Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Happy National Pollinator Week!!

Beeing (hahah) its National Pollinator Week thought I put up some links to some cool website. Like Save the Bumblebees, http://www.savethebumblebees.com/. It has links to keys and other helpful information.

Looking for images of bumblebees? Check out Bug Guides image gallery for the genus Bombus.

Another cool site on pollinators. North American Pollinators Protection Campaign.

and The North American Pollinator Protection Campaign and The Pollinator Partnership

Amblyseius (Typhlodromips) swirskii

Amblyseius (Typhlodromips) swirskii is becoming more and more important in the world of biological control. It is being used not only to control whiteflies and western flower thrips it is also being used to control chilli thrips, a pest that can be quite difficult to control. BioBest has put together a great fact sheet on swirskii and how to use it. Follow this link to read this helpful piece of literature. Swirskii-System

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Plant parasitic nematodes better watch out!

After many years of waiting, Pasteuria usgae is now registered with the EPA. Pasteuria Bioscience developed the technology to be able to rear the Pasteuria on a large economically feasible scale. This fungus is looking to be among the most promising biological agents for control of plant-parasitic nematodes. Read more....

Friday, June 5, 2009

New Weapon in the Deer Tick War

Cornell Cooperative Extension is now testing a new deer feeder on Shelter Island. It's a feeder that passively applies a tickicide to the deer's head and neck as they feed. This will kill the deer ticks that vector lymes diseases. Read more....

Floriculture Sector and Vineland Research and Innovation Centre Partner to Establish Biocontrol Research Program

Looks like Canadian growers are being very proactive in furthering the research on biological control. Floriculture producers in Ontario have made a four-year $200,000 commitment to partner with Vineland Research and Innovation Centre establishing a biocontrol research program. Read more.....

New EAB Insecticide Bulletin is Available Now

Looking for the most up to date info on Emerald Ash Borer? There is now a downloadable piece of literature that will provide you with all the information you need.

Insecticide Options for Protecting Ash Trees From Emerald Ash Borer

More emerald ash borer (EAB)

Ottawa, June 4, 2009 – The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) hasconfirmed the presence of the emerald ash borer (EAB) in Welland,Ontario. The infested trees are located in the Carl Road and Darby Roadarea. The emerald ash borer poses no risk to human or animal health.The CFIA will be carrying out increased surveying of trees in the areato determine the extent of the infestation. Affected property ownerswill be notified. Regulatory measures to control this pest will be takenbased on information obtained through the surveys.

Catnip driving away pest ladybugs

From the Agricultural Research Service, USDA Multicolored Asian lady beetles are appreciated by farmers and home gardeners alike--until the pest-eating insects decide to spend the winter indoors. The beetle, Harmonia axyridis, becomes a nuisance insect upon entering homes to escape the cold, sometimes in huge numbers. When threatened, it releases a yellow liquid that, while nontoxic, smells foul and produces stains. Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists have sought to develop beetle-friendly methods of keeping the helpful predators outside where they belong. Most recently, ARS entomologist Eric Riddick and colleagues in Stoneville, Miss., in collaboration with ARS natural product chemist Kamal Chauhan at Beltsville, Md., tested compounds in catnip oil that naturally repel the beetles, causing them to fly off, stop crawling, move back or turn away. In studies at the ARS Biological Control of Pests Research Unit in Stoneville, 95 percent of adult male and female lady beetles altered their course upon encountering filter paper impregnated with the highest of three doses of the catnip compound nepetalactone. The researchers chose nepetalactone because it had previously been shown to repel some species of cockroaches, flies, termites and mosquitoes. They also tested nootkatone (a grapefruit extract), iridomyrmecin (another catnip oil compound), and other plant-based repellents, but none performed as well as nepetalactone. Turning away--more so than the three other avoidance behaviors--characterized the beetles' response to the compound, report Riddick and colleagues in a recent issue of the Bulletin of Insectology (http://www.bulletinofinsectology.org/pdfarticles/vol61-2008-081-090riddick.pdf). Ultimately, such observations could lead to a "push-pull strategy," combining repellents that deter lady beetles from entering a home's cracks and crevices with traps that lure the predators to an attractant for collection and release elsewhere. According to Riddick, the push-pull strategy offers a friendlier alternative to insecticide spraying and preserves the insects' usefulness as efficient predators of aphids, scale and other soft-bodied arthropods that damage plants.