IPM Insights, Summer 2011

Summer 2011

December 1, 2011
New IPM Partnership Projects for 2011

Our Center has funded 25 projects this year, including invasive species outreach and regional working groups on pollinators, stink bugs, hops, and slugs.

August 17, 2011
Decoded Secret Betrays Berry Weevil

In New Jersey, a major center of blueberry and cranberry production, entomologists are using pheromones to lure weevils so growers can time their sprays for greatest effectiveness.

August 16, 2011
Swallow-wort Biocontrols Pass Test

Swallow-wort, a rampant invasive species in the Northeast, smothers small trees and native plants. Rhode Island entomologist Richard Casagrande is identifying natural enemies of this pest.

August 12, 2011
Spotted Wing Drosophila in the Northeast

Drosophila suzukii, a small vinegar fly with the potential to damage many fruit crops, has been confirmed in several northeastern states.

August 7, 2011
New IPM Resources, 2011

Growing Green Lawns website; Brown Marmorated Stink Bug information; New York City's bed bug site; and Louisiana State's Pest Identification Guide for Pests In and Around Buildings.

July 7, 2011
School IPM: Good for Children, Easy on the Budget

IPM proponents persuade school districts to choose pest prevention over sprays. “Schools that switch to IPM show a decline in pesticide use and are still able to keep pests at bay,” says UMass entomologist Bill Coli, who evaluates the impact of IPM projects.