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
IPM Innovation Lab News
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)
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
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
When Jon Eisenback, professor of plant nematology at Virginia Tech’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, conducted nematode surveys on vegetables and rice in Cambodia this past August, one of the most surprising things he encountered in the vegetable fields was, in a word, nothing. Continue reading
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. Continue reading