IPM IL Phase V Projects
IPM Innovation Lab is working on eight projects to implement integrated pest management in seven developing countries.
The IPM Innovation Lab raises the standard of living of people in developing countries by working with them to develop the best solutions to the agricultural challenges they face. In addition to reducing damage caused by pests and diseases, the program also deals with issues such as gender, health, nutrition, equitable use of resources, and agricultural education.
IPM Innovation Lab covered in popular news outlets.
IPM Innovation Lab Fights the Spread of Invasive Pests: Virginia Tech's Biocomplexity Institute wrote a story about IPM's partnership with them to model the spread of invasive pests, like Tuta absoluta, the highly destructive tomato pest. Visit site for story >
Associate Director Amer Fayad talks about keeping pests, and pesticides, out of your garden: Growing Virginia posted a story by Fayad and Allen Straw about ways to use integrated pest management in your own garden. Visit site for story >
IPM Innovation Lab awarded grant from Haramaya University in Ethiopia: The International Association for the Plant Protection Sciences posted a story about the 100,000 Birr (roughly $5,000) grant from Haramaya University in Ethiopia to help us fight Parthenium, an invasive weed in East Africa. Visit site for story >
Impact of Reporter Robbie Harris posted a story incorporating an interview in which Amer Fayad shared his expertise on the spread of Tuta absoluta featured on WVTF Radio: Tuta absoluta, with an emphasis on prevention strategies. Visit site for story >
Spread of Tomato Leaf-Miner covered in The Roanoke Times: The Roanoke Times published a feature on the spread of Tuta absoluta, highlighting Muni Muniappan's take on the vast implications of the pest. Visit site for the story >
Quick stories relating to the IPM Innovation Lab.
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.”
Job Posting: Research Associate:
We’re hiring a Research Associate to join us at the IPM Innovation Lab with a PhD in Plant Pathology, Entomology, or Plant Protection related fields.
Planning Meetings Held for East Africa Projects:
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.
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