Miller: Pests invade Missouri from all directions. Research and curriculum from MU faculty in the Missouri IPM Program, which is shared with the public through MU Extension, is designed to aid in plant production to maximize benefit to society while avoiding detriments caused by unnecessary inputs. This project focuses mainly on management of weeds, diseases and insects in agriculture, including drift, fungicide resistance management and diseases, and the Scouting Schools program.
Xiong: Billbug damage to turf in parts of the US is increasing, along with the complexity of species interactions. The reliance on prophylactic insecticide applications results in poor control of populations, environmental risks and economic burden for turfgrass managers. Recent work includes 3 objectives: develop a model that predicts the biofix of billbug adults; validate and utilize a genetic tool to identify billbug larvae; and develop innovative and sustainable IPM tactics by using a turf sweeper.