Oregon IPM Insider - Vol I Iss 2 - Summer 2020

Oregon IPM Insider: Volume 1, Issue 2: Summer 2020


     News & Alerts
  • IPM Symposium deadlines are approaching, some news about BMSB biocontrol, an IPM approach to fighting invasive species in forests, and COVID-19 impacts on PPE and more. 
       Five things to Know
  • DDRP is an exciting new pest phenology prediction tool. Learn what you need to know in just a few seconds!
      Update from PSEP
  • Kaci Buhl recalls a simple and brilliant IPM breakthrough, some suggestions on what to do if faced with a PPE shortage, and recertification courses go online. 
      New IPM Staff & Faculty and Awards
  • A new addition to MCAREC in Hood River, plus some well-deserved recognition! 
     New Publications
  • Lots of new IPM publications from Extension, and papers on BMSB collaboration, plant diseases, and more.
     Grants and Job Opportunities
  • A handful of excellent positions and some funding available right now.

News & Alerts


  • BMSB: Stink bugs a foul foe: Oregon specialty crops present attractive enticement for BMSB (Good Fruit Grower), Biological Control of Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (Organic Farmer)

  • SWD: Gaga for Gum: Study Shows Sticky Mixture Distracts Fruit Fly Pest (Entomology Today)

  • Biocontrol: USDA assesses using wasps to control Russian wheat aphids (Capital Press)

  • Tracking disease: Researchers develop way to trace global spread of major plant disease (AgDaily)

  • Moving Towards IPM: Grapes without Glyphosate (Good Fruit Grower)

  • IR-4: Management of Borers, Beetles and White Grubs: New report out June 2020 (IR4Project.Org)

  • Invasive species: Malheur National Forest to begin invasive plant treatments (Blue Mountain Eagle)

  • PPE Shortages: Protective gear going to farmworkers, but needs still unmet. (Capital Press)

  • Deadlines: June 12 and June 30: 10th International IPM Symposium - Event is March 15-18, 2021, in Denver, CO. Deadline to submit IPM Achievement awards is June 12. Deadline to submit session proposals is June 30, 2020

  • Speakers needed! Oregon IPM Seminar Series: Oregon IPM Center is planning a casual bi-monthly virtual seminar series to highlight and discuss IPM Activities across Oregon and the region, to begin later this summer. If you are interested in presenting on IPM research, education/extension, management plans, success stories, challenges, new topics of interest or other things related to IPM, please let us know!

  • Please don't call it 'Murder Hornet': Asian Giant Hornet was spotted in WA again in May 2020 (WSDA), but it's not time to panic (Capital Press) It has not been detected in Oregon as of June 2020. See our ID guide below (click for PDF)




  • Lower-risk pesticides when PPE is scarce
    • Oregon IPM Center published a list of pesticides that do not require more than basic, single layer PPE (long-sleeved shirt, long pants, socks, and stout shoes, with chemically resistant gloves). This list can help to identify alternative pesticides to ones that can't be used if the required PPE is unavailable. 


  • Quick Facts about Little Cherry (X-Disease) in Oregon
    Little cherry disease is currently getting a lot of attention, but there is more than a little confusion about the situation in Oregon. We reached out to Ashley Thompson, Asst. Prof of Horticulture in Wasco and Hood River County Extension, for the facts:
  • What is little cherry disease?
    • From the PNW Pest Management Handbook: A disease that causes fruits to small, pointed, often flat-sided, and pale-red to greenish-white. Normal appearing fruit may be interspersed with affected fruit. Fruit lack maturity, flavor and/or sugar development. Little Cherry can be caused by 3 pathogens, but only the X-disease phytoplasma strain has been found in Oregon.
  • Where is it found?
    • X-disease infested trees have been found in Wasco Co. As of June 2020, It has NOT been detected in Hood river Co. and has NOT been detected in the Willamette Valley. It has been reported in Umatilla and Malheur counties.
  • How can it spread?
    • The X-disease Phytoplasma is transmitted by leaf hoppers and root grafting. Trees can be asymptomatic for two years but still be an inoculum source.
  • What are some IPM options?
    • The best defense against X-disease is to scout heavily and remove infected trees to reduce the rate of new infections. Vector control (i.e. trying to control leaf hoppers) is NOT a feasible method.
  • Who should I contact if I have more questions?
  • For more information, see this handout from OSU Extension: How to spot signs of X-disease in Cherries

Update from PSEP




Read the Full Summer Update from Pesticide Safety Education Program 

Five things to know: DDRP


Five things to know about: DDRP: Degree-Days Risk, and Phenological Event Mapping

Brittany Barker and Len Coop of the Oregon IPM Center, along with Tyson Wepprich and Fritzi Grevstad of OSU's Botany and Plant Pathology Department, and Gericke Cooke of USDA-APHIS recently published a paper on an amazing new technology called DDRP: Degree-Days Risk, and Phenological Event Mapping. Here’s what you need to know:

  • What is it?
    • A new spatial modeling platform that integrates mapping of phenology and climatic suitability in real-time for insects, with the potential to add other types of organisms (e.g. non-insect invertebrates, weeds, plant pathogens).
  • Who's it for?
    • Government agencies battling new invasive species; Anyone who want to optimize pest management actions and biological control implementation; researchers who want to predict potential impacts of pests and disease on agricultural production.
  • What can it do?
    • Products include predictions of the number of completed generations, life stages present, dates of phenological events, and climatically suitable areas based on two levels of climate stress. Species parameters can be derived from laboratory and field studies, and from published and newly fitted CLIMEX models.
  • One extra cool thing:
    • DDRP is written entirely in the R programming language, making it freely available, flexible and extensible.
  • When can I use it?
    • DDRP is currently in development, with models for 15 invasive insect species completed. A grant proposal to expand DDRP’s features and increase engagement with end-users in collaboration with the USA National Phenology Network was just submitted. The team plans to develop IPM pest models for DDRP and start getting feedback from end-users in the coming months.
Want to know more?

Read all about it: DDRP: real-time phenology and climatic suitability modeling of invasive insects is currently in preprint and available now! 

New IPM Staff, Faculty & Recent Awards

New Staff

Maggie Freeman, Faculty Research Assistant, Tree Fruit Entomology, OSU Mid-Columbia Research & Extension Center
Maggie received her MS in Entomology from the Washington State University, where she worked on a classical biological control project for the lily leaf beetle in Washington State. She is excited to join OSU after five wonderful years of work with the WSDA's Entomology lab in Olympia, Washington.

Awards and Recognition
  • Dr. Priyadarshini Chakrabarti - Excellence in Early Career Award - 2020 Pacific Branch Entomological Society of America Annual Meeting 
  • Dr. Patty Skinkis - Mid-Career Service Award - Epsilon Sigma Phi (ESP) Extension Professionals' Organization
  • Plus lots of promotions in the Department of Horticulture including Oregon IPM Center's Len Coop promoted to Associate Professor (Practice)

Grants & Job Opportunities


Find our updated grants and job list here

  • Food and Agricultural Sciences National Needs Graduate and Postgraduate Fellowship (NNF) Grants Program. USDA-NIFA. Designated for graduate degree (masters and doctoral) programs and postgraduate training of the next generation of policy makers, researchers, and educators in the food and agricultural sciences. https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=326913 Closes June 22, 2020
  • Enhancing Agricultural Opportunities for Military Veterans Competitive Grants Program. USDA-NIFA. Provides grants to non-profits to increase the number of military veterans gaining knowledge and skills through comprehensive, hands-on and immersive model farm and ranch programs offered regionally that lead to successful careers in the food and agricultural sector. https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=326873. Closes June 26, 2020.
  • Urban Agriculture and Innovative Production USDA-NRCS. The competitive grants will support the development of urban agriculture and innovative production projects through two categories, Planning Projects and Implementation Projects.https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/detail/or/newsroom/releases/?c.... Closes July 6, 2020. Webinar June 3, 2020.


Employment Opportunities

Recent IPM publications from OSU Staff & Faculty


Oregon State University Extension Publications

Peer-reviewed (may require a subscription)

and in case you missed it...


How does IPM help us battle Coronavirus? 

Oregon IPM Center put together this handout back in March to illustrate the parallels between IPM as we know it and how agencies are working to stop the spread of the coronavirus. 


Oregon IPM Insider

Vol I, Issue 2: June 2020.

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Produced by Oregon IPM Center, Oregon State University College of Agricultural Sciences

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