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September 12, 2019
Web Tool to Help Beekeepers Make Informed Decisions to Protect Honey Bees

Margarita Lopez-Uribe and Robyn Underwood of Penn State are developing a decision-making guide in the form of a web application for beekeepers. Despite intensive management efforts, beekeepers lose 40 percent of honey bee colonies on average in the U.S. The losses are increasing due to a number of factors, and a science-based decision-making tool can help inform more suitable IPM practices for staving off losses due to pests, pathogens, and parasites.

September 12, 2019
Updates to Web Resources Promoting Best Practices in School IPM

The Northeast School IPM Working Group first received a Partnership Grant in 2013 to develop a website on best practices in school IPM. While the site has successfully reached a large audience, both it and the group’s own website are in need of comprehensive updates—incorporating stakeholder feedback—to remain timely and relevant.

September 12, 2019
New IPM Tools for Organic Grain Growers

Ellen Mallory and Eric Gallandt of the University of Maine are partnering with organic grain farmers to evaluate new IPM tools for controlling spring annual weeds, which have posed significant challenges to organic growers. The tools—automated camera-guided cultivation and selective weed cutting—will be examined alone and in combination with existing IPM strategies, with results slated to be incorporated into a factsheet and two webinars.

September 12, 2019
Improving Environmental Models for Predicting Fire Blight

Quan Zeng and Neil Schultes of the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station are seeking to improve disease-prediction models for fire blight, a bacterial pathogen that poses a significant threat to apples. These models can help inform when to apply antibiotics to  greatest effect. Environmental factors play a role in the bacterium’s replication, and this project seeks to evaluate the role of water and humidity—and how best to incorporate such factors into the models.

September 12, 2019
New Approach to Environmental Data to Improve Response to Fungal Strawberry Pathogens

Mengjun Hu of the University of Maryland is evaluating ways to take additional environmental factors into consideration when using the Strawberry Advisory System to inform responses to fungal pathogens threatening strawberry production. Existing models use data from on-farm weather stations, which can’t account for microclimatic variations experienced by plasticulture strawberries.

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The PPMS was developed at the NSF Center for IPM with input from the National IPM Evaluation Group (NIPMEG), and funded in part by a grant from USDA-ARS to the Northeastern IPM Center.

IPM Projects Funded through Our Center

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The Proposal and Project Management System (PPMS) is a searchable database that houses information on more than 300 regional IPM projects funded through four different grant programs since 1996. For each project, the system provides data on project directors, institutions, and funding amounts. Many of the records include project summaries, objectives, and impacts, as well as links to related reports and publications.

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U.S. Interagency IPM Projects Database

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