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Circadian Rhythms of Plants Could Set the Time for Crop Spraying

Research published in the journal Nature Communications found that the death of plant tissue and slow-down in growth resulting from the herbicide glyphosate depends upon the time that the herbicide is applied and also the biological clock, or circadian rhythm, of the plant. Dr. Antony Dodd, senior lecturer in the School of Biological Sciences and… Read more »


IR-4 Program Moving to North Carolina

A federal research program that provides safe and effective pest management solutions to specialty crop producers will be moving from Rutger’s Agricultural Research Station in New Jersey to North Carolina State University. Read more on Fruit Grower News.


Western IPM Center August Newsletter Out

This edition contains discussion of how IPM is used to manage pests in Yellowstone National Park, a Q&A with new Center Director Amer Fayad, a guide to a new approach for IPM strategic planning and new publications by the other Regional IPM Centers. The newsletter also includes meeting listings, job postings, upcoming trainings and funding… Read more »


Widespread Adoption of Biological Control Over Insecticides in Spain’s Almeria Region

Known as the “sea of plastic, Spain’s Almeria province is covered by 30,000 hectares of greenhouses, and exported 2.5 million tons of produce last year alone. It has also largely replaced insecticides with biological control, a method of pest control that uses beneficial, predatory insects to manage insect pests. Read more on the Bangkok Post.


USDA Announces Pesticide Regulatory Training Funding Opportunity

From the EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs: On July 9, 2019, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agriculture Service (FAS) opened a Notice of Funding Opportunity to develop a series of web-based training modules. This training will help foreign pesticide regulators better understand EPA’s pesticide regulatory approach. Both USDA FAS and EPA’s Office of Pesticide… Read more »


Environmental Protection Agency Allows Use of Controversial Insecticide Sulfoxaflor

Environmental groups and beekeepers say sulfoxaflor is one of the chemical compounds responsible for decimating North American bee populations. On July 12th, the EPA lifted several past restrictions on its use, allowing sulfoxaflor to be applied to a variety of crops, including citrus, corn, soybeans, strawberries, pineapples and pumpkins. Read more on the Washington Post


First Company Approved For Pesticide Application Via Drone In Iowa

Iowa City-based agtech startup Rantizo has been approved by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to conduct pesticide spraying applications via drone in agricultural fields. This makes Rantizo the first and so far only company in Iowa with such approval. Read more on AgPro