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August 02, 2006

Extension specialists's pesticide manual draws national attention

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The manual has value beyond certification exams, Buhler (above)says. “It also is being used as a resource book for pest management in the landscape.” (Photo by Becky Kirkland)

A certification manual developed in 2004 by Dr. Wayne Buhler, Extension specialist and associate professor in the College’s department of horticultural science, recently has been making waves.

The manual, “Ornamental and Turfgrass Pest Management: A Pesticide Applicator Certification Manual for the Carolinas and Georgia,” recently won the Blue Ribbon Extension Communication Award presented by the Southern Region of the American Society for Horticultural Science. And, in 2004 the manual received the Outstanding Book Award, Extension and Industry Division, from the American Society for Horticultural Science.

A product of collaboration among 12 Extension specialists from N.C. State, the University of Georgia and Clemson University, the 160-page manual has caught the attention of pesticide safety educators from across the country.

A chapter on applying the correct amount of pesticide has been incorporated into the Florida licensing manual, and New Mexico will use the manual to prepare its applicators for the state exam. Educators in Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi also are considering an adaptation of the manual.

In addition to Buhler, contributing authors are: Dr. James R. Baker, emeritus professor of entomology; Dr. Rick Brandenburg, professor and Extension entomologist; Erv Evans, consumer horticulturalist; Dr. Lane P. Tredway, assistant professor of plant pathology; and Dr. Colleen Y. Warfield, Extension specialist and assistant professor of plant pathology. June Lioret, editor in the College’s department of communication services, edited the manual.

“This is a great example of partnerships at work,” Buhler says. “We wanted to boost the competency level of applicators in all three states and provide them with more specific pest control information. Also, the learning objectives and practice questions in each chapter are designed to help allay the fear of testing and prepare applicators for their required certification exams.”

The manual has been translated into Spanish, and it is available on CD.

-S. Stanard

Posted by Suzanne at August 2, 2006 09:27 AM