IPM Success Stories

IPM is good for people, the environment, and the pocketbook

Since 2000, we’ve fostered the development and adoption of integrated pest management, supporting projects that focus on important pest problems and provide economic, environmental, and human health benefits to our region. Read on to learn about the impacts of projects we’ve funded and about the work of our partners nationwide.

May 14, 2013
Designing Stink Bugs Out of Landscapes

Researchers want to know whether the brown marmorated stink bug can be designed out of landscapes.

May 2, 2013
Setting the Gold Standard for Tomatoes

In 2009, late blight decimated tomato crops in the Northeast. Scientists stepped up the creation of blight-resistant tomato varieties with new urgency.

April 29, 2013
Collaborators in Region Join Chorus against Spotted Wing Drosophila

Researchers and educators are confronting an invasive species that has changed the tune for Northeastern fruit growers: the spotted wing drosophila (SWD).

April 24, 2013
Researchers Make Movies to Get a Jump on Bed Bugs

Scientists are sharing their knowledge in the battle against bed bugs by fashioning themselves after Hollywood stars and launching three web videos.

October 16, 2012
Serving up a bitter end for eggplant pests

When researchers plant eggplant into crimson clover, they dish up trouble over and over for two unwanted beetles.

October 16, 2012
Scientists draw maps to stop stink bug pirates

An integrated pest management program running since the 1980s has led to fresh insights about a new invader. Scientists are deploying maps to aid the fight.

March 21, 2012
Regional IPM Centers Receive International Award of Excellence

for "groundbreaking work" as a collaborative network. Centers are among those honored at the 7th International IPM Symposium in Memphis, TN.

December 15, 2011
"Oscars of Food" Honors Visionary IPM Advocate at World's Largest Food Distributor

When Sysco began developing environmental guidelines 6 years ago, they turned to IPM specialists for advice. Now thousands of Sysco growers are using IPM, and Sysco reports a cumulative reduction of 3 million pounds of pesticide.

November 2, 2011
In Urban Jungle, Tiger Mosquito Falls Prey to Killer Bacteria

City neighborhoods are home to Asian tiger mosquitoes, which can carry West Nile virus and dog heartworm. The Northeastern IPM Center is funding research to control these pests using a natural bacterial disease that afflicts mosquitoes.

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.