UNIVERSITY PARK - What is
that large, beautiful purple plant you see growing along
stream banks and marshlands? Donít be fooled by its beauty,
this attractive plant is actually an invasive exotic species
called purple loosestrife. This and other invasive weeds
are identified in the Pennsylvania IPM Programís new video,"BugMobile
vs. Invasive Species".
Geared toward lower and upper secondary students, the video
addresses the several categories of the stateís new Academic
Standards: 4.1 - Watersheds and Wetlands, 4.3 - Environmental
Health, and 4.5 - Integrated Pest Management. The video
also offers suggestions for managing invasive species using
integrated pest management (IPM)
IPM aims to manage pests -- such as insects, diseases, weeds
and animals -- by combining physical, biological and chemical
tactics that are safe and environmentally compatible.
The video, hosted and narrated by the famous BugMobile,
the talking Volkswagen, identifies the effects of humans
and human events on watersheds, explains species diversity,
introduces species that are classified as pests in their
new environment, and analyzes the benefits to the environment
and society associated with alternative practices used in
Each video includes a lesson plan with content objectives,
assessment strategies and procedures. The lesson plan also
includes pre and post-tests for the students to complete,
discussion questions and suggests other related extension
To obtain a copy of the video and lesson plan, send a check
or money order for $35 made payable to The Pennsylvania
State University to ICT, 119 Ag Administration Building,
University Park, PA 16802-2602. Visa and MasterCard orders
will be accepted by calling (814) 865-6309. Shipping and
handling costs are included in the price.
For more information on School IPM, see the PA IPM Programís
web site at http://paipm.cas.psu.edu. Under the 'Schools'
link find out more about the School IPM effort in Pennsylvania
and links to educational material from across the country.
You can also download a new publication, IPM for Pennsylvania
Schools, A How-To Manual. In addition, there is an interactive
database on the web site to assist teachers with IPM background
information, lesson plans and support materials throughout
The PA IPM program is a collaboration between the Pennsylvania
State University and the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture
aimed at promoting integrated pest management in both agricultural
and nonagricultural situations. For more information, contact
the program at (814) 865-2839, or web site http://paipm.cas.psu.edu.
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