Bug Bites: An Intermediate-level seminar series on greenhouse biological control

Tune in to these free webcasts to get your biocontrol questions answered by industry experts.

Aphidoletes aphidimyza larvae eating aphids
Biological control agents at work! Aphidoletes aphidimyza larvae (orange) feast on the body contents of plump juicy aphids (translucent green) while the drained husks of past victims lie in the background. Golden mummified aphid skins (right) are a telltale sign of parasitoid wasp activity. Photo by Jeremy Jubenville, MSU Extension.

The floriculture team from Michigan State University Extension is pleased to offer a free series of live weekly webcasts on greenhouse biological control. Bug Bites! begin the first week of October 2020 and are intended to be intermediate-level discussions geared toward floriculture production systems. Five seminars, each presented in a comfortable format (45 minutes plus Q&A), will help both beginning and experienced practitioners integrate additional tactics into their existing biocontrol programs.

Thrips have long been recognized as one of the most persistent and challenging greenhouse pests to manage. So much, in fact, that thrips management has become the cornerstone of greenhouse biocontrol. A dilemma that frequently arises, however, is the need to suppress additional pests without causing a significant disruption to 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:

  • Poinsettia IPM in Ontario – Oct. 6, 11 a.m. EST. Sarah Jandricic, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture
  • Establishing Aphidoletes and aphid parasitoids – Oct. 13, 1 p.m. EST. Kelly Vance and Erik van der Sluys, Beneficial Insectary
  • Quality checks and post-delivery handling – Oct. 20, 11 a.m. EST. Chris Anzell, Koppert Biological Systems
  • Biopesticide integration: strategy & economic considerations – Oct. 27, 11 a.m. EST. JJ Klimp, Hidden Leaf Greenhouse. Sponsored by Plant Products.
  • Effective fungus gnat and shore fly suppression with beneficial organisms – Nov. 2 - 1 p.m. EST. Saul Alba and Greg Bryant, Beneficial Insectary

With the intention of taking a deeper look into each subject, the speakers will expect participants to have some familiarity with common greenhouse pests and biological control agents. Prior knowledge will be helpful, but not necessary.

There is no cost to attend these online seminars, however registration is required. Registration information, along with the series schedule and speaker biographies, can be found at the Bug Bites! webpage or by contacting Jeremy Jubenville at 269-492-2813 or jubenvi3@msu.edu.

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