture and Life Sc..., NCSU

N.C. State scientists work to stop the spread of boxwood blight | CALS News Center | News from the College of Agriculture and Life Sc..., NCSU | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

"Since colonial days, the boxwood has been an important part of American gardens and landscapes. Research from N.C. State University is designed to help keep it that way, in spite of the threat to the plant posed by a disease new to the United States.

 

"N.C. State researchers and extension specialists have led the way in the United States when it comes to finding methods of protect the popular landscape plant from boxwood blight. They were among the first – if not the first – university researchers to alert the public and the landscape and nursery industry to the blight’s presence when it was first found and confirmed in the United States in October 2011. And now they are leading the way in a study to determine which commercially available boxwood species are most susceptible and which ones can withstand the fungus, Cylindroclaidium buxicola, that causes the disease. ..."

 

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Pender Gardener-The kudzu bugs are coming

Pender Gardener-The kudzu bugs are coming | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
Kudzu bugs are a new pest in the south, making their debut in our area this past spring most notably on wisteria vines.

 

They are a pest of soybean and other crops and sometimes make a nuisance of themselves in homes.

 

Urban pest specialist, Dr. Mike Waldvogel, explans.

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Did You Know… | North Carolina Cooperative Extension

Did You Know… | North Carolina Cooperative Extension | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

"By now, you have probably seen, or at least heard about, the Kudzu bug, Megacopta cribaria. This newly introduced invasive pest feeds on kudzu, soybeans, and many other plants in the bean family. With kudzu and soybeans drying up as the weather turns cold, Cooperative Extension is fielding a number of calls from growers and homeowners with kudzu bugs on and in their homes. ..."

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Turf, Bugs & Rock n Roll: CALS Turf Entomology Group's Facebook page

Turf, Bugs & Rock n Roll: CALS Turf Entomology Group's Facebook page | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

Check it out! Practical, research-based suggestions & Dr. Rick Brandenburg's videos (complete with guitar solos!) on turf insect management & control.

 

Brought to you by the turfgrass entomology lab at North Carolina State University. Offering answers to all of your turfgrass insect needs since 1985!


If you would like to be added to the turgfrass entomology list serv so you can stay up to date on national turfgrass entomological issues please contact Diane at desilcox@ncsu.edu
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A Bitter/Sweet Shift in Cockroach Defenses

A Bitter/Sweet Shift in Cockroach Defenses | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
Some populations of roaches have evolved a highly effective strategy to avoid sweet-tasting poison baits, researchers say.
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CALS researchers Dr. Coby Schal, Dr. Jules Silverman & Dr. Ayako Wada-Katsumata report in the prestigious journal, Science, that roaches can change their taste chemistry, making usually appealing sweet food become bitter. So they avoid baits containing glucose. Result: Failed cockroach control!  Now we know why, and how they do it. The innovative research also has implications for control of other insects, such as mosquitoes. Read more & watch the little buggers flee jelly | http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/24/science/a-bitter-sweet-shift-in-cockroach-defenses.html

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Purdue recognizes Brandenburg as Distinguished Agriculture Alumnus | CALS News Center Purdue recognizes Brandenburg as Distinguished Agriculture Alumnus | News from the College of Agriculture and L...

Purdue recognizes Brandenburg as Distinguished Agriculture Alumnus | CALS News Center Purdue recognizes Brandenburg as Distinguished Agriculture Alumnus | News from the College of Agriculture and L... | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
News from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at NC State
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Dr. Rick Brandenburg, William Neal Reynolds Professor of Distinction in the Department of Entomology, will be recognized March 1 as one of eight Distinguished Agriculture Alumni Award winners at Purdue University. Brandenburg earned a bachelor’s degree in entomology from Purdue in 1977. The award honors mid-career alumni who have a record of outstanding accomplishments, have made significant contributions to their profession or society and have exhibited high potential for professional growth.

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Video: Cleanliness Is Next to Cockroaches - ScienceNOW

Video: Cleanliness Is Next to Cockroaches - ScienceNOW | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
Video: Cleanliness Is Next to Cockroaches - ScienceNOW
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Video: Cleanliness is next to cockroaches (Science NOW on YouTube) Research team from the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences at NCSU and Russia finds that fastidious insect grooming enhances sensory performance. Watch the delicate operation to learn more | http://news.sciencemag.org/sciencenow/2013/02/video-cleanliness-is-next-to-coc.html|
| paper in PNAS | http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2013/01/29/1212466110

 

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Scientists See Insect Outbreaks From Space

Scientists See Insect Outbreaks From Space | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
A new tool uses satellite imagery to help researchers track small disturbances such as bug infestations, which may increase in scope as climate changes
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Watch the stunning video of a LandTrendr visualization of the Pacific Northwest and see the colors change as the mountain pine beetle infestation encroaches on the healthy forest.

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NCSU's Dunphy, Koenning Involved In Award Winning Crop Protection

NCSU's Dunphy, Koenning Involved In Award Winning Crop Protection | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
These two NCSU CALS professors have striven to have an impact on the ASR threat.
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Crop scientist, Dr. Jim Dunphy & plant pathologist, Dr. Steve Koenning, have for years partnered to combat Asian Soybean Rust, which in some countries caused 80% crop loss. They helped develop an Integrated Pest Management system for the disease, the Soybean Rust PIPE, which can be found here:

http://sbr.ipmpipe.org/cgi-bin/sbr/public.cgi

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NC State News and Information » Grooming Helps Insects Keep Their Senses Sharpened

NC State News and Information » Grooming Helps Insects Keep Their Senses Sharpened | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
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Like a self-absorbed teenager, insects spend a lot of time grooming.

 

In a study that delves into the mechanisms behind this common function, North Carolina State University researchers show that insect grooming – specifically, antennal cleaning – removes both environmental pollutants and chemicals produced by the insects themselves.

 

The findings, published online this week in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, show that grooming helps insects maintain acute olfactory senses that are responsible for a host of functions, including finding food, sensing danger and even locating a suitable mate.

 

The findings could also explain why certain types of insecticides work more effectively than others, leading to new pesticides.

 

Read the paper in PNAS here:

http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2013/01/29/1212466110.abstract

 

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Innovative uses of nanotechnology in food and agriculture explored

Innovative uses of nanotechnology in food and agriculture explored | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
Examples of current projects in development are presented in a Special Research Section published in Industrial Biotechnology.
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Two CALS faculty involved in award-winning crop protection efforts

Two CALS faculty involved in award-winning crop protection efforts | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
News from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at NC State
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Dr. Jim Dunphy & Dr. Matt Koenning were honored by USDA-NIFA for their research to protect soybean from Asian soybean rust. The Southern Region Integrated Pest Management Center, which is located at NC State University, organized what it called the Soybean Rust PIPE. PIPE stands for Pest Information Platform for Extension and Education....

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More researchers join effort to control stink bugs organically

More researchers join effort to control stink bugs organically | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

"Multi-university project asks how organic farmers can control these pests and protect their crops."

 

Organic farmers are particularly challenged when faced with the destructive Brown Marmorated Stink Bug.

 

College of Agriculture & Life Sciences researchers at NC State University join the effort.

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Hessian fly in wheat: Should I spray? | Grains content from Southeast Farm Press

Hessian fly in wheat: Should I spray? | Grains content from Southeast Farm Press | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

The decision to spray for Hessian fly in a fall wheat crop is not an easy one."

 

CALS Entomologist, Dr. Dominic Reisig, explains.

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CALS' Melanie McCaleb featured in Erosion Control March/April 2012 issue

CALS' Melanie McCaleb featured in Erosion Control March/April 2012 issue | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

Uncovering solutions to construction erosion, sediment, and turbidity

 

Melanie McCaleb, researcher & Extension Associate in the Soil Science Department's  Erosion, Sediment and Turbidity Control Group (ES&TC) at NC State University discusses the unpredictability of erosion research and her group's impact on the addressing issue. (Starts p. 17)

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Year-round weed control may now be cost effective | Grains content from Southeast Farm Press

Year-round weed control may now be cost effective | Grains content from Southeast Farm Press | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
One of the warmest winters on record in the Upper Southeast played havoc with virtually every crop grown in the region, and often not in ways clearly visible to growers or understandable to the experts.

 

Weed specialist, Wes Everman, explains which weeds may be controlled efficiently, which ones are difficult, and which compounds and mixtures work the best. He discusses horseweed, and palmer amaranth control in several crops.

 

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