Category Archives: Insects & Pests

Grape Insect Update

Doug Pfeiffer, Fruit Entomologist at Virginia Tech has prepared a list of updates on grape insects that should be reviewed by all growers. JAPANESE BEETLE: As predicted, this is shaping up to be a year of high JB populations. This … Continue reading

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VA Tech Student Cited for Work on Grape Root Borer

Virginia Tech Ph.D. student Jhalendra Rijal has made it his mission to help growers find ways to save their vines from the grape root borer. His work, which has given growers new sampling methods and paved the way for other … Continue reading

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Virginia Tech Doctoral Student Wins Regional Award For Work On Grape Root Borer

“Virginia Tech Ph.D. student Jhalendra Rijal has made it his mission to help growers find ways to save their vines from the grape root borer.” Check out this article to read more about his work: Jhalendra Rijal wins Friends of … Continue reading

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Another New Invasive Drosophilid?

From: Doug Pfeiffer, Fruit Entomologist | While investigating what was suspected to be an infestation of spotted wing drosophila in an Albemarle County vineyard on Thursday, we found a block with high numbers of adults of a different species, Zaprionus … Continue reading

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Spotted Wing Drosophilia update

Following is an update from Doug Pfeiffer at Virginia Tech with links for additional information concerning Spotted Wing Drosophilia. From: Doug Pfeiffer To: Grape Growers From: Doug Pfeiffer, Fruit Entomologist Sent: July 18, 2012 Hello, everyone: Spotted wing drosophila:  SWD … Continue reading

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Research update for BMSB control

The Northeastern Integrated Pest Management Center recently held a workshop focused on native parasitoids as a control for Brown Marmorated Stink Bug. Use this link to read the synopsis of the workshop. Native Parasitoids Hold Promise in Stink Bug Defense

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VDGIF Wild Turkey Management Plan

The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF), in cooperation with Virginia Tech’s Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation, recently initiated an effort to develop a Virginia Wild Turkey Management Plan, similar in scope and intent to the existing … Continue reading

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Here is a Clue

Here is a clue to the question “What Caused This” that was posted earlier last month.  These  photographs were taken on memorial day this year.  Are you any the wiser? A Clue to the Aerial Root Question  

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Grape Insect Update

From: Doug Pfeiffer, Fruit Entomologist I wrote earlier about the likely threat of spotted wing drosophila (SWD), an invasive pest of fruit that we found in a Virginia berry plot in June.  It has subsequently been found in the three … Continue reading

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New Invasive Insect Pest Detected in Virginia

To: Grape Growers From: Doug Pfeiffer, Fruit Entomologist Sent: July 1, 2011 Hello, everyone: A new invasive fruit insect pest has been detected in Virginia.  I am presenting some general information here, with a link to further information. Spotted wing … Continue reading

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