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October / November 2012, Issue no. 198
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I. IPM News

MASSIVE PEST INFORMATION SOURCE DEBUTS A massive, new crop pest information open access database recently made its debut on the web. Known as the Pest Information Wiki, this broad and deep data source presents material on a variety of topics related to pests (i.e., insects), diseases, and weeds, and was organized and crafted by the Germany-based International Society for Pest Information (ISPI).

The ISPI Wiki, spearheaded and constructed by ISPI executive director B. Zelazny, currently provides access to well over 100,000 research publications and other pest related information sources, a breath-taking volume of historic information. Have an interest in the pernicious weed Mimosa pigra? A search instantaneously offers up dozens of page title or text matches; each found item displays the individual particulars such as: source, title, size, and date. Click on a chosen item and more information and further information is displayed, typically authors, abstract, source, and quite likely a link to additional sources

For those of us who were not clear on the meaning of "wiki," where better to search than Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia living on the web. The definition given: "A wiki is a website which allows its users to add, modify, or delete its content via a web browser usually using a simplified markup language or a rich-text editor." The term "wiki" is described as an Hawaiian word meaning 'fast' or 'quick.' The ISPI Wiki precisely matches this description.

In a note, Dr. Zelazny announced operational status for the ISPI Wiki, but commented that "This does not mean everything is finished. The development work will still continue for a few years, as will the transfer of data from our MSAccess database to this website. However, most of our literature data (about 80%) have now been imported and we have pages for about 1500 pests [insects], diseases, and weeds. Any suggestions on the main page or other aspects of the wiki will be much appreciated. Kindly remember to log-in or create a user account if you want to contribute to this site." wiki.pestinfo.org/wiki/Main_Page. {Disclaimer: the IPMnet NEWS editor is a member and officer of ISPI.} excerpted, with thanks, from the indicated site and from information provided by B. Zelazny.

= IPM GLOBAL NOTES =

* Based on research and observation, exotic pathogens are said to be a safe and useful tool for weed control, especially in natural areas rich in valued non-target species. -> J. Barton, Jane.Barton@ihug.co.nz.

* Climate change is already being blamed for increasing multiple pest outbreaks in Manihot esculenta (cassava) across South-east Asia, according to a recent report. See: tinyurl.com Trial results for using entomopathogens in soil-less media in greenhouse and nursery production found that using peat moss, recycled plant material, or hardwood bark produced optimum impacts. -> A.L. Nielsen, Nielsen@aesop.rutgers.edu.

* Field appraisals and individual interviews conducted in western KENYA revealed that farmers viewed Striga hermonthica (witchweed) as a major constraint to cropping, but also rejected control methods as too risky with no guaranty of direct crop yield increase. -> K. Itoh, KItoh@people.kobe-u.ac.jp.

* The world’s main pesticide manufacturing/marketing firms “continue to invest in biopesticides,” according to a report in the 30 September 2012 issue of Crop Protection Monthly at www.crop-protection-monthly.co.uk.

* A conceptual framework, based on a pesticide impact assessment plus a multi-question farm inquiry, was used as a dual approach to aid growers in achieving more sustainable crop protection. -> H. Wustenberghs, Hilde.Wustenberghs@ilvo.vlaanderen.be.


II. IPM Information Resources > Recently Published Information > Other Published Materials

= RECENTLY PUBLISHED INFORMATION = IPMnet NEWS welcomes information about websites, publications, CD/DVDs, or videos focused on, or related to, crop IPM, crop protection, or invasive species. Please send a review copy of the material to the postal address at the end of this file; or, send the URL to: IPMnet@science.oregonstate.edu. A {$} symbol indicates an item can be purchased, or that there may be charges for handling, postage, or both.

PREVENTING AND MANAGING PESTICIDE RESISTANCE

The latest addition to the International Code of Conduct on the Distribution and Use of Pesticides promulgated by the FAO, is Guidelines on Prevention and Manage- ment of Pesticide Resistance, published in September 2012. Resistance (technical) is defined as "a genetic change in an organism in response to selection by pesticides, which may impair control in the field." Practically resistance may also be seen as "a heritable change in the sensitivity of a pest population that is reflected in the repeated failure (more than one instance) of a product to achieve the expected level of control." Several forms of resistance (metabolic, multiple, penetration) are defined and discussed. As expected from an FAO document, the resistance element referred to addresses the realm of agriculture and focuses on the problem associated with pesticides. The 57-page pub- lication, freely available at tinyurl.com outlines resistance problems and their causes, and identifies the objectives and challenges associated with managing pesticide resistance. excerpted, with thanks, from the indicated publication; thanks also to P. Hay for information.

WORST FUNGUS AMONG US

The world’s Top 10 Fungal Pathogens, as nominated by fungal pathologists and compiled by R. Dean, et al, are, in order: (1) Magnaporthe oryzae; (2) Botrytis cinerea; (3) Puccinia spp.; (4) Fusarium graminearum; (5) Fusarium oxysporum; (6) Blumeria graminis; (7) Mycosphaerella graminicola; (8) Colletotrichum spp.; (9) Ustilago maydis; (10) Melampsora lini, with honorable mentions for fungi just missing out on the Top 10, including Phakopsora pachyrhizi and Rhizoctonia solani. The list was published in Molecular Plant Pathology, 13(4), 414-430, May 2012, at tinyurl.com The listing includes a short resume of each ranked fungus as well as its importance. –excerpted, with thanks, from the indicated journal. IPM STUDIES FROM CUBA

Scientists associated with the Cuban Centro de Estudio para la Transformación Agraria Sostenible (CETAS) and others have authored and published a number of IPM related studies available through the publisher Morebooks www.morebooks.de. The pub- lications are in Spanish, such as the 2012 document “Contribución al Manejo de Plagas Insectiles en Papa,” by C.V. Martin, et al, 59 pages. {$} For more information, contact: L. Castellanos G., Director, CETAS, Univ. de Cienfuegos, Cuatro Caminos, Cienfuegos, CP 59430, CUBA. LCastellanos@ucf.edu.cu. thanks to L. Castellanos for information.

CROP PROTECTION VIDEOS

Several U.S. land grant universities offer a selection of videos related to crop protec- tion. The Integrated Pest and Crop Management program at the Univ. of Wisconsin lists six recent videos such as "Spider Mites in Soybean," and "Alfalfa Weevil Scouting in Alfalfa Fields," that can be freely accessed at www.ipcm.wisc.edu. Extension special- ists at Purdue Univ. have also produced a number of videos including "Aspergillus Ear Rot, Identification and Scouting Tips," and another discussing options for growers in controlling the weed Chenopodium album (lambsquarters). These and other videos can be freely accessed at www.youtube.com/watch?v=YP9rLFtrtCM.



= OTHER PUBLISHED MATERIALS =

* The latest issue of the Jrnl. of Integrated Pest Mgmt. is vol. 3, no. 3, 2012, containing four papers. The periodical, published by the Entomological Society of America, is freely available online at tinyurl.com The September 2012 issue of Retail Nursery and Garden Center IPM, a quarterly published by the Univ. of California, can be accessed at www.ipm.ucdavis.edu/retail/.

* The Indian National Centre for Integrated Pest Management has published Innovative Approach in Sustainable Production of Pigeonpea & Chickpea, Success Story of Gul- barga, a 64-page report that emphasizes crop protection. Authors O.P. Sharma, et al, chronicle the introduction and adoption of IPM at the village level in a pulse-growing region of INDIA under the ongoing Accelerated Pulses Production Programme (A3P). In his foreword to this 2012 document, FAO Representative in India P.E. Kenmore cites the goal of sustainability and notes a significant reduction in sprayed insecticides, a decrease in dust insecticides, and an increase in the application of biopesticides that all contribute to higher net profits to growers. -> NCIPM, LBS Bldg., IARI Campus, New Delhi 110 012, INDIA. www.ncipm.org.in.

* The latest SP-IPM Technical Innovation Brief, no. 18, August 2012, is "Biological Control: New Cure for An Old Problem," by M. Tamo and R. Srinivasan, discussing advances in biocontrol of Maruca vitrata (legume pod borer) and its current status, particularly in the West African region. See: tinyurl.com The Bulletin of Insectology publishes "original articles, mainly on morphology, biolo- gy, behavior, and physiology of insects and other arthropods; control of insects, mites and other arthropod pests with particular reference to biocontrol and integrated pest management." Abstracts are freely accessible. www.bulletinofinsectology.org.

* Issue 23 of the Fruit Fly News was published as of September 2012.

* Issue 61 of Haustorium, the parasitic plants newsletter, has been published. As usual the latest issue includes a variety of topical information; see ww2.odu.edu/~lmusselm/haustorium/index.shtml.

* Crop protection-related U.S. Agricultural Research Service articles appearing in recent issues of Agricultural Research, at www.ars.usda.gov/is/pr/, in either html or pdf form, include:

"Hormone Therapy for Fruit Flies Means Better Pest Control," 04 September 2012; "Researchers Use 'Banker Plants" to Help Battle Whitefly Plests," 10 September 2012; "Trapping Weevils and Saving Monarchs," 01 October 2012; "ARS Scientists Devising New Ways to Protect Avocados," 03 October 2012; "Rearing Technique May Bolster Biocontrol Wasp's Commercial Prospects," 09 October 2012.

III. IPM Medley > Equipment, Products, Processes, Services > Professional Opportunities > Sifting Through the "In" Box

= EQUIPMENT, PRODUCTS, PROCESSES, SERVICES = PLANT PEST INFORMATION COLLECTION

ID Source is a special collection of over !,900 (and increasing) identification-themed websites (ID Aids) that describe plant pest organisms, as well as a powerful search tool for accessing links to these sites. Ongoing expansion means new ID Aids websites are con- tinually selected, closely reviewed, and categorized so that site users can search for desired information based on any one of several elements: pest nomenclature, geographic region, etc. The overall thrust is to provide a direct source of vetted, trustworthy information that avoids having to engage in frustrating searches all over the net for plant pest information that may or may not be accurate. ID Source, self-labeled as a "gateway to pest identification," publishes idsource newsletter that reports recently added ID Aids as well as new or enhanced features such as the incorporation of the Google Translate feature that instantly translates any ID Source page into any one of 64 languages. The massive pest identification effort is con- ducted by the Natural Resource Ecology Lab at Colorado State Univ. and supported by the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. Start at: tinyurl.com -> J.L. Scher, Identification Tech. Program, USDA/APHIS/PPQ - CPHST, Suite 108, 2301 Research Blvd., Fort Collins, CO 80526-1825, USA. Fax: 1-970-482-0924. Voice: 1-970-490-4465. Julia.L.Scher@aphis.usda.gov. excerpted, with thanks, from ID Source information. CAN PESTICIDE ADJUVANTS BE GREEN?

Adjuvants, the group of products (frequently a chemical) utilized to enhance the impact of other products (also chemical), are rarely thought of as "green," that is, environmentally friendly, but may in fact meet a definition for being green. In proposing this notion, a trio of Belgian scientists has devised a definition based on a dual approach. Writing in Pest Management Science, B. Beck, et al, offer a tentative definition for "How to Define Green Adjuvants" (for pesticides) through a blending of (A) production-based, and (B) environ- mental considerations. Under (A), if manufactured using renewable raw materials to the extent possible and making use or renewable energy, an adjuvant rates as green. In the case of (B), adjuvants gain a "green" label if they: have little human or environmental impact; do not increase the mobility nor the toxicity (to non-target organisms including humans) of the product they enhance; do not increase exposure to the pesticide's active ingredients; and, if they improve active ingredient performance and thus potentially decrease needed pesticide dosage. An adjuvant, either tank-mixed or built-in, that meets these stringent requirements may be considered 'green.' -> B. Beck, ILVO, TFS Unit, Agric. Engrg., BV Gansberghelaan 115-1, 9820 Merelbeke, BELGIUM. Bert.Beck@ilvo.vlaanderen.be. excerpted, with thanks, from PEST MGMT. SCI., 68(8), 1107-2012, August 2012; thanks as well to the authors.

= PROFESSIONAL OPPORTUNITIES = Extension Entomologist/Pesticide Education, Stillwater, OK, USA * Develop educational programs for arthropod management; pro- vide support to county extension educators and others; produce timely publications; present information; acquire extramural funding; collaborate with state officials on pesticide related issues; cultivate working relationships with various stake-holders. * REQUIRES: earned PhD in entomology or related field; experience in applicator certification training, worker protection standards; experience with fruit, nut, and vegetable crop protection. For more detail see: www.entsoc.org/getjob/17191/. * CONTACT: B. Brown (for B. Kard), Dept. of Entom. and Plant Path., 127 Noble Rsrch. Ctr., Oklahoma State Univ., Stillwater, OK 74078-3033, USA. Information source: B.Kard@okstate.edu. OTHER OPPORTUNITIES

+ A landscape firm seeks candidates for IPM Technician to inspect and diagnose insect and disease problems, develop treatment plans, and apply treatments. See tinyurl.com

= SIFTING THROUGH THE "IN" BOX =

// The Univ. of Wisconsin (USA) will conduct a Field Scout Training session during 14-18 January 2013, at Madison, WI, USA. The course is designed to provide skills in pest identification, crop scouting techniques, and related information. For info, con- tact: B.M. Jensen, Dept. of Entom., Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison, WI 53076, USA. Voice: 1-608-263-4073. BMJense1@facstaff.wisc.edu.

// For recent information from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's Pest Management Centre, see tinyurl.com According to a news release a firm has developed a "weed killing robot" that, once programmed, can roll across an area, scan the ground, use algorithms to distinguish "good from bad plants," and inject the "bad" ones (weeds) with enough fertilizer [yes, fertilizer] to kill them. Wonder how this works in a field of dense Lythrum salicaria (purple loosestrife)? Hoe, hoe, hoe.

IV. IPM-Related Publications > Books, Other Longer Publications

IPMnet NEWS will gladly mention publications focused on, or related to, crop plant IPM, pest management, crop protection, or invasives. To facilitate review please send a copy of the publication, along with full details, to IPMnet NEWS (address at the end of this file). A {$} symbol indicates an item can be purchased or that there may be charges for handling, postage, or both. many thanks, ed.

GUIDE TO ARTHROPOD PESTS

UK-based CABI recently published Arthropod Pests of Horticultural Crops in Tropical Asia, a useful addition to pest insect identification reference literature. The 2012 work, by a knowledgeable team led by R. Muniappan, discusses pest arthropods in 43 economically important tropical tree fruits and vegetables, as well as categories including coffee, cashew, cocoa, and tea. The hardbound text provides detailed nomenclature, geographic distribu- tion, a host plant listing, and description of each pests' life cycle, accompanied by 180 full color photos appearing throughout. The result is a field and lab information piece useful to entities that are faced with identifying and coping with these pests. While the coated paperstock and general layout is nice, it's a pity the publisher did not recognize that end use would be better served by putting the 179-page work in spiral bound field manual form. tinyurl.com {$} -> CABI, Nosworthy Way, Wallingford, Oxfordshire OX10 8DE, UK. Fax: 44-0-1491-833508. Voice: 44-0-1491-832111. enquiries@cabi.org. excerpted, with thanks, from the indicated publication and CABI information.

WEED BIOCONTROL

Scientists and researchers in both AUSTRALIA and NEW ZEALAND have helped pioneer the application of biological control for managing unwanted plants. A recent result of this active thrust is Biological Control of Weeds in Australia, a 648-page review of the nation's weed biocontrol work up to 2011. The hardbound work, edited by M. Julien, et al, covers more than 90 weed species as well as a small army of both biocontrol agents and potential agents. The 2012 publication includes numerous full color photos and illustrations and discusses economic assessments that have shown weed biocontrol in AUSTRALIA to have high benefit-to-cost ratios. Information presented has far broader important geographic application and should be of high interest for weed management programs internationally. See: www.publish.csiro.au/pid/6509.htm. {$} CSIRO Publishing, PO Box 1139, Collingwood, VIC 3066, AUSTRALIA. Fax: 61-3-9662-7555. Voice: 61-3-9662-7500. publishing.sales@csiro.au. excerpted, with thanks, from the indicated website; thanks also to N. Tucker for information.

V. IPM-Related Research/Technical Articles > Special Issues > Selected Articles

= SPECIAL ISSUES =

The journal Insects devotes a special issue to "Augmentative Biological Control Using Parasitoids for Fruit Fly Management," edited by guest editor O.L. Reynolds, and offering a variety of articles. www.mdpi.com/journal/insects/special_issues/fruit_fly.

= SELECTED ARTICLES =

Phytopathology """"""""""""""" “On the Trail of a Cereal Killer: Recent Advances in Fusarium graminearum Pathogenics and Host Resistance,” Kazan, K., et al. * MOLEC. PLANT PATH., 13(4) 399-413, May 2012.

“Resistance to Wheat Streak Mosaic Virus– A Survey of Resources and Development of Molecular Markers,” Fahim, M., et al. * PLANT PATH., 61(3), 425-440, June 2012.

“Effect of Grapevine Training Systems on Susceptibility of Berries to Infection by Erysiphe necator,” Zahavi, T., and M. Reuveni. * EURO. JRNL. OF PLANT PATH., 133(3), 511-515, July 2012.

Weed Science / Invasive Plants """"""""""""""""""""""""""""""" “True Integrated Weed Management,” Young, S.L. * WEED RSRCH., 52(2), 107-111, April 2012.

“How Can Ecologists Help Practitioners Minimize Non-target Effects in Weed Biocontrol?” Fowler, S.V., et al. * JRNL. OF APPLD. ECOL., 49(2), 307-310, April 2012.

Entomology """"""""""""" “Designing an Effective Trap Cropping Strategy: The Effects of Attraction, Retention and Plant Spatial Distribution,” Holden, M.H., et al. * JRNL. OF APPLD. ECOL., 49(3), 715-722, June 2012.

“Effects of Intercropping with Flowering Plants on Predation of Ostrinia nubilalis (Lepidoptera: Crambidae) Eggs by Generalist Predators in Bell Peppers,” Bickerton, M.W., and G.C. Hamilton. * ENVIRON. ENTOM., 41(3), 612-620, June 2012.

“Incorporating Organophosphate Alternative Insecticides into Codling Moth Man- agement Programs in Washington Apple Orchards,” Doerr, M.D., et al. * JRNL. OF INTEG. PEST MGMT., 3(2), E1-4, 2012.

Nematology '"""""""""""" “Effect of Spray Volume on the Deposition, Viability and Infectivity of Entomo- pathogenic Nematodes in a Foliar Spray on Vegetables,” Brusselman, E., et al. * PEST MGMT. SCI., 68(10), 1413-1418, October 2012.

Transgenics """""""""""" “Transgenic Potatoes for Potato Cyst Nematode Control Can Replace Pesticide Use Without Impact on Soil Quality,” Green, J., et al. * PloS ONE, 7(2), 2012.

General """"""""" “Microbes as Targets and Mediators of Allelopathy in Plants,” Cipollini, D., et al. * JRNL. OF CHEMICAL ECOLOGY, 38(6), 714-727, June 2012.

“Prospects for Managing Turfgrass Pests with Reduced Chemical Inputs,” Held, D.W., and D.A. Potter. * ANN. REV. OF ENTOM., 57,329-354, 2012.


VI. U.S. AID's IPM-Collaborative Research Support Program (IPM-CRSP) - IPM for Tropical Horticultural Crops

IPM FOR TROPICAL HORTICULTURAL CROPS

The IPM-CRSP has organized a half-day symposium on "IPM for Horticultural Crops in the Tropical World" that will feature presentations by 10 scientists that collectively represent untold years of hands-on experience. The event will be held beginning at 1315 hours on 11 November 2012, in conjunction with the upcoming annual meeting of the Entomological Society of America, in Knoxville, TN, USA. Symposium organizers welcome all interested individuals to attend and participate. For more details see: esa.confex.com/esa/2012/webprogram/Session16927.html. thanks to R. Muniappan for information.

VII. IPMnet CALENDARUpdate > (N)ew or [R]evised Entries for the IPMnet CALENDAR

NOTES: 1. The IPMnet CALENDARUpdate , lists only: (N)ew events not previously cited in IPMnet NEWS; and, [R]evised events presenting new information compared to a previous mention in IPMnet NEWS.

2. The IPMnet CALENDAR, Latest Complete Version, can be requested any time from IPMnet@science.oregonstate.edu. It is also online at www.pestinfo.org/calendar.php3 courtesy of International Society for Pest Information (ISPI) executive director B. Zelazny. The latter site includes features designed for user convenience. The IPMnet CALENDARUpdate section appears in each IPMnet NEWS issue.

3. IPMnet NEWS welcomes information about future events, or revisions, emailed to IPMnet@science.oregonstate.edu. Information listed in the IPMnet CALENDARUpdate was supplied by, and collected from, various sources; IPMnet greatly appreciates all cooperation. Note: websites listed herein are current as of publication of this issue of IPMnet NEWS, but may be subject to change.

(N)ewly Listed, or [R]evised Entries: as of 2?? October 2012

2012

(N) 05-06 December * BIOPESTICIDES, Berlin, GERMANY. Info: www.informa-ls.com/biopesticides12.

(N) 18-20 December * 5th INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM FOR THE DEVELOP- MENT OF INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT FOR SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE IN ASIA AND AFRICA, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, MALAYSIA. Info: Secretariat 5th IPM Conf., Tech. Svc. Ctr., MARDI, Persiaran MARDI-UPM, 43400 Serdang, Selangor, MALAYSIA. Fax: 603-8941-3512. Voice: 603-8943-7572. Zulaikha@mardi.gov.my. www.itfnet.org/v1/?p=1592.

2013

(N) 03-06 March * MIDWEST AQUATIC PLANT MANAGEMENT SOCIETY MEETING, Cleveland, OH, USA. Info: www.mapms.org.

(N) 25-27 March * WESTERN AQUATIC PLANT MANAGEMENT SOCIETY MEETING, Coeur d'Alene, ID, USA. Info: www.wapms.org.

(N) 07-09 May * IOBC WORKING GROUP MEETING, INTEGRATED CONTROL IN CITRUS FRUIT CROPS, Adana, TURKEY. Info: FGarciaM@eaf.upv.es.

(N) 06-09 May * AQUATIC WEED CONTROL SHORT COURSE, Coral Springs, FL, USA. Info: www.conference.ifas.ufl.edu/aw/. L. Gettys, LGettys@ufl.edu.

(N) 06-10 May * FAO/IAEA REGIONAL TRAINING COURSE ON FRUIT FLY DETECTION FOR BALKANS AND EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN, Adana, TURKEY. Info: J. Hendrichs, J.Hendrichs@iaea.org.

[R] 20-24 May * new information * 6th INTERNATIONAL BEMISIA WORKSHOP, Kolymbari, Crete, GREECE. Info: www.whitefly.gr (new). info@whitefly.gr (new).

(N) 13-17 July * 53rd ANNUAL MEETING, AQUATIC PLANT MANAGEMENT SOCIETY, San Antonio, TX, USA. Info: www.apms.org/2013/2013.html.

(N) 22-26 September * 12th INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE, ECOLOGY AND MANAGEMENT OF ALIEN PLANT INVASIONS, Pirenopolis, BRAZIL. Info: www.emapi2013.org/index.php/br/.

(N) 10 December * ADVANCES IN NEMATOLOGYNEMATODE CONTROL, London, UK. Info: tinyurl.com

2014

08-10 January * INTERNATIONAL ADVANCES IN PESTICIDE APPLICA- TION, Oxford, UK. Info: tinyurl.com

18-23 May * 4th INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON WEEDS AND INVASIVE PLANTS, Montpellier, FRANCE. Info: G. Fried, Plant Health Lab. (ANSES), Campus Intl. de Baillarguet, CS 30016, FRANCE. Voice: 33-0-467-02-2553. Guilliaume.Fried@anses.fr. www.ansespro.fr/invasiveplants2014/.

2015-2018

No (N)ew or [R]evised events to report for these years (in this listing).



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