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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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An Evening of Insects | North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

An Evening of Insects | North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

Oct. 25, 2012 | Thursday, 6:30pm

 

Among the 15-minute talks are these, from CALS researchers:

Basement Bugs: The Camel Cricket Story
by Dr. Holly Menninger, Director of Public Science for Rob Dunn's Your Wildlife Program
(see http://www.YourWildlife.org)

The Fascinating Lives of Bees
by Dr. David Tarpy, our bee specialist

North Carolina’s Rarest Butterflies
by Dr. Nick Haddad, an ecologist who studies & tracks these endangered creatures

Everning Starts at 6:30 and is free.

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NCSU PDIC

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Check out the blog of the NCSU Plant Disease & Insect Clinic! They help farmers & gardeners by identifying problems insects & diseases. Great photos and useful information from the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences at NC State University.

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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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Entomological Society of America Names 2012 Fellows | Entomological Society of America (ESA)

Entomological Society of America Names 2012 Fellows | Entomological Society of America (ESA) | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

William Neal Reynolds Professor of Entomology, Dr. R. Michael Roe, has been named a 2012 Fellow of the Entomological Society of America.

 

A Professor in the Department of Entomology and the Department of Environmental and Molecular Toxicology at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC, Dr. Roe "is internationally recognized for his research in insect and acarine physiology, biochemistry, genomics and toxicology, and the use of fundamental research in chemistry, nuclear science, and biology to solve practical problems and develop new commercial technologies."

 

"The election as a Fellow acknowledges outstanding contributions to entomology in one or more of the following: research, teaching, extension, or administration. The following Fellows will be recognized during Entomology 2012 -- ESA's 60th Annual Meeting -- which will be held November 11-14, 2012 in Knoxville, Tennessee."

 

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Kudzu bugs continue to spread | Soybeans | Content from Southeast Farm Press

Kudzu bugs continue to spread | Soybeans | Content from Southeast Farm Press | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

"Kudzu bugs, those tenacious little imports from Asia, continue to spread across the Southeast and continue to plague soybean growers, especially in the Carolinas." Entomology researcher, Dr. Dominic Reisig, says some growers sprayed prematurely; but damage is also difficult to predict.

 

Monitoring is more economical. Farmers can use the Southeast Early Detection Nertwork (SEEDN), here:

http://www.kudzubug.org/

 

There, farmers will find videos on how to sample for monitoring using sweep nets, information on control, and other resources.

 

The invasive insect has spread rapidly throughout the southeast in just a few growing seasons and is expected to have an economic impact in some areas.

 

photos: Richard Evans, USDA

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Cotton Field Day is Sept. 12 | CALS News Center

Cotton Field Day is Sept. 12 | CALS News Center | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

N.C. State University’s Cotton Field Day will take place Sept. 12 at the Upper Coastal Plain Research Station in Rocky Mount. The bi-annual event, co-sponsored by the N.C. Cotton Producers Association, will focus on latest research into cotton tillage, variety trials, disease and insect management and rotational considerations.


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CALS 2012 Soybean & Tillage Field Day, Sept. 5, 2012

Soybean & Tillage Field Day, Upper Piedmont Research Station, Reidsville, NC, Sept. 5, 2012

 

Please RSVP & Join us! Everyone is welcome to register, visit the station, and hear about new CALS research in soybean and tillage methods.

 

Highlights: Soybean production information; long-term tillage trials
including yield, soil compaction, controlled traffic; soil organic matter;
insect pest management; erosion measurements using ground-based
lidar; remote sensing technologies for soil and crop management.
3 hours CCA (2 SW, 0.5 PM, 0.5 CM), 0.5 hours pesticide credits available

 

See the link above for more information & a map.

 

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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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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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That’s a Wrap: Day 3 of #AntsOnBroadway

That’s a Wrap: Day 3 of #AntsOnBroadway | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

Rob Dunn's YourWildlife.org Team finishes collecting ants as part of his cool citizen science project, this time in the Big Apple! Check out the photos & blog at http://www.YourWildlife.org

 

Photo: Courtesy of Benoit Guenard.

 

 

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The Abstract :: North Carolina State University :: Bringing Bugs into the Classroom

The Abstract :: North Carolina State University :: Bringing Bugs into the Classroom | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

Dr. David Buchwalter, of our Department of Environmental and Molecular Toxicology, blogs about his most recent classroom outreach program. He writes:

 

"Last month, I teamed up with other biological researchers to conduct a workshop for high school teachers and science educators in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Titled “The Ecophysiology and Evolution of Aquatic Insects:  A Workshop for High School Teachers,” the workshop was designed to give educators the scientific background and physical tools/supplies needed to bring interdisciplinary and inquiry-based study into the classroom with a focus on aquatic insects. The workshop was funded by a grant I received from the National Science Foundation.

 

"Aquatic insects provide a great springboard into various scientific topics because they are ecologically important and widely used as ecological indicators. They also have fascinating adaptations for aquatic life. Also, they are everywhere and very easy to collect out in nature, providing an opportunity for students to learn more about their immediate environment. My primary goal for the workshop was to stimulate curricular development that combined both field based collections and hands on activities in high school classrooms."

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Lansing warns of emerald ash borer

Lansing warns of emerald ash borer | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

"Lansing city officials are warning local residents to be on the lookout for evidence of the emerald ash borer."

 

State & USDA officials have identified the invasive insect pest for the first time in Kansas, in Wyandotte County on Aug. 29.

 

The insect is spreading in the US and poses a serious mortality threat to ash trees.

 

Photo of mature adult emerald ash borers emerging from tree bark: US Forest Service

 

 

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Second West Nile death & 3 new cases reported across the state of North Carolina

Second West Nile death & 3 new cases reported across the state of North Carolina | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
The new cases are part of a national epidemic that’s on pace to be the worst in the 13-year history of the disease in the United States.

 

CALS Public Health Entomologist, Dr. Michael Reiskind, comments on the ecology of the disease and the difficulty of predicting outbreaks.

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NCSU CALS Plant Biology Seminar Aug 28, 2012

NCSU CALS Plant Biology Seminar Aug 28, 2012 | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

Dr. Yongjian Qiu, Department of Biology, Duke University, will speak on Aug. 28 at 4pm.

 

Topic: The function of calreticulin in plant immunity: New discoveries for an old protein


Host: Dr. Deyu Xie

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