Lessons learned abroad help at home

By Peter Kent

Image depicts educational session in Southeast Asia.

As part of a worldwide effort to embrace Integrated Pest Management (IPM), Clemson scientists are exploring alternative methods that use natural elements, such as fungi and bacteria, to control plant pests.

Agricultural economist Mike Hammig and entomologists Merle Shepard and Gerald Carner have been working in Southeast Asia for three decades to analyze IPM techniques and develop training methods.

Their research is conducted in Southeast Asia because of the year-round growing season. Funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development, their findings have helped farmers in Southeast Asia and in South Carolina to save money and protect the environment.

“Farmers, whether they are in Southeast Asia or the Southeastern U.S., constantly have to manage costs and make a living,” Hammig said. “IPM gives them one more way of dealing with insects that can decrease harvest yields and profits.”

For information: Michael Hammig, 864-656-8281, mhammig@clemson.edu