IPM Innovation Lab Announcements: 

  • March is Women’s History Month and March 8 is International Women’s Day! Join us in celebrating a few of our IPM IL women scientists through their interviews.
  • Check out IPM IL’s recent piece on food safety in Agrilinks.
  • The Fall Armyworm (FAW), Spodoptera frugiperda, is a polyphagous pest native to the tropics of North and South America that affects all stages of plant development and is difficult to control. For Egypt, the IPM Innovation Lab developed an in-depth pest risk assessment, now published, of the invasive pest. The report assesses the likelihood of entry, the likelihood of establishment upon arrival, the spread of a pest or disease within the country, an estimate of the possible impact, the resources available to tackle the pest, and a roadmap for its management. Additionally, the report evaluates potential yield loss and recommendations to reduce adverse effects on human or animal health and biodiversity arising from the use of toxic pesticides to mitigate the pest. Read it here.
  • For upcoming events, look here.

What’s happening in IPM?

Two biological agents are damaging the invasive weed parthenium in the Amhara Region of Ethiopia:

Large tracts of farmlands and pastures in the Amhara Regional State of Ethiopia are infested by the invasive weed parthenium (Parthenium hysterophorus).

IPM Researcher, VT student Wins Major Award: 

On October 14, an entomology graduate student from Niger with ties to Muniappan and the Innovation Lab won the BIFAD graduate student Award for Scientific Excellence at an event held in conjunction with the World Food Prize ceremonies in Des Moines, Iowa.

Berks woman back after 2-month study in Nepal: 

IPM Innovation Lab graduate student Kaitlyn Spangler talks to her hometown news station about her gender research in Nepal, what she’s learned, and what she hopes to achieve.

IPM Innovation Lab scientists rally international coalition to stop a pestilent ‘army’: 

A pest native to North and South America, the Fall Armyworm first landed in western Africa and reached eastern Africa a year later. The pest has the potential to destroy more than $3 billion in corn throughout Africa and trigger food shortages next year.