On-demand webcasts feature educational bug bites for the greenhouse

The larvae of Aphidoletes aphidimyza (orange) feast on the body contents of aphids (translucent green) while the drained envelopes of former victims are in the background. Golden mummified aphid skins (right) are a telltale sign of parasitoid wasp activity. Photo: Jeremy Jubenville, MSU Extension.

The Michigan State University (MSU) Extension Floriculture Team offers a free weekly live webcast series on greenhouse biological control. “Insect bites!” started the first week of October and aims to offer mid-level discussions focused on flower production systems. Five seminars, each presented in a comfortable format (45 minutes plus Q&A), will help both new and experienced practitioners integrate additional tactics into their existing biocontrol programs.

Thrips have long been recognized as one of the most persistent and difficult to manage greenhouse pests. So much so that the management of thrips has become the cornerstone of biological control in greenhouses. However, a dilemma that frequently arises is the need to control other pests without significantly disrupting other management efforts. This series places special emphasis on managing other common greenhouse pests using beneficial organisms and features seven guest educators from Canada and the United States.

Here’s a closer look. Attendees have the option to connect to the live webinar or stream the recording on demand afterwards):

  • Poinsettia IPM in Ontario – (Sarah Jandricic, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture)
  • Establishment of aphidoletes and parasitoid aphids – (Kelly Vance and Erik van der Sluys, Insectary Beneficial)
  • Quality Controls and Post-Delivery Processing – (Chris Anzell, Koppert Biological Systems)
  • Integration of biopesticides: strategy and economic considerations (JJ Klimp, Hidden Leaf Greenhouse, sponsored by Plant Products)
  • Effective Control of Mushroom Flies and Shore Flies with Beneficial Organisms – (Saul Alba and Greg Bryant, Beneficial Insectary)

With the intention of going deeper into each topic, speakers will expect participants to be familiar with common greenhouse pests and biological control agents. Prior knowledge will be helpful, but not necessary.

Registration information, as well as the series program and speaker biographies, can be found on the Bug Bites! Web page or by contacting Jeremy Jubenville at 269-492-2813 or [email protected].


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