This is the fall edition of the IPM Innovation Lab quarterly newsletter.
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Muni's Musings

Welcome to our fall edition of the Integrated Pest Management Innovation Lab newsletter. We’ve been very busy and productive over the last few months and I’m excited to share with you some of what we’ve done.

Last June, we conducted our sixth workshop on Trichoderma, this time at the Royal Agriculture University in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Then on July 7-8th, we held our Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) and Program Planning Committee (PPC) meetings here at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg. Dr. Lawrence Datnoff from Louisiana State University and Dr. George Norton from Virginia Tech were selected as Chairs of TAC and PPC, respectively.

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The IPM Innovation Lab holds its sixth Trichoderma workshop

S. Nakkeeran, a plant pathologist from Tamil Nadu Agricultural University in India, shows workshop participants how to gather soil samples for growing Trichoderma. Nakkeeran led the week-long Trichoderma workshop.

This past June, this IPM Innovation Lab held its sixth workshop on the fungus Trichoderma, this time at the Royal University of Agriculture in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Trichoderma is a beneficial fungus that eats "bad" fungi and almost promotes plant growth. You can read our Virginia Tech news story on the workshop here: Read Full Story >

You can watch a short video about the workshop here >

Tuta absoluta confirmed in Nepal and Bangladesh

Two new countries have succumbed to the tomato leafminer invasion. Scientists in Bangladesh and Nepal – after training from a Virginia Tech-led program – have identified the same tiny moth responsible for the wholesale destruction of this year's Nigerian tomato crop.

Officials in Bangladesh and Nepal knew how to read clues because scientists taught them what to look for in two workshops last year. The Integrated Pest Management Innovation Lab, headquartered at Virginia Tech, assembled teams of experts in Bangladesh and Nepal to prepare scientists and farmers for the pest's inevitable spread. Read Full Story >

Joint Meeting of the Technical Advisory and Program Coordinating Committees

On July 7th and 8th, 2016, the IPM Innovation Lab hosted a joint meeting of our project PIs and our Technical Advisory Committee. The meeting, which took place over two days at the Inn at Virginia Tech, was the first time that many of the PIs and member of the TAC had met. Attendees came from all over the United States, as well as from as far as the Philippines, Vietnam, Ethiopia, and Taiwan.
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IPM Innovation Lab holds Plant Virus workshop in Cambodia

The IPM Innovation Lab conducted a three-day workshop on “Diagnosis and Management of Plant Virus Diseases” at the Plant Pathology Division of the Royal University of Agriculture (RUA) in Phnom Penh, Cambodia from August 10-12, 2016. The main objective of this workshop was to provide training on plant virus disease diagnosis and management. This workshop was jointly organized by the IPM Innovation Lab and iDE Cambodia. The workshop is part of a long-term strategy of building the scientific capacity of plant pathologists, extension personnel, and NGO staff in Cambodia to mitigate crop losses due to viral diseases in vegetable crops in subsistence agriculture. Read Full Story >

Nematode Survey

Jon Eisenback, second from right, professor of plant nematology at Virginia Tech’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, testing soil in the fields of Cambodia with postdoctoral associate Paulo Viera, second from left.

As part of both our Vegetable IPM in Asia and Rice IPM in Cambodia projects, Virginia Tech nematologist Jon Eisenback and postdoctoral associate Paulo Viera traveled to Cambodia to do nematode surveys on vegetables and rice. Read Full Story on Virginia Tech News >

IPM Innovation Lab goes to the International Congress of Entomology

The IPM Innovation led two symposia at the Congress of Entomolgy in Orlando in September. One was on IPM packages for tropical crops, the other on the global spread of the South American tomato leafminer, Tuta absoluta, which resulted in the group recommending a number of measures to help fight the spread of the invasive pest. Read Full Story on Virginia Tech News >

Other Highlights and Happenings

Beetle damages invasive weed in Ethiopia
Our "Biological control of the invasive weed Parthenium hysterophorus in East Africa" had some very exciting news as the weed-eating beetle Zygogramma bicolorata, was released in sites around Wollenchiti, Ethiopia and has established and begun causing damage to Parthenium weed. Read Full Story >
IPM Innovation Lab participates in Virginia Tech's Hokie Bugfest
Last month, the IPM Innovation Lab participated in Hokie Bugfest, a one-day celebration of all things insect. While it's geared towards children, kids and parents alike learn and have a great time. In total, the Bugfest had over 7,000 visitor. Read Full Story >

Biological control agents are farmers’ friends
The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), under the aegis of their Rice IPM project with IPM IL, collaborated with GIZ to conduct a biocontrol forum in Phnom Penh with roughly 140 participants. Read Full Story >
Parthenium presentation in Algiers
Wondi Mersie, PI for the IPM Innovation Lab’s Biological control of the invasive weed Parthenium hysterophorus in East Africa project, was invited by Dr. Shoki Al-Dobai, Crop Protection Officer for FAO to speak about the spread, economic, social and environmental importance and management practices of the Parthenium at the Annual Regional Workshop of the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) for the Near East and North Africa region held in Algiers, Algeria this past September. Read Full Story >
IPM Innovation Lab Publications
We have created a list of all of our publications from 1993-2016. Please take a look here> 


The IPM Innovation Lab in the press

You Say Tomato, These Moths Say Dinner - The New York Times
The Coming Tomato Tomatopocalypse: Could a Tiny Moth Make Ketchup Scarce? - Civil Eats
Tomato Pest Devestating to Crops -
Why We Love Science - The Huffington Post
Ending World Poverty Costs Less than People Think - Radio IQ
Virginia Tech Workshop Invokes Power of the 'Fighting Fungus' - Lancaster Farming
Man who alerts the world to tomato-destroying pest warns US now - Southeast Farm Press
Muniappan: Note to Virginia agriculture: Invasive pests edge closer to America's shores - The Richmond Times-Dispatch
Africa's Big Tomato Pickle: Miner Grubs Are Wiping Them Out - Bloomberg

A Look Ahead

Mark your calendars, there’s a lot to look forward to!

Rice IPM in Cambodia Planning Meeting
December 1-2, in Siem Reap, Cambodia

Sensitizing Workshop on Tuta absoluta: An Impending Threat to Tomato
December 5-6, 2016 in Dhaka, Bangladesh

International Conference on Biodiversity, Climate Change Assessment, and Impacts on Livelihood
January 10-12, 2017 in Kathmandu, Nepal

Asia Vegetable and Mango IPM Planning Meeting
January 23 - February 4, 2017 in Cambodia, Bangladesh, and Nepal

12th Arab Congress of Plant Protection
November 5-9, 2017 in Cairo, Egypt

The USAID-funded Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Integrated Pest Management at Virginia Tech raises the standard of living of people in developing countries by working with them to develop the best solutions to the agricultural challenges they face. In addition to reducing damage caused by pests and diseases, the program also deals with issues such as gender, health, nutrition, equitable use of resources, and agricultural education.
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