Oregon IPM Insider - Vol I Iss 1 - Spring 2020

Oregon IPM Insider: Vol. I, Issue 1: Spring, 2020. (Download this newsletter as a PDF)


Welcome to the new Oregon IPM Center quarterly newsletter! 
We're excited to bring you the first edition of our new quarterly newsletter! Each issue will feature articles about ongoing research, extension activities and insights, links to recent articles and publications related to IPM written or co-authored by OSU staff and faculty. This newsletter will inform, serve and connect everyone involved in IPM in Oregon and the Pacific Northwest, similar to the much-loved IPMNetNews. Some features will probably come and go as we try out new ideas. We'd love your feedback and suggestions as we fine tune this brand-new publication. We encourage submissions and ideas for articles, features, events and publications related to IPM in Oregon and the PNW. Thanks for joining us! 



     News & Alerts
      New IPM Staff & Faculty
      Update from PSEP
  • Pesticide Safety Education Program accomplished a lot in 2019 and have a new online course. Check out their summary
     New Publications
     Upcoming IPM Events
     Grants and Job Opportunities

News & Alerts


A potentially invasive wasp was sighted in Washington that could be a problem for Northwest beekeepers. (Image: Yasunori Koide)




New paper in Lancet: Planetary Health offers guidelines for pesticides based on health risks

Imagine looking a pesticide label, and with one tool be able to know the possible effects of that compound on your health, your neighbor’s health, the atmosphere, wildlife, even bees – all from one place. A paper published in The Lancet: Planetary Health this month aims to do exactly that... READ MORE


IPM Summit a valuable networking opportunity for research and extension faculty

The full day event covered discussions about improving communication between IPM researchers and faculty, brainstorming ways to improve how to measure success, and specialized workshops on topics like thresholds, IPM training, and pesticide resistance...READ MORE


A brief history of the IPPC 1967-2020

Former directors and staff members Marcos Kogan, Paul Jepson, Len Coop and Katie Murray talk about the center's evolution from a weed-science based center to an influenece on global IPM strategies... READ MORE


IPM Insider Spotlight: State IPM Coordinator Katie Murray connects the dots of IPM globally

Oregon IPM Center features recent and current work by Katie Murray statewide and beyond, including developing IPM strategies for maize growers in Malawi and Kenya...READ MORE

Update from PSEP



2019 Recap and new online course from Pesticide Safety Education Program

Pesticide Training Education Program trained over 1000 applicators this season and offers a new course on managing ground squirrels...READ MORE

New IPM Staff & Faculty



Dr. Christopher Adams, Assistant Professor of Tree Fruit Entomology, MCAREC, is a lifelong entomologist who spent his childhood investigating the natural world with a field guide in his back pocket.  Chris received his Ph.D. in entomology under the guidance of Dr. Larry Gut, Dr. Matt Grieshop, and the distinguished Dr. Jim Miller. His work examines insect behavior, chemical ecology, and modeling of large scale insect movement, and contributed to Trapping of Small Organisms Moving Randomly: Principles and Applications to Pest Monitoring and Management.  His years of on-farm research experience provide him with opportunities to work directly with growers and extension specialists. 




Dr. Navneet Kaur, Assistant Professor, Extension Entomologist: Field Crops joined Oregon State University October 2019. Her research has largely focused on the development and implementation of IPM in warm-season turfgrass, cool-season grass seed crops, and potatoes. She received her Ph.D. in entomology from the University of Florida (2013), and was a post-doc studying ergot disease at OSU’s HAREC  from 2014-2017, followed by another postdoc appointment at the University of Idaho until 2019. Dr. Kaur is excited to be involved in research and extension programming for addressing high priority entomological needs in field crops for sustainable pest management in Oregon.




Dr. John Spring, Assistant Professor of Integrated Pest Management, COAREC, did graduate work at Washington State University in weed science, finishing in 2017. Between there and starting at OSU he worked for Colorado State University Extension as an Area Extension Agent in agronomy and weed science in northeast Colorado. 






Dr. Dani Lightle IR-4/Pesticide Registration Research Director, NWREC, received her PhD in entomology at OSU, and most recently spent 5 years working with UC Coop. Ext. on orchard crops in the northern Sacramento Valley, where her research included pruning, irrigation management, and insect and disease control. Current focuses for the program include pesticide residue trials, pesticide degradation curves for blueberries and caneberries, and developing alternatives to chlorpyrifos.




Chris Hedstrom, IPM Communications and Outreach Coordinator, Oregon IPM Center, earned his B.S. and M.S. from OSU, where he studied entomology and IPM. Before joining the Oregon IPM Center, he worked for the Oregon Department of Agriculture’s Insect Pest Prevention and Management program as imaging specialist, biocontrol specialists and invasive species eradication coordinator.



From the Smith IPM Library

Horse-drawn duster at Parkdale” from Potato Flea beetle studies, Columbia and Hood River Counties, Vol 2. K.W. Gray and Joe Schuh, 1937. Flea beetles are still a problem today, as described in the new publication from Oregon IPM Center:

Pest Management Strategic Plan for Potatoes, OSU Extension Publication - EM 9725, January 2020.

IPM Event Calendar



19: Pesticide Selection for Turfgrass - Josephine Co. OSU Extension, Grants Pass, OR

20: Early bird registration deadline for Entomological Society of America: Pacific Branch Meeting. Spokane, WA. Registration Required

31-June 4: Principles of Vineyard Management Course. Presented by Patty Skinkis. Registration Closes March 30 or when filled. 



3: Agricultural Biodivdersity on Western Farms Conference. LaSells Stewart Center, Corvallis, OR. Registration Required.

3: School IPM Coordinator Training. Madras, OR. Registration Required. 

10: Maintaining a healthy forest in an uncertain climate - Josephine Co. OSU Extension, Grants Pass, OR

14: Grapevine Pest and Disease management. Central Point, OR

19: Entomological Society of America: Pacific Branch Meeting. Spokane, WA. Registration Required. Early bird registration deadline is March 20. 

20: 10th International IPM Symposium - Event is March 15-18, 2021 in Denver, CO. Deadline to submit proposals is April 20, 2020


26: Month-by-month insect pests in the garden. Central Point, OR. 

Grants & Job Opportunities


Find our updated grants and job list here


NW Center for Small Fruits Research. Applications Due March 13th 2020

Biotechnology Risk Assessment Research Grants Program Closing Date March 18 2020


Employment Opportunities

Extension Horticulture Professor of Practice, Oregon State University Extension Service: Oregon State University Extension Service invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month Extension Horticulture Professor of Practice position that will be located in Tillamook and Clatsop counties in Oregon. Posting #P03612UF. Closes March 18.

Assistant/Associate Professor, Horticultural Entomology, Colorado State University, . The successful applicant will be expected to build a nationally and internationally recognized research program that integrates modern and conventional methods to study and reduce pest arthropods and encourage beneficial arthropods on plants in horticultural production and urban landscapes. Apply by March 23 2020: https://jobs.colostate.edu/postings/74857

Research Farm and Facilities Manager, Oregon State University Hood River OR: A full-time position is available at the Oregon State University Mid-Columbia Agricultural Research and Extension Center, located in Hood River, OR. This position will provide leadership, supervision and hands on support for all aspects of research orchard and facilities operations. Applications must be received by March 20.https://jobs.oregonstate.edu/postings/89043

Soil Conservationist, USDA-NRCS. 5 vacancies, Pathways Graduate Program, Closes March 23. https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/562264100

Recent IPM publications from OSU Staff & Faculty


Oregon State University Extension Publications

Book Chapters

News Articles

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Oregon IPM Insider

Vol I, Issue 1: March 2020.

Shortlink: https://beav.es/4SN. PDF/Printable Version

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Next issue: June 2020