2014 New Call for Positions
2014 URS Call for Positions
This proposal has been formally submitted for the 2014 cycle.
073 Biological Control of Weeds Specialist
Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology, College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences, UC Riverside
Proposed Area of Coverage
California statewide, with an emphasis in Southern California
- Jodie Holt - Main Contact
- Biological Control of Weeds Specialist (pdf), uploaded 05/19/2014 by Jodie Holt
I think most would agree that the number one reason why organic farmers go back to conventional farming is the difficulty of controlling weeds. Progress in this area has been very slow with few success stories. You indicate the plant pathology would be the likely background. Is it your experience that holds more potential then entomology?
UC Cooperative Extension’s role providing information to natural resource managers has become even more critical with the loss of state and federal agency positions. Biological control can be an effective, self-sustaining method of controlling invasive plants but it takes years of research to develop safe and effective biocontrol agents. This position will maintain the momentum built by previous research. The California Invasive Plant Council works with land managers throughout California and relies on materials and expertise provided by UCCE specialists.
This biological control Specialist based at UCR is a highly desired position in Southern California and the rest of the state. UCR has a strong program in biological control especially with pests of agricultural products. Biological control of weeds remains understudied and the needs of the community are high. As the Desert and Inland Natural Resources Advisor covering several counties in Southern California I see firsthand the strong demand from a wide diversity of stakeholders to investigate sustainable, integrated and non-chemical weed management options including biological control. With this position we will be able to better commit to a more sustainable future for all Californians and develop sorely needed management practices that are truly sustainable and rely less on pesticides. This position should be highly successful because there is a strong base of demand for this position from individuals to county agencies, to agricultural producers, to state and federal researchers and agencies who have difficulty managing weeds due to a variety of concerns.
UC needs to restrengthen our biological control expertise and by addressing weeds, the most difficult pest for organic growers to deal with, this position can serve dual purposes by also increasing UC's weed science expertise and adding to our team (Brad Hansen). The position could serve both rangeland and agricultural clientele.
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