Announcement: Pollinator Protection Data Informs EPA Neonicotinoid Risk Assessments

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released proposed interim registration review decisions for neonicotinoid insecticides (Federal Register Feb 3, 2020). These review decisions include risk assessments covering human health, aquatic organisms, and pollinators, and they provide new limitations on the use of these active ingredients in environmental (ornamental) horticulture, food crop agriculture, general pest management, […]

Crop Vignette: Coleus

Plant Information Coleus, also commonly known as painted nettle, flame nettle, and painted leaf, is a native of Southeast Asia through to Australia. In the most recent taxonomic classification, coleus now belongs to the genera Plectranthus and Solenostemon in the family Lamiaceae. The common garden Coleus (Coleus blumei = Plectranthus scutellarioides = Solenostemon scutellarioides) is […]

Crop Vignette: Pansy

Plant Information Pansies are members of the Viola genus, a taxon of flowering plants in the violet family Violaceae, with around 400–500 species distributed around the world. Viola, was named by Greeks in the 4th century BCE and was cultivated for its medicinal properties. Pansy or garden pansy is the common name for diverse cultivated […]