Cooperative Extension agricultural specialist Ian Grettenberger of the UC Davis Division of Entomology and Nematology has obtained a analysis grant from the California Division of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) to review tadpole shrimp in rice.
Grettenberger’s venture, “Assessing a Biocontrol System for the Administration of Tadpole Shrimp in Rice,” is one in every of 10 analysis grants sharing $3.75 million meant to discover built-in pest administration (IPM) instruments for city, non-agricultural and agricultural pest administration, in accordance with DPR Director Julie Henderson.
The grant program, funded by the state funds, represents a 617 % enhance from the earlier yr’s funding. Within the final decade, DPR has awarded $9,702,819 in analysis grants.
The grant tasks “are vital to growing and increasing progressive practices and organic, non-chemical and bodily instruments to handle pests in agriculture, city and different non-agricultural communities,” mentioned Henderson. “The analysis will help the state’s work to speed up a systemwide transition to safer, extra sustainable pest administration and higher defend human well being and the atmosphere.”
“Tadpole shrimp usefully eat some early season weeds however may cause injury to rice later of their life cycle,” Grettenberger famous. “To protect their function in controlling weeds however diminish the shrimp’s later impression on the rice harvest, predator mosquito fish might be launched mid-season to regulate the shrimp’s inhabitants when mandatory.”
The ten tasks comprise two areas of analysis:
- Analysis tasks funded for city and agriculture pest administration
- Analysis tasks funded for city and nonagricultural pest administration
Grettenberger, who joined the Division of Entomology and Nematology college in January 2019, obtained his bachelor of science diploma in biology, with an ecology, evolution and organismal emphasis in 2009 from Western Washington College, Bellingham, Wash., and his doctorate in entomology in 2015 from Pennsylvania State College, State School, Pa. He served as a postdoctoral researcher within the Godfrey lab and later, within the Frank Zalom lab.
His fields of experience embrace discipline and vegetable crops; built-in pest administration; utilized insect ecology, and organic management of pests.
The California Division of Pesticide Regulation goals to guard human well being and the atmosphere “by fostering safer and sustainable pest administration practices and working a sturdy regulatory system to guage and register pesticides and monitor and regulate their sale and use throughout the state.” (See extra details about DPR.)