Winter 2017 Utah Pest News Now Available

The latest quarterly issue of Utah Pests News has been released by the Utah Plant Pest Diagnostic Laboratory at Utah State University Extension.  This issue marks the ten year anniversary of the newsletter and includes the following articles:

•         Ergot on Grasses and Small Grains
•         European Cherry Fruit Fly:  A New Invasive Pest in North America
•         Winter Home-Invading Flies
•         Preventing Bird Damage in Fruit Crops
•         Severe Curly Top Virus in 2016 Vegetable Crops
•         National IPM News

Check out the newsletter along with back issues online here.

Virginia Tech Seeks Two New Entomology Positions

Virginia Tech’s Department of Entomology has released a call for applications for two positions in its entomology department.  The first is a tenure-track position at the level of Assistant Professor in the area of vector-borne disease ecology starting in August 2017. The nine-month, 70% research and 30% teaching appointment will be based on the campus at Virginia Tech, a land-grant university in Blacksburg, Virginia. The successful candidate will be expected to develop an extramurally funded research program focused on the ecology of mosquitoes, ticks, and/or other arthropod vectors of human infectious disease and serve as a member of the established Vector-Borne Disease Research Group in the Fralin Life Sciences Institute at Virginia Tech. Researchers who use modern methods and tools in molecular and quantitative ecology are especially encouraged to apply. Applicants are required to hold a Ph.D. in entomology, biology, zoology, microbiology, virology, genetics, or a closely related field. Applicants with demonstrated postdoctoral research experience in the ecology of arthropod vectors of human diseases are strongly encouraged to apply. For more information and to apply, please visit the job posting here.

The second position is for a tenure-track position at the level of Assistant Professor in the area of insect toxicology and physiology starting in Fall 2017. The nine-month, 70% research and 30% teaching appointment will be based on the campus at Virginia Tech, a land-grant university in the scenic New River Valley of Virginia. The successful candidate will be expected to develop an extramurally funded internationally recognized research program and provide leadership in the toxicology and physiology of insects. Areas of research could include (but not limited to): insecticide modes of action, resistance management, insecticide discovery, etc. Collaboration is expected with existing programs such as the vector-borne disease, biomedical, biomolecular, global change, and biotechnology groups on campus. Teaching responsibilities will include graduate level courses in insect toxicology and insect physiology (offered in alternate years), as well as participation in other courses. The successful applicant will also be expected to recruit and direct graduate students and to participate in the Entomology Department graduate program. Applicants are required to hold a Ph.D. in entomology or related discipline in the Life Sciences with expertise in insect toxicology and physiology. A demonstrated ability to conduct research with a publication record that indicates the potential to establish and maintain a productive research program and attract grant funding is required. For more information and to apply, please visit the job posting here.

Review of applications for both positions began on Jan. 15, 2017 but will continue until a suitable candidate is selected.

Upcoming Canadian Webinar Series on Spotted-wing Drosophila (Fruit Fly)

The appearance in Canada in 2009 of the Spotted-wing drosophila (SWD), Drosophila suzukii, has meant lost revenues for fruit growers and challenges for the crop specialists they rely on. Research activities underway provincially, at universities and within Agricultural and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) are helping to shed light on the behavior and biology of this pest in affected regions, and management approaches that may provide the solutions needed by growers.

A series of webinar sessions is being held over the course of the next few months in an effort to share information about the regional situation and progress made so far, and to provide a forum for discussion about gaps in knowledge and management, and next steps toward robust, sustainable solutions for management of this pest.

The next, second session in the series will take place on, Tuesday, January 24, 2017 from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. EST. The focus will be on the situation in tree fruit and grapes, in British Columbia and Ontario with respect to SWD, and will include research and monitoring updates from these areas. Subsequent sessions will take place in February and March, 2017.

The webinar session will be delivered through WEBEX. You MUST register to join.
Please follow the steps below to register:

  1. Go to
  2. Paste the meeting number “553 798 511” into the meeting number box
  3. Click on the green “Join” box, you will be redirected to a new page
  4. Click on the grey “Register” box, and fill in your registration information.

This webinar series is being provided by the national Spotted-wing Drosophila Technical Working Group (SWD-TWG), a group established in 2012 as the result of a partnership between the Canadian Horticultural Council and AAFC’s Pest Management Centre.

For more information, please contact Leslie Farmer, Manager, Pesticide Risk Reduction Program, Pest Management Centre, by email or at 613-694-2438.

New Webinar Series on Specialty Crop Pollination

The majority of U.S. specialty crop growers depend on bees for pollination of their crops. Growers know that without adequate pollination, they would not be profitable. But what are the best pollination strategies for fruit, vegetable, and nut crops? What farm management practices can growers use to support bees and the crop pollination they provide? Experts in crop pollination working under the Integrated Crop Pollination Project will present on these topics and will report on their recent research in this project as part of a webinar series titled: Ensuring crop pollination in US specialty crops. The webinar series will examine the role of wild bees, honey bees and other managed bees in supporting crop pollination and yield in almond, blueberry, tree fruit, pumpkin, and watermelon.

These webinars will all be 45-60 minutes long, with time for questions and discussion with the presenter afterwards. Registered attendees will receive a link to the slides and a recording afterwards.

To register, click on the link for each webinar that you are interested in attending:

The webinar series will be hosted by, an on-line co-operative extension network, and can be accessed by anyone with an internet connection. To learn more about the webinar series, visit the Bee Health website or email the program. Funding for the webinar series is provided by the Integrated Crop Pollination Project, a USDA-NIFA Specialty Crop Research Initiative Grant.

Pesticide Risk Reduction Strategy Updates from AAFC Pest Management Centre

The Pest Management Centre (PMC) at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) has new information available online. Three Pesticide Risk Reduction Strategies from the Risk Reduction Program have been updated:

•         Foliar insect pests of prairie field crops
•         Integrated weed management in field vegetables
•         Downy mildew in cucumber

New information is also available about ongoing projects on the PMC website. For more information, visit the Pesticide Risk Reduction Approved Projects section on the PMC’s site.