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Date: Mon, 12 May 1997 22:45:35 -0500
From: Duane Preston <email@example.com>
Organization: University of Minnesota
Subject: Re: Potato IPM for Ukraine
Darnell Lundstrom wrote:
> Duane and Phil
> Any thoughts about this request for low tech, low cost, Colorado
> Potato Beetle control. If we have anything, I'm sure we can probably
> get it translated. I think we still have some Ukrainians over in
> Animal Science.
Darnell, I don't have really any solution for the problem in the
Ukraine, as they as so short of chemicals and they keep using the same
ones over and over building up resistance very rapidly, from what I have
been told from the Minnesota project in Russia. In fact Dave Noetzal,
is over in Krasnodor on as assignment at present for Con-Agra, I
beleive. You may want to contact Dr. Bill Fenster, in International
Programs, St Paul for his address etc.
Only solution I believe would be through Genetic Engineering like
Monsanto NewLeaf potatoes that have a Bt gene that the beetles won't eat
I guess they have tried flaming, and I have seen vacuums, but they dont
seem to work.
The only sure cure is a can with kerosine in after they are hand picked.
The best solution is to export some of the millions of cwt. we will be
dumping across the US. this year. However, I have worked in enought
foriegn counties to know that the logistics would not get the fresh
potatoes to the people before spoiled and the reason why flakes, and
granules are a better option, where they just add water.
I probably didn't help much but some different opinions.