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Insect data from OSU research helps assess habitat quality for sage-grouse

The information allows the Bureau of Land Management to correlate sagebrush steppe vegetation data and insect populations to better assess the condition of sage-grouse habitat.

Fara Brummer | Mar 2021 | Impact story

Forestry Extension assists state with monitoring the invasive gypsy moth

FNR agents and volunteers deployed and collected 340 traps across western Oregon for the IPPM program.

Dan Stark | Mar 2021 | Impact story

Pest Alert: Invasive zebra mussels arrive in Oregon in “moss” balls sold for aquariums

Pest alert! The highly invasive Zebra mussels have made it into Oregon through moss balls, popular among aquarium hobbyists and commonly sold in pet stores.

Adriene Koett-Cronn, Samuel Chan | Mar 2021 | Article

Should I plant wildflowers in burn areas?

Q: I am wondering if it is a good idea to spread wildflower seeds in the burned out old growth forest in the Detroit area.

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Microscopic insect that liquefies slugs may be answer to controlling this invasive pest

 In Oregon at least half of the 20 top agricultural commodities suffer from slug damage.

Kym Pokorny | Nov 16, 2020 | News story

Are all Milkweeds dangerous to livestock?

Q: We’re having a discussion about milkweed in our gardening group in South Deschutes. A member is concerned about us growing Milkweed for Monarchs as she fears it is fatal to cattle and sheep and will spread. True? And does this apply to all milkweed?

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Researchers identify successful biological control for destructive fruit fly

A parasitic wasp has shown tremendous potential attacking and controlling spotted wing drosophila – an invasive, destructive fruit fly that costs Oregon growers close to a billion dollars a year.

Chris Branam | Dec 10, 2019 | News story