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UC labs get $1 million to study exotic pests

USDA announced last week that UC Davis and UC Berkeley are among 13 research universities across the country that will receive funds to develop ecologically and economically rational strategies for management, control or elimination of weedy or invasive species.

Nearly $500,000 will go to the Davis laboratory and $500,000 to a UC Berkeley laboratory. The 13 university recipients are sharing $4.6 million in all.

"Invasive plants and animals are a major threat to food and fiber production, costing U.S. producers between $7 billion and $27 billion per year, but by doing research on controlling and managing weedy and invasive species we help protect the productivity of America's farmers and ranchers," a USDA news release quotes agriculture secretary Kathleen Merrigan.

The other grant recipients are:

  • Auburn University, Auburn, Ala., $494,000
  • University of Alaska, Fairbanks, Alaska, $494,000
  • University of Alaska, Fairbanks, Alaska, $149,911
  • Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colo., $124,962
  • Idaho State University, Moscow, Idaho, $199,704
  • University of Minnesota, St. Paul, Minn., $493,000
  • University of Minnesota, St. Paul, Minn., $491,000
  • Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y., $454,000
  • Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, $494,000
  • Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, $91,423
  • Oregon State University, Corvallis, Ore., $125,000

Light brown apple moth is an invasive species in California.
Light brown apple moth is an invasive species in California.

Posted on Friday, January 29, 2010 at 12:26 PM
Tags: exotic pest (41), funding (3), USDA (9)

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