Managing A Pest
U.S. Department of Agriculture may declare an emergency in response to
the first recognized North American outbreak of a dreaded fruit-tree
virus. The disease is Plum Pox. It is caused by an invasive species that attacks stone fruits--not only plums, but peaches, apricots, and other stone fruits too.
- As a pest-management expert, you know that
there is more than one way to approach a pest management problem.
Because of your expertise, you have been asked by the U.S. Department
of Agriculture to select the best approach to managing this deadly
- First, read A Pox on Your Your Peaches or the Wikipedia Article about Plum Pox
to learn how the Plum Pox virus spreads from tree to tree. Then click
on each of the methods for managing this pest. Carefully read each
method, then select the one that you believe will do the best job of
controlling the Plum Pox virus.
- Pest Control Management Methods-
Other Scenario-Based Investigations
- Address a 3" x 5" card to Cheryle Blakely at the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
- Her address is:
- Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
- U.S. Department of Agriculture
- Riverdale, MD
- Attention: Cheryle Blakely
- Be sure to place your return address in the upper left-hand corner.
on the other side of the 3" x 5" card give your recommendation for the
best way to manage the Plum Pox virus. Use your best handwriting, and be sure to explain the reason for your choice.
This activity is based on the work of the Integrated Pest Management Program, Pennsylvania State University.
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