Severe honey bee colony losses have occurred in New York for the past several years. These losses have greatly impacted full-time commercial beekeepers (>500 colonies), sideliners (50-500 colonies) and hobby beekeepers (<50 colonies) across the state. Beekeepers have expressed concern over how pesticides may be impacting colony health, yet the breadth and risk from pesticide exposure is largely unknown. To get a better handle on the situation, we designed two major field studies to quantify pesticide residues and risk across several sites throughout NYS.
Nutriphone is a smartphone based micronutrient testing system that utilizes camera phones to analyze blood results for vitamins, cholesterol and other health markers.
This project seeks to determine if cultural practices (compost and sand application) can be used on golf course fairways to improve biological control of annual bluegrass weevil (ABW) using entomopathogenic nematodes. Composts and sand alter soil physical and chemical conditions. These changes in soil conditions may improve soil habitat traits for nematodes, and thus may improve establishment and efficacy of nematodes against ABW. We will assess the relationship between golf course cultural practices and biological control on golf courses in Central and Western, NY.
Researchers in the behavioral biomarkers project are developing software techniques to combine and transform data streams from mobile tracking devices into clinically meaningful, actionable and personalized indicators of an individual's health.
We developed a desktop application called ‘Cluster’ to spatially analyse pixelated data in digital photographs. The user isolates target entities (clusters) by designating up to 24 pixel colours as non-targets and applying a threshold slider to visualise the targets. The app calculates the percent area occupied by targeted pixels and identifies the centroid and compass angle of orientation for each cluster. Anomalous clusters can be interactively deselected and excluded from analysis.
Vast amounts of research studying the use of social technologies have helped develop a deep, rich understanding of how such technologies mediate and are embedded in complex sociotechnical milieux. Technology use, however, is but one aspect of such systems. A less-studied complementary aspect is technology non-use. In instances where particular technologies become seemingly nearly pervasive, intentional and pointed absence of that technology becomes both analytically conspicuous and potentially informative.
We aim to develop biocontrol strategies for SWD.
We aim to characterize the impact of polysaccharides in the diet on gut homeostasis.
New York sod producers are tasked with meeting high consumer expectations of pest and pathogen-free turf. Current options for pest control in sod are limited, and sod producers have voiced a need for improved alternative pest control options. Entomopathogenic nematodes (EPNs) have shown promise in biological control of turf pests, and there are many species available commercially. Commercial EPNs, however, exhibit poor persistence in the field, require multiple applications, and are typically too costly for use in sod production.
Annual Bluegrass Weevil (ABW) is one of the most troublesome pests of golf turfgrass. ABW management has relied heavily on pyrethroid insecticides, and overuse of these products has resulted in insecticide resistance. Few biological control practices are available for ABW management, and those that are available exhibit low efficacy due in part to poor establishment in turf soils. Our project seeks to identify novel applications of biological control agents against ABW.