Plant health, production, and products

Wasp Used to Combat Stink Bugs

The brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) is an invasive pest that continues to expand its range throughout the United States.

A Tasty Tuber for the First State

Researchers at Delaware State University are looking to breed varieties that will thrive in the state of Delaware's unique climate and soil.

Artificial Intelligence with Strawberries May Improve Food Quality and Safety While Minimizing Field Labor

Industry Vision Automation Corporation received Phase I and Phase II Small Business Innovation Research grants to design a system to remove the calyx (green leafy stem area) from strawberries processing and packaging. Currently this process is done manually with a knife.

Bumble Bee Queens Under Pressure

Researchers at the University of California, Riverside found that environmental threats are piling onto the stress faced by nest-building bumble bee queens. The team found that exposure to a widely used insecticide and a poor diet negatively impacted bumble bee queens’ health and work, which could have dramatic consequences on an already dwindling pollinator group.

Beetle-killed Trees Become Biofuel

Since 1996, an estimated 42 million acres of U.S. forests have been killed due to infestations from pine and spruce bark beetles.

Beyond Honey Bees

Scientists at Michigan State University (MSU) have made a complete assessment of native and domesticated pollinators in the Great Lakes region. Their report may provide answers in conservation and best management practices.

Nitrogen Fertilizer Provides Production Benefits

When applied properly, nitrogen fertilizer can offer environmental and agricultural production benefits, according to a recent study by agronomists from Iowa State University.

Low-cost Greenhouse Alternative Means Higher Profits for Growers

Kansas State University and the University of Florida are sharing an AFRI grant to learn more about improving the freshness and shelf life of locally grown produce by using high tunnels, an inexpensive version of a greenhouse.

Diagnosis at Your Fingertips

A NIFA-funded venture by the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva and the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources, University of Hawaii-Manoa has resulted in a new iPad application, Estimate, that helps determine plant disease diversity.

New App Will Help Montanans Identify Mystifying Plants, Pests and Diseases

Montanans who might otherwise text, email, or send samples through the mail to the Schutter Diagnostic Lab at Montana State University may now use a phone app.