Fruit Pest Research

first_imgThe University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) has been awarded a $5.4 million grant by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture to develop long-term, sustainable methods for controlling the spotted wing drosophila (SWD).Native to Asia, SWD is a tiny fly that was first detected in California in 2008 and has since emerged as a devastating pest of small and stone fruits throughout the U.S., valued at $5.8 billion in damage annually. It affects soft-skinned fruits such as blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, cherries and others.Blueberry entomologist and coordinator of the UGA Integrated Pest Management Program, Ashfaq Sial is leading a multistate team of researchers from 10 land-grant universities and the USDA to develop and implement long-term sustainable strategies to control SWD.The pest has caused blueberry crop losses of up to 20% annually. Blueberries are Georgia’s top fruit crop and ninth-largest agricultural commodity with an estimated $300 million in value, according to UGA agricultural economists.This project builds on previous work to develop control strategies in response to the crisis situation created after the detection and widespread distribution of this devastating invasive pest in all fruit-growing regions of the U.S. The team made substantial progress by refining monitoring tools, developing effective insecticide-based management programs, identifying effective cultural controls, and screening native and exotic biological control agents to address the drosophila invasion.  “The progress we’ve made is great, but SWD management is still highly insecticide dependent and is further challenged by secondary pest outbreaks, insecticide resistance and increased input costs,” explained Sial. “Because SWD has become established as a keystone pest throughout the U.S., it’s critical to develop more sustainable strategies to manage it.”The goal of this new project is to pivot away from crisis response to build a long-term, integrated and systems-based approach to managing SWD. The team will work with region- and crop-specific teams of growers to implement best management programs, evaluate alternatives to insecticides, assess and reduce the risk of insecticide resistance development, and develop and disseminate actionable recommendations that enable producers to optimize pest management decisions for sustainable SWD management. They will also develop economically based decision aid tools to increase profitability and evaluate the impact of these initiatives.The team aims to develop and deliver systems-based integrated management programs to berry and cherry growers that are cost effective and environmentally sustainable for long-term management of SWD in the U.S. Ultimately, implementing these solutions will directly contribute to the long-term profitability and sustainability of farms and farmers nationwide.Joining Sial on this project is Kay Kelsey, a professor and evaluation expert in the CAES Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication. Other collaborators and their institutions include Hannah Burrack, North Carolina State University; Kent Daane, University of California Berkeley; Rufus Isaacs, Michigan State University; Greg Loeb and Miguel Gomez, Cornell University; Cesar Rodriguez-Saona, Rutgers University; Philip Fanning, University of Maine; Elizabeth Beers, Tobin Northfield, Karina Gallardo and Gwen Hoheisel, Washington State University; Vaughn Walton, Oregon State University; Joanna Chiu and Frank Zalom, University of California Davis; and Kim Hoelmer and Xingeng Wang, USDA Agricultural Research Service in Newark, Delaware.To learn more on pest management strategies and research, visit site.extension.uga.edu/ipm.last_img read more

Marshall named VP/GM Northern New England

first_imgBurlington Comcast Spotlight, the advertising sales division of Comcast Cable, announced the promotion of Karen Marshall to VP/GM for Northern New England. In this role, Karen will be responsible for local, regional, and national advertising sales, marketing and operations for Northern New England which includes the Springfield MA DMA and Burlington DMA zones in VT, NH and NY.Since joining the company in November 2006 as Area Sales Manager, Karen has done an exceptional job building and growing the local, regional and national sales teams in Northern New England. During her time at Spotlight, she has led the conversion of the Vermont/Adelphia operations to Comcast systems and standards. She has also developed strong ties to the business community serving as Chair of the Vermont Economic Progress Council, Board Member of the United Way of Chittenden County and the VNA, and past Chair of the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce.Karens proven talents will continue to help Comcast Spotlight maximize sales, build stronger advertiser relationships and explore innovative revenue opportunities in our new and growing Northern New England markets. About Comcast SpotlightComcast Spotlight, the advertising sales division of Comcast Cable, helps put the power of cable to use for local, regional and national advertisers. It is focused on moving the industry forward in advanced technologies and innovative products to reach audiences most effectively and efficiently. Headquartered in New York with offices throughout the country, Comcast Spotlight has a presence in nearly 90 markets with approximately 30 million owned and represented subscribers. Comcast Spotlight is a trademark of Comcast Cable. For more information, visit www.comcastspotlight.com(link is external).last_img read more

70 medical workers having contact with COVID-19 patients in Depok sent home for self-quarantine

first_imgDepok Mayor Mohammad Idris Abdul Shomad said the two patients had previously visited Mitra Keluarga Hospital in the city on Feb. 27, where they were suspected of suffering from bronchitis.They left the hospital on Feb. 29 as they were referred to the Sulianti Saroso Infectious Diseases Hospital (RSPI Sulianti Suroso) in Jakarta, where they later tested positive for COVID-19 — the disease caused by the novel coronavirus — and had been treated in the RSPI’s isolation ward since Sunday.Read also: Indonesia’s first COVID-19 patient danced with infected Japanese woman before contracting virusPresident Joko “Jokowi” Widodo announced the country’s first confirmed cases earlier on Monday after Health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto reported about the tests following the government’s efforts to trace the individuals who had been in contact with a female Japanese citizen who tested positive for COVID-19 in Malaysia after visiting Indonesia in early February. Terawan said the 31-year-old patient, who worked as a dance coach, met and danced together with the Japanese woman — who was the patient’s friend — on Feb. 14 in a club in Jakarta.She started complaining about coughing on Feb. 16 and grew concerned about contracting the virus herself after her Japanese friend told her via a phone call on Feb. 28 that the latter had been hospitalized in Malaysia after testing positive for COVID-19 on Feb. 27.”[The patients] are currently under isolation treatment and they will be reexamined after 14 days there,” Terawan said on Monday.Prior to the announcement, Indonesia had claimed zero confirmed cases on its soil for almost two months since the virus first emerged in the Chinese city of Wuhan in late December.The global death toll from COVID-19 soared pass 3,000 on Monday as the virus has now infected more than 89,000 people and spread to more than 60 countries, AFP reported. (hol)Topics : Some 70 medical workers at Mitra Keluarga Hospital in Depok, West Java, have been sent home for self-quarantine after they were revealed to have had contacts with two patients who were confirmed on Monday as Indonesia’s first coronavirus cases during their previous treatment.Head of Depok Information and Communications Agency Sidik Mulyono said the medical workers were not sent home because they had tested positive for the coronavirus, but only as a precautionary measure since they had interacted with the two patients — a 31-year-old woman and her 64-year-old mother — when they visited the hospital last week.“The Mitra Keluarga Hospital has decided to send them home and we are currently monitoring them,” Sidik told journalists on Monday.last_img read more

New champion McLure has eyes set on England spot

first_img15 Sep 2013 New champion McLure has eyes set on England spot Tony McLure, a familiar name within golf in his native north east, beat the rain and a clutch of internationals to win the Senior County Champions Tournament in style at Woodhall Spa.The 55 year old former greenkeeper, playing out of Longhirst Hall in Northumberland, fired a superb second round 70 for 145, three over par, and a one shot winning margin from English Senior champion Richard Latham.Despite the miserable conditions, cold with frequent rain and squally winds, McLure (image copyright John Thomson Photography) had 15 pars and two birdies on his card and was the only player in the field to beat par.“This is very pleasing,” he said modestly after collecting the trophy. “I knew when I arrived here that if I could play well I’d be in the hunt. These conditions don’t bother me. You just have to get on with it.”Starting the day three strokes off the pace, he was out in 34 with a birdie at nine but he bogeyed ten when he under-clubbed and found a bunker.But his second birdie came at the long 14th where he fired a three-wood 230 yards to the green and two-putted to pick up another shot. “That was the best three wood I’ve hit for a long time,” he added,From there he parred his way in for a homeward 36, holing some key putts when needed while he also knew what the opposition were doing.“I knew Richard had made a big number somewhere so I just tried to play the remaining holes in level par,” he said. “At the last I made a solid four after hitting a wedge from 56 yards to a foot. But I only missed one green and didn’t miss a putt.”Latham, looking to add the County Champions title to his English, Scottish and Lincolnshire senior crowns, took double bogey at the third he found sand. But after going out in 37 his real Achilles Heel came at the 13th where he hooked his tee shot into sand and could only splash out.He found a sloping lie and sliced his third shot into trees, his ball finishing against a trunk. After taking a drop, he took three more for a triple bogey seven before signing for 74.“It is very disappointing but that was a stupid lack of concentration,” he said. “If you have a lapse on this course you get punished and I know that more than anyone.“But this has been a great year for me, I still have the Seniors Home Internationals to come and you can’t win everything.”McLure’s future could mirror Latham’s. He is also a first-year senior and despite a poor showing in the English Seniors has already made his mark with second place in the Welsh Seniors, equal third in the Scottish while he won the Northern Counties Seniors title.“This win should move me up the seniors Order of Merit but my target is to represent my country,” he added. “Being a senior is the start of a new career for me and I’d love an England cap.”last_img read more

Crabs ground B52s

first_imgJack Enger, normally a relief pitcher for the Humboldt Crabs, made his first start of the season and delivered a complete game shutout against the visiting Humboldt B52s to lift his team to a 5-0 victory at the Arcata Ballpark Wednesday night.With the win the Crabs (34-10) move to 3-1 on the season against the B52s after going 1-2 against their cross town rival a year ago.Enger muffled a B52s (26-11) battery on Wednesday which had looked unstoppable after putting up 11 runs the night before. …last_img

Do cover crops reduce leaf diseases?

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Five years ago a lot of the ground was left bare during winter without any cover crops. Recent surveys have indicated that the number of farmers using cover crops in the Corn Belt states is increasing every year.Many benefits of cover crops have been reported but a major advantage has not been emphasized. While scouting corn fields during the last three years, I have noticed fewer disease lesions of fungal diseases like Northern Corn Leaf Blight (NCLB) and Gray Leaf Spot (GLS) in fields following cover crops than those following corn or even soybeans. The disease lesions were more prevalent even on fields where corn was grown two years ago in a corn-beans rotation.I scouted some corn fields near Batesville, Indiana in the last three years and saw several fields with NCLB and GLS where cover crops were not used. However, less than 20 miles away where Marshall Alford has been using cover crops for many years, I had hard time finding any disease lesions on hybrids with exactly the same genetics. These fungal diseases can have viable spores on the corn crop residue for years but cover crops residue seems to cover up those spores and prevent them from splashing onto the crop plants and starting the disease cycle.Cover crops help in increasing the organic matter content and improving the Cation Exchange Capacity of the soil. High organic matter helps in improving the water retention of the soil and increasing yields. Cover crops can also lead to healthier soils with improved tilth and fewer soil insects that can harm the following crops.There is a lot of Northern Corn Leaf Blight and Gray Leaf Spot this year and I am sure farmers who have used cover crops will have fewer disease lesions and may not even need foliar fungicides. Now is the time to plan for the future and plant cover crops this year that fit your operations.last_img read more

Letter from the Editor

first_imgIt isn’t often that a single event claims two covers in a row. The only other time this has happened was in the buildup to the 1980 election when the magazine featured three successive cover stories on the gathering political forces, focussing on the various combinations that were about to enter the electoral battle. But Asiad is, by any standard, an event worthy of extensive treatment.Colour, excitement, competition, beauty – a colossal extravaganza that could not but claim centre-stage of the country’s, and indeed the Asian continent’s, attention. At India Today, ever since the Games began, the staff has been divided into two camps: those whose professional calling took them to the Games to cover them or those fortunate enough to have got hold of coveted tickets to key events, and most of the rest who remained glued to a colour television set keeping track of the Games even as they wrote, researched or edited this issue.But doing justice to an event such as this was no mean task. For one, the magazine was scheduled to appear on the news-stands just as the Games were in their final stages, having started printing several days earlier with the Games barely through their half-way point. For another, the high pressure on the accreditation facilities meant that an inadequte number of photographers and writers could obtain the coveted green press pass. And, third, the tight security surrounding the athletes, whether at the village or in the sports arena, made it virtually impossible to get close enough to the competitors to gauge their feelings, their moods, hopes and disappointments, which are so much an integral part of a sports story.It was clear from the beginning that with such vivid visual possibilities, the emphasis of this fortnight’s cover story would be on a portfolio of colour photographs. Under the overall direction of Picture Editor Raghu Rai, Photographers Bhawan Singh and Pramod Pushkarna zeroed in on key events as they occurred, shuttling from venue to venue – from 10 in the morning before the Games started till after the curtain was rung down each evening.To write the text, India Today mobilised no fewer than six writers. Senior Writer Dilip Bobb, keeping track of the high points of the Games on television and occasional forays into the Games Village, was joined by Hyderabad Correspondent Amarnath K. Menon and Bhopal Correspondent Sreekant Khandekar who toured the stadia, met athletes, coaches and officials to get a fix on the Games. Correspondent Sunil Sethi took stock of the success of the impressive inaugural ceremony while Correspondent Asoka Raina met officials responsible for the success of the Games. With a team of eight people directly involved, it was an unparalleled effort for India Today as well: never before have so many photographers and writers been merged into a single team for one story.After a ten-month legal battle, India Today last fortnight was finally cleared by the Supreme Court to publish stories about businessman-politician Charanjit Singh. As a report in this issue makes clear, the judges threw out Singh’s objections in a case which began last February and was reported in the magazine (India Today, June 15) before coming up for a final hearing. It was, for the magazine, just another story which got blown up in importance because of Singh’s case against it. The story, as it was originally conceived, was long since overtaken by events. Singh’s hotel has now been declared open, and the story relevant now is told by Principal Correspondent Prabhu Chawla on some controversial aspects of the hotel project.last_img read more

OSC Pulls VLCC Fleet Management from Navig8s Pool

first_imgImage Courtesy: OSCShipowner Oman Shipping Company SAOC (OSC) has decided to internalize the commercial management of their very large crude carrier (VLCC) fleet which was previously a part of the VL8 pool, managed by maritime services provider Navig8 Group.Namely, a total of 15 VLCC owned by Oman Shipping Company have been placed in the VL8 shipping pool since 2010.“Despite the many benefits we have received from our vessel participation in the VL8 pool, we have made the decision to internalize the commercial management of our VLCC fleet to meet our legitimate growth aspirations in every functional area under the OSC brand,“ Tarik Al Junaidi, Chief Executive Officer of Oman Shipping Company, said.The company’s fleet includes 33 tankers, 16 of which are OSC-owned VLCCs.The VL8 pool is one of the largest VLCC tanker pools in the world and one of 16 shipping pools managed by Navig8.last_img read more

Banks lead stocks lower erasing some of prior days gains

first_imgU.S. stocks declined in early trading Tuesday, giving up many of the market’s gains from a day earlier. Losses in banks, technology stocks and industrial companies outweighed gains elsewhere in the market. Homebuilders slumped on renewed concerns that the outlook for home sales is dimming. Bond prices rose, sending yields sharply lower.KEEPING SCORE: The S&P 500 index fell 17 points, or 0.6 per cent, to 2,772 as of 10:06 a.m. Eastern Time. The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 206 points, or 0.8 per cent, to 25,619. The Nasdaq composite lost 48 points, or 0.7 per cent, to 7,392. The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks gave up 9 points, or 0.6 per cent, to 1,539.U.S. stock markets will be closed Wednesday in observance of a national day of mourning for former President George H.W. Bush.HOUSING HICCUP: Homebuilders traded lower after luxury homebuilder Toll Brothers reported fiscal fourth-quarter earnings that topped Wall Street’s forecasts, but also issued a cautious assessment of the housing market. Toll’s shares slumped 9.5 per cent to $30.33.TAKING A BITE: Apple fell 2.1 per cent to $180.94 after the consumer electronics giant was downgraded by HSBC analysts, citing the possibility that iPhone volume and value growth may moderate due to a saturated mobile phone market.DISAPPOINTING DOLLAR: Discount retail chain Dollar General slid 5.6 per cent to $105.50 after the company reported weak quarterly results.REVVED UP: AutoZone climbed 4.2 per cent to $859.11 after the auto parts retailer delivered third-quarter earnings that exceeded analysts’ forecasts.ENERGY: Oil prices headed higher ahead of an OPEC meeting on Thursday, where members are expected to agree to cut output in 2019. Benchmark U.S. crude rose 0.3 per cent to $53.13 per barrel in New York. Brent crude, the international standard, added 1 per cent to $62.28 per barrel in London.BOND YIELDS: Bond prices rose. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note fell to 2.95 per cent from 2.99 per cent late Monday. The slide in bond yields weighed on bank stocks. Citigroup fell 2.8 per cent to $63.36.CURRENCIES: The dollar weakened to 112.91 yen from 113.69 yen late Monday. The euro strengthened to $1.1393 from $1.1342. The British pound gained to $1.2746 from $1.2728 after a top official at the European Union’s highest court advised that Britain can unilaterally change its mind about leaving the EU as scheduled on March 29.MARKETS OVERSEAS: In Europe, Germany’s DAX fell 0.6 per cent, while France’s CAC 40 dropped 0.4 per cent. The FTSE 100 index of leading British shares slid 0.4 per cent. Major indexes in Asia finished mixed. Japan’s Nikkei 225 index gave up 2.4 per cent and the Kospi in South Korea lost 0.8 per cent. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng added 0.3 per cent. The S&P ASX/200 in Australia gave up 1 per cent.Alex Veiga, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Alaska Highway reopens north of Liard Hot Springs after fuel truck spill

first_imgFORT NELSON, B.C. — The Alaska Highway has reopened between the Liard Hot Springs and the Yukon border after a fuel truck spill closed the road for most of the day yesterday.According to the B.C. Ministry of Environment, the transport truck carrying roughly 55,000 litres of fuel was involved in a single vehicle incident at around 1:00 on Wednesday morning at Mile 543. No leak was reported at the time of the crash, but in an update at 7:45 a.m., the RCMP confirmed that the load was leaking.The responding Environmental Emergency Response Officer attended the incident site and determined that a fuel compartment in one of the truck’s two trailers was punctured. The Ministry estimates that 4,500 litres of fuel spilled to the environment, and it appears to be contained to the soil surrounding the highway. During a flyover, the officer did not see any sheen on the Liard River. However, it was noted that there are only pockets of visible water on the river due most of it being covered in ice. A multi-agency conference call took take yesterday evening to discuss future response plans. The Ministry said it will provide another update when new information becomes available.last_img read more