Archive | Disease and Pests Management

Deer proliferation Disrupts a Forest’s Natural Growth

This article first appeared in the Cornell Chronicle, March 10, 2014. It is reprinted with permission. by Blaine Friedlander By literally looking below the surface and digging up the dirt, Cornell researchers have discovered that a burgeoning deer population forever alters the progression of a forest’s natural future by creating environmental havoc in the soil […]

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Utilizing Biological Pest Management

A Sustainable Step toward SITES Compliance at North Creek Nurseries by Nicole Blevins and Tim McGinty At North Creek Nurseries, we strive to grow our plants safely and sustainably. Protecting people and the environment has been our priority for the past 25 years. The use of pesticides has always been a sensitive subject for us. […]

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Sudden Oak Death

by Janice Alexander A plant disease commonly known as sudden oak death is killing trees in the coastal forests of western North America and portions of the United Kingdom and is an emerging threat in other areas. The disease is caused by the exotic, quarantine pathogen Phytophthora ramorum. While sudden oak death has killed a […]

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Biological Control of Invasive Pests – An Overview

by Maria Bartlett Richard Casagrande, Professor of Entomology at the University of Rhode Island lectured on August 2, 2012 at Massachusetts Horticulture Society on “Biological Control of Invasives.” He covered the efforts underway by scientists in the Northeast to use biological methods to control invasive plants and insects so that chemical pesticides and herbicides do […]

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Reducing Tick-Borne Diseases in New England Using Integrated Pest Management

by Candace Brassard Public awareness of ticks and the pathogens they may carry has increased in the past 10 years. This article provides information specific to New England on tick species, their biology, and the pathogens they carry. Recommended integrated pest management (IPM) tactics are discussed including landscaping practices, the selection of plants to deter […]

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Outsmart Invasives

by Julia Sullivan Anyone with a smartphone can help control invasive species in Massachusetts at the touch of a finger. Learn how by joining the Outsmart Invasive Species Project, a collaborative project among individuals from UMass, MA Department of Conservation and Recreation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Nature Conservancy. The Project focuses on using […]

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