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Researchers Develop Improved Lab-Testing System for Mosquito Repellents

Tuesday, June 6th, 2017

Among the processes by which researchers gauge the effectiveness of a mosquito repellent is one that depends on convincing a volunteer to shove an arm treated with the compound into a box and let the little bloodsuckers have a go at it. The system works well enough but, like all such assays, has limitations, not […]

Prevent parasites in your poultry flock

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

Do you find yourself throwing away eggs after treating your flock for internal parasites? Although it’s nearly impossible to keep your chickens completely worm-free year-round, proper management can help prevent parasite issues in your flock. Why should you care about worms in your birds? Worm, or parasite, infestations can cause poor growth, decreased egg production […]

Fighting cattle fever tick

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017

The United States Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) sent a letter to Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue urging the immediate funding of up to $6 million to help offset the costs associated with eradicating cattle fever ticks and preventing the spread of this significant threat to the U.S. cattle industry. USCA Animal Health Committee Chairman Dwight Keller […]

How Sex and Scientific Research Saved Your Steak Dinner (and Bambi) From the Screwworm Fly—Again

Thursday, May 18th, 2017

By Susan J. Weller, Ph.D., and Robert K.D. Peterson, Ph.D. If there is one thing that we have learned from scientific research, it’s this: We cannot know where the next breakthrough will come from, but maintaining adequate funding for our nation’s scientific researchers is money well-spent. As an example, consider the screwworm fly in the […]

A Model for Predicting Stable Fly Populations

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

“Stable fly populations fluctuate tremendously not only seasonally but also from year to year. An important component of any integrated pest management program is to know the current trend in the population. As a pest population approaches the economic injury level, one would like to know if the population is going to continue to increase, […]

USDA Announces Eradication of New World Screwworm in Florida

Friday, March 24th, 2017

USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS)is announcing the successful eradication of the New World screwworm (NWS) from Florida. “I want to personally thank our many collaborating partners at the Federal, State, and local levels,” said Dr. Jack Shere, USDA Chief Veterinarian. “Through their dedication and professionalism close to 154 million sterile flies have […]

Cattle Fever Tick Quarantine Areas

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

Cattle Fever Ticks, known scientifically as Rhipicephalus (formerly Boophilus) annulatus and R. microplus, are a significant threat to the United States cattle industry. These ticks are capable of carrying the protozoa, or microscopic parasits, Babesia bovis or B. bigemina, commonly known as cattle fever. The Babesia organism attacks and destroys red blood cells, causing acute […]

Mosquito Repellents: DEET and PMD Sprays Most Effective, While Wearable Devices Disappoint, Study Finds

Friday, February 17th, 2017

A search for “mosquito repellent” on Amazon.com delivers more than 28,000 product results. For a regular consumer, it can be difficult to find the ones that truly work among a sea of products that make bold claims. Researchers at the Molecular Vector Physiology Laboratory at New Mexico State University are working to make the search […]

Florida New World Screwworm Incident Webinar, February 21, 2017 at 11 am EST

Friday, February 17th, 2017

Dr. Joanna Davis will be providing an overview of the new world screwworm response in Florida.  It will include background information on the fly, history of infestations in the United States, transmission, clinical signs, diagnosis and treatment recommendations, prevention and control measures (including the Sterile Insect Technique).  Dr. Davis will also discuss how APHIS, the […]

Vaccine for Bovine Foothill Abortion is Evaluated at ANR Research Facility

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016

After more than 60 years of working closely with University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources researchers to identify and learn how to manage a disease that causes the death of up to 90,000 calves annually, ranchers are optimistic that they are on the home stretch  to getting a vaccine that will protect […]

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