Treatments on Christmas Lake kill off zebra mussels

Minneapolis Star Tribune

A small west metro lake has successfully gotten rid of zebra mussels in a small area of the lake — a feat few lakes have been able to accomplish in the …

Experimental 3-phase treatment to rid Christmas Lake of zebra mussels appears successful – Minneapolis Star Tribune

Results of Christmas Lake zebra mussel treatments appear successful – SW News Media

No evidence of zebra mussels after 3-step treatment on Christmas Lake – FOX 9 News

Guest Opinion: Biologicals Play Key Role in Food Production

THE GROWER, Vance Publishing Corporation
Written by Dr. Pamela Marrone, founder and chief executive officer of Marrone Bio Innovations, Davis, Calif.
12/04/2014

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is a guest column and opinions expressed here are only those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Vance Publishing Corporation.

Now more than ever, fruit and vegetable growers need effective and environmentally sustainable pest management programs to protect against crop diseases, improve food yields and quality, and feed a growing and increasingly food-conscious world.

Biopesticides or “biologicals” are becoming an important tool in the grower’s toolbox by promoting plant health and controlling unwanted pests and diseases, leading to better yields with reduced environmental impact – as well as an improved bottom line for growers.   more »

BIRD – Israel-U.S. Binational Industrial R&D Foundation to Invest $9 Million in 11 New Projects

The approved projects involve innovations in the areas of 3D Printing, Agro-technology, Information Security, Homeland Security and others

TEL AVIV, Israel, July 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ –

During its meeting on June 26, 2014, held in Washington D.C., the Board of Governors of the Israel-U.S. Binational Industrial Research and Development (BIRD) Foundation, approved $8.9 million in funding for eleven new projects between Israeli and American companies. In addition to the grants from BIRD, the projects will access private sector funding, boosting the total value of all projects to approximately $25 million.

The BIRD Foundation promotes collaboration between Israeli and American companies in various technological fields for the purpose of joint product development. In addition to providing conditional grants of up to $1 million for approved projects, the Foundation assists by working with companies to identify potential strategic partners and facilitate introductions. more »

Marrone Bio, Bayer, and the BPIA Host EPA Officials

The Biopesticide Industry Alliance (BPIA) and Sacramento-area biopesticide companies Marrone Bio Innovations (MBI) and Bayer Crop Science (BCS) are hosting laboratory visits and farm tour for EPA officials as part of the BPIA semi-annual meeting. The group will visit Sacramento Valley farmers who use biopesticides in an integrated pest management (IPM) approach on their farms to protect crops from disease and insect damage. The farm tour will be followed by tours of the MBI labs and the BCS facility, both in Davis.

The EPA officials—Bob McNally, Director, Biopesticides and Pollution Prevention Division; Sheryl Reilly, Associate Chief, Biochemical Pesticides Branch; and Mike Mendelsohn, Acting Associate Chief of the Microbial Pesticides Branch—will be hosted by organic and conventional growers who use biopesticides and chemical pesticides on their farms.

“This is a great opportunity to highlight to the EPA the role biopesticides play in the integration of biopesticides into IPM programs. Biopesticides can help with residue management due to their applications right up to harvest, labor flexibility and rapid field re-entry, and disease and insect resistance management,” comments Bill Stoneman, BPIA Executive Director. “In addition, biopesticides have been shown to enhance conventional programs with higher yields and quality when integrated via tank mixes and rotations,” he adds.

About Biopesticide Industry Alliance

The BPIA is a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering adoption of biopesticide technology through increased awareness about their effectiveness and full range of benefits to a progressive pest management program. BPIA membership includes biological pesticide manufacturers and allied industry, with more than 70 member companies both domestically and internationally.

Contact:  Bill Stoneman, Executive Director
Biopesticide Industry Alliance, (608)-268-3632 bstoneman@biopesticideindustryalliance.org

 

Zebra mussel-killing bacteria could help native species in the Great Lakes

Originally Published at interlochenpublicradio.org

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A treatment that kills zebra and quagga mussels could soon be available for use in lakes and rivers. It’s very effective and safe.

But it is not likely to undo much of the ecological damage done to Michigan waters by invasive mussels.

It could be good news, though, if you’re a clam.

Bacteria that kill

Quagga and zebra mussels are native to Eastern Europe and have been a disaster in the Great Lakes. more »

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