IPM Scoop

Quick stories relating to the IPM Innovation Lab.

  • IPM IL contributes to books on rice:

    The IPM Innovation Lab’s Asia Program Manager, E.A. “Short” Heinrichs, contributed chapters to two books on rice cultivation. The volumes Achieving sustainable cultivation of rice Vols. 1 & 2 draws on an international range of expertise to focus on ways of improving the cultivation of rice at each step in the value chain, from breeding to post-harvest storage. 

    The volumes, published by Burleigh Dodds are available here.

  • As corn pest ravages crops in Africa, Virginia Tech program leads the charge:

    An invader destroying maize in Africa is hitting countries where drought and political instability have already caused hunger. Virginia Tech’s Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Integrated Pest Management has mobilized to coordinate an attack on the fall armyworm. (read more)

  • Workshop and a Bagamoyo Farmer Make Seedling Health the Foundation of IPM:

    On a normal day, Joseph Mbuji’s business is managing the production, harvest, and delivery components of his diversified Bagamoyo vegetable farm. But recently, he found himself delivering a lecture about his farm to an international audience at a Seedling Health Workshop at Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) in Morogoro, Tanzania.  (more…)

  • IPM Innovation Lab co-hosts international climate change conference in Nepal:

    To work on important issues in the face of climate change, the IPM Innovation Lab’s project on biodiversity and climate change assessment in Nepal organized the three-day International Conference on Biodiversity, Climate Change Assessment, and Impacts on Livelihood in Nepal from January 10-12.

    President of Nepal with group of people

    President of Nepal Bidya Devi Bhandari inaugurates the conference along with organizers from Tribhuvan University and Agriculture and Forestry University.

    The conference was inaugurated by Nepal’s president Bidya Devi Bhandari, who discussed the importance of scientists and government officials working together to address climate change. (more…)

  • IPM Innovation Lab compiles book on 20 years of IPM in tropical countries:

    Skeptics of integrated pest management have always existed, especially doubters of its effectiveness in the developing world where food insecurity is a daily struggle. But a new book edited by Virginia Tech entomologist Rangaswamy “Muni” Muniappan shows the vital role of environmentally friendly integrated pest management practices in feeding the world’s growing population. (more…)

  • Scientific Modeling Helps Defend Tomatoes Against Flying Foe:

    Feed the Future newsletter article demonstrates how the IPM Innovation Lab is working to prevent the South American tomato leafminer, Tuta absoluta, from entering the United States. (read more)

  • Innovation Lab collaboration works to control insects that attack Niger’s most important food crop:
    Two men in a field in Niger

    Malik Ba of ICRISAT-Niger and Muniappan inspect a millet plant.

    Two major pests attack pearl millet, the most important food crop in Niger in West Africa, and some scientists and policymakers believed that only one of them could be controlled.

    But Virginia Tech entomologist and IPM Innovation Lab Director Muni Muniappan had a hunch. (more…)