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2006 Annual Report

UC Statewide IPM Program

UC IPM Competitive Grants Program

The UC IPM Program administers a state-funded competitive research grants program, launched in 1979, to develop, promote, and implement IPM programs in California.

Summaries of research project reports are online at the UC IPM Web site. The article below highlights a research project funded by this program.

What’s up, Doc? Maybe less air pollution

Phil Roberts, in the Nematology Department at UC Riverside, and Joe Nunez, farm advisor for UC Cooperative Extension in Bakersfield, are trying to reduce volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from fumigant use, while providing cheaper and more reliable pest management using root knot nematode resistant carrots as an alternative to fumigation. | Read the full article |

New Projects for 2006-2007

Project name Project team
Quantifying the impact of Lygus on Pima cotton; a bioinformatics approach J.A. Rosenheim, Entomology, UC Davis
Impact of citricola scale on yield of citrus E.E. Grafton-Cardwell, Entomology, UC Riverside
Spider mites in California vineyards: temperature tolerance, impact of pesticides and resistance management N.J. Mills and K.M. Daane, Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, UC Berkeley
Side effects of acaricicles on predatory mites: Implications for conservation and augmentative releases F.G. Zalom, Entomology, UC Davis
Developing pheromone-based strategies for monitoring mealybugs in nursery and glasshouse crops J.G. Millar and J. Bethke, Entomology, UC Riverside
Ecology and competitive effect of two horseweed biotypes with young grapevines and established vineyards A. Shrestha, UC IPM Program, M.W. Fidelibus, Viticulture and Enology, UC Davis, and K.J. Hembree, UC Cooperative Extension, Fresno
Control and restoration of riparian communities invaded by giant reed J.S. Holt, Botany and Plant Sciences, UC Riverside
Development of an IPM Program for citrus thrips in blueberries D.R. Haviland, UC Cooperative Extension, Kern County, and J.G. Morse, Entomology, UC Riverside
Improving biological control of California red scale using augmentative Aphytis melinus releases J.G. Morse, R. Stouthamer, and R. Luck, Entomology, UC Riverside
Importance of Bracon cushmani in the suppression of obliquebanded leafroller K.M. Daane, Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, UC Berkeley

UC Exotic/Invasive Pests and Diseases Research Program

The UC Exotic/Invasive Pests and Diseases Research Program (EPDRP) is funded through USDA-CSREES. The review committee approved $1.8 million for 20 new projects from the 2006-09 USDA grant. Since its inception in 2001, the USDA-supported project has funded more than 100 studies, allocating nearly $9 million.

Summaries of research project reports are online at the UC IPM Web site. One of the research projects funded by EPDRP is featured below.

Scientists create a defense plan against citrus greening threat

Citrus greening is one of the most devastating diseases of citrus in the world, stunting trees and causing small, bitter fruit. With the recent discovery of citrus greening in Florida, an educational effort by a team of scientists to stop the Asian citrus psyllid from becoming established in California is especially timely.

The psyllid is an efficient carrier of the bacterium that causes citrus greening, or “Huanglongbing,” because the fruit develops a bitter taste and does not color properly, leading to its name.

Entomologist Beth Grafton-Cardwell from UC Riverside organized a team of researchers from the University of Florida and California Department of Food and Agriculture to develop a brochure, Web site, and slide presentation to educate California citrus growers, the ornamental nursery industry, and regulatory agency staff about Asian citrus psyllid and greening disease. See the Web site and publication at http://citrusent.cekern.ucanr.edu/asian_citrus_psyllid main.htm. | Read the full article |

Latest research findings presented at UC Exotic/Invasive Pests and Diseases Research Workshop

Attendees heard about the newest research results on exotic invaders at the fifth annual UC Exotic/Invasive Pests and Diseases Research Program (EPDRP) Workshop, Oct. 3, at UC Riverside.

From the glassy-winged sharpshooter that can cause Pierce’s disease of grapes and oleander leaf scorch, to fire ants that have infested residential areas in southern California, scientists funded by UC EPDRP described their research to prevent, detect, and control or eradicate these and other invaders. | Read the full article |

UC IPM takes on Pierce's disease

ANR assigned UC IPM responsibility for the UC Pierce's Disease Research Grants Program late in 2005.  Proposal submissions and reviews are coordinated with the CDFA Pierce's disease research program, which shares the goal of finding a solution to this devastating disease of grapevines.  For 2006-07, the UC program funded 12 projects for $1,343,550


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