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Retiring entomologist will be missed

Vernard Lewis.

He built a villa for termites, delighted school children with giant cockroaches, did “time” at San Quentin State Prison, traveled the world looking at insects and, in 2016, Vernard Lewis was inducted into the Pest Management...

Posted on Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at 5:08 PM

Woody Weed Invaders Publication Revised

Algerian ivy. (Joseph M. DiTomaso)

Controlling unwanted trees, shrubs, and woody perennial grasses can be difficult in landscapes, gardens, and natural areas. These troublesome woody plants often resprout after being cut back, and the resprouting shoots can outnumber the original plants....

Posted on Monday, July 17, 2017 at 3:31 PM
Tags: DiTomaso (2), invasives (4), Kyser (1), pest (35), plants (4), shrub (2), sprout (1), tree (7), UC IPM (74), weeds (11), woody (1)

California Nursery Conference is July 27

Nursery and greenhouse growers and others interested in the latest information on growing practices and management methods to improve production efficiency and compliance with the environment regulations will want to sign up for this conference: 2017...

Posted on Friday, July 14, 2017 at 1:22 PM

Top 5 Tomato Plant Problems Solved!

Tomatoes are popular in home gardens. (Pixabay)

Tomatoes are so popular with home gardeners, that a 2014 study by the National Gardening Association showed that 86 percent of homes with vegetable gardens grow tomatoes! It's understandable that the tomato plant is a popular home vegetable garden...

Posted on Friday, June 23, 2017 at 9:28 AM

Pollinator Week is June 19-25

Garden plants providing nectar and pollen for natural enemies and pollinators. (Photo: Ellen Zagory)

Ten years ago the U.S. Senate voted unanimously and created National Pollinator Week. This week reminds us of the vital role pollinators play in providing our world's fruits, nuts, seeds, and vegetables. According to the Pollinator Partnership,...

Posted on Thursday, June 22, 2017 at 6:22 AM
Tags: insectary (1), IPM (44), natural enemies (5), pesticides (17), pollinators (3), UC IPM (74)

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