IPM Scoop

Quick stories relating to the IPM Innovation Lab.

  • Invasive weed Parthenium damaged by beetle thanks to IPM IL project:

    Parthenium hysterophorus L. is a native plant of tropical and sub-tropical South and North America that adversely affects food security, biodiversity, and the health of both humans and livestock in East Africa. In East Africa, Parthenium reduces the yield of many major crops such as sorghum and corn, competes with preferred pasture species, and, when consumed by domestic animals, taints their milk and meat, thereby reducing their value.  (more…)

  • Parthenium presentation in Algiers:

    Wondi Mersie, PI for the IPM Innovation Lab’s Biological control of the invasive weed Parthenium hysterophorus in East Africa project, was invited by Dr. Shoki Al-Dobai, Crop Protection Officer for FAO to speak about the spread, economic, social and environmental importance and management practices of the Parthenium at the Annual Regional Workshop of the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) for the Near East and North Africa region held in Algiers, Algeria from September 5 to 8.  (more…)

  • Integrated Pest Management Innovation Lab Conducts Workshop on Diagnosis and Management of Plant Virus Diseases in Cambodia:

    The IPM Innovation Lab conducted a three-day workshop on “Diagnosis and Management of Plant Virus Diseases” at the Plant Pathology Division of the Royal University of Agriculture (RUA) in Phnom Penh, Cambodia from August 10-12, 2016. (more…)

  • The Coming Tomatopocalypse: Could a Tiny Moth Make Ketchup Scarce?:

    Our work fighting the spread of Tuta absoluta, the South American tomato leafminer was covered in the daily food and agriculture news publication, Civil Eats.

  • You Say Tomato, These Moths Say Dinner:

    Director Muni Muniappan is featured in this New York Times article about Tuta absoluta and its potential to invade the United States.

  • 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…)