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Fish extracts for integrated disease, insect, and fertility management in organic blueberries in the Southeastern U.S.

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Investigator: Harald Scherm, University of Georgia, Athens, GA
Project location: South Central Georgia

Managing Farm Habitat Shows Promise in Cutworm Control

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Project title: On-farm management of cutworms in organic no-till corn
Investigator: Jeffrey Moyer, Rodale Institute Experimental Farm, Kutztown, PA
Project location: Kutztown, Pennsylvania

Evaluation of day-neutral strawberries in organic systems in Washington

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Investigator: Patrick Moore, Washington State University Cooperative Extension, Puyallup, WA
Project location: Puyallup, Washington

Study Helps Steer Organic Rice Producers to New & Effective Fertilizers

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Project title: Evaluation of alternative nitrogen sources for California rice systems
Investigator: Bruce Linquist, Dept. of Plant Sciences, University of California, Davis, CA
Project location: Sacramento Valley, California

Vineyard Research Shows Pest Management Value of Songbird Nest Boxes

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Project location: Central and north coast of California

Optimizing mulch and fertilizer use in organic blueberries

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Investigator: Eric Hanson, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
Project location: southwestern Michigan and north central Indiana

Harnessing aphid alarm pheromone to rid broccoli heads of aphids

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Investigator: Phillip Fujiyoshi, Dept. of Plant Pathology, University of California, Davis
Project location: Davis, California

The purpose of this project was to find a way to make aphid-infested broccoli heads marketable by inducing the aphids to walk away in response to alarm pheromone.

Developing an organic commercial production system for the Goji berry

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Investigator: Norma Wilson, Butterfuly Hill Plants, Lovettsville, VA
Project location: Lovettsville, VA

Investigating the effects of shade canopy management on natural enemies, pests, plant damage and yield in organic coffee plantations

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Investigator: Stacy Philpott, Dept. of Environmental Sciences, University of Toledo, Toledo, Ohio
Project location: Chiapas, Mexico

Many conservation organizations and ecologists have promoted organic shade coffee farming as a direction towards agroecosystem sustainability and protection of tropical biodiversity. Coffee was traditionally grown under a native shade tree canopy, and ecological studies demonstrate that organic, shade-grown coffee provides much-needed habitat for migratory birds, mammals, and arthropods.

Seed Increase Trials Lead to Release of Promising New Disease- Resistant Varieties

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Investigator: Michael Mazourek, Department of Plant Breeding and Genetics, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York.
Project location: Cornell University’s 30 acre certified organic Freeville Organic Research Farm, located 10 miles north of Cornell’s Ithaca, New York main campus.

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