The UC Statewide Project funds IPM research and implementation projects through two different competitive grant programs.
The first is the IPM Project's own UC IPM Project Competitive Grants Program, which is funded through state funds given directly to the project for that purpose. This program is the larger of the programs. Projects funded through the UC IPM Project Competitive Grants Program are generally applied research programs with a time span of two to three years. These projects are expected to result in techniques or tools that will help growers or other pest management practitioners make better decisions but often don't carry the program directly to the user. These grants are available to principal investigators who are academic members of UC's Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources.
The USDA-ES Smith-Lever IPM Implementation Program funds projects designed to promote use of IPM practices by growers, homeowners, or public agencies. Often these projects can take research results learned in the UC IPM Project Competitive Grants Program to the user, frequently adapting programs to allow for regional differences. Smith-Lever funding is generally for one year, although grants may be renewed for a second year or more; at least one principal investigator in the Smith-Lever proposals must be an academic employee of UC Cooperative Extension.
A gift from Lucky Stores has made possible the Integrated Pest Management Internship Program which provides financial support to students who want to help improve IPM in California agriculture.
The IPM Project accepts proposals for research relating to priorities specified by its workgroups in any commodity or situation where pest management is an issue. In 1995-96, 37 research projects were funded. Funded projects were submitted by UC academic staff headquartered on the three California campuses with Agricultural Experiment Stations and in the Cooperative Extension regions. A total of 40 new proposals and 22 continuing project proposals were received for peer review.
Currently, IPM workgroups focus on research in five areas:
Research priorities and currently funded projects for each IPM workgroup are listed in the pages that follow. New proposals must be received by the Project Director by January 16, 1996 to be considered for funding. Progress reports for all projects funded in 1994-95 are due to the Project Director by January 3, 1996.
UC IPM RESEARCH SCHEDULE 1995-96
Since 1988-89, the UC IPM Project has administered the federal USDA Smith-Lever IPM Project funds given to the University to promote the implementation of IPM practices to growers, homeowners, and public agencies. Funds are given to support demonstrations, field days, and other methods of dissemination that will encourage growers and other potential users to adopt environmentally sound IPM practices. Priority is given to proposals that lead to
In general, funds are not used to develop IPM techniques, but are used to validate, implement, and evaluate newly developed or existing techniques. Funds are also allocated on a competitive grant basis to Cooperative Extension specialists and farm advisors.
Twelve projects were funded in 1994-95; these are listed at the link below, along with project summaries for 1993-94.
The deadline for submitting 1995-96 proposals is November 15, 1995. Contact the IPM Project Director for more information on this program.
SMITH-LEVER IPM PROGRAM CALENDAR 1995-96
A gift from Lucky Stores has made possible the Integrated Pest Management Internship Program. This program is designed to provide financial support to students who want to help improve IPM in California agriculture. The program provides students with field experience in pest management and trains them in how to design and conduct agricultural experiments.
To be eligible for internships, students must be currently enrolled graduate or undergraduate students at the University of California or California State University. Each intern is sponsored by a staff person of the University of California Cooperative Extension or Experiment Station. The sponsor is responsible for administration of the grant funds, submits progress reports, and works closely with the intern in project design and analysis. IPM Internships funded for 1995 are listed below.
Internships Funded for 1995
Determination of the effectiveness of reduced rates of trifluralin at layby for weed control in tomatoes.
Sponsor: W. T. Lanini, Vegetable Crops, Davis; Intern: B. R. Correiar, Vegetable Crops, Davis
Using a fruit freezing method to detect symptomless (latent) infections of Monolinia fructicola in stone fruits in California.
Sponsor: T. J. Michailides, Plant Pathology, Davis/Kearney Agricultural Center, Parlier; Intern: K. Tsuda, Microbiology, California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo
Using baiting and dyeing technologies to determine the source of an infestation of western subterranean termite, Reticulitermes hesperus.
Sponsor: V. R. Lewis, Environmental Science, Policy and Management, Berkeley; Intern: S. B. Suoja, Entomology, Berkeley
A test of potential border plant to control crucifer crop pests.
Sponsor: W. E. Chaney, UC Cooperative Extension, Monterey County; Intern: D. Bigger, Biology, Santa Cruz