Posts Tagged: invasive pests
The Entomology Association of Southern California will be holding a quarterly meeting at the Los Angeles Arboretum. These meetings address a variety of entomological related subjects relevant to local and state pest issues and are a great way to meet and share information with other individuals who are interested in this area of science.
Presentations for this meeting will cover:
- California's invasive slugs, future threats & some novel approaches for their control
- Asian Citrus Psyllid research at California Polytechnic University
- County Reports
- Natural history and IPM practices for use against an atypical stink bug, the Bagrada bug
- GIS database of land gastropods of California - native and not
This association has an annual membership fee of $45. Memberships cover annual registration for all four quarterly meetings in December, March, June and September.
If you are interested in attending:
Date: March 4, 2014
Time: 8:15 am - 3:00 am (presentations start at 9:00 am
Los Angeles Arboretum
301 North Baldwin Ave.
Contact: Dr. Jim Downer, 805-645-1458 or firstname.lastname@example.org
See here for the agenda.
The event includes other agricultural professionals and UC experts that will provide updates on pests, research and compliance issues.
Date: Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Time: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Los Angeles County Arboetum and Botanic Garden
301 N. Baldwin Ave.
Arcadia, CA 91007
Registration at the door.
Contact: Jim Downer, 805-645-1458
Learn more about the Entomological Association of Southern California here.
Once a tree has been infected by the psyllid that carries and transfers the huanglongbing (HLB) bacteria to the tree there has been no alternative but to quarantine the infected area and destroy the tree. To complicate the issue further, the disease can lie dormant and be difficult to detect as the infection spreads from tree to tree.
Efforts to control the psyllid through pesticides have been ineffective and while quarantines have helped raise awareness and slowed some of the spread, a viable weapon to combat this invasive pest has been unavailable until recently.
Mark Hoddle, director at the Center for Invasive Species Research at UC Riverside, has been experimenting with a tiny parasitic wasp, Tamarixia radiata, that feeds on and kills the psyllid. After a series of tightly controlled and successful tests, the wasps have been released on infected sites and have been effective in reducing the psyllid population. There is no danger to pets or humans and the release program has been approved by the Department of Agriculture.
To learn more about this effort, please see the UC Riverside Newsroom article.
The website explores chemical injury, nutritional disorders, physical and physiological disorders found in the field and during research. The team collaborates and shares information about these issues and discuss methods for dealing with them.
The website is presented in English and in Spanish and is accompanied by large photos that focus on the problem areas.
Check out the new website: Strawberry Disorders: Identification and Management.
Spider mites are a major recurring pest of strawberry. If left untreated, these pests will infest fields, decrease yield and eventually kill your plants. Several methods are available to help control spider mites on strawberry including biological control (i.e., predatory mites) and miticides. Watch this video to learn more about spider mites in strawberry and their control: