Friday, March 29, 2013

Employment opportunity (update)

We are seeking a postdoctoral scholar who is interested in working with biology of ripe rot pathogen.  If you are interested in, please apply through https://listings.jobs.vt.edu (posting SR0130030).


Dr. Derr's presentation

I just added Dr. Derr's presentation from the IPM meeting, please see the posting below.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Handouts from IPM workshops

Thank you for those of you attended our IPM meeting at Stone Tower Winery despite of cold weather!  Also, we really appreciate the great hospitality of Mike, Kristi, Bryan, and the Stone Tower team!  We had a really nice meeting.

If you would like to have handouts (Power Point presentation), please click the following links. (Note: I added Dr. Derr's presentation on March 29th)

1) Dr. Doug Pfeiffer's Insect IPM
2) Jhalendra and Dr. Chris Bergh's Grape Root Borer study
3) Bill's VA SWAG (aka Sustainable Workbook)
4) Mizuho Nita's Fungicide Trials
5) Dr. Jeff Derr's Weed management IPM

Also, it's a reminder that we have another IPM meeting in the central VA, as well as a beginner's workshop here at Winchester AREC.  I hope to see you there.

What:  Integrated Pest Management (IPM) workshop in Central Virginia
When:  9:30 – 4 pm, 9 April 2013
Details:  This workshop will review pertinent information about disease, pest and weed biology and control strategies with a focus on Integrated Pest Management.  We will review a mock spray schedule to help growers plan for the upcoming growing season.  Viticulture, Grape Pathology, Entomology and Weed Specialists will be present.  Please bring a bagged lunch.  Please RSVP via the following link:  https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1357766582682
What:  Beginner’s Grape Growing Seminar
When:  9:00 am until approximately 5:00 pm, 11 April 2013
Where: AHS Jr. AREC, near Winchester VA - http://www.arec.vaes.vt.edu/alson-h-smith/contact/index.html
Details: Dr. Tony Wolf (VA Tech), Dr. Mizuho Nita (VA Tech), and Tremain Hatch (VA Tech) will conduct a workshop geared towards beginner and prospective wine grape growers at the AHS Jr. AREC near Winchester.  Registration is $50 per person (checks made payable to “Virginia Tech Foundation” and mailed to: Tremain Hatch, VA Tech, 595 Laurel Grove Rd., Winchester VA 22602). Registration must be received by 8 April.  Course offers an overview of commercial wine grape vineyard development including economics, grape marketing, equipment needs, site evaluation and preparation, planting, and young vine care. The information gained from this workshop will provide a foundation upon which you can build your vineyard project. Classroom instruction will be followed by a visit to the research vineyard at the AREC.  Be prepared to go outside rain or shine.   RSVP required:  https://survey.vt.edu/survey/entry.jsp?id=1357766729399  NOTE:  This course is capped at 50 persons – register early if interested.



Friday, March 22, 2013

17-year cicada risks for 2013

Please see the article in this link about the risk of 17-year cicada risks for this year.  Looks like many counties east of Blue Ridge Mountains are in high risk zone.  They lay eggs on branches (including grape canes), and young tender branches are more susceptible.  If you have a young vineyard (1-2 years old) in the high risk zone, you may want to consider to take an action to protect your vines (grow-tubes, netting, extra shoots, etc).  Please see Doug's article (about 2004 outbreak) for more details. Please consult with your local extension agents about the risk of your region.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Fungicide schedule template, 2013 version

I am in the process of updating my fungicide workbook for the upcoming season.  I have made a few changes on the template for fungicide scheduling.  Since many people want to have an Excel (or other spreadsheet) version of it.  I created a link of a template (just a form for printing), as well as a Google Document (You can download the file from this page).

You can also have an access to the template from the link on the right hand side of this blog.

Also, just a reminder that we will have two IPM meetings, and one is coming up this week.  Please see this posting for more information.  


Sunday, March 10, 2013

Employment opportunity (deadline extended)

Our lab is seeking a part-time Agricultural Technician at AHS AREC in Winchester, VA 
The deadline has been extended because another lab in our station is looking for a very similar position, and we decided to coordinate our effort.
Position requires knowledge (or willingness to learn) of vineyard oriented fieldwork, as well as basic laboratory skills that may include fungal culture transfer, PCR, etc. 

Review of applications will begin on 1 March 2013 and will continue until position is filled. To view required and preferred qualifications, and to apply for position, complete the application online at https://listings.jobs.vt.edu/postings/38075 by 22 March 2013. Virginia Tech is an equal opportunity affirmative action institution.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Another employment opportunity

A postdoctoral position is available at our lab at AHS Agricultural Research and Extension Center of the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech).  The job is located at Winchester, VA, which is approximately 60 miles west of Washington D.C.

There are three main research projects.  Selection of the core research project will depend on the interest and strength of the candidate.  The first is a histopathology of ripe rot pathogens of grape (Colletotrichum acutatum and C. gloeosporioides) using light microscopy, SEM, GFP-transformed isolates, and real-time PCR.  The second is an investigation of fungicide QoI resistance level of ripe rot pathogens in VA vineyards using bioassays, PCR, and sequencing.  The third is a development of leaf wetness model using predicted temperature, relative humidity, and precipitation from NOAA’s RTMA (real-time mesoscale analysis) data. This position is initially available for two years with potential renewal based on satisfactory progress.

Successful candidates must have a background in plant pathology, experience with microscopy, PCR or qPCR, data management, and a peer-reviewed publication record.  Experiences in fungal transformation, chemical resistance work, grape production, weather monitoring equipment, and database management are plus.  Also due to the nature of the project and the location of the research station, a valid US driver’s license is required.  Strong interpersonal communication skills and the ability to work within a team are essential. Excellent writing and oral communication skills are required. Successful candidates should be interested in contributing to the training of graduate students. A PhD focusing in plant pathology, mycology, plant-microbe biology, or molecular biology is required.


The official application need to be submitted via Virginia Tech's job site.  I will post the link as soon as it is available.  In a mean time, if you are interested in, please contact me directly via email.

(Updated 29 March 2013, Now it is official, please visit here!)

Friday, March 1, 2013

Employment opportunity


Our lab is seeking a part-time Agricultural Technician at AHS AREC in Winchester, VA.  
Position requires knowledge and experience with vineyard oriented fieldwork, as well as laboratory skills that includes fungal culture transfer, PCR, etc. Review of applications will begin on 1 March 2013 and will continue until position is filled. To view required and preferred qualifications, and to apply for position, complete the application online at https://listings.jobs.vt.edu/postings/38075 by 10 March 2013. Virginia Tech is an equal opportunity affirmative action institution.