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New for this year are five valuable publications:
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Results just in from a survey of UC master gardeners indicate that UC IPM tools are widely used throughout California in programs that extend pest management information to the public. The survey queried master gardener coordinators and others who attended UC IPM-sponsored statewide training in June 2005. About 90 percent of California’s master gardener programs were represented.
More than 95 percent log on to the UC IPM Web site to answer the public’s questions. Most use the UC IPM pest notes on a regular basis and hand out the UC IPM Quick Tips at garden shows, county fairs, plant clinics, and other community programs.
Residential use of pesticides, especially insecticides applied for ant control, has been identified as a major contributor to pollution of California’s urban creeks and waterways. Master gardeners’ efforts to educate Californians about how they can manage ants and other pests without using pesticide sprays greatly enhances UC IPM’s ability to deliver least-toxic solutions and will likely contribute substantially to improving water quality.
New interactive training modules on integrated pest management and managing honeydew producing insects were finalized in late 2006. Master gardeners will be trained in the use of these products in 2007. USDA and the UC Slosson Endowment funded these training materials.
Hundreds of new pests have been added to the Pests in Homes, Gardens, Landscapes, and Turf section of the UC IPM Program Web site at www.ipm.ucdavis.edu. For the first time, users can find pest management information specific to a host plant.
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