Study sheds light on invasive fruit pest
Humans aren’t the only species with a sweet tooth. N.C. State University researchers and Extension specialists have found that the invasive spotted-wing vinegar fly (Drosophila suzukii) also prefers sweet, soft fruit. Their study sheds new light on a species that has spread across the United States over the past four years and threatens to cause hundreds of millions of dollars in damage to U.S. fruit crops.
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Environmental Expertise: Pest Management
College Profile: Fred Yelverton
Weed science specialist Fred Yelverton’s sphere of influence spans the globe but is most felt at home in North Carolina.
Emily Meineke: Scaling up research on tiny pest
Will climate change make scale insects more abundant? That's one of the questions Ph.D. student Emily Meineke is trying to answer as she studies these tiny -- and abundant -- pests.
Take steps to avoid mosquito bites
Given recent diagnoses of mosquito-borne diseases in a child and a horse in North Carolina – coupled with possible heavy rains from Hurricane Irene –an N.C. Cooperative Extension specialist advises people to take precautions when outdoors.
Superbugs from swine?
New research from North Carolina State University and Kansas State University shows that the common pests that live on the swine farms acquire antibiotic-resistant bacteria and have the potential to spread these bacteria.
Bed bugs are topic of workshops Nov. 3 and 10
As homeowners and institutions experience a re-emergence of bed bugs, N.C. Cooperative Extension’s Forsyth County center will host a workshop on the topic Wednesday, Nov. 3, 8:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Extension center is located at 1450 Fairchild Road in Winston-Salem. A similar workshop will be held in Greenville, Nov. 10.