The ipmPIPE: Overview, lessons, opportunities, and challenges

James R. VanKirk, Scott A. Isard, Kitty F. Cardwell, Martin A. Draper

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The ipmPIPE (Integrated Pest Management Pest Information Platform for Extension and Education) was first developed as a response to the threat of soybean rust (SBR), caused by the pathogen Phakopsora pachyrhizi. Since that time the ipmPIPE portfolio has grown to include "PIPEs" for soybean aphid Aphis glycines Matsumura (now discontinued), legume diseases, cucurbit downy mildew caused by the pathogen Pseudoperonospora cubensis (Berk. & M.A. Curtis) Rostovzev, pecan nut casebearer Acrobasis nuxvorella Neunzig with pecan scab caused by Cladosporium caryigenum (Ellis & Langl.) (Gottwald forecasting in development), Southern corn rust caused by Puccinia polysora Underw., and onion pests. In addition, the Western Specialty Crops ipmPIPE, the North Central ipmPIPE, and the Pennsylvania PIPE each address multiple pest situations found within defined geographic boundaries and a PIPE is in development for ornamentals that will address multiple pathogens on multiple hosts. This report explains the general concept of the ipmPIPE approach and discusses common elements of most PIPEs. It provides a brief history of funding and development. Finally, it addresses crosscutting issues including suitability of this approach to different pest and crop combinations and sustainability.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-7
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Integrated Pest Management
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Agronomy and Crop Science
  • Plant Science
  • Insect Science
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law


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