Prionus Root Borers

first_imgA University of Georgia researcher is using two new traps and the beetle’s sex drive to trap and control the pest that damages the roots of pecan trees. Prionus root borers, the larval stage of the beetle, damages pecan tree roots by depriving trees of essential water nutrients. This makes them vulnerable to heavy winds. The larvae can also move through the soil and feed on an irrigation system if they encounter a pipe between pecan roots.Recent research, however, by University of Georgia entomologist Jim Dutcher may lead to successful control methods. Dutcher is partnering with industry cooperators to develop an integrated monitoring and control method.“(Root borers) have been a problem since I’ve been here and that has been more than 30 years,” said Dutcher, a UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences entomologist based in Tifton. “We really didn’t have many control options until now.” In 2006, the sex pheromone that the female beetles use to attract mates was discovered by scientists at the University of California-Davis. Field trials in Tifton and across the United States found that many species of the prionous root borer, including those that attack Georgia pecan trees, also are also attracted to the pheromone.Dutcher and numerous cooperating pecan growers in south Georgia are studying the use of beetle traps baited with the pheromone as a monitoring device and as a part of an integrated control method. Currently, a panel trap baited with a pheromone lure works well for male beetles. Female beetles are trapped with a generic pitfall trap baited with alpha-pinene.This year, a new trap will be used to attract males and female beetles. The new trap includes a pail to collect the beetles, wooden beetle guides to direct the beetles toward the pail, a pheromone lure wafting in the air to attract the male beetles, a set of plastic panels to stop beetles that fly to the lure and a plastic cover to keep the rain out. The top panels and cover of the trap are made by modifying a panel trap manufactured by Alpha Scents, Inc. Beetles crawl or fly towards the trap and fall helplessly into the pail. The inside of the trap is coated to prevent the beetles from crawling out.“New traps baited with pheromone will collect males and new traps baited with alpha-pinene will collect females,” Dutcher said.Numerous field trials in pecans and other crops conducted by entomologists across the U.S. have found that the pheromone-baited traps can attract beetles from as far as 800 feet away. In Georgia pecans, one trap will collect several hundred beetles per week during the peak emergence period in May and June.“The utility of the traps as a monitoring tool is a great improvement over the old light trap method that has been used for the past 30 years,” said Dutcher, who noted that the traps may also be effective as a part of an integrated beetle control method.Two possible methods are mating disruption where an orchard is inundated with pheromone and males cannot find mates, or mass trapping where male beetles are trapped over a large plot of acreage with a matrix of evenly spaced traps. Dutcher and his team of pecan growers are also testing chemical control methods where beetles are monitored with traps and the soil is treated to control the beetles before they lay eggs near the tree trunk and roots. Research is under way to incorporate the new trapping system into pecan pest management in Georgia pecans.Pecan orchards with high root borer infestations have been reported across south Georgia from Cordele to Leesburg and from Tifton to Waycross.last_img read more

Human H5N1 cases reported in Laos, Egypt, China

first_imgFeb 28, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) yesterday confirmed Laos’ first human case of H5N1 avian influenza, involving a 15-year-old girl from Vientiane, and Egypt and China also have reported new cases.The Laotian girl fell ill Feb 10 and was hospitalized in Vientiane with fever and respiratory symptoms on Feb 15, the WHO said. She was transferred 2 days later to a public hospital in Nongkhai, Thailand, where she was in stable condition.Last week officials from Thailand, Laos, and the WHO investigated the girl’s village and districts where poultry had died, the WHO report said. The patient’s close contacts were being monitored daily, and adults have been given oseltamivir; all remained healthy, the agency said.Samples obtained by Lao epidemiologists and Thai clinicians were submitted to the National Institute of Health in Thailand, where they tested positive for H5N1 avian influenza, the WHO said. The country has reported sporadic bird outbreaks since 2004; the most recent one involved ducks at two locations in Vientiane prefecture.Elsewhere, Egypt’s health ministry announced yesterday that a 4-year-old girl from the Nile delta province of Daqahliya, about 75 miles northeast of Cairo, had tested positive for H5N1 avian flu, the Associated Press (AP) reported today.Health ministry spokesman Abdul Rahman Shahin said the girl was in stable condition in a Cairo hospital, where she was admitted yesterday with fever and tested positive for the H5N1 virus, the AP reported. If her case is confirmed by the WHO, she will be listed as Egypt’s 23rd case-patient and the country’s fifth patient this year.Two days ago, Egyptian officials denied a report from the Middle East News Agency (MENA), the country’s state news agency, that a 31-year-old woman from the Nile Delta town of Beheira had tested positive for avian flu. The denial was reported Feb 26 by Reuters.Amr Qandil, director of communicable diseases at Egypt’s health ministry, told Reuters the report wasn’t true. “I do not know where they got this information,” he said.The MENA report said the woman, who raised chickens at home, was hospitalized in Damanhour, but was transferred to a hospital in Alexandria when her condition deteriorated, according to Reuters.In China today, officials confirmed that a 44-year-old woman, a farmer from Fujian province, tested positive for avian flu, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported. According to a report released by China’s Department of Health to Hong Kong’s Government Information Service, the woman developed fever and a cough 10 days ago, AFP reported. Tests conducted by the China Centre for Disease Control and Prevention were positive for the H5N1 virus.The woman’s case is China’s first in 7 weeks and will raise the country’s official count to 23 if confirmed by the WHO.In other avian flu news, Myanmar reported that the H5N1 virus killed poultry at a farm about 5 miles from Rangoon, the country’s largest city, according to a report submitted to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) today.The outbreak began 2 days ago, killing 68 of 1,360 layer chickens, ducks, and pullets, and officials attributed the outbreak to poor biosecurity on the farm, the report said. The remaining birds were destroyed, and authorities instituted several control measures including limiting poultry movement within the country, screening poultry, and disinfecting the affected area.Myanmar’s last poultry outbreak was reported in April 2006.See also:Feb 27 WHO statementOIE reports on Myanmar outbreaklast_img read more

Parents have financially stepped in becoming the fifth biggest lender to first home buyers

first_imgRay White Queensland CEO, Tony Warland said parents wanted to help secure their children’s future and they thought helping buy property could do that.Mr Warland said this could help them grow their wealth to get a more substantial deposit together to buy a home they would like to live in.”“There is nothing more rewarding than seeing children entering into their first property investment whether it be a home or investment it is wanting to secure a future for them.’’The research found the most common way that parents helped was allowing their children to live rent free in their home and contributing money toward a deposit.Some acted as a guarantor, helped with repayments or bought as a partner with their children.About 9 per cent of parents delayed their retirement in order to help their children out and 4 per cent said they would sell some assets. Kirsty Lamont of Mozo said parents realised it was hard for their children to save enough for a deposit on their own.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor1 hour agoMs Lamont said this could be because parents realised it was just too hard for young people to pull the money together to service a mortgage and pay them back.She said not all parents were contributing money but many were doing what they could to help including allowing their children to move back home rent free, so they could save.The research found 29 per cent of Australian families offered financial assistance to their children with the average amount being $64,206.“For many first home buyers, house prices around Australia can be absolutely daunting. It can take years to scrimp and save for a home deposit, all the while house prices continue to skyrocket, becoming increasingly inaccessible,’’ she said.Ray White Queensland CEO, Tony Warland said it was something he had seen in past years with families of different cultural backgrounds but now it had become more widespread.He said it wasn’t always cash but often it could be offering their own property as equity.“I would say that a lot of family members are helping their children not necessarily into homes (to live in) but also to get into an investment property.’’ Parents have become major lenders to their children trying to get into the property market.ALMOST a third of home buyers have to rely on money from their parents to buy their own home with Queensland mums and dads digging deep.According to research by financial comparison website Mozo this makes the “Bank of Mum and Dad’’ the fifth biggest mortgage lender in Australia, behind the big four banks.And it appears the Bank of Mum and Dad are a generous bunch with 67 per cent not expecting to be repaid.New research by Mozo revealed Queensland parents kicked in on average $44,694 to help their children into the property market.Nationally parents had contributed $65.3 billion to their children to buy their first property.The research asked parents how they helped their children and if they did how much they contributed.Mozo director, Kirsty Lamont, said it showed the many first home buyers were unable to independently take their first step onto the property ladder.“I think it was certainly surprising that the Bank of Mum and Dad is such a major lender in the property market,’’ she said.“I think it is really interesting that the fact that many parents don’t expect their kids to repay them financially.’’last_img read more

Run of sales cements Mermaid Waters as hotspot

first_img386 Rio Vista Blvd, Mermaid Waters sold under the hammer for $692,000.MERMAID Waters continues its dominance as a hotspot with a flurry of sales in the past week.During the weekend, a renovator at 386 Rio Vista Blvd sold under the hammer for $692,000. 4 Sequana Ave, Mermaid Waters sold for $1.15 million.He said buyers prepared to spend more than $1 million in the suburb were looking for quality homes and not just waterfront blocks.“We’ve sold three homes on dry blocks in the past two months for more than $1.1 million,” Mr Palmer said.“They’re big prices and we would never have seen those prices two to three years ago.” • MORE NEWS: EPIC RENO TRANSFORMS GOLD COAST HOME • MORE NEWS: TOP FIVE FIREPLACES ON THE GOLD COAST THIS WINTER • MORE NEWS: MEGA MANSION SELLS FOR $11 MILLION 24 Cadence Ave, Mermaid Waters is going to auction in August.He said another perk of Mermaid Waters was its underground power.“Because the suburb was developed that little bit later, all the power runs underground,” he said. “People often don’t realise but it’s more modern because of that.” This Mermaid Waters home at 386 Rio Vista Blvd is ripe for renovation.Mr Palmer said the appeal of the property as in large part to its position as an entry-level home in Mermaid Waters.The house is on a 791sq m corner block with two street frontages — and is ripe for renovation. Another Mermaid Waters property, a modern five-bedroom house at 4 Sequana Ave, was snapped up for $1.15 million days before its scheduled weekend auction. 4 Sequana Ave, Mermaid Waters sold prior to auction.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa16 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoNo expense was spared in the design and build of the home with a clever combination of wood and stone used throughout.“The buyers were worried about competition on auction day and wanted to secure it beforehand,” Mr Palmer said.“They put in a knockout price prior to auction.” 386 Rio Vista Blvd, Mermaid Waters was snapped up at auction by a family from Pimpama.A crowd of about 60 people including 12 registered bidders attended the auction on Saturday.“Bidding began at $550,000 and quickly got up to $650,000,” said Mitch Palmer, principal and auctioneer of Ray White Mermaid Waters.“Then it came down to three bidders in the end.“A young family from Pimpama ended up securing the home.” Ray White Mermaid Waters principal and auctioneer Mitch Palmer predicts Mermaid Waters’ popularity to remain.Mr Palmer predicted Mermaid Waters, which has a house median value of $867,500, to continue its dominance. “A few months ago I predicted its popularity would continue as its median sale price is much lower than the surrounding suburbs of Broadbeach Waters and Clear Island Waters,” he said.“People look at Broadbeach Waters and realise they could be living the same lifestyle 2km down the road at a cheaper price.“It’s the proximity to amenities, the proximity to cafes and restaurants and proximity to shopping centres. I think we can expect its popularity to remain.”last_img read more

WWE Extreme Rules 2019 matches, date, start time, location, rumors

— Aleister Black vs. Cesaro WWE Extreme Rules 2019 card— Kevin Owens vs. Dolph Ziggler While SummerSlam is quickly approaching, WWE has one other event before then with Extreme Rules 2019 taking place on Sunday, July 14, at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.There are some new storylines heading into this show but also a few continuing from the previous month. That includes the surprising return of The Undertaker, who will be a part of Extreme Rules. Baron Corbin and Lacey Evans get yet another opportunity at gold with the stipulation that this could be their last chance for a while if they don’t come out victorious. Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearThe entire card (unless one other match is added) has now been announced so here’s all you need to know about WWE Extreme Rules 2019.WWE Extreme Rules 2019 date, start timeWWE Extreme Rules 2019 will air live Sunday, July 14. The preshow will start at 6 p.m. ET.How to watch WWE Extreme Rules 2019WWE Extreme Rules 2019 will be available on pay-per-view or via the WWE Network.The WWE Network app is available on certain smart TVs — including Samsung, LG, Sony, and Panasonic — as well as Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Kindle Fire, Roku, Google Play, and Chromecast. You can also watch the network on your Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3 and PS4 by downloading the app through its stores.WWE Extreme Rules 2019 card— Seth Rollins and Becky Lynch vs. Baron Corbin and Lacey Evans in a Last Chance Winner Takes All Mixed tag team Extreme Rules match for both the Universal championship and WWE Raw women’s championship— Kofi Kingston vs. Samoa Joe for the WWE championship— Roman Reigns and The Undertaker vs. Drew McIntyre and Shane McMahon in a No Holds Barred match— Daniel Bryan and Rowan vs. Heavy Machinery vs. The New Day for the “SmackDown” tag team championship— Ricochet vs. AJ Styles for the United States championship— Bayley vs. Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross in a handicapped match for the “SmackDown” women’s championship— Braun Strowman vs. Bobby Lashley in a Last Man Standing match— The Revival vs. The Usos for the “Raw” tag team championship— Drew Gulak vs. Tony Nese for the WWE cruiserweight championship read more