The address of Yvette Perfecto is:
School of Natural Resources and Environment
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1115
I don't know her phone number of the top of my head, but try directory
assistance to get the general phone number of the University of Michigan
(the area code is 313). Also, UoM has a great web page, providing lots of
info about its faculty, including addresses and e-mail.
(recent School of Natural Resources and Environment alumna)
Irene C. Frentz Phone: (501)575-7113
Dept. Agricultural Economics Fax: (501)575-5306
and Rural Sociology E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Agriculture Building, Rm. 221
University of Arkansas
Fayetteville, AR 72701
On Thu, 30 May 1996, Ronald Nigh wrote:
> Dear Robert,
> Fortunately we don't have to much experience with ant problems, although I
> have often heard of other who do. I have been told that the most effective
> way of dealing with ants is direct elimination by finding and destroying any
> nearby nests. This may or may not be practical for you. The person who
> knows most about these things, I beleive, is Dr. Ivette Perfecto, at the
> University of Michigan School of Natural Resources. I don't have any further
> address information but it should be fairly easy to locate her directly or
> through Dr. John Vandemeer at the same school. Hope this helps.
> At 10:34 AM 5/29/96 -0700, you wrote:
> >Relative to Lockertz's most recent and other discussions concerning organic
> >versus sustainable agriculture, we have a problem in Peru that hits on the
> >Our project includes both cash-crop in terms of organic coffee and sustenance
> >in terms of community gardens run by Mother's Clubs. In the coffee tree
> >nurseries, carniverous ants are killing the earth worms in the humus beds.
> >Because of our organic certification we can't apply any available
> >insecticides. At the same time, ants are consuming the small plants in the
> >Mother's Clubs gardens before they can produce anything. I'm at the point of
> >understanding what is meant by comments to the effect that organic farming
> >might not be sustainable. Our form of sustainability applies nature's little
> >In other areas of IPM, we are applying fungus to counter Coffee Borer insect
> >and leaf rust with some success. We have hints of problems relative to rust
> >and its ability to expand a rate greater than the fungus (sustainability at
> >what level of production?).
> >Does anyone have any ideas on how to attack this problem organically? What is
> >the least toxic way to handle the problem using chemicals?
> >Thanks for your help.
> >Bob Kane, North American Coordinator
> >Institute for Sustainable Agriculture in the Tropics (SIAT)
> >Jaen, Peru
> Ronald Nigh
> Dana Association