Integrated Pest Management Insights

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.

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.

October 21, 2011
New IPM Projects Confront Mosquitoes, Stink Bugs, and Diseases

The Northeast Regional IPM Competitive Grants program has awarded approximately $600,000 to support five new projects in 2011.

October 18, 2011
We're Funded! Three New Grants for the IPM Center

Our Center has been awarded new grants from three sources totaling approximately $1.3 million.

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.

October 5, 2010
IPM Training Tackles Bed Bugs, Cockroaches, and Hoarding

IPM Training in Public Housing Authorities is a multiregional project that aims to strengthen communities and use integrated pest management to address housing conditions that threaten human health.

October 4, 2010
New IPM Research and Extension Projects 2010

The Northeast Regional IPM Competitive Grants program has awarded approximately $580,000 to support seven projects that confront pest threats to children, honey bees, and crops.

October 4, 2010
IPM Working Group Seeks Solutions as Stink Bug's Notoriety Grows

The newly funded Brown Marmorated Stink Bug IPM Working Group hit the ground running in June 2010, when its 30 members met in West Virginia to establish research, extension, and regulatory priorities for an intensifying problem.

October 4, 2010
IPM Voice Sets Advisory Committee

IPM Voice is an independent organization formed to secure the attention and resources that IPM deserves and needs.

August 5, 2010
Nervous Ticks

IPM sets a bleak scene for Lyme disease carriers: The threat of Lyme disease has added a note of caution to outdoor activities in recent years. The Northeastern IPM Center funds research on ways to control ticks to protect human health while reducing the use of pesticides.

August 5, 2010
Stink Bug Summit

A new IPM Working Group is taking aim at the brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB), a pest that was introduced from Asia in the 1990s and has since spread to all of the mid-Atlantic states.

August 5, 2010
IPM Partnership Projects for 2010

In 2010, the Northeastern IPM Center has awarded more than $400,000 to support research and outreach projects in northeastern states through the IPM Partnership Grants Program.

August 1, 2010
Guardians of the Greenhouse

Greenhouses extend the growing season and increase profits for northeastern growers, but they also create ideal conditions for pest outbreaks. Guardian plants may help trap pests and shelter beneficial insects.

February 26, 2010
Growers PIPE Up for High-Tech Tools

Penn State adapts early warning system for key pests, new crops. Pest forecasting models are a powerful tool, but high-tech early-warning systems require significant investment and expertise. To save costs, PA IPM researchers have adapted an existing online system.

February 26, 2010
Thriving on IPM

Fresh ideas and strong relationships keep farm vibrant. Family farmer Don Dzen is convinced that expanding his use of IPM was a smart decision: “Each year there’s been something that paid for itself, something we were missing before.”

February 26, 2010
Tomato Seed Treatment Prevents Bacterial Canker

Five years ago, bacterial canker was a growing threat to New Jersey’s $28 million fresh market tomato industry. IPM researchers have introduced growers to a seed heat treatment that eliminates seed as the primary inoculum source.