University of Vermont College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS)


Dr. Donald Maynard offers undergraduates seasonal internships on dairy farms (FARMS project) in Australia and New Zealand. Students live with at least three producer families during the nine month stay and develop a focus project with some aspect of dairy herd/business management.


The Entomology Research Laboratory is collaborating with scientists at the Ethiopian Agricultural Research Organization (EARO) to devise a mass-production method for indigenous beneficial fungi and provide training in essential microbial techniques. This research is being done in cooperation with Dr. Isaac Barash from Tel Aviv University and Dr. Galina Gindin from Volcani Institute in Israel, with support from the USAID Cooperative Development Research Program.


In many areas of the world, certain bean crops are used as cover crops to control weeds, conserve moisture, and add nitrogen to the soils. One such crop is known as velvet beans (VB) (Mucuna pruriens). Recently there has been renewed interest in the use of VB especially under conditions of subsistence (economically poor) and sustainable agriculture in underdeveloped regions of the world (Honduras, Nigeria, Mexico Sri Lanka, India, and The Philippines). -Vermont Honduras Program with Dr. Lyndon Carew


Scientists from the Entomology Research Laboratory, Israel and Ethiopia are working together to develop a technique for mass-production of entomopathogenic fungi for use as an alternative to pesticides. The project will help reduce Ethiopian farmers reliance on chemicals to control pest problems. This research is possible with support from the USAID Cooperative Development Research Program and is being done in cooperation with Eshetu Bekele, Ethiopian Agricultural Research Organization; Dr. Dawit Abate, Addis Ababa University and Mr. Seneshaw Aysheshim.


The Entomology Research Laboratory, the University of Haifa in Israel, and the International Centre for Insect Physiology and Ecology in Kenya are working together towards developing effective biorational products to help manage African armyworm (AAW) populations. This international team has just recently completed testing the combined effects of Bacillus thuringiensis and neem seed extract against AAW. This research is made possible with support from USAID.


A cooperative program between the University of Vermont Entomology Research Laboratory and the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA), in Aleppo, Syria was initiated in 1997. Dr. Bruce Parker and the rest of the Entomology Team have been conducting research on fungal pathogens of Sunn Pest. One of the most serious pests of wheat and barley in West Asia and North Africa , where over $42 million is spent for its control. Yield loss from its damage is commonly estimated at 20-30% in barley and 50-90% in wheat. Several fungal strains have been isolated and have tested positive as possible management alternatives to toxic insecticides. This research is made possible with support from the Conservation, Food and Health Foundation and USAID Linkage Funds.

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