News and Reviews

Book Review: Natural Enemies in Your Garden:
A Homeowner's Guide to Biological Control

This 60-page handbook tells you how to use predators, parasites and pathogens for biological control of insect pests. Compiled from previous MBCN articles plus additional information, it includes in-depth profiles of 30-plus natural enemies from more than 20 biological control experts. Easy-to-use tables quickly guide you to information on the natural enemies to use against a particular pest. The book also encourages experimentation and adaptation to fit your particular situation. Parents and teachers will especially appreciate the "Fun for Kids" activities that stimulate children's curiosity about the natural world around them. Check out "The Scientist in You" experiments to test the impacts of natural enemies in your own garden!

To order MSU Extension bulletin E-2719, download the printable order form (You will need Adobe Acrobat in order to read and print the pdf file. If you don't have that program already, you can download it free.) Or, send $6.25 (make checks payable to Michigan State University; credit cards also accepted) to:

MSU Bulletin Office
10-B Agriculture Hall
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824-1039
Phone: (517) 355-0240
Fax: (517) 353-7168

Rominger Visits Invasive Species in Illinois

An Invasive Species Tour of the Chicago area was held July 31 - August 1, 2000, for Richard Rominger, Deputy Secretary of Agriculture. The tour included stops to see and hear presentations about invasions and control of such exotics as Asian longhorned beetle, gypsy moth, purple loosestrife, garlic mustard, round goby, zebra mussel; and on the impacts of invasive species on the restoration efforts at the Calumet Ecoregion in southeastern Chicago, and of the Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie, southwest of the Chicago area. Over 50 invitees participated, including the Deputy Secretary, and staff from nine congressional offices, Office of Management and Budget, USDA-ARS, USDA-APHIS, USDA-NRCS, USDA Forest Service, US Fish and Wildlife Service, US Army Corps of Engineers, Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Illinois Department of Agriculture, Illinois Governor George Ryan's Washington office, Chicago Department of Environment, Chicago Department of Streets and Sanitation, Cook County Forest Preserve, Notre Dame University and the Calumet Port Authority. In addition to looking and listening, attendees released biological control agents (Galerucella beetles) against purple loosestrife, and fished for (and caught many!) round gobies in Lake Michigan. The tour was organized by Susan Solarz (special assistant to the Deputy Secretary) and Rob Wiedenmann (Illinois Natural History Survey).

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