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Grape Agro-ecosystem Analysis-Glassy winged sharpshooter

The invasiveness of the polyphagous glassy-winged sharpshooter (Homalodisca vitripennis (Germar), GWSS) using the PBDM approach. GWSS is indigenous to the southeastern United States and northeastern Mexico, and extended its range into California USA in 1989. GWSS is a vector of the pathogenic bacterium, Xylella fastidiosa (Wells et al. 1987), which causes Pierce’s disease (PD) in … Continue reading Grape Agro-ecosystem Analysis-Glassy winged sharpshooter

East African Agro-pastoral Systems with Multiple Disease Constraints

The effectiveness of international research and development efforts in Africa has been questioned on scientific, administrative and social grounds, and for the lack of conceptual models to place observed eco-social change in interpretive dimensions. To illustrate how the latter problem may be addressed, we examine the ongoing suppression of trypanosomiasis disease affecting cattle in an … Continue reading East African Agro-pastoral Systems with Multiple Disease Constraints

Analysis of the Biological Control of Noxious Weeds: Yellow starthistle

The invasive weed yellow starthistle (YST) (Centaurea solstitialis) and its interactions with annual grasses and herbivorous biological control agents is used to demonstrate the utility of the PBDM approach for analyzing complex invasive species problems. The PBDM model accurately predicts the distribution and relative abundance of YST across the western USA, and the results are … Continue reading Analysis of the Biological Control of Noxious Weeds: Yellow starthistle

Light Brown Apple Moth

The highly polyphagous light brown apple moth (LBAM) (Epiphyas postvittana (Walk.): Tortricidae) is indigenous to Australia and was first found in California in 2006.  It is currently found in 15 coastal counties in California, but nowhere has it reached outbreak status.  The USDA projects the geographic range of LBAM will include much of Arizona and … Continue reading Light Brown Apple Moth

European Grapevine Moth

The European grapevine moth (Lobesia botrana (Den. and Schiff.)) is the principal native pest of grape berries in Europe. It was found in Napa County, California in 2009 and has since spread to six additional counties suggesting it is well established. The goal of our study was to predict the potential geographic distribution and relative … Continue reading European Grapevine Moth