These short videos will provide an overview of some of IPM Innovation Lab’s work with researchers and farmers worldwide.
Virginia Tech helps Nepal mobilize against devastating pest
Climate change increases the risk for invasive species as more hospitable weather allows movement into new areas. With no natural enemies to stop it, the tomato leafminer Tuta absoluta can wipe out a country’s tomato harvest.
IPM IL’s workshop in Cambodia invokes power of the ‘fighting fungus’
Trichoderma is a beneficial fungus that is great at eating “bad” fungi as well as promoting plant growth. For developing countries where crop pests and diseases are a major problem, Trichoderma is a vital tool. To help spread awareness, the IPM Innovation Lab recently held a Trichoderma workshop at the Royal University of Agriculture in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
Virginia Tech experts work to save Ethiopian farmlands
Scientists have dubbed Parthenium hysterophorus, a species of flowering plant in the aster family, the “worst weed of the century.” The IPM Innovation Lab has a project to fight the weed in East Africa.
Students, professors examine ways to improve lives and agriculture in Ecuador
Virginia Tech students traveled to Ecuador to learn more about IPM packages that decrease erosion and deforestation and improve crop yields and quality.
The Tiny Fungi Playing a Giant Role
An inexpensive, environmentally-friendly fungus called Trichoderma is used by the IPM Innovation Lab to reduce farmers’ need for expensive chemical fungicides.
Taking Aim at a Bitter Weed
Researchers from the IPM Innovation Lab and their regional partners have been working to help farmers in Ethiopia, a country heavily affected by this pernicious weed.
Tuta Absoluta: Combating the Tomato Leafminer
IPM Innovation Lab interventions in Ethiopia focus on the tomato leafminer – a pest that causes devastation on tomato crops in Europe, Africa and South America