AMES, Iowa – A new creative face has joined the Integrated Pest Management program with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.
Sebastian Eugene Bartholomew is a fictional but believable phytopoet who muses on mold, ponders plants and bellows bug ballads. He is at the epicenter of the Phytopoetry Project, which has made its debut on the IPM YouTube channel.
Phytopoetry, meaning plant poetry, is written on the subject of plant diseases, insects, weeds, and other pests. The Phytopoetry Project not only showcases poetry about plant pests but points people to relevant extension resources, many of which promote the use of Integrated Pest Management.