Pest Control

$70M to support program to strengthen pest detection, surveillance

The USDA is allocating more than $70 million to support 372 projects under the Plant Protection Act’s Section 7721 program to strengthen the nation’s infrastructure for pest detection and surveillance, identification, and threat mitigation; to... more »

Yield-robbing nematodes targeted by Certis Biologicals’ MeloCo LC

Certis Biologicals announced Jan. 31 the launch of MeloCon LC, a water-dispersible concentrate containing spores from a naturally-occurring soil fungus that controls a wide variety of harmful nematodes at every lifecycle stage. Plant-parasitic nematodes, an unseen threat... more »

Syngenta Crop Protection acquires bioinsecticides from UK-based Bionema

Syngenta Crop Protection has acquired two next generation bioinsecticides, NemaTrident and UniSpore, to combat increasing resistance and a wide range of insects and pests across horticulture and ornamentals, turf amenity and forestry, giving customers even greater... more »

Device sniffs out the ‘smell-fingerprints’ of pestered plants

A team of Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and university scientists has developed an electronic nose to sniff out whitefly infestations of tomato plants. The "E-Nose" works by detecting a specific cocktail of chemicals, called volatile... more »

Reduced insecticide, IPM programs are key for BMSB control

Reducing the need for broad spectrum insecticide use – primarily the pyrethroids and neonicotinoids – will foster beneficials, which is the long term strategy for brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) control. BMSB is an invasive... more »

Online survey on insect pest management targets growers

Researchers at Purdue University and The College of Wooster and are asking growers to participate in a study titled “Insect Pest Management in Vegetable Crops Survey." The purpose of this study is to gather information... more »

Beneficials bring twospotted spider mite control on farms

The predatory mite Phytoseiulus persimilis can feast on twospotted spider mites and is widely released as a beneficial in greenhouses and some very high value field crops, like strawberries. It can be effectively released into... more »

Classifying methomyl as a restricted use pesticide proposed by MDARD

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) is proposing classifying all formulations of the insecticide methomyl as a restricted use pesticide. This recommendation was made due to widespread misuse of the product, which... more »

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