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Small Fruits Consortium receives NIFA award | CALS News Center | News from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, NCSU

Small Fruits Consortium receives NIFA award | CALS News Center | News from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, NCSU | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
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"The Southern Region Small Fruits Consortium – a six-member group of land-grant universities including N.C. State – has received the 2012 Partnership Award for Multi-State Efforts from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute for Food and Agriculture. The award recognizes exemplary work impacting agriculture, environment, communities or people from a team at a land-grant university, cooperating institution or organization supported by the NIFA."

 

Visit the authoritative website for growers, Extension personnel and professionals at:

http://www.smallfruits.org

 

"N.C. State faculty members have been involved in the following SRSFC projects:

Dr. Frank Louws and Dr. Mahfuzur Rahman (N.C. State, entomology) have received grants for research and extension efforts related to foliar / fruit rot on strawberries.Dr. Hannah Burrack (N.C. State, entomology), Dr. Doug Pfeiffer (Virginia Tech) and Dr. Powell Smith (Clemson) received grants to develop a volunteer monitoring network for spotted wing drosophila, a recent invasive pest of soft-skinned small fruits. The monitoring network allows growers to apply pesticides in a timely manner to minimize losses to this pest.Dr. Gina Fernandez, (N.C. State, horticultural science) and colleagues have received grants since 2002 to develop raspberry and blackberry breeding programs. The program developed the red raspberry, “Nantahala,” which has resulted in commercial fruit sales of $16,000-$27,000 per acre."

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NC Small Fruit & Specialty Crop IPM: Kudzu bugs on caneberries?

NC Small Fruit & Specialty Crop IPM: Kudzu bugs on caneberries? | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

Photo: Kudzu bugs on raspberry plants at the Piedmont Research Station, Salisbury, NC

 

"My Monday morning  began with two phone calls about the same thing: kudzu bugs on caneberries.  Both calls came from western North Carolina, but kudzu bugs are widespread throughout the southeast.  See here for a map of kudzu bug distribution from the Megacoptera Working Group.  Kudzu bugs (Megacoptera criberia) are yet another invasive species from eastern Asia that has been detected in the southeastern US in recent years.  Kudzu bugs appear to specialize on legumes, including cultivated beans and kudzu, and can cause cause economic damage to soybeans.  My NC State Entomology colleague, Dominic Reisig, has published extensive information on kudzu bug at his blog.  Interestingly, both caneberry sites that prompted my morning calls were also near soybeans."

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