University of California, Riverside

UCR Newsroom

UCR Receives Grants to Reduce Pesticide Risks

UCR Receives Grants to Reduce Pesticide Risks

(February 15, 2002)

The California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) has announced grant awards of more than $1 million to reduce pesticide risks in neighborhoods, schools, and farm fields across the state.

Eight major projects received a total of about $635,000 under DPR's Pest Management Alliance program. One of these projects involves the University of California ($79,058). In cooperation with California's nursery industry, the university will seek more environmentally-friendly pest control methods against the red imported fire ant and the glassy-winged sharpshooter. Demonstration nurseries are in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, and San Diego counties. (Media contact: Cheryl Wilen, 858-694-2846.)

The University of California, Riverside has also received an alliance evaluation grant for the exploration of the potential use of sterilization technology against the olive fruit fly ($10,000). The grant was awarded to Peter Atkinson, associate professor of entomology, and Mark Robertson, assistant researcher in the department of entomology.

A pest management grant was awarded to UCR to study nematode and weed-suppressive cover crops for sustainable pest management ($27,779). Milt McGiffen, associate vegetable crops specialist in the department of botany and plant sciences, and nematologists Ole Becker and Antoon Ploeg in the department of nematology, were awarded the grant. 'We will be exploring whether cover crops can suppress weeds and nematodes,' said McGiffen.

'Since 1996, DPR has awarded almost $9.5 million to encourage integrated pest management research and development,' said DPR director Paul E. Helliker. 'More than 200 projects have received our support. Most of this year's grants will continue projects that have been underway for several years. This underscores our long-term commitment to protecting people and the environment and our support for California's vital agricultural economy.'

Related link:

The University of California, Riverside ( is a doctoral research university, a living laboratory for groundbreaking exploration of issues critical to Inland Southern California, the state and communities around the world. Reflecting California's diverse culture, UCR's enrollment has exceeded 21,000 students. The campus opened a medical school in 2013 and has reached the heart of the Coachella Valley by way of the UCR Palm Desert Center. The campus has an annual statewide economic impact of more than $1 billion.

A broadcast studio with fiber cable to the AT&T Hollywood hub is available for live or taped interviews. UCR also has ISDN for radio interviews. To learn more, call (951) UCR-NEWS.

More Information 

General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Department Information

Media Relations
900 University Avenue
1156 Hinderaker Hall
Riverside, CA 92521

Tel: (951) 827-6397 (951) UCR-NEWS
Fax: (951) 827-5008

Related Links