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Apr 15, 2009 (Vol. 29, No. 8)

UC Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program

URL:www.ipm.ucdavis.edu
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Make no mistake about what this site is all about. Its top headline says it all, “How to Manage Pests.” Hosted by the University of California’s Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program, this informative site aims to make ecosystem-based management central to their strategy. Toward this end, they have spent a considerable amount of time and effort organizing their information and writing detailed descriptions that will surely educate visitors. Pest management is divided into categories of Homes, Agriculture/Floriculture, Natural Environments, and Exotic/Invasive Pests. Maybe it’s me, but the very nature of a pest would seem to be invasive. Considerations are given for the weather, and additional information on items like grants and funded projects is available for scientists working in the field. An informative news section (though not up to the minute) rounds out the superb offerings.
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*The opinions expressed are solely those of the author(s) and should not be construed as reflecting the viewpoints of the publisher, Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News, Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., the publishing house, or employees and affiliates thereof.

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