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NBCI Facilitation Grants Support Educational Programs

The National Biological Control Institute (NBCI) has a small grant program for facilitating biological control. Projects that address information, education, or communication have been funded by NBCI. Several Extension educational programs have been supported. Eligible applicants include state and local government agencies, nonprofit institutions of higher education, and nonprofit associations and organizations. Most of the grants are under $5000, though proposals up to $10,000 will be considered. If you are in local or state Extension, or another eligible organization, and wish to develop educational materials or programs specifically relating to biological control, we encourage you to submit a proposal. The proposals are brief, only 3-5 pages. For further information, check the NBCI home page on the World Wide Web or contact Dr. Michael Oraze, National Biological Control Institute, USDA-APHIS-OA, 4700 River Road Unit 5, Riverdale, MD 20737-1229. Or telephone 301-734-4329. Proposals must be submitted by January 31, 1996. the basics of biological control.

Biological Control: A Guide to Natural Enemies in North America

This new NBCI-funded site on the World Wide Web from Cornell University provides photographs and descriptions of major biological control agents of major insect, disease and weed pests in North America. It is also a tutorial on the concept and practice of biological control and integrated pest management (IPM). The guide currently includes individual pages of approximately 40 natural enemies of pest species, with continued expansion envisioned. Each page includes photographs, descriptions of the life cycles and habits, and other useful information about each natural enemy. The format for this project is based on that of the manual Natural Enemies of Vegetable Insect Pests, by Michael P. Hoffmann and Anne C. Frodsham.

Cornell University's WWW Site Wants YOUR Input

Entomologists at Cornell University are busy improving their World Wide Web site (see story above). They welcome researcher's contributions of information and photographs of biological control agents they work with to be included on the WWW site. They hope this site will continue to grow and be reflective of the research currently being done, and of biological control agents of all regions of North America and systems where they are useful.

Contact Catherine Weeden for more information:


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