The 2019 IPM Achievement Awards
The 2019 Awardees are:
City of Irvine
What began in 2005 as an experiment using predatory insects as biological controls in city parks has blossomed into a comprehensive program that prioritizes non-chemical methods and organic pesticides when needed to manage pests. This has resulted in significantly lower use of synthetic pesticides, especially in city parks. The City of Irvine believes that IPM is the most practical and responsible way to manage municipal landscapes. Irvine may utilize synthetic pesticides when necessary to control stubborn pest species, but the city has shown that an integrated pest management approach can be successfully utilized on a large-scale project.
UC IPM Almond Pest Management Alliance Team
UCPMA has focused strongly on encouraging the adoption of mating disruption technology for navel orangeworm, which is arguably the greatest pest threat to almond orchards in the South San Joaquin Valley. This particular technology saw a rapid rise in adoption after UCPMA began economically-focused demonstration projects that proved it provided cost savings in a broad majority of orchards. UCPMA is also a force for better orchard floor sanitation. By acting as a hub for growers, PCAs, researchers, and trade groups to organize their collective efforts, UCPMA is the ideal of how to better systemic IPM education by organizing and attending a remarkable number of meetings, conducting cutting-edge research, and freely distributing results.
The West Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District
Intending to reduce pesticide reliance for mosquito management, WVMVCD has done an extraordinary job educating the community on best management practices and the importance of environmental management and source reduction. It collaborates with local water management agencies, dairies, and farms to provide education about improving water circulation and promoting better irrigation practices in the community as a means of vector management. Their state-of-the-art on-site laboratory has published seven peer-reviewed papers in the last two years on pesticide resistance in mosquitoes. WVMVCD's efforts have resulted in significantly fewer pesticide applications and it has not applied a chemical pesticide to kill adult mosquitos since 2013. WVMVCD serves as a model for community engagement and contributions to pesticide resistance research.
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