Tag: insect pests

Influence of Cover Crops on Argentine Ant Populations and Mealybug Infestation in a California Vineyard

Photo By Crisco 1492 (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Mealybugs are not unknown to grape growers in regions with a Mediterranean-like climate, including California.  They are known to be an problematic pest in the vineyard, and can cause significant economic harm by damaging grape clusters with their metabolic secretions/waste,…

A Closer Look into History: The Phylloxera Crisis in France and Long-term Health Impacts

Today’s review paper topic ties in issues related to viticulture, health, history, and finance.  Carried out by a group at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), this post presents a paper looking at possible long-run health impacts of “income shocks”…