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Quick stories relating to the IPM Innovation Lab.

  • IPM Innovation Lab hosts meeting at Virginia Tech:

    On July 7th and 8th, 2016, the IPM Innovation Lab hosted a joint meeting of our project PIs and our Technical Advisory Committee. The meeting, which took place over two days at the Inn at Virginia Tech, was the first time that many of the PIs and member of the TAC had met. Attendees came from all over the United States, as well as from as far as the Philippines, Vietnam, Ethiopia, and Taiwan. (more…)

  • IPM IL’s workshop in Cambodia invokes power of the ‘fighting fungus’:

    The so-called fighting fungus, Trichoderma, is great at eating “bad” fungi as well as promoting plant growth. For developing countries where crop pests and diseases are a major problem, Trichoderma is a vital tool. But not all farmers, scientists, and policymakers know it exists. (more…)

  • Africa’s Big Tomato Pickle:

    Director Muni Muniappan was interviewed for an article on Bloomberg.com “Africa’s Big Tomato Pickle: Miner Grubs are Wiping Them Out.” 

  • Planning Meetings Held for East Africa Projects:

    IMG_2215 (002)From March 28 to April 6, 2016, members from two IPM Innovation Lab teams traveled to Ethiopia, Kenya, and Tanzania for the first planning meetings of the “Vegetable IPM for East Africa” and “Grains IPM for East Africa” projects. (more…)

  • Devastating wheat fungus appears in Asia for first time:

    Scientists race to determine origin of Bangladesh outbreak, which they warn could spread farther afield.  Nature News Article >

  • Invasive Modeling Project Featured on VTNews Site:

    Check out Virginia Tech’s piece on our Invasive Species Modeling for South American Tomato Leafminer and Groundnut Leafminer project, in conjunction with Virginia Tech’s Biocomplexity Institute.

  • IPM Team Attends Emerging Plant Disease and Global Food Security Symposium:
    Fayad and Rayapati stand in front of a poster.

    Fayad and Rayapati in front of their poster presentation at the Emerging Plant Disease and Global Food Security Symposium in Raleigh, NC.

    Last week, IPM IL Director Muni Muniappan and Associate Director Amer Fayad, along with IPM project PI Abhijin Adiga, attended the Emerging Plant Disease and Global Food Security Symposium at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC, March 23-24, 2016.  (more…)