The objective of this project was to develop a modular workshop-style program for teaching turf managers how to diagnose insect pest problems. Participants work with pin, point, and gel-mounted insect specimens and keys (non-taxonomic, included at end of statement) to learn basic identification of adult and immature stages of common turf pests. Participants also learn field diagnosis of common damage symptoms along with treatment thresholds and other decision making criteria.
“Drone Discovery” is the 2016 4-H National Youth Science Day Challenge sponsored by the National 4-H Council. New York 4-H, the 4-H Geospatial Sciences Program and CCE Broome County educators developed the Challenge. It is comprised of activities for youth to introduce them to the science, technology, engineering and math of unmanned aerial vehicles and delivered as a kit of supplies for science inquiry.
Through interviews with farmers and agricultural service providers, and other community and economic development organizations, The Our Farms, Our Stories Project sought to better understand and communicate the needs and opportunities of Tioga County's farms and farmers, particularly in the context of broader community and economic develompent.
Carpenter bees are wood-destroying insects that are capable of drilling through wood to create nests. Because these insects are viewed as pests, they are often controlled by pest professionals with insecticide dusts. The goal of this project was to evaluate the use of homemade carpenter bee traps to reduce the population of female carpenter bees, which are responsible for causing the damage to wood. Twelve traps were set out at six sites with current carpenter be damage, and collected 54 carpenter bees: 21 males and 33 females.
Under this activity, I will work with a panel of scientists appointed by the Secretary General of the United Nations to monitor the achievement of global goals of sustainable development and the lessons that can be drawn for policies worldwide
Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs (BMSB) are invasive insects that damage plants outdoors and overwinter inside structures. Pest management professionals receive calls about this and other overwintering pests in the spring and fall, when pests attempt to exit and enter structures, respectively. The goal of this project was to evaluate the effectiveness of physical exclusion in preventing brown marmorated stink bugs from entering buildings.
Under this initiative, I have have helped the United Nations' efforts to train policy-makers across several African countries. The idea is to help them appreciate and be ready to respond to population changes that are expected in the region for the next half century. One of these changes is a remarkable increase in the size of the youth population, but also in urban residence and education. These changes have dramatic implications for the services and infrastructure that need building as well as the social changes/disruptions to be expected.
The goal is to integrate Next Generation DNA sequencing with studies of physiology, morphology, and behavior, to develop simple, but conclusive genetic diagnostic tests to identify cryptic pest insects of economic importance, while also understanding the implications of hybridization with other closely realated non-pest insects. As a test case, we will focus on the apple maggot fly, Rhagoletis pomonella, the major quarantine pest threatening the multi-billion dollar apple industry in the Pacific Northwest. Stakeholders face a serious problem distinguishing R.
Eggplant is a common vegetable grown throughout Asia by resource-poor farmers. Eggplant is attacked by a caterpillar known as the eggplant fruit and shoot borer (EFSB) and growers typically spray every 2-3 days to control it, usually with little success but with considerable health and environmental harm. Using an engineered plant that expresses a common bacterial protein used by organic growers, these farmers now have a solution that completely eliminates the need to spray for EFSB.
This study developed a simple and effective method for using BMSB monitoring tools as a trigger to initiate pest management. Management strategies to determine the most effective and least labor-intensive method for employing pest monitoring and management were recommended and tested in the field. Trapping assessments of populations employed multiple lure formulations in boarder traps, attract and kill strategies and passive trapping to determine presence and density.