IPM Innovation Lab News

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.  Continue reading >

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. Continue reading >

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. Continue reading >

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. Continue reading >

IPM Innovation Lab researchers spoke at the International Congress of Entomology

Scientists and researchers gathered at the International Congress of Entomology in Orlando, Florida last month, and the IPM Innovation Lab was there. During the Congress, we led two symposia, including one symposium  on the global spread of the South American tomato leafminer, Tuta absoluta, resulting in the group recommending a number of measures. Continue reading >