Source: UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA submitted to
2017 CROP PROTECTION AND PEST MANAGEMENT EXTENSION IMPLEMENTATION PROJECT FOR THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA
Sponsoring Institution
National Institute of Food and Agriculture
Project Status
EXTENDED
Funding Source
Reporting Frequency
Annual
Accession No.
1013962
Grant No.
2017-70006-27149
Project No.
FLA-ENY-005649
Proposal No.
2017-04448
Multistate No.
(N/A)
Program Code
EIP
Project Start Date
Sep 1, 2017
Project End Date
Aug 31, 2020
Grant Year
2019
Project Director
Leppla, N. C.
Recipient Organization
UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA
G022 MCCARTY HALL
GAINESVILLE,FL 32611
Performing Department
Entomology and Nematology
Non Technical Summary
The University of Florida, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences IPM Program provides statewide, interdisciplinary and inter-unit coordination and assistance in IPM to protect agriculture, communities and the environment (http://ipm.ifas.ufl.edu ). This IPM program, conducted in partnership with the well-established Extension community, is helping to develop and deliver more effective, safe and sustainable IPM options, along with the training required for them to be widely adopted. In addition to coordination (20%), the 2017 CPPM, EIP project includes four sub-projects: "Non-traditional IPM change agents (NICA) providing programming for housing and residential environments" (Priority- IPM Implementation in Communities, 20%), "Enhance the Florida Collaborative Plant Pest and Disease Diagnostic System" (Priority- IPM Support for Pest Diagnostic Facilities, 20%), "Pest and natural enemy profiles in conventional and GMO cotton cultivars in North Florida" (Priority- IPM Implementation in Agronomic Crops, 20%), and "A searchable database website and trained citizen scientist network to promote vetted pollinator plants and enhance pollinator health" (Priority- IPM for Pollinator Health, 20%). The sub-projects will be conducted by four workgroups consisting of 10 Project Directors and Co-PIs, and initially eight county Extension faculty members from seven counties. The overall objective will be to expand the Extension IPM programs into as many counties as resources permit, particularly for the housing and residential environments and enhanced diagnostic system sub-projects. The pollinator project will apply statewide and at least in the southeast. Results of the GMO cotton project also will benefit the region. All sub-projects are new and will be self-sustaining after three years.
Animal Health Component
0%
Research Effort Categories
Basic
(N/A)
Applied
(N/A)
Developmental
(N/A)
Classification

Knowledge Area (KA)Subject of Investigation (SOI)Field of Science (FOS)Percent
21624101130100%
Goals / Objectives
IPM Coordination for the University of Florida1. Support and encourage Extension faculty in conducting IPM projects2. Coordinate and report on the multi-disciplinary IPM projects3. Assist county-level IPM activities and collaborative workgroupsHousing and Residential Environments Housing1. Diversify IPM messengers who will incorporate IPM into existing housing programs2. Develop and deliver materials and tools needed to increase residential IPMPlant Pest and Disease Diagnostic System1. Revitalize the Florida Plant Diagnostic Network (FPDN)2. Expand partnerships and involvement in the UF/IFAS Pest Alert listservIPM for Cotton Cultivars in North Florida1. Establish a sentinel cotton plot at WREC following agronomic practices of the Florida panhandle2. Evaluate the occurrence and abundance of the pests and beneficial insects in the WREC plot and commercial cotton fields3. Produce and disseminate management guidelines, and train cotton producer's and agricultural professional's to identify cotton pests and natural enemies Pollinator Plants and Pollinator Health1. Expand the Ecological Plant Database by adding vetted pollinator plants2. Develop and deliver training in identifying plants, plant parts and arthropods3. Conduct a citizen science project to provide training in submitting pollinator plants
Project Methods
IPM Coordination for the University of Florida- Form collaborative project teams; collaborate with state and county Extension faculty to develop and deliver IPM training and services; provide educational resources, such as high caliber instruction and publications; conduct applied IPM research to generate new IPM technologies; partner with federal, state, county and commodity organizations; and mentor faculty and students.Housing and Residential Environments Housing- Conduct annual in-service training on IPM through UF/IFAS Extension's on-site Pest Management University or other appropriate alternative, provide feedback as the Non-Traditional IPM Change Agents (NICA) project working group on amendments to better target resident clientele, provide 1 hour of IPM programming as part of existing Extension housing programs, provide measureable impacts on IPM knowledge, attitude, and behavior change through agent and clientele assessments.Plant Pest and Disease Diagnostic System- Increasing the speed, accuracy and effectiveness of local plant pest and disease scouting and identification; increase high-risk sample submission; enhance first detector and diagnostic capabilities; provide resources for appropriate sample submission; assure rapid digital and actual specimen delivery; enhance the "Florida Pest Diagnostic System;" and revitalize the "Florida Pest Alert listserv."IPM for Cotton Cultivars in North Florida- Organize a select producer and county Extension agent advisory committee, establish sentinel plots, identify pest and beneficial insects in the plots, develop a downloadable APP, deliver science-based knowledge on the seasonal, stage-specific occurrence and abundance of the pests and beneficial insects associated with cotton.Pollinator Plants and Pollinator Health- Expand a searchable website containing a comprehensive database of vetted pollinator plants, add plant information and pollinator plants based on research literature, solicit online or mobile submission of photographs and associated information, conduct a train-the-trainer workshop curriculum with presentations, educational resources (printed and electronic), activities (i.e. transects) and methods and resources for identifying plants, plant parts and arthropods, as well as methods for determining pollinator presence through use of transects, traps and digital photography.

Progress 09/01/18 to 08/31/19

Outputs
Target Audience:IPM Coordination: IPM Florida provides statewide, interdisciplinary and interunit coordination and assistance in IPM to all entities involved in protecting agriculture, communities and the environment. This includes state, regional and national IPM Stakeholders; commodity associations; agricultural producers; the general public; end users or consumers; underserved communities; land-grant university partners; research, teaching and Extension faculty; staff and students; and federal, state and county governmental agencies. Housing and Residential Environments: Homeowners with emphasis on first time home buyers, pest control operators, county faculty. Plant Pest and Disease Diagnostic System: Extension agents, producers, the general public, and the community in general. IPM for Cotton Cultivars in North Florida: Local farmers, Extension agents in North Florida counties, Extension specialists, students, and the community in general. Pollinator Plants and Pollinator Health: Extension faculty, the general public, Green Industry professionals, NRCS program staff or users, plant and gardening organizations (Master Gardeners, garden clubs, plant societies, etc.), environmentally focused societies (Xerces Society, etc.), honey producers, and urban planners. Changes/Problems:Approval was requested from NIFA for the following changes: 1) There was an error on Randall Cantrell's Current and Pending form that was submitted with the original application. His effort was listed at 8% incorrectly and has been adjusted to 1%. An updated Current and Pending form was provided, 2) Shanika Preston, Co-PI, was no longer at the University of Florida, effective June 30, 2018, and 3) Barbara Hughes, Co-PI, retired effective December 31, 2018. She continued on the project until her retirement. Dr. Faith Oi, a co-PI on this project, assumed the responsibilities of the subproject objectives of both Shanika Preston (effective 06/30/2018) and Barbara Hughes (effective 12/31/2018) without a change in her original effort. The subproject had no change in scope or objectives. Approval for these changes was requested from NIFA on October 3, 2018 and received on May 4, 2019. Thus, funding was not available for about seven months for Dr. Oi's subproject and also for work in Dr. Silvana Paula-Moraes's subproject. Dr. Oi replaced Dr. Katie Stoffer with Dr. John Diaz as the evaluation specialist for Year 3 of her subproject. Dr. Knox recruited graduate student Heather Kalaman to carry out portions of this grant previously allocated to a staff member who resigned early in Year 1. This delayed accomplishment of some aspects of the Year 2 goals. Dr. Silvana Paula-Moraes will include more resources for personnel in the third year of the project. The objective is to have more labor to prepare training materials, including specimens of pests and beneficial insects, and to provide assistance in conducting meetings and visiting sentinel area and commercial cotton fields. What opportunities for training and professional development has the project provided?IPM Coordination: The following Doctor of Plant Medicine ½-time assistants have received training on the project: Lanette Sobel, 2015-2019, forest entomology research on IPM; Alex Gannon 2017-2020 applied IPM research, stink bugs, Extension presentations; Sage Thompson 2018-2020, applied IPM research, stink bugs, Extension presentations and materials; Morgan Pinkerton, 2017-2020, applied IPM research, stink bugs, Extension presentations and materials; Keir Hamilton, 2018-2022; Clayton Bania, 2018-2022; Nicholas Goltz, 2018-2022; Cleveland Ivey, 2018-2020; Ph.D. Cory Penca, 2016-2019, applied research, stink bugs; Simon Yeboah, 2017-2019, applied research, tropical fruit flies; Yasaman Moghaddassi, 2017-2019, applied research, biological control; and M.S. Arjun Khadka, 2017-2018, applied IPM research, stink bugs; Undergraduate; Kylie Lennon. Housing and Residential Environments: In-service training scheduled for January 17, 2019 is being rescheduled. All agents are welcome to attend Pest Management University (PMU) as in-service training and the registration fee will be waived. PMU courses are held year-round (Pestmanagementuniversity.org). Plant Pest and Disease Diagnostic System: Approximately 60 agents attended the in-service training at the UF-IFAS statewide extension symposium. Additionally, approximately 60 nature stewardship volunteers received training and information about pest alert in February of 2019. The following Doctor of Plant Medicine ½ graduate research assistants have been affiliated with the project: Cory Penca, Alicia Kelley, Andy Jean-Louis, and Ariane McCorquodale. The following undergraduate students have also received some professional development training as a component of this project: Kendall Stacey, Trevor Forsberg, and Harrison Edwards. The following professional staff member has also received training as a component of this project: Jennifer Carr. IPM for Cotton Cultivars in North Florida: Two undergraduate students from the University of Florida, one undergraduate student from the University of West Florida, and one Ph.D. student have taken the Life Sciences Responsible Conduct of Research Course. During performance of the laboratory and field activities of the project, the students were trained in pest sampling, insect rearing, and pest and natural enemy identification. In addition, the students have participated in Extension and scientific meetings. At the 2019 ESA Southeastern Branch meeting, Christopher Hemphill, Marcelo M. Rabelo, and Phillip Barn delivered poster and oral presentations. Marcelo M. Rabelo won the first place for his Ph.D. student oral presentation and Christopher Hemphill won second place in the undergraduate poster competition. In addition, the Regional Crop IPM Extension Agent, Ethan Carter presented a poster with the data documenting the pest risk aversion and knowledge of transgenic technology of farmers from the Florida Panhandle. Pollinator Plants and Pollinator Health: Widespread delivery of train the trainer workshops and curriculum is increasing, but some citizen scientists already are using the iNaturalist app. Heather Kalaman, a Doctor of Plant Medicine ½-time graduate assistant has received training on the project. In addition, more than 200 county and state Extension faculty learned about this IPM project during the March 2019 Urban Landscape Summit in Gainesville, FL. How have the results been disseminated to communities of interest?IPM Coordination: Based on a needs survey, a comprehensive set of pesticide recommendation links was provided via the IPM Florida website to the South Central (30 Extension agents), Northeast (11 agents), Central (20 agents), and South District Horticulture Green Team members (9 agents). Provided in person guidance to an informal "Vegetable IPM Working Group" to facilitate communication and collaboration among Entomology and Nematology Department faculty and Extension personnel with responsibilities for managing arthropod pests of vegetable crops (about 15 members). Delivered information in person on mosquito IPM at a Bradford County Commission and the public (about 50 people), Introduced IPM Florida to established and new North East Extension District agents at their annual retreat (about 150 participants), Conducted a workshop on improving reporting for IPM and determining real impacts for programs (about 50 participants), moderated a session on Invasive Pest and Pathogen Education at the annual Florida Extension Symposium (68 participants), co-authored more than 14 presentations at scientific meetings (average 25 attendees), There were 174,831 website visits in 2017 and 222,314 in 2018, indicating a significant increase in IPM information delivery. Also, there were 333 email consultation contacts in 2018. Housing and Residential Environments: Agents provide IPM information directly to homeowners, n>250 thus far. Products are being developed continuously for homeowner use. Social media contacts in 2018 included Facebook (224,488 engagements) and Twitter (1808 engagements). Social media are used to notify communities of interest, as well as internal UF/IFAS contacts. A change in personnel has delayed more widespread delivery. Plant Pest and Disease Diagnostic System: As the project has been communicated directly to agents, the overall project impact has been amplified. In addition to direct communication from project personnel, agents will then continue to directly communicate to producers, community members, and homeowners. Direct contacts from the project in 2018-2019 were at least 220 individuals. Over 700 individuals subscribe to the listserv, and over 20 individuals have completed online e-learning modules. Project outcomes have also been directly communicated to partners in the Caribbean region as Florida invasive species and diagnostic issues significantly relate to Caribbean concerns. IPM for Cotton Cultivars in North Florida: The project findings have been disseminated to famers in the region and presented in the following Extension meetings: Tristate scout school, Marianna, FL., "Use of Bt traits to manage insects in cotton and corn: trait identification and target pests;" Row crop subcommittee meeting, Marianna, FL.; meeting with Extension agents from the Florida Panhandle to present results of monitoring pests associated with cotton in the region and the idea of the App for pest identification, currently in development; Row Crops short course, Auburn, AL. "Managing caterpillars with Bt technology;" Farm Field Day, Jay, FL. "Pest management in field crops," surveyed farmers to document baseline knowledge about pests associated with cotton and delivered "How to sample cotton bollworm in Bt cotton and caterpillars in peanut; Farm Day, Atmore, AL. "Identifying and timing control of Lepidoptera species to reduce pesticide applications," farmers completed an exercise to identify and categorize the economic importance of different insect pests in the Florida Panhandle. Additionally, activities and results of this project have been disseminated in outreach activities with community and elementary, middle, and high school students from the Florida Panhandle to create awareness about the economic importance of cotton in the region and IPM to farmers. The following outreach activities were performed: Jay High School, 25 students, overview of the research that is performed in row crops; North Baldwin County Horticulture Program, Pace High School outdoor club, a career in the outdoors class; the entomology teaching program showcased; UF at Milton campus, 75 students; Bagdad Elementary School, Jay Florida, visited the entomology lab and attended the presentation, "What a bug doctor does, the bad and the good bugs;" Jim Allen Elementary Field Trip to the WFREC, 74 students, visited the entomology lab and attended presentations; Program for Youth and Workforce Development, presented "Predators of caterpillars in field crops: the good side of the red imported fire ants;" additional high school programs, Kids Day in the Park, Benny Russell Park in Pace, Florida, Santa Rosa Leadership Agrobusiness Tour of the WFREC, Jay, Florida, and Building an IPM/IRM program for Field Crops in the Florida Panhandle, 44 participants. Pollinator Plants and Pollinator Health: The information being gathered and archived in cooperation with the "Protecting Bees" grant team (USDA, NIFA, SCRI Grant 2016-51181-25399) is assisting residents and professionals with the selection and use of plants that enhance pollinator health in Florida and throughout the Nation. What do you plan to do during the next reporting period to accomplish the goals?IPM Coordination: The 2017-20 USDA, NIFA, CPPM, EIP project for the University of Florida will be managed effectively, including overseeing the four subprojects. The IPM Florida website will be continuously updated with new content, especially links for ornamental and landscape IPM. The website structure leads clientele directly to information that can help them solve pest problems. Extension IPM activities will include training students, participating in Extension training, producing guides, developing and delivering materials, assisting in maintaining up-to-date IPM-related EDIS publications, serving as a point of contact for clientele, and providing IPM and biological control consultation. A 20-Year accomplishment brochure for IPM Florida will be produced and circulated widely. The UF/IFAS IPM Coordinator will participate as a member of SERA IEG-003 (Southern Region IPM Coordinators) and submit the required USDA REEports. He will coordinate development of IPM grant proposals in cooperation with UF/IFAS research and Extension faculty members and collaborators, and serve as the Florida contact for the Regional Information Network (RIN). The primary function of the RIN is to address regulatory decisions regarding IPM, most often involving pesticide registrations. The IPM Coordinator will continue to advance the UF/IFAS IPM program, especially funding, staffing, and collaboration. He endeavors to institutionalize the IPM approach to solving pest problems, rather than perpetuating reliance primarily on pesticides, i.e., not trying something else only after pesticides are considered not effective or affordable. It is expected that the UF/IFAS IPM program will serve as a model for cooperation between state IPM specialists and county Extension faculty. Statewide consultation and technical support in IPM and biological control will be provided continuously. Housing and Residential Environments Housing: This scalable sub-project will continue to be expanded by increasing the number of counties that participate by engaging homeowners directly on IPM education and implementation. In-service training will be provided to Extension agents and they will be offered training at PMU, waiving registration fees. The surveys will be streamlined, using a retrospective method of collecting and capturing "after-training" data more effectively. Homeowner recommendations to prevent pests, as well as control them using IPM, will be increased. Plant Pest and Disease Diagnostic System: This sub-project will continue to engage county extension agents, and increasingly involve more counties throughout the state in diagnostic communications. Ongoing communications with county extension agents are needed in order to improve the frequency of pest news and deliver the most relevant pest information to the pest alert listserv. The in-service training session at the UF-IFAS statewide extension meeting was a pivotal engagement opportunity for the sub-project during 2018-2019. IPM for Cotton Cultivars in North Florida: The activities of the project will continue, including the conclusion of the development of a downloadable APP. The App will be hosted in the UF/IFAS Agroclimate homepage, eliminating the costs associated with maintenance of the APP. The first version of the App will be presented to Extension agents and farmers to the region during meetings in order to receive suggestions for an updated version. In addition, participation in Extension meetings and contact with farmers will be used to continually disseminate the data collected during the 2018 and 2019 cotton crop season related to the seasonal occurrence and risk of pests during the cotton growing season, occurrence and role of different beneficial insects in the region, and the transgenic technologies available for managing insects. The work of preparation of reference collections of lepidopteran-pests associated to cotton in the region will continue, considering the different life cycles, and species targeted by the transgenic technology Bt. Photographic material will also continue to be included in the APP as a way to illustrate and help in the pest identification. A sentinel area will be cultivated with cotton without insecticide against lepidopteran-pests to increase the infestation the pests and provides material for the pictures. This sentinel area will be used for presentations to farmers during the annual row crop meeting at WFREC, Jay, FL. Commercial fields will continue to be visited during and after the crop season. It is expected participation in several technical and scientific meetings, as a way to share the results from the project and reach different audiences. Pollinator Plants and Pollinator Health: The pollinator plant database website will continue to be enhanced with additional plants and associated pollinators. The "Pollinators of Florida" app will be mined for additional data to add to the database website. This app will be promoted to clientele as a citizen scientist project to assist with data collection. In collaboration with the UF/IFAS Florida Friendly Landscaping Program, a mobile web application is being developed, "Plants for Florida Bees." Additional resources will be developed as part of the curriculum to train citizen scientists. The curriculum will be implemented via statewide workshops.

Impacts
What was accomplished under these goals? IPM Coordination 1. Support and encourage Extension faculty in conducting IPM projects: 1) Conducted a collaborative project to develop and deliver an IPM system for organic tomato production using a sorghum trap crop and OMRI-approved insecticides. The results of this project will help organic vegetable growers with limited options to reduce environmental impacts of invasive pests and diseases, 2) Co-led a UF/IFAS Extension Horticulture Green Team Pesticide Recommendation Task Force to determine the best and most efficient ways to effectively assist clients regarding pesticide recommendations. The horticulture Extension Agents can assist clientele in Increasing knowledge and implementation of new IPM practices and system. 2. Coordinate and report on the multi-disciplinary IPM projects: 1) Cooperatively conducted the 2017 CPPM, EIP project, including four subprojects, with considerable county Extension collaboration. The long-term outcome is a sustained Extension effort to enhance knowledge of IPM practices, 2) Continued to chair or serve on IPM committees to increase knowledge of IPM practices, 3) Assisted cooperators in writing grant proposals (9), IPM success stories, and joint publications to adapt existing science?based IPM knowledge to novel agricultural and urban situations. 3. Assist county-level IPM activities and collaborative workgroups: 1) Provided more than 30 IPM consultations to create an IPM culture to replace the automatic dependence on pesticides. 2) Attended 11th Annual Caribbean Plant Health Directors Forum in Jamaica to discuss the best course of action for diagnosing plant pest and disease problems in the Caribbean, e.g., the Caribbean Plant Diagnostic Network. This effort will lead to an increased ability to diagnose and manage pest and disease problems before they reach the U.S. mainland. Housing and Residential Environments 1. Diversify IPM messengers who will incorporate IPM into existing housing programs: . In-service training was provided to eight counties in year 1; training was delayed in year 2, as described in the Changes/Problems section. In the process of rescheduling, IPM modules were completed and are being used in training by county faculty. IPM programming for county-level training is being used by 250 people in Escambia, Seminole, Suwannee, Volusia, Washington and Holmes counties. After training, more than 90% of homeowners know what the term "IPM" means. In 2019, Manatee, Palm Beach. Sumter. Osceola counties will be added for training. The following counties may reconfirm their request for training that was delayed: Duval, Gadsden, Jackson, Miami-Dade, Orange, and Santa Rosa. 2. Develop and deliver materials and tools needed to increase residential IPM: The housing IPM presentation was shared will all participating counties and Alabama and Texas as a part of this CPPM, EIP, IPM project. A draft of "How to choose a pest control company for homeowners" was completed and will be submitted for publication in EDIS. Plant Pest and Disease Diagnostic System 1. Revitalized the Florida Plant Diagnostic Network (FPDN). Increasing awareness of existing digital diagnosis resources through the UF-DDIS has been a focus of 2018-2019 activities. County Extension agent Dr. Bill Lester presented his use of UF-DDIS system at a recent statewide Extension in-service training. Extension agents in Florida are currently integrally involved in connecting with Caribbean partners through the Caribbean portal of the DDIS network (Caribbean Plant Diagnostic Network). Additional educational materials related to DDIS will be included in 2019-2020 Florida First Detector program efforts. The availability of 33 online educational materials has also been a component of the revitalization of the Florida-based diagnostics communications. County Extension agent faculty were engaged in discussions related to promoting online materials for State of Florida pesticide license continuing education units (CEUs) at the recent statewide extension symposium. 2. Expand partnerships and involvement in the UF/IFAS Pest Alert listserv. Routine pest alert blogs have been posted during 2018-2019. The organization and delivery of the in-service training at the statewide Extension symposium in Gainesville, FL was a major emphasis with county Extension faculty continuing to improve pest alert posts. IPM for Cotton Cultivars in North Florida 1. Establish a sentinel cotton plot at WREC following agronomic practices of the Florida panhandle: Sentinel plots with 10 cultivars of cotton were cultivated at WFREC during the 2018 crop season. Weekly samples were taken to document the occurrence, abundance, and phenology of pests and natural enemies in each plot. Lab colonies of lepidopteran pests from Escambia, Santa Rosa and Jackson counties were established at WFREC. Specimens of different stages of species of the lepidopteran pest species were mounted, and reference collections are being assembled for larval identification. These reference collections will be used in field days and outreach activities, pest identification, and production of high quality photos. 2. Evaluate the occurrence and abundance of the pests and beneficial insects in the WFREC plot and commercial cotton fields: Cotton producers were contacted and arthropod sampling was performed during the 2018 cotton crop season in commercial fields in Escambia, Santa Rosa, and Jackson counties. The population dynamics of corn earworm, fall armyworm, and soybean looper was documented year-round using pheromone traps and photographs of the pests and natural enemies were produced. Additional collaborations and resources were secured, enabling more studies of Lepidoptera in the Florida Panhandle. The susceptibility to insecticides, particularly Bt toxins, and the carbon signature of corn earworm were documented and disseminated. 3. Produce and disseminate management guidelines, and train cotton producer's and agricultural professionals to identify cotton pests and natural enemies: The information gathered has been disseminated at Extension and technical meetings. A farmer survey was conducted (IRB/UF/n. 201800401) in the Florida Panhandle to document the perception of the seasonal occurrence and risk of pests during the cotton growth season, the capacity to recognize the pests and beneficial insects associated with the cotton crop, and knowledge of transgenic technologies for managing insect resistance and herbicide tolerance. The survey was conducted during Extension meetings, representing different counties in the Florida Panhandle. Pollinator Plants and Pollinator Health 1. Expand the Ecological Plant Database by adding vetted pollinator plants: The searchable database website was expanded and enhanced by adding vetted pollinator plants searchable by pollinator, season, hardiness zone (8-11), plant species, plant type, and other plant characteristics. We are collaborating with the "Protecting Bees" grant team (USDA, NIFA, SCRI Grant 2016-51181-25399) who currently list more than 370 plants for Florida on the website, "Finding pollinator attractive plants" (https://protectingbees.njaes.rutgers.edu/find-plants/). Additional pollinator plants are being vetted in two Florida locations. 2. Develop and deliver training in identifying plants, plant parts and arthropods: Pollinator plants in two Florida plantings are being used to test a citizen science project. A total of at least 500 people attended three presentations. 3. Conduct a citizen science project to provide training in submitting pollinator plants (Objective 2 was combined with Objective 3, "Conduct a citizen science project to provide training in submitting pollinator plants."): We are collaborating with Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission to use "Pollinators of Florida" as part of our grant's objective of developing a training program for citizen scientists. Some citizen scientists already are using "Pollinators of Florida", the iNaturalist app.

Publications

  • Type: Journal Articles Status: Published Year Published: 2019 Citation: Pinkerton, M. G., S. M. Thompson, N. A. Casuso, A. C. Hodges, and N. C. Leppla. 2019. Engaging Floridas Youth to Increase their Knowledge of Invasive Species and Plant Biosecurity. Journal of Integrated Pest Management. 10, https://doi.org/10.1093/jipm/pmy019.
  • Type: Journal Articles Status: Published Year Published: 2019 Citation: Leppla, N. C. and P. De Clercq. 2019. History of the International Organization for Biological Control Global Working Group on Mass Rearing and Quality Assurance (MRQA) Journal of Insect Science Special Collection. Volume 19, https://doi.org/10.1093/jisesa/iey125.
  • Type: Journal Articles Status: Published Year Published: 2019 Citation: Zahedi, A S, J. Razmjou, H. Rafiee-Dastjerdi, N. C. Leppla, A. Golizadeh, M. Hassanpour, and A. Ebadollahi. 2019. Tritrophic interactions of cucumber cultivar, Aphis gossypii (Hemiptera: Aphididae) and its predator Hippodamia variegata (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae). Journal of Economic Entomology. toz072,https://doi.org/10.1093/jee/toz072.
  • Type: Other Status: Published Year Published: 2018 Citation: Mallinger, R. E., W. Hobbs, A. Yasalonis, and G. Knox. 2018. Attracting Native Bees to Your Florida Landscape. UF/IFAS, EDIS.
  • Type: Journal Articles Status: Published Year Published: 2019 Citation: Awad, J., A. Hodges, S. Hight, M. Srivastava, A. Howe, and E. Rohrig. 2019. Laboratory rearing and sex ratio of Apanteles opuntiarum (Hymenoptera: Baconidae), a potential biocontrol agent of Cactoblastis cactorum (Lepidoptera: Pyrlalidae). Florida Entomologist 102: 216-221.
  • Type: Journal Articles Status: Published Year Published: 2018 Citation: Jafary-Jahed, Mahdieh, Jabraeil Razmjou, Gadir Nouri-Ganbalani, Bahram Naseri, Mahdi Hassanpour, and Norman C. Leppla. 2018. Life Table Parameters and Oviposition Preference of Plutella xylostella (Lepidoptera: Plutellidae) on Six Brassicaceous Crop Plants. Journal of Economic Entomology.112: 932-938.
  • Type: Journal Articles Status: Published Year Published: 2018 Citation: Espinoza-Lozana, L.S., S. Guerrero, L.S. Osborne, N.C. Leppla, A.C. Hodges, and M.C. Guirucanu. 2018. Alternatives to a synthetic pyrethroid for controlling Madeira mealybug on coleus cutting. Florida Entomologist. 101: 1-6.
  • Type: Other Status: Published Year Published: 2019 Citation: Penca, C. and A. Hodges. 2019. Brown marmorated stink bug, Halyomorpha halys (St�l) (Insect: Hemiptera: Pentatomidae). UF-IFAS Featured Creatures Publication. Publication No. EENY346, https://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/in623.
  • Type: Other Status: Published Year Published: 2019 Citation: Penca, C. and A. Hodges. 2019. Caribbean fruit fly management in Florida Peaches. UF-IFAS EDIS publication no. ENY343 https://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/in1242.
  • Type: Journal Articles Status: Published Year Published: 2018 Citation: Penca, C. and A. Hodges. 2018. First report of the brown marmorated stink bug (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae) reproduction and localized establishment in Florida. Florida Entomologist. 101: 708-712.
  • Type: Conference Papers and Presentations Status: Accepted Year Published: 2018 Citation: Yeboah, S., N. D. Epsky, N. C. Leppla, D. Carrillo, and O. E. Liburd. 2018. Comparison of Lures for Monitoring Caribbean Fruit Flies, Anastrepha suspensa (Diptera: Tephritidae) in Guava Orchards. 10th International Symposium on Fruit Flies of Economic Importance, Tapachula, Mexico. March 22. (Invited poster)
  • Type: Conference Papers and Presentations Status: Accepted Year Published: 2018 Citation: Hodges, A. C., N. C. Leppla, M. G. Pinkerton, S. M. Thompson, and A. M. Gannon. 2018. Systems Approach to Excluding Invasive Species. Florida Entomological Society annual conference, St. Augustine, FL July 25.
  • Type: Conference Papers and Presentations Status: Accepted Year Published: 2018 Citation: Leppla, Norman C., Amanda C. Hodges, Morgan G. Pinkerton and Sage M. Thompson. 2018. Agricultural Producers Increasingly Depend on Professional IPM Practitioners to Effectively Manage Crop Pests. Entomological Society of America annual conference, Vancouver, Canada. November 11-14. (presenter, co-moderator)
  • Type: Conference Papers and Presentations Status: Accepted Year Published: 2018 Citation: Pinkerton, Morgan G., Amanda C. Hodges, and Norman C. Leppla. 2018. Novel Methods for Rearing the Bagrada Bug, Bagrada hilaris. Entomological Society of America annual conference, Vancouver, Canada. November 11-14.
  • Type: Conference Papers and Presentations Status: Accepted Year Published: 2018 Citation: Thompson, Sage, Morgan Pinkerton, Amanda Hodges, Norman Leppla. 2018. Contributions to Risk Assessment for Arrival of Bagrada hilaris to Florida. Entomological Society of America annual conference, Vancouver, Canada. November 11-14.
  • Type: Other Status: Published Year Published: 2018 Citation: Leppla, N. C. 2018 (review). Introduction to the Growers IPM Guide for Florida Tomato and Pepper Production. IN-732 (IPM-200) UF/IFAS EDIS (http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu). (3-year review & update)
  • Type: Conference Papers and Presentations Status: Accepted Year Published: 2019 Citation: Frey, C., Morgan Pinkerton, Sage Thompson, Amanda Hodges, Norman Leppla. 2019. Expanding a Florida Invasive Species Youth Outreach Program. Entomological Society of America, Southeastern Branch. Mobile, AL March 3-6.
  • Type: Conference Papers and Presentations Status: Accepted Year Published: 2019 Citation: Pinkerton, Morgan G., Amanda Hodges, and Norman Leppla. 2019. Rearing Protocol for the Redbanded Stink Bug, Piezodorus guildinii (Westwood) Entomological Society of America, Southeastern Branch. Mobile, AL March 3-6.
  • Type: Conference Papers and Presentations Status: Accepted Year Published: 2019 Citation: Gannon, A., Norman Leppla, Amanda Hodges, Oscar Liburd and Xin Zhao. 2019. Trap Cropping Strategies for Stink Bugs in Organic Tomato Production. Entomological Society of America, Southeastern Branch. Mobile, AL March 3-6.
  • Type: Conference Papers and Presentations Status: Accepted Year Published: 2019 Citation: Ivey, C., Amanda Hodges2 and Norman Leppla. 2019. Evaluation of Squash Bug Damage to Watermelon Cultivars Grafted on to Squash Root Stock. Entomological Society of America, Southeastern Branch. Mobile, AL March 3-6.
  • Type: Conference Papers and Presentations Status: Accepted Year Published: 2019 Citation: Leppla, N. C., F. Oi, A. Hodges, S. V. Paula-Moraes, and G. Knox. 2019. 2017 Crop Protection and Pest Management Extension Implementation Project for the University of Florida. In: 2019 Southeastern Branch Meeting, March 03 - 06, Mobile, AL.
  • Type: Conference Papers and Presentations Status: Accepted Year Published: 2019 Citation: Moghaddasi, Y., Leppla, N. C., Shirk, P. D., and Gannon, A. M. 2019. Ephestia kuehniella larval diets affect the quality of host eggs and Trichogramma brassicae, SEB Biocontrol Symposium- S1073: Biological Control of Arthropod pests and weeds. March 3-6.
  • Type: Other Status: Accepted Year Published: 2019 Citation: Hodges, A., Norm Leppla, Bryan Benson, Bill Lester, Sage Thompson, Keir Hamilton, and Morgan Pinkerton. 2019. Invasive Pest and Pathogen Education. In-service training, Extension Symposium Gainesville, FL May 6.
  • Type: Conference Papers and Presentations Status: Accepted Year Published: 2019 Citation: Leppla, N. C. 2019. pest/beneficial cycles for managing landscapes for commercial landscape and turf managers, golf course superintendents, and Master Gardeners SE Pest Management Conference May 9.
  • Type: Conference Papers and Presentations Status: Accepted Year Published: 2018 Citation: Oi, F. M., B. Hughes, K. Allen, J. Corbus, K. McCormick, K. Stofer, S. Preston, R. Cantrell, A. Appel, L.F. Graham, J. Hurley. 2018. Broadening Our Audience by Diversifying the Messenger. In Symposium: Crossing Borders of Understanding: Sharing Your Science with the Public. Joint ESA-BC Meeting, Vancouver Canada. Nov. 11-14, 2018. Invited.
  • Type: Other Status: Other Year Published: 2018 Citation: Oi, F. M., J. Hurley, A. Appel, and L. F. Graham. 2018. EIP provided preliminary information to secure: Supporting Homeowner IPM Programs. Funding Opportunity: USDA-NIFA-CPPM-006536. 2018-2021.
  • Type: Conference Papers and Presentations Status: Accepted Year Published: 2019 Citation: Carter, E., Paula-Moraes, S., Moraes Jr, A.M., Mulvaney, M., Devkota, P. 2019. Cotton growers in the Florida Panhandle: Pest risk aversion and knowledge of transgenic technology. In: 2019 Southeastern Branch Meeting, March 03 - 06, Mobile, AL.
  • Type: Conference Papers and Presentations Status: Accepted Year Published: 2019 Citation: Bann, P., Paula-Moraes, S., Ledbetter-Kish, L. 2019. Carbon isotopic signatures of Helicoverpa zea populations from the Florida Panhandle. In: 2019 Southeastern Branch Meeting, March 03 - 06, Mobile, AL.
  • Type: Conference Papers and Presentations Status: Accepted Year Published: 2019 Citation: Baldwin, J., Paula-Moraes, S. V., Pereira, R. 2019.The good size of the bad guys: predation of noctuids by red imported fire ants in agroecosystems. In: 2019 Southeastern Branch Meeting, March 03-06, Mobile, FL.
  • Type: Conference Papers and Presentations Status: Accepted Year Published: 2019 Citation: Hemphill, C.N., Rabelo, M.M., Paula-Moraes, S. V. 2019. Infestation method with natural egg deposition of Helicoverpa zea for ecological studies. In: 2019 Southeastern Branch Meeting, March 03 - 06, Mobile, FL.
  • Type: Conference Papers and Presentations Status: Accepted Year Published: 2019 Citation: Yu, W., Oyediran. I. O., Guo, J., Niu, J., Reay-Jones, J., Cook, D., Ni, X., Reisig, D., Paula-Moraes, S., Brown, S., Dimase, M., Huang, F. 2019. Initial estimation of resistance allele frequency in corn earworm populations collected from southeast region of the U.S. to Cry1Ab and Vip3A proteins. In: 2019 Southeastern Branch Meeting, March 03 - 06, Mobile, AL.
  • Type: Conference Papers and Presentations Status: Accepted Year Published: 2018 Citation: Paula-Moraes, S.V. 2018. Round table: Beyond genetics and lethal toxicity: ecology, behavior, and life history in the evolution of insect resistance to transgenic Bt plants. XXVII Congresso Brasileiro e X Congresso Latino Americano de Entomologia, September 1-6, Gramado, RS. (speaker and organizer).
  • Type: Conference Papers and Presentations Status: Accepted Year Published: 2018 Citation: Paula-Moraes, S.V. 2018 (invited). Bt technology worldwide: use and management of insect resistance.. American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) 2019 meeting. December 5, Chicago, IL.
  • Type: Conference Papers and Presentations Status: Accepted Year Published: 2019 Citation: Paula-Moraes, S.V. (symposium organizer). 2019. Helicoverpa zea: genetic population structure, life history traits, susceptibility and economic impact on Bt crops, and management alternatives. In: 2019 Southeastern Branch Meeting, March 03 - 06, Mobile, AL.
  • Type: Conference Papers and Presentations Status: Accepted Year Published: 2019 Citation: Paula-Moraes, S.V. 2019 (invited). EPA SAP Resistance of Lepidopteran Pests to Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) Plant Incorporated Plants in the U.S. NC246: Ecology and Management of Arthropods in Corn January 22-24, 2019. Cleveland, Ohio.
  • Type: Conference Papers and Presentations Status: Accepted Year Published: 2019 Citation: Kalaman, Heather., Knox, G., Wilson, S.B., Wilber, W. 2019. Promoting Research-verified Pollinator Plants to Promote Overall Pollinator Health. Center for Landscape Conservation and Ecology Urban Landscape Summit. Gainesville, FL. March 20-21, 2019.
  • Type: Conference Papers and Presentations Status: Accepted Year Published: 2019 Citation: Kalaman, Heather, Knox, G., Wilson, S.B., Wilber, W. 2019. Poster: Promoting Research-verified Pollinator Plants to Promote Overall Pollinator Health. Florida Wildflower Symposium. Gainesville, FL. April 12-13, 2019.
  • Type: Conference Papers and Presentations Status: Accepted Year Published: 2019 Citation: Kalaman, Heather., Knox, G., Wilson, S.B., Wilber, W. 2019. Poster: Promoting Research-verified Pollinator Plants to Promote Overall Pollinator Health. Florida State Horticulture Society. Orlando, FL. June 9-11, 2019.
  • Type: Conference Papers and Presentations Status: Accepted Year Published: 2019 Citation: Hodges, A.C. 2019. Interception of Pests at the Border or Ports-of-Entry. May 7-9, 2019. Southeastern Pest Management Conference. Gainesville, Florida.


Progress 09/01/17 to 08/31/18

Outputs
Target Audience:IPM Coordination for the University of Florida: State, regional and national IPM Stakeholders; commodity associations; agricultural producers; the general public; end users or consumers; underserved communities; land-grant university partners; research, teaching and Extension faculty; staff and students; and federal, state and county governmental agencies. Housing and Residential Environments Housing: Early adopter housing and horticulture agent teams from eight different counties (Citrus, Escambia, Holmes, Jefferson, Seminole, Suwanee, Volusia, Washington) and others in Florida for delivery to housing program participants, 1,200 total residents from up to 12 counties (Proportionate by population). Plant Pest and Disease Diagnostic System: Extension programs in pest and disease diagnostics, UF/IFAS; FDACS, DPI; USDA, APHIS; and USDA, ARS. IPM for Cotton Cultivars in North Florida: Extension agents, Extension specialists, and cotton producers from the Florida Panhandle, Cotton Incorporated. Pollinator Plants and Pollinator Health: Extension faculty, the general public, Green Industry professionals, NRCS program staff or users, plant and gardening organizations (Master Gardeners, garden clubs, plant societies, etc.), environmentally focused societies (Xerces Society, etc.), honey producers, and urban planners. Changes/Problems: Nothing Reported What opportunities for training and professional development has the project provided?For Coordination: The following Doctor of Plant Medicine ½-time assistants have received training on the project: Nicole Casuso, graduated 2017, Extension materials; Lanette Sobel, 2015-2019, forest entomology research; Alex Gannon 2017-2019, applied research, stink bugs, Extension presentations; Sage Thompson 2018-2021, applied research, stink bugs, Extension presentations and materials; Morgan Pinkerton, 2017-2019, applied research, stink bugs, Extension presentations and materials; Ph.D. Cory Penca, 2016-2018, applied research, stink bugs; Simon Yeboah, 2017-2019, applied research, tropical fruit flies; Yasaman Moghaddassi, 2017-2019, applied research, parasitoid wasp; and M.S. Arjun Khadka, 2017-2018, applied research, stink bugs. For Housing and Residential Environments Housing: On January 29-20, 2018, an Extension in-service training was attended by Judy Corbus (Washington and Holmes counties), Julie Shoup (Jefferson), Katherine Allen (Suwanee), Carolyn Saft (Suwanee), Lisa Hamilton (Volusia), Dorothy Lee (Escambia), Sarah Ellis (Citrus), Barbara Hughes (Seminole), Karen Stauderman (Volusia), and Kaydie McCormick (Seminole). Katherine Allen taught the IPM segment at least three times through her homebuyer program. For Plant Pest and Disease Diagnostic System: On May 17, 2018, a Master Gardener photography and entomology training was conducted in Sumter County led by DPM students Sage Thompson and Clayton Bania, and DPM Director Amanda Hodges. For IPM for Cotton Cultivars in North Florida: In the first year, the co-PI received the following training and professional development: A) Mandatory training Group 1, IRB-01 on the Human Subjects Research and Group 3, Social/Behavioral Research Investigators and Key Personnel, B) Assessing needs and priorities in Extension programming, and C) Program evaluation training - Extension Road Map. The project will have the participation of a UF Ph.D. student and a Visiting Scientist from Brazil. For Pollinator Plants and Pollinator Health: Active training will occur in Year 2 but some citizen scientists already are using an app (https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/pollinators-of-florida). How have the results been disseminated to communities of interest?For Coordination: Future outcomes of the project may affect society in general primarily by reducing the environmental impact of invasive pests and diseases, thereby increasing the profitability and sustainability of agricultural and horticultural enterprises.We endeavor to disseminate information that will create an IPM culture among Florida's citizens that will replace the automatic dependence on pesticides. For Housing and Residential Environments Housing: We seek to increase IPM awareness among the general public by delivering a science-based IPM message directly to consumers and diversifying the IPM messengers to encourage the practice of IPM. We provided training to the pest management industry, Extension agents, homebuyers, and others throughout the State. For Plant Pest and Disease Diagnostic System: This state-wide collaborative effort has been directed at potential first detectors, e.g., Extension agents and their clientele. Specialty crop growers are primary recipients and beneficiaries. For IPM for Cotton Cultivars in North Florida: We are continuously producing and disseminating management guidelines and training cotton producers and agricultural professionals to identify cotton pests and natural enemies. Extension materials related to cotton pests and Bt technology is produce and delivered to farmers and agricultural professionals via presentations and hands-on exercises. For Pollinator Plants and Pollinator Health: Our project will increase the use of plants that enhance pollinator health by creating a pollinator plant database website using engaged citizen scientists to contribute nominations of pollinator plants that are further vetted by our expert workgroup. The resulting database website will assist residents and professionals with the selection and use of plants that enhance pollinator health in Florida and throughout the Nation. What do you plan to do during the next reporting period to accomplish the goals?For Coordination: The 2017-20 USDA, NIFA, CPPM, EIP Project for the University of Florida will be managed effectively, including overseeing the four subprojects. The IPM Florida website will be continuously updated with new content. The website structure leads clientele directly to information that can help them solve pest problems. There were 174,831 website visits in 2017. Extension IPM activities will include training students, participating in Extension training, producing guides, developing and delivering materials, assisting in maintaining up-to-date IPM-related EDIS publications, serving as a point of contact for clientele, and providing IPM and biological control consultation. There were 417 email consultation contacts in 2017. The UF/IFAS IPM Coordinator will participate as a member of SERA IEG-003 (Southern Region IPM Coordinators), and submit the required USDA REEports. He will coordinate development of IPM grant proposals in cooperation with UF/IFAS research and Extension faculty members and serve as the Florida contact for the Regional Information Network (RIN). The primary function of the RIN is to address regulatory decisions regarding IPM, most often involving pesticide registrations. The IPM Coordinator will continue to advance the UF/IFAS IPM program, especially funding, staffing, and collaboration. He endeavors to institutionalize the IPM approach to solving pest problems, rather than perpetuating reliance primarily on pesticides, i.e., not trying something else only after pesticides are considered not effective or affordable. It is expected that the UF/IFAS IPM program will serve as a model for cooperation between state IPM specialists and county Extension faculty. Statewide consultation and technical support in IPM and biological control will be provided continuously. For Housing and Residential Environments Housing: In the second year of our project, we will recruit county Extension faculty from two additional counties, provide in-service training to new and existing agents, support on-site county program development, collect evaluation data, and begin a six month follow up subsample of clientele attitudes and IPM implementation. We will complete the basic recommendations and begin video segments that support homeowner IPM training. Material will be posted at UF/IFAS and eXtension urban CoP sites. We will submit an invited article to the Journal of IPM based on our housing IPM session at the 9th International IPM Symposium. For Plant Pest and Disease Diagnostic System: The Florida Collaborative Plant Pest and Disease Diagnostic System will be improved further by implementing plans to strategically update the Florida First Detector website (http://www.flfirstdetector.org/ ). Increasingly, the Florida First Detector website will be used as a portal to direct First Detectors to diagnostic resources in Florida, including the plant pathology and entomology diagnostic clinics, DDIS (Distance Diagnostic and Identification System), and partnering external diagnostic resources at the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division of Plant Industry (FDACS-DPI). We will increase the number of blog posts per week and expand the county Extension faculty audience. Additional real-time information relevant to current plant pest pressure in Florida will be provided by the Extension plant clinics. For IPM for Cotton Cultivars in North Florida: Documentation of the population dynamics of key pests associated with cotton will continue with year-round trapping and field sampling in experimental and commercial cotton fields in the ecological transition zone between temperate and subtropical climates and exists in North Florida. The project will generate specific information on cotton cultivation and provide IPM recommendations for producers in the Florida Panhandle region that will be disseminated through presentations at technical meetings. The development of a downloadable app for mobile devices describing the prevalent pests and natural enemies associated with cotton in the Florida Panhandle will be initiated in the second year of the project. For Pollinator Plants and Pollinator Health: The pollinator plant database website will continue to be enhanced with additional plants and associated pollinators. We will continue to promote this pollinator plant database website (https://protectingbees.njaes.rutgers.edu/find-plants/) and tabulate website visits and usage. The "Pollinators of Florida" app will be mined for additional data to add to the database website. This app will be promoted to clientele as a citizen scientist project to assist with data collection. Additional resources will be developed as part of the curriculum to train citizen scientists. The curriculum will be implemented via statewide workshops.

Impacts
What was accomplished under these goals? Subproject: IPM Coordination for the University of Florida 1. Support and encourage Extension faculty in conducting IPM projects. We cooperatively developed the 2017 CPPM, EIP project including four new subprojects with considerable county Extension collaboration. The IPM coordinator assisted cooperators in writing grant proposals, new Hatch projects, IPM success stories, and joint publications (listed in Continuation Report). 2. Coordinate and report on the multi-disciplinary IPM projects. The IPM Coordinator chaired or served on national, regional and state committees involved in pest management, e.g. International Organization for Biological Control, Mass Rearing and Quality Assurance Working Group past convener, the FAMU Center for Biological Control Advisory Council chair, an ANBP- Liaison to the Board of Directors, on the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, DPI Cooperative Agricultural Pest Survey Advisory Committee, on the Doctor of Plant Medicine Program, Internal Advisory Committee, on several committees of the International IPM Symposium, on the FAMU College of Agriculture and Food Sciences Advisory Board and Advisory Council of the College of Agriculture and Food Sciences, and on the Sysco Sustainable/IPM Program Advisory Council. IPM consultation was provided continuously. 3. Assist county-level IPM activities and collaborative workgroups. The IPM Coordinator was appointed to a UF/IFAS Extension Horticulture Green Team Pesticide Recommendation Task Force to determine the best and most efficient ways to effectively assist clients regarding pesticide recommendations and to provide much needed new resources to county Extension agents to fill information gaps. Additionally, guidance was contributed on UF/IFAS diagnostic services and also on pest identification and cultural practices that help to prevent pest infestations, mechanical and biological control, and chemical control as part of a systematic approach to avoiding or managing pests and diseases. Subproject: Housing and Residential Environments Housing 1. Diversify IPM messengers who will incorporate IPM into existing housing programs. We completed our first in-service training on IPM through UF/IFAS Extension's on-site Pest Management University, January 29-30, 2018, that included county faculty from Citrus, Escambia, Holmes, Jefferson, Seminole, Suwanee, Volusia, and Washington counties. We also made final edits to the evaluation tool for agent in-servicing and the evaluation tool to be administered after they deliver the IPM module through their programs. 2. Develop and deliver materials and tools needed to increase residential IPM. We drafted IPM documents on bats, bed bugs, birds, filth flies, fire ants, German cockroaches, head lice, rodents, ticks, stinging insects (wasps, yellow jackets, bees), and tramp ants that have been sent to colleagues (external and Non-Traditional IPM Change Agents, Non-traditional IPM change agent team) for review. German cockroach guidance was published in December 2017. Subproject: Plant Pest and Disease Diagnostic System 1. Revitalize the Florida Plant Diagnostic Network (FPDN). Collaboration with Master Gardeners at plant clinics was enhanced with photography-based diagnosis. A training session was conducted in May 2018 with Sumter County Master Gardeners. In addition to photography-based training, participants were taught basic entomology skills. 2. Expand partnerships and involvement in the UF/IFAS Pest Alert listserv. Graduate students enrolled in the UF Doctor of Plant Medicine (DPM) program have been updating the UF/IFAS Pest Alert website on a routine basis as of January 2018 under the supervision of the DPM Director. Facilitating a routine and consistent blog presence has been key for initial revitalization of the blog posts. Subproject: IPM for Cotton Cultivars in North Florida 1. Establish a sentinel cotton plot at West Florida Research and Education Center (WFREC) following agronomic practices of the Florida panhandle. Varieties of cotton cultivated in the Florida Panhandle have been selected to be included in sentinel cotton plots at the West Florida Research and Education Center in the 2018 crop season. 2. Evaluate the occurrence and abundance of the pests and beneficial insects in the WREC plot and commercial cotton fields. The pest insects in experimental areas at WFREC and in commercial cotton fields in the region have been identified. The population dynamics of cotton bollworm, soybean looper and fall armyworm have been documented by year-round pheromone trapping. Since August 2017, experimental areas at WFREC and cotton commercial fields have been sampled with beat cloth, plant inspection and sweep net to determine the occurrence of pests and natural enemies. 3. Produce and disseminate management guidelines, and train cotton producer's and agricultural professionals to identify cotton pests and natural enemies. In the first year of the project, an initial survey was designed to gather baseline data on the current knowledge of producers from the Florida Panhandle to recognize species of pests and beneficial insects associated with cotton fields, and the abundance of these pests throughout the cropping season. The survey was conducted during crop field days. Informative material related to pests and Bt technology in cotton was produce and disseminated via presentations and hands-on exercises with farmers and agricultural professionals at Extension meetings. Subproject: Pollinator Plants and Pollinator Health 1. Expand the Ecological Plant Database by adding vetted pollinator plants. The searchable database website was expanded and enhanced by adding vetted pollinator plants searchable by pollinator, season, hardiness zone (8-11), plant species, plant type and other plant characteristics. Collaboration was established with the USDA, NIFA, SCRI project (Grant 2016-51181-25399) titled "Protecting Pollinators with Economically Feasible and Environmentally Sound Ornamental Horticulture." 2. Develop and deliver training in identifying plants, plant parts and arthropods (combined with Objective 3). We developed a train-the-trainer workshop curriculum and conducted a citizen science project to provide training in submitting pollinator plants. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FFWC) already hosts a "Pollinators of Florida" project on the iNaturalist app website. We will collaborate with FFWC to use "Pollinators of Florida" as part of our grant's objective of developing a training program for citizen scientists to contribute information on plants being used by pollinators.

Publications

  • Type: Conference Papers and Presentations Status: Other Year Published: 2018 Citation: Kaur, G., J. Guo1, Y. Niu, S. Brown, G. P. Head, P. A. Price, S. P. Moraes, X. Ni, and F. Huang. 2018. Susceptibility of corn earworm populations from southeastern United States to Cry1A.105 and Cry2Ab2 proteins. ESA-Southeastern Branch Meeting, Orlando, FL.
  • Type: Conference Papers and Presentations Status: Other Year Published: 2018 Citation: Leppla, N. C., A. C. Hodges, M. G. Pinkerton, and S. M. Thompson. 2018. The crop protection community increasingly includes practitioners and scientists who effectively manage pests for agricultural producers. The New IPM: Where is Crop Protection Taking Us? 2018 International IPM symposium, Baltimore, MD.
  • Type: Conference Papers and Presentations Status: Other Year Published: 2018 Citation: Owens, D. R. and N. C. Leppla (co-organizers). 2018. Maintaining IPM integrity with invasive insects. 2018 International IPM symposium, Baltimore, MD.
  • Type: Other Status: Other Year Published: 2018 Citation: Oi, F. M. 2018. Building capacity in extension and the pest control industry. Symposium: IPM in Housing: A Round Table to Discussion on Diversifying the Messenger. 2018 International IPM symposium, Baltimore, MD.
  • Type: Conference Papers and Presentations Status: Other Year Published: 2018 Citation: Paula-Moraes, S.V. 2018. IPM and IRM in field crops in a scenario of Helicoverpa armigera and Helicoverpa zea. In symposium section: Managing the former allopatric Helicoverpa zea and H. armigera in the Americas: Experience and challenges going forward. 9th International IPM Symposium, Baltimore, MD.
  • Type: Conference Papers and Presentations Status: Other Year Published: 2018 Citation: Preston, S. 2018. "Diversifying the IPM messenger: combining finance and mortgage training with IPM." A Round Table to Discussion on Diversifying the Messenger. 2018 International IPM symposium, Baltimore, MD.
  • Type: Conference Papers and Presentations Status: Other Year Published: 2018 Citation: Ratcliffe, S. T. M. Baur, B. J. Beckie, L. J. Giesler, N. C. Leppla, and J. Schroeder (presented by N. C. Leppla). 2018. Crop protection contributions toward agricultural productivity. Integrating New Technology to Meet the Future Challenges of Agriculture: A Sharing of Experiences, Northeastern Plant, Pest, and Soils Conference. Philadelphia, PA.
  • Type: Conference Papers and Presentations Status: Other Year Published: 2018 Citation: Thompson, S., M. Pinkerton, A. C. Hodges, and N. C. Leppla. 2018. Florida First Detector: teaching invasive species monitoring and identification to public audiences. Landscape Ornamental IPM Workshop, Gainesville, FL.
  • Type: Other Status: Other Year Published: 2017 Citation: Paula-Moraes, S.V. 2017. Corn earworm and fall armyworm in Florida Panhandle: what you need to know. Corn Variety Field Day, Jay, FL.
  • Type: Other Status: Other Year Published: 2018 Citation: Paula-Moraes, S.V. 2018. Identifying and timing control of Lepidoptera species to reduce pesticide applications. Farm Day, farmers did an exercise to identify and categorize the economic importance of different insect pests in the region of the Florida Panhandle, Atmore, AL.
  • Type: Other Status: Other Year Published: 2018 Citation: Paula-Moraes, S.V. 2018. Caterpillars in crops. Row Crop Short Course, I surveyed farmers about the phenology of occurrence of pests during the cotton crop season and recognition of the Bt technologies available to manage caterpillars, Marianna, FL.
  • Type: Journal Articles Status: Published Year Published: 2017 Citation: Leppla, N. C., M. W. Johnson, J. L. Merritt, and F. G. Zalom. 2017. Applications and Trends in Commercial Biological Control for Arthropod Pests of Tomato, pp. 283-298. In: W. Wakil, G. Brust, and T. Perring (Eds.), Sustainable Management of Arthropod Pests of Tomato, Elsevier 372 p.
  • Type: Journal Articles Status: Published Year Published: 2017 Citation: Leppla, N. C., K. L. Johnson II, K. J. Juneau, J. L. Merritt, C. R. Kerr and Y. C. Newman. 2017. Pest and beneficial arthropods in a Tifton 85 Bermudagrass field in North Central Florida. Florida Entomologist. 100: 680-683.
  • Type: Journal Articles Status: Published Year Published: 2017 Citation: Penca, C. J., A. C. Hodges, L. L. Davis, N. C. Leppla, and R. C. Hochmuth. 2017. Abundance and diversity of beneficial and pest arthropods in buckwheat on blueberry and vegetable farms in north Florida. Florida Entomologist. 100: 186-189.
  • Type: Journal Articles Status: Published Year Published: 2018 Citation: Reisig, D., A. S. Huseth, J. S. Bachelor, A. A. Mohammad-Amir, L. Braswell, H. J. Burrack, K. Flanders, J. K. Greene, D. A. Hebert, A. Jacobson, S. V. Paula-Moraes, P. Roberts, and S. V. Taylor. 2018. Long-term empirical and observational evidence of practical Helicoverpa zea resistance to cotton with pyramided Bt toxins. J. Economic Entomology. p.1-10. doi: 10.1093/jee/toy106.
  • Type: Other Status: Published Year Published: 2018 Citation: Fraisse, C. W., and S.V. Paula-Moraes. 2018. Degree-days: growing, heating, and cooling. UF/IFAS, EDIS, ABE381.
  • Type: Other Status: Published Year Published: 2017 Citation: Funderburk, J. E., N. A. Casuso, N. C. Leppla, and M. C. Donahoe. 2017. Insect and mite integrated pest management in Florida cotton. UF/IFAS, EDIS, ENY-886. 14 p.
  • Type: Other Status: Published Year Published: 2017 Citation: Hallberg, R., N. C. Leppla, and R. C. Hochmuth. 2017. University of Florida study helps farmers find best fields for sweet potatoes. IPM in the South (April), Southern IPM Center. 2 p
  • Type: Other Status: Published Year Published: 2017 Citation: Kerr C. R., N. C. Leppla, E. A. Rohrig, G. Lotz, R. J. Stuart, and T. R. Smith. 2017. Mass-rearing Tamarixia radiata standard operating procedures. Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division of Plant Industry, Bureau of Methods Development and Biological Control. Technical Manual No. 1. 41 p.
  • Type: Other Status: Published Year Published: 2018 Citation: Oi, F., E. N. I. Weeks, J. Jonovich, and D. Miller. Assessment-based pest management of german cockroaches. EDIS ENY-989. (http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/in1190)
  • Type: Conference Papers and Presentations Status: Other Year Published: 2018 Citation: Baldwin, J., S. P. Moraes, L. Ledbetter-Kish, and R. Pereira. 2018. Red fire ants in fields crops of Florida Panhandle. ESA-Southeastern Branch Meeting, Orlando, FL.
  • Type: Conference Papers and Presentations Status: Other Year Published: 2018 Citation: Gannon, A., and N. C. Leppla. 2018. Trap crops for attracting the southern green stink bug, Nezara viridula (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae), and its natural enemies. Biocontrol in the Southeast: from Weeds to Arthropod Pests, S-1058 Symposium at ESA-SEB conference, Orlando, FL.