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252 Management of Arthropod Vectors of Plant Disease Specialist


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This proposal has been formally submitted for the 2012 cycle.



I am surprised that this position has not received comments. Insect vectors have been a primary concern in IPM systems, yet with the retirement of Dr. Summers, there is not a vector specialist present between UC Davis and UC Riverside.

The position would deal with current pest/disease issues in citrus, corn, vineyards, almonds and other major crops.

The candidate would have clear ties with both campus-based faculty as well as industry - resulting in strong research funding as well as extension.

I consider this to be one of the key positions for replacement at the Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center. I can only suspect that it has not received attention because it is not so broadly written that it fits everyone's need - but which no single person could do.
Posted Aug 1, 2012 9:20 AM by Kent Daane
The Center at Kearney provides extensive field and laboratory research facilities that are crucial to addressing farmer’s needs. The San Joaquin Valley is home to some of the most productive agricultural land in the country and is continually threatened by plant diseases that are vectored by insects. As farmers face greater challenges to manage their fields in a more environmentally sustainable way and are being called upon to ensure a safe and secure food supply, there ability to control plant diseases will require robust and stable insect and disease management systems. A specialist with knowledge in Vector Ecology, Disease Epidemiology and Management will be an asset to the region and would extend the research results from his/her research and those of collaborators to farmers, thus working to ensure a more economically viable, safer and environmentally sustainable cropping systems here in the San Joaquin Valley. With the recent invasion of arthropod pests to the State, this position will be critical for the survival of various crops in the region, thus reducing the potential economic impact these insects and disease could impose on the region.
Posted Aug 3, 2012 4:04 PM by Jeff Dahlberg
Although the California pistachio industry does not currently have problems with arthropod-vectored plant diseases, the risk of new diseases is very real. This is an important skill set/expertise to maintain for all commodities given the risks involved.

The position needs to be considered in conjunction with all the proposed IPM/entomology positions to insure that we maintain strong ag-oriented programs
Posted Aug 6, 2012 3:21 PM by Bob Klein, California Pistachio Research Board
 Speaking as an CE Advisor for over 30 yrs, I see this position as an important link in the  land grant university research and extension continuum. The interaction of insect vectored diseases in an IPM system is complex and difficult to implement. Having pragmatic expertise in this area  would fill an important gap in our pest management programs. This pest complex currently affects field, row and permanent crops as well as potential introductions. 
Posted Aug 7, 2012 5:54 AM by Peter Goodell
Sound entomology and IPM research and extension have been instrumental in the success of the California almond, walnut and pistachio industries, who are working together as the California Tree Nut Research and Extension Planning Group. We view continuation of strong programs in entomology and IPM as a high priority. Continued efforts are needed to develop and fine tune pest management programs that address a number of challenges: sustain profitability, quality, environmental stewardship, worker and public safety; rapidly changing regulations; invasive pests; shifts in pest populations; and market access to name a few. Accordingly it is critical to maintain research and extension capacity in this area.

However, as pointed out in a number of already posted comments a number of key personnel serving California nut crops have or will be retiring soon or are no longer in the UC system: Carolyn Pickel, Walt Bentley, Steve Welter, Bob Van Steenwyk and Frank Zalom.

There are 5 positions in this supplemental call pertinent to nut crops and should be given serious consideration:

#210 – Area IPM advisor North San Joaquin Valley
#211 – IPM Advisor Sacramento Valley
#212 – IPM Entomology – KAC
#252 – Management of Arthropod Vectors of Plant Disease Specialist
#256 – Orchard Crop Extension Entomologist

From an almond perspective, it is doubtful that all these positions – which are high priority -- can be filled at this time; therefore, it would be desirable for ANR and the submitting UC organizations (Statewide IPM, UCD and UCR) to prioritize and coordinate the scope and geographic distribution of these positions. In particular for almonds, it is important to have coverage throughout the almond growing region – from Kearney to the Sacramento Valley.
Posted Aug 7, 2012 2:15 PM by Bob Curtis, Associate Director, Agricultural Affairs, Almond Board of California

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