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2010 PRIA2 Partnership Grants

EPA’s PRIA2 Partnership Grants advance public-private partnerships that focus on Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and environmental stewardship efforts.  The program reduces risk associated with pesticide use by demonstrating innovative IPM practices and through outreach and education. In 2010, two projects were selected for funding through an open, competitive process.

IPM Institute of North America - Healthy School Communities through IPM and Expanded Partnerships: Reducing Pest and Pesticide Risks, Improving Asthma Outcomes and Furthering Environmental Justice, $250,000

The IPM Institute of North America will continue and expand on work it started under a 2008 PRIA2 partnership grant.  Specific objectives include:

    • expanding school IPM partnerships into 15 states with high asthma rates to reduce risks due to pests and pesticide use;
    • improving asthma outcomes in schools to deliver quantified reductions in asthma triggers and pest and pesticide risks in more than 300 school districts; and
    • furthering environmental justice and science-based educational materials and approaches to train and support professionals working in and with schools to institutionalize IPM.

The anticipated outcomes of this grant project are:

    • a 50% reduction in asthma incidence and severity averaged over 300 participating school districts;
    • a 70% average reduction in pest complaints and pesticide risk;
    • effective coalition partnerships in 15 states with high asthma rates; and
    • an outreach and media campaign using funds leveraged from the actions of its national working group, amounting to 200% of EPA’s investment this year.

Michigan State University - Effective Soil-Based Biopesticide and Nutrient Delivery in Orchard Ecosystems, $249,939

Michigan State will demonstrate biological control and support the phase-out of an organophosphate pesticide (azinphos methyl).  The project has the following goals:

    • provide effective control of plum curculio with entomopathogenic nematodes in micro-climate controlled conditions;
    • develop composts that ensure maximum nematode efficacy;
    • test the impact of entomopathogenic nematodes on non-target soil arthropods; and
    • transfer technology to cherry and apple growers.

  The anticipated outcomes of this grant project are:

    • prevent an increase in fruit rejections due to plum curculio damage;
    • a 25% increase in IPM adoption by cherry and apple growers; and
    • a 50% reduction in pesticide use for plum curculio on 10,000 acres.

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