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Grape Pest Management—Third Edition
Link to the long-awaited 3rd edition of the Grape Pest Management Guide
The 2nd ed. was published in 1992, so this edition has been a gestating a long time! The depth of the informaton (and the color photos) make it a fantastic guide and I'll be getting one for my bookshelf.
For anyone interested in this comprehensive publication the teaser and the publication information is below.
Pests. Invasives. Vineyard Foes. We may refer to them differently but the economic impact of pests common to California wine, raisin, and table grape vineyards vary only in scope.
In the much anticipated 3rd edition of Grape Pest Management, more than 70 research scientists, cooperative extension advisors and specialists, growers, and pest control advisers have consolidated the latest scientific studies and research into one handy reference. The result is a comprehensive, easy-to-read pest management tool.
- Publication Number 3343
- Length: 609 pp.
- Language: English
- ISBN-13: 978-1-60107-800-1
- Copyright Date: 2013
- Inventory Type: Paperback
- Price: $100
The registration site is now open for the 66th annual meeting of the California Weed Science Society (CWSS). This year, the meetign will be held January 22-24, 2014 at the Portola Hotel & Spa in Monterey, CA. The theme of the meeting is "Meeting the Challenge for a Hungry World: Weed Management Strategies in the Coming Decade". CDPR has approved the meeting for 18 hours of continuing education (includes 4 laws and regs hours).
For those that have not come to this conference before, it is one of the longest running state weed conferences in the country. It is generally a 2.5 day meeting with around 500-600 attendees ranging from weed scientists to weed managers, to herbicide applicators from around the state. The first day is usually of broad interest and has a General Session, Weed School, and a "What's New in Industry" sessions followed by a member reception. The second day has a series of concurrent sessions on weed control in specific crops and situations (Tree & Vine, Aquatics, Spray Technology, Roadsides/Utilties/Industrial, Turf & Landscape, Agronomy, Forest/Range/Natural Areas, and Vegetable Crops). The final session is focused on laws and regulatory issues affecting herbicide use.
There is also a student presentation and poster session that gives an opportunity to interact with the next generation of weed scientists. Finally, in addition to the specific research presentations and weed management, this conference provides a fantastic networking opportunity for all of us who work in the many areas of weed science in this state and the western region.
Click HERE for information on the Society and the annual meeting.
The preliminary meeting agenda is available at this link
Hope to see you in Montrery in January.
Weed Science CE Specialist position available at UC Riverside:
The Department of Botany and Plant Sciences invites applications for an Assistant Cooperative Extension Weed Specialist (11-month tenure-track, 90% CE, 10% OR). The Weed Specialist will work with county-based CE Advisors, other Extension Specialists, faculty, land managers and the industry to conduct research on biology of weedy and invasive plants and their interactions with managed ecosystems, focusing on urban systems. Research could address potential invasiveness of ornamental or biofuel crops; environmental issues associated with herbicide use and other weed control practices; development of integrated weed management practices in nurseries, floriculture, and landscapes; and impacts of weeds and weed management in the urban-agriculture and urban-wildland interfaces. Outreach will center on county-based CE advisors and clientele who focus on managed ecosystems including urban systems and landscapes, horticulture and floriculture. Specialists provide leadership in UC Agricultural and Natural Resources program teams and workgroups.
The position includes an appointment in the Agricultural Experiment Station with an expectation to develop a nationally competitive research program and obtain extramural grant funds. Preference will be given to candidates conducting research at the forefront of their field and having a strong working knowledge of weed ecology and control and a desire and ability to work with diverse clientele.
The position will be available July 1, 2014. Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in Plant Biology, Ecology, Range Science, Horticulture, Plant Physiology or related fields. Evaluation of applications will begin December 1, 2013 and continue until the position is filled. Interested individuals should submit 1) a curriculum vitae, 2) a statement of research and extension interests, and 3) have three letters of recommendation submitted through https://aprecruit.ucr.edu/apply/JPF00015 .
Don't miss the Medusahead and Barb Goatgrass Forum on Nov. 5, 2013 at the UC Sierra Foothill Research & Extension Center (SFREC) in Browns Valley, CA. THE EVENT IS FREE!
CLICK HERE for the agenda.
If you're a researcher, university faculty, conservation professional, or a land manager interested in these invasive rangeland species, YOU NEED TO ATTEND.
For more details or to register, visit the SFREC website.
Tom Lanini is a fisherman first and foremost. Yet since 1978 he has devoted his time and energy to being a Cooperative Extension specialist at UC Davis, fighting the weeds that plague farmers across California. And with his retirement last spring, he has returned full time to his first passion, fishing.
“He was always one of those guys who’s always in great shape,” said DiTomaso. “And he could do those things without complaining.”
CE Adviser Gene Miyao likes to remember Lanini as being well-rounded and committed to bringing applied research to growers’ hands.
“He’s always been enthusiastically positive and that sort of attitude was productive for me to be associated with,” said Miyao. “Some of these projects were grueling and Tom would hang in there and take a leadership role.”
When Lanini came to UC Davis as a graduate student in 1978, he was fresh from working for the US Forest Service, where he spent time in the backcountry checking permits, building trails and fighting fires and where he first became interested in forestry. He finished a doctoral degree in Forestry in 1983 and, after three years in an extension weed program at Penn State, he thought he’d try his luck in applying to a new weed ecologist position at what would eventually become UC Davis Plant Sciences. He got the job and was likely the first person in the western U.S. to hold the weed ecologist title.
For the next 27 years, Lanini specialized in ways to reduce chemicals in weed control, ranging from the use of geese and chickens to better irrigation systems, organic herbicides, biological control and other low-input methods. While vegetable weed control was his primary focus, Lanini handled most areas of weed management at one time or another, including forestry, trees and vines, agronomic crops, rangeland and urban areas. He became an expert in the parasitic plant dodder as well as herbicide drift onto non-target plants. He played an important part in organizing and moderating the Weed Science School for several years, along with the annual UC Weed Day.
“Both of my boys cut their teeth in the working world by working with Tom in the field,” said DiTomaso. “Tom’s always hired a lot of young kids and helped them in their pathway of the working world.”
With his own kids grown up, Lanini now travels more, often with his wife during her work trips abroad. Yet he remains close to his former colleagues at Plant Sciences.
“He’s been a good friend for a long time,” said DiTomaso. “It seems like my whole career in weed science has been with Tom.”
And when he does swing by the department to see DiTomaso, Lanini always stresses: “I’m not dying; I’m just retiring!”