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NIFA Invests $1.8 Million in Pest Management Alternatives

NIFA has invested $1.8 million in four projects as part of the Methyl Bromide Transition Program. Methyl bromide (MB) is an odorless, colorless gas previously used in many agricultural and related systems as a soil and structural fumigant to control a wide variety of pests. MB depletes the stratospheric ozone layer. As part of the Clean Air Act, the U.S. Government agreed to reduce methyl bromide incrementally from 1991 until the complete phase out in 2005. Since 2005, the only use of MB in the United States is through critical use exemptions and quarantine and pre-shipment exceptions. The pressure to completely phase-out MB has created an urgent need for new economical and effective pest control tactics to control soil-borne and postharvest pests, and pests in the processing and shipping industries.

The Methyl Bromide Transition Program supports the discovery and implementation of practical pest management alternatives for commodities and uses affected by the MB phase-out. Funded projects include integrated and Extension-only projects seeking to solve pest problems in key agricultural production and post-harvest management systems, processing facilities, and transport systems for which MB has been withdrawn or withdrawal is imminent.

2023 Awardees

  • Arkansas State University
  • University of Delaware
  • Kansas State University
  • North Carolina State University

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