The International Organization for Biological Control (Nearctic Region and West Palearctic Regional Section) had a meeting in Niagara Falls (Ontario) from June 4th – 8th, 2017. Below is a list of the talks that I took notes for. When the notes for that talk are published, the title will become a clickable link. Since there were many talks and I need to gather my notes into coherent ideas presented by the speakers, I will be publishing notes progressively over time. Check back later if a title you are interested below is not yet posted.
Biological control in greenhouse IPM systems: Where we’ve been, where we are, and where we need to go?
by Michael Brownbridge
- Unique production environment
- Many variables within the production system: crop, pest, production practices, and external environmental factors
Talk is on where Michael believes many of the challenges in biological control are (Canadian/NA perspective)
Presentation delivered through webinar as a part of the “All Bugs Good and Bad Webinar” series. This presentation gives some basic biological of aphids, scale insects and whiteflies and how to find resources to manage them.
North Carolina University, in collaboration with specialists from all over Southeastern US, have published a new guide book which can be downloaded for free: Continue reading 2017 Southeastern US Pest Control Guide for Nursery Crops and Landscape Plantings
Biological Crop Protection Specialist, Biobest USA Inc.
Technical Support, Beneficial Insectary
Technical Lead, Bioline AgroSciences
Ornamental Entomologist, Buglady Consulting
R&D Entomology, Koppert Biological Systems Inc.
A seminar for greenhouse and nursery growers was recently held in Buda TX (01/24/2017) and Tyler TX (01/25/2017). Summary notes and relevant resources related to the talks can be found below.
by Dr. Raymond Cloyd
by Dr. Ann Chase
by Dr. Raymond Cloyd
by Dr. Ann Chase
by Ms. Morgan Scott/Ms. Katherine NewtonContinue reading Notes from BWI Grower Seminar
Summaries below were based on notes taken from the Nursery Greenhouse and Turf Continuing Education Conference, held in Tyler, TX (June 21, 2016), put on by Helena Chemical Company.
by Dr. Brad Shaver
by Dr. Debbie Sanders
by Mark Evans
by Dr. Carlos Bogran
by Dr. Casey ReynoldsContinue reading Notes from Nursery Greenhouse and Turf Continuing Education Conference
Christopher Knight is a graduate from Texas Tech University with a B.Sc. in Horticulture and Turfgrass Science, where he was a member of the Honor Society for Ornamental Horticulture (Pi Alpha xi). He previously worked for the Texas Tech University Library and currently works part-time for the Tyler Junior College library, providing him with the skills required to conduct literature research and shush disruptive library pests. Mr. Knight also spent time as a Lawn Specialist for TruGreen, the nations largest lawn company, giving him practical experiencing in landscaping and working with ornamentals. Mr. Knight enjoys spending his free time hunting and fishing, as well as continuing as a hobbyist horticulturalist.
Mr. Knight will be assisting with research on the crapemyrtle bark scale this summer, as well as assisting in projects to test the impact of new pesticides on plant health and insect management.
Adolfo Nieto is a recent graduate from The University of Texas at Tyler with a bachelors in Biology. As an undergraduate, he began his career as a researcher through the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation in a project to design non-invasive sampling methods to identify the virology involved in Colony Collapse Disorder of native bumblebees. He has a deep felt passion for conservation and hopes his enthusiasm transcends through his work at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research Extension Center in Overton, Texas where he will be involved in several projects targeted at prevention and management of invasive insect species such as the crape myrtle bark scale and conduct work on pollinator attractiveness to different flowers. Adolfo is happy to be part of such a great team and looks forward to facing the challenges and opportunities future research will bring.
I was recently asked a series of questions on the release of the genetically modified mosquito produced by Oxitec. Snippets of my responses were published in a Forbes Opinion Article entitled “You can help stop these deadly mosquitoes“, written by Kavin Senapathy, who also asks a number of other scientists questions related to the potential release of the Oxitec Mosquito in the Florida Keys .
Here is my email below:
Do the benefits of the pilot release of Oxitec mosquitoes in the Florida Keys outweigh the risks? What are the real risks, and how do they compare with public perception of the risks?