Effective pest management relies on accurate identification of the target organism. Whether the audience is pest professionals that provide treatments where people live, work, learn and play, or Master Gardner Volunteers that provide recommendations to homeowners, accurate identification of arthropod pests is critical. Therefore, Dr. Jody Gangloff-Kaufmann and I created the New York State Integrated Pest Management Short Course to enhance the identification skills of pest professionals, horticulture educators and Master Gardner Volunteers.
We have continued to shape discussion among local government and school leaders in terms of creative response to fiscal stress.
The amount of information available to ornamental growers on topics related to Integrated Pest Management is vast. A system of emailed updates for Greenhouse IPM and another for Christmas Tree IPM allows us to interact with growers and provide information quickly and in a format they can review easily.
A working group of applied and basic researchers has been established to coordinate research and extension regarding a highly damaging new disease of boxwood. University and USDA-ARS workers studying disease management and epidemiology, pathogen survival and genetics are collaborating closely to develop a highly focused effort resulting in new information and its dissemination.
PRO-DAIRY increases the profitability, competitiveness, and environmental sustainability of New York's dairy farms through industry-applied research and educational programs that enhance farm profitability and environmental quality while advancing dairy professionals' knowledge, skills, and enthusiasm.
Working collaboratively with Cornell faculty in four colleges and with colleagues in an NGO in India, we initiated the Nilgiris Field Learning Center (NFLC).
We evaluated the effect of 3 fertilizer treatments, liquid feed (LF), controlled-release (CR), or organic (O), on the population growth of M. persicae and A. solani on both peppers and pansies, as well as possible effects of the fertilizer treatments on biological control. Fertilizer treatment had a significant effect on growth of both peppers and pansies, though peppers responded more strongly than pansies. The pattern of plant size response and total % Nitrogen was similar on both peppers and pansies. LF led to larger plants and highest %N.
The NYS Field Crop Weekly Pest Report provides timely pest information to field crop extension educators and agricultural professionals. The report compiles weekly pest and crop observations collected by field crop extension personnel across NYS. In addition, the weekly report provides a vehicle to disseminate other relevant IPM information such as pest identification, scouting techniques and a calendar with suggestions for pest management activities.
The sensory representation of the external chemical world in the brain is a translation of chemical features into patterns of brain activity. It is the nature these patterns—how that are established by stimulant patterns, how they vary in a population, and ultimately how they interact with other brain functions, e.g. emotions (joy) or behavior (buying wine)—that is the object of our research. We study aroma perception in order to provide information about food composition to producers that will allow them to produce likable, healthy and more profitable products.
Pests are defined as organisms that reduce the availability, quality or value of a resource or human health. Whether at work, home, school or play, we may be challenged by pests that sting, bite, cause allergens, contaminate food, or transmit disease. To help New Yorkers manage pests in ways that minimize environmental, health and economic risks, presentations are offered to organizations, companies and communities.