Plant health, production, and products

Cotton IPM Saves Millions

Integrated pest management (IPM) seeks to reduce risks to people and the environment and economic risks to growers while effectively managing pests.

Pesticide Residues in Cotton and Polyester Garments

Understanding safe pesticide use is critical in the protection of pesticide handlers, not just during the mixing, loading, and application of chemicals, but also to any residues in their clothing after application.

Canopy Modification for Macadamia Nut Orchards

The University of Hawaii's Alyssa Cho showed that pruning the canopy in macadamia orchards reduces populations of a key pest, felted coccid, by half.

When Life Gives You Sour Lemons, Use Genetics to Find Out Why

Identification of genes responsible for sour taste in citrus fruit may enable the creation of new, sweeter varieties.

SERS-Based Sensing Platform Detects Contaminants

Fresh produce is increasingly associated with chemical and biological contaminants, such as pesticides and foodborne pathogens.

Wildfires Affect Nitrogen and Water Quality

Forest fires are increasing in frequency and intensity in the western United States. Researchers at the University of California, Davis evaluated the effects of wildfire on the molecular transformation of nitrogen.

Farms to Food Banks in Kentucky

In 2017, The Kentucky Association of Food Banks received a $400,000 Community Food Projects grant for the Farms To Food Banks Capacity Building project.

FVSU Extension Engineer Conducts Feasibility Study on Processing Wood Pellets from Beetle-Infested Loblolly Pine Trees in Georgia

Georgia is the nation’s leader in forestry, wood fuel, and pellet export. However, insect damage from Southern Pine Beetles (SPB) creates a significant loss in production.

Toximap: Predicting the Incidence of Mycotoxins in US Crop Fields

Researchers at the University of South Carolina (USC) are developing a novel approach to predict the presence of aflatoxin in US crop fields before harvest.

Agents of Change Saving the Citrus Industry in Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico’s Agricultural Extension Service is working closely with growers to help them adopt Integrated Pest Management (IPM) practices to manage ​Citrus greening (CG) through hands-on training and the development of a demonstrational farm.