UT honey bee extension efforts focus on supplying accurate research-based information to extension agents and beekeepers to improve the beekeeping industry, promote pollination of fruits and vegetables and help beekeepers "keep" their honey bee colonies alive.
Cooperative Agricultural Pest Survey
The Cooperative Agricultural Pest Survey (CAPS) is a combined effort by Federal and State agricultural organizations to conduct surveillance, detection, and monitoring of agricultural crop pests and biological control agents. Survey targets include weeds, plant diseases, insects, nematodes, and other invertebrate organisms. In Tennessee, the CAPS program is coordinated from within the University of Tennessee Entomology and Plant Pathology Department.
The Distance Diagnosis through Digital Imaging System at the University of Tennessee, Extension Service allows text based information and digital images to be submitted from county Extension offices for rapid diagnosis by resource professionals at the Plant and Pest Diagnostic Center, in Nashville. County Extension faculty are trained to submit plant disease or pest images and information using digital cameras, microscopes, computers and the internet. The system uses conventional software and hardware proven to be effective and reliable.
Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
Contains information about Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and links to UTCrops.com, Pest Surveillance Network, Soil Plant and Pest Center, Crop Profiles, and many other useful links.
Species of plants, insects, animals, or diseases which rapidly overtake and harm existing ecosystems can be classified as invasive species. These are usually (but not always) non-native species to the area. The most familiar example to people in the southeast is the kudzu plant, which prevents other plants from becoming established, and as a result takes away forage and habitat from indigenous species.
Pest and Plant Disease Control Manual (Redbook)
The Insect and Plant Disease Control Manual contains information about how to prevent and control various insects and diseases.
Pest Management Information Network
Tennessee is assisting the Southern Region Integrated Pest Management Center (SRIPMC) by connecting a diverse array of people who hhave an interest in pest management policy and implementation throughout the State. These include pest management users (farmers,
nurserymen, park and turf managers, building superintendents, pest control operators, homeowners, gardeners, and others), consumer and environmental groups, governmental regulatory agencies, researchers, and educators. Communications channels will be effective only if all parties can consistently access the same reliable information. Research-based information is essential to our network's ability to make sound pest management decisions in any context, from a backyard garden to national regulatory offices. Tennessee is working with the support of SRIPMC and USDA, by contributing to building a comprehensive database that eventually will hold all kinds of scientifically tested pest management information. This database is continually being maintained and developed by the SRIPMC and is available on the World Wide Web for use by anyone.
Pesticide Safety Education Program
Pesticide Safety and Education Program (PSEP) in Tennessee is a statewide educational program with an overall goal to protect the
environment and the public health from improper use of pesticides by providing applicator and public education. The primary target audience includes certified and non-certified pesticide applicators of all kinds, farmworkers, and the general public.
Soil, Plant and Pest Center
Welcome to the University of Tennessee Soil, Plant and Pest Center! Located at Ellington Agricultural Center in Nashville, Tennessee, the Soil, Plant and Pest Center is your one stop service and education place! Our laboratories have served homeowners, farmers, nursery growers and researchers since 1949 providing information to assist in all areas of production. We are continually striving to upgrade our services to meet the growing demands of our clientele.
Tennessee's Plant Pest Surveillance Network
The mission of our statewide network is to enhance Tennessee's and the nation's agricultural security by quickly detecting introduced pests and pathogens. This will be achieved by creating a functional statewide network of county offices with a cohesive, distributed system. Tennessee's network is a component of two other networks, the Southern Plant Diagnostic Network (SPDN) and the National Plant Diagnostic Network (NPDN).
Tennessee Entomological Society
The members of this Society have one thing in common - we love BUGS, and we are dedicated to the dissemination of entomological knowledge and enthusiasm throughout Tennessee! If you have a strong affinity towards insects or would just like to learn more about these diverse and abundant creatures, then our Society may interest you. Our Society is OPEN to everyone, from professionals to hobbyists to amateurs. Whether you are employed with a federal or state agency, public or private college or university, industry, or private business - whether you are a researcher, regulator, teacher, student, or just are interested in insects, we extend to you an invitation to join the Tennessee Entomological Society.
Other Extension Topics
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