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JOB OPENING :: Assistant Professor of Weed Science

This is a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level, approximately 80% Research and 20% Extension on a 12-month appointment. The position is available on or after August 1, 2015.

The successful candidate will be expected to develop a nationally recognized, externally funded research program and to supervise graduate student research. He or she will work closely with research and Extension personnel, local farmers, agricultural organizations, and governmental and non-governmental organizations to plan and develop programs that support sustainable vegetable production in the area of weed science.

The primary responsibility of the successful candidate will be to conduct research on weed biology and ecology that leads to the development of economically and environmentally sustainable weed management programs for vegetable crops in South Carolina and the region. Research areas may include, but are not limited to, plant-herbicide interactions, strategic use of cultural practices and equipment to manage weeds, and potential influences of soil and climatic factors on weed growth and development. The individual would not have a formal teaching appointment, but would support the teaching program on campus by providing lectures in courses on topics related to their expertise.

The successful candidate will be expected to communicate research results through refereed journal articles; oral presentations at county, statewide, regional and national meetings and workshops; and Extension publications in a variety of media. She or he will be expected to participate in the annual Southeastern Vegetable Extension Workshop to collaborate on development of regional weed management recommendations (http://www.thegrower.com/south-east-vegetable-guide/).

The application deadline is April 15, 2015.

FULL POSITION DESCRIPTION

Questions about the position may be sent to the Search Committee Chair:

Anthony (Tony) Keinath
Professor, Vegetable Pathologist
Clemson University
Coastal Research & Education Center
2700 Savannah Highway
Charleston, SC 29414-5329
Phone: 843.402.5390

Posted on Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at 1:43 PM
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California Agriculture - Review of herbicide resistant weed issues in CA (and other pest problems)

The journal California Agriculture recently published a special issue on research and extension efforts related to the University's Endemic and Invasive Pests and Diseases strategic initiative. 

The subtitle of the special issue is: How UC and it's collaborators detect, contain, and manage (pests and diseases).  There are six articles under three headings: Excluding Pests and Pathogens, Managing Newly Established Pests, and Maintaining Long-Term Management.  Table of contents available HERE.

A group of weed scientists reviewed the California status of herbicide-resistant weeds and described research approaches in an article, entitled "Herbicide-Resistant Weeds Challenge Some Signature Cropping Systems" (Direct Link to PDF HERE).  We focused the discussion on orchard and rice production systems and also includes two interesting counter-point sidebars about the lack of herbicide resistance in natural areas and vegetable production systems.

 

I was also happy to see that a photo of weed science Professor Dr. Marie Jasieniuk and PhD candidate Libby Karns cross pollinating herbicide-resistant ryegrass was used for the cover of this issue as well. 

 

Take care,

 

Brad

 

CalAg 68 4 cover Dec2014
CalAg 68 4 cover Dec2014

Posted on Thursday, February 5, 2015 at 8:58 AM

Top honors go to UC Davis Plant Sciences students

Marcelo Moretti (left) and Rafael Pedroso (right) at the 2015 CWSS meeting
This is the second year that Rafael Munhoz Pedroso—a graduate student in Dr. Albert Fischer's lab—was awarded first place by the California Weed Science Society (CWSS) for his student oral research presentation. This year his research work was on Uncovering the Mechanism of Resistance to Propanil in Ricefield Bulrush (Schoenoplectus mucronatus (L.) Palla) from Rice Fields of California.

Graduate students MarceloMoretti—Dr. Brad Hanson's lab—and Whitney Brim-DeForest—also from the Fischer lab—received first and second place (respectively) for their student research posters. Marcelo's work was on the Assessment of Glyphosate and Paraquat Resistance in Hairy Fleabane and Horseweed Populations of the Central Valley, while Whitney's poster was on the Resistance of Leptochloa fusca spp. fascicularis (bearded sprangletop) to ACCase Inhibitors in California Rice.

 

2015 CWSS Student Research Paper awards

  • ($500) Rafael Pedroso, Graduate Student, University of California, Davis ∴ Uncovering the Mechanism of Resistance to Propanil in Ricefield Bulrush (Schoenoplectus mucronatus (L.) Palla from Rice Fields in California
  • ($300) Sarah Parry, Undergraduate Student, California State University, Fresno ∴ Duration of Weed-Free Period in Organic Lettuce: Crop Yield, Economics, and Crop Quality
  • ($200) Elizabeth Mosqueda, Graduate Student, California State University, Fresno ∴ A Comparison of Automated Thinners with Hand Thinning of Lettuce in the Salinas Valley

 

2015 CWSS Student Research Poster awards

  • ($500) Marcelo Moretti, Graduate Student, University of California, Davis ∴ Assessment of Glyphosate and Paraquat Resistance in Hairy Fleabane and Horseweed Populations of the Central Valley
  • ($300) Whitney Brim-DeForest, Graduate Student, University of California, Davis ∴ Resistance of Leptochloa fusca spp. fasicularis (bearded sprangletop) to ACCase Inhibitors in California Rice
  • ($200) Mala To, Undergraduate Student, California State University, Fresno ∴ Effect of Light Intensity on the Efficacy of Some Post-Emergent Herbicides on Different Biotypes of Hairy Fleabane from the Central Valley

 

L to R: Brim-DeForest, Mala, Moretti (back), Parry (front), Mosqueda, Pedroso
L to R: Brim-DeForest, Mala, Moretti (back), Parry (front), Mosqueda, Pedroso

2015 CWSS Student Research Paper and Poster award winners

Posted on Thursday, January 29, 2015 at 4:13 PM
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JOB OPENING :: Deputy Director of the Australian Herbicide Resistance Initiative and Associate Professor

From Stephen Powles at the UNIVERSITY OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA


Colleagues,

One month from now (February 23rd 2015) is the closing date for applications for the position of Deputy Director of the Australian Herbicide Resistance Initiative and Associate Professor at the University of Western Australia.

This is an outstanding career opportunity for a mid-career research leader with the credentials and motivation to lead research on herbicide resistance,  crop weed control, crop agronomy to contribute to the Australian grains industry.

Could you please make this information available to prospective candidates.

Thank you.

Stephen Powles,  FAA, FTSE
Director, Australian Herbicide Resistance Initiative
Winthrop Professor, School of Plant Biology
M086
University of Western Australia
stephen.powles@uwa.edu.au
www.ahri.uwa.edu.au
office 08 64887833
mobile 0418 927181

Posted on Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at 9:08 AM
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Herbicide Symptomology Photo Repository Launched! (UC IPM)

UCIPM Press Release:

New UC IPM photo repository shows plant damage from herbicides

January 9, 2015 – Davis, California

Identifying nontarget crop and ornamental plant damage from herbicides has become much easier, with the launch of a new online photo repository by the Statewide IPM Program, University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

            Dr. Kassim Al-Khatib, weed science professor at UC Davis and director of the UC Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program (UC IPM), has gathered nearly a thousand photos of herbicide-damaged plants, drawn from his own and others' research. The images are cataloged to show damage that can occur from  81 herbicides in more than 14 specific herbicide modes of action, applied in field to demonstrate the symptoms or when known herbicide spray has drifted onto the plant.

            Each image is characterized with the name of the plant, mode of action of the herbicide, and notes the specific symptoms of damage. Together these photos provide a comprehensive archive of damage to over 120 different crops and ornamental plants by known herbicides, which users can easily compare with what they see in the field.

            Also included in the repository is information about the modes of action of various herbicides and an index of example herbicide trade names and active ingredients. The repository can be found at http://herbicidesymptoms.ipm.ucanr.edu/

UCIPM herbicide symptomology website screenshot
UCIPM herbicide symptomology website screenshot

Posted on Monday, January 12, 2015 at 9:26 AM

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