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Protecting California’s Luscious Dates

Commercial date palms in the Coachella Valley. ISCA photo by David Danelski.

Back in the 1990s, a locally produced PBS television show called “California’s Gold” hosted by an overly energetic Huell Howser raved about California’s date industry.

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Protecting Crops in Peru

ISCA’s global reach extends into the La Libertad region of northwest Peru, where asparagus and blueberry growers use ISCA’s Noctovi to control Noctuid moths species. Earlier this year, ISCA business development specialists Joey Palomera and Marco Chacon and our partners at Agro Cultiva and Agten met up with growers in the scenic valleys to help them protect their crops from hungry caterpillars. Here are some of their photographs:

  • A blueberry field in the La Libertad region of Peru. ISCA photo by Joey Palomera.

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Spraying Antibiotics Doesn’t Stop Citrus Greening Progression

Oranges infected with citrus greening. Photo courtesy of USDA Agricultural Research Service

Researchers from the University of Florida sprayed the leaves of infected orange trees with the antibiotic oxytetracycline over six-months as recommended by the manufacturers and found no difference in the progression of citrus greening disease compared to trees that were sprayed with just water. Areawide Spraying of Antibiotics: is it worth the risk? To learn about this problem, click here to read the New York Times article by 

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Males Getting Very Confused and Frustrated in the Frontier States

Check out this dispatch from forests of the Midwest USA by Agenor Mafra-Neto, ISCA’s  CEO and President:

Siren, Wisconsin, 16th of July, 2019.

Today the Slow the Spread Program Gypsy Moth (STS-GM) finished its annual aerial application of SPLAT GM-O to suppress mating of this pest over the eleven states where the population is expanding. ISCA Technologies’ organic, long-lasting, biodegradable sex pheromone formulation controls gypsy moth populations by suppressing mating. Yellow airplanes have been spreading SPLAT GM-O across thousands of acres of forests and wooded areas where this benign biodegradable formulation is deposited as small points. These point sources will emit for months a synthetic pheromone plume emulating those that are emitted by virgin female gypsy moths attempting to attract mates.

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Harnessing the Power of Mother Nature’s Chemical Cues

Semiochemicals are natural compounds
emitted by plants and animals to elicit
desired behaviors. Illustration by
Renato Leal, ISCA Technologies.

The natural world is a complicated place, populated by millions of species of plants and animals.

So just how do male and female insects of the same species find each other for mating in a jungle abuzz with thousands of species? Similarly, how do plants attract the right pollinators? How do mosquitoes know where to lay their eggs? The answer is semiochemicals: the naturally occurring compounds that plants and animals produce to elicit desired behaviors from other organisms.

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ISCA’s Bee Pollination Innovation Honored by Federal Business Program

ISCA’s bee pollination enhancement technology was honored as a success story of the federal Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. The program provides grants to small businesses to fund new innovations. 

Click here to see the SBIR article about this ISCA innovation called APIS Bloom that increases crop yields by increasing bee pollination rates.

Developed under grant support from the U.S. Department Agriculture, APIS Bloom focuses bees toward the desired crop areas.

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USDA Secretary Prioritizes Broadband Technology for America’s Farmland

USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue
USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue.

Today U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue made “rural broadband for e-connectivity”  a top infrastructure priority for America’s farms.

 “Precision agriculture technologies are growing in popularity for their ability to improve farm management decisions, for increasing production and reducing input costs,”

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Better Pollination Rates Mean More Luscious Raspberries

SPLAT Bloom
Photo by Rhododendrites via Creative Commons.

With spring fast coming, raspberry and other bramble crops in California and the southeastern states have begun the crucial blossoming phase. What happens next depends on honey bees. 

And they got a lot of work to do. A single raspberry is really dozens of separate tiny pieces of fruit called drupelets, each in need of pollination.

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ISCA Offers Safe Pine Protection Innovations Developed in Canada

ISCA now has three products to control devastating bark beetles. Photo by David Danelski, ISCA Technologies

ISCA Technologies is now manufacturing two great, eco-friendly products to manage and control the bark beetles that kill pine and spruce trees that had been developed by Contech Enterprises of Delta, Canada.

We are marketing these products under their original names: Pine Beetle Repellent Verbenone Pouch and Douglas-Fir and Spruce Beetle Repellent MCH Bubble Cap.

These products deploy beetle pheromones that essentially trick beetles into believing that treated trees are already colonized, and thus too crowded for newcomers.

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Protecting Pine Trees from Deadly Bark Beetles


Trees dying from a mountain pine beetle infestation. Photo by Daniel Miller of the U.S. Forest Service.

The bark beetle forest infestations in the Western part of North America have been described as the greatest insect blight in modern times.

Bark beetles have devastated large forested areas in all 19 of the western states of the United States and provinces of Canada, leaving brown swaths of dead and dying trees on the mountainous landscapes that in some areas can stretch as far as the eye can see.

Since the 1990s, the beetles have destroyed more than 88 million acres of forests, where they can kill up to 90 percent of trees.

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