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Himalayan Balsam and its control on the River Monnow in Herefordshire and Monmouthshire

Himalayan Balsam and its control on the River Monnow in Herefordshire and Monmouthshire

| August 1, 2013

Himalayan Balsam Impatiens glandulifera is sometimes cultivated for its flowers but is now widely established in counties such as the British Isles and the United States and in some situations has become an invasive species weed. Aggressive seed dispersal, coupled with high nectar production which attracts pollinators, often allows the Himalayan Balsam to outcompete native […]

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Scientists make turfgrass safer for animals but deadly for insects

Scientists make turfgrass safer for animals but deadly for insects

| July 3, 2013

The right combination of compounds produced by a beneficial fungus could lead to grasses that require fewer pesticides and are safer for wildlife and grazing animals, according to Purdue University scientists. Neotyphodium is a fungus called an endophyte. It lives symbiotically, feeding off many species of grasses while providing the grass with protection from insects […]

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Best practices for crane flies in turf production

Best practices for crane flies in turf production

| July 3, 2013

A new study recently published in the Journal of Integrated Pest Management (JIPM) explains the best management practices for consideration and adoption by turf (sod) producers in the northeastern U.S. Two species of crane flies (Diptera: Tipuloidea) introduced from Europe, Tipula oleracea L. and T. paludosa Meigen, have become established across portions of northeastern United […]

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Timing fungicides and PGRs to control greenhouse pests

Timing fungicides and PGRs to control greenhouse pests

| July 3, 2013

The management of pests and diseases during the production of greenhouse crops is not an isolated event. As such, interactions may occur that can have a significant impact on the success of any pest management strategy. For example, under conditions of high relative humidity (greater than 75 percent), naturally-occurring populations of beneficial or insect-killing fungi […]

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Researchers use ‘banker plants’ to help battle whitefly pests

Researchers use ‘banker plants’ to help battle whitefly pests

| July 3, 2013

A United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientist is showing growers how to combat whiteflies and other crop pests by using plants as storehouses for predatory insects that can migrate to cash crops and feed on the pests attacking those crops. Cindy L. McKenzie, an entomologist in the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Subtropical Insects Research […]

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