The Fruit and Vegetable Growers’ News selected former Ph.D. student, Adam Ingrao, for their 40 Under 40 award. These awards are given by a panel of industry experts who select members of the ‘Fruit + Vegetable 40 Under 40 Class of 2018‘. This honor is reserved exclusively for outstanding young industry professionals who are demonstrating exceptional commitment to making their mark in the industry through innovation and leadership. Adam will be featured, along with the rest of the Class of 2018, in the October 2018 issues of Fruit Growers News and Vegetable Growers News and, he will be honored at an event during the 2018 Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable & Farm Market EXPO on Tuesday, December 4th. Congratulations Adam on this distinguished honor!
Drs. Amanda Buchanan and Adam Ingrao are moving on to new jobs after making great advancements in asparagus entomology in our lab. Amanda as a postdoc was working on using flowering plants to enhance biocontrol of asparagus miner and, Adam did a Ph.D. on molecular gut content analysis of predators collected from asparagus agroecosystems and the chemical ecology of asparagus. We will miss both of you and good luck in your future endeavors!
Our manuscript on onion thrips and bacterial leafblight interactions was published in the Journal of Economic Entomology. The lead author is former Master’s student, Ari Grode, who graduated earlier this year. Check out the paper here.
Dr. Amanda Buchanan, postdoc, is lead author of a new meta-analysis on arthropod predator-prey non-consumptive effects. Co-authors are Sara Hermann (Ph.D. student in Landis lab), Margie Lund (Ph.D. student in this lab) and Zsofia Szendrei. Our article is open-access and was published online in the September 2017 issue of Oikos!
Adam Ingrao (Ph.D. student) is lead author of a new publication in Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment on biological control in Michigan asparagus fields. Co-authors include former postdoc, Dr. Jason Schmidt, now an assistant professor at University of Georgia and; former graduate and undergraduate students: Jeremy Jubenville, Ari Grode, Dave VanderZee, and Lidia Komondy.
Margie Lund and Adam Ingrao, both Ph.D. students, received the MSU Entomology Department’s Hutson Endowment Research Grant ($2,500 each). Margie also received the Rhodes Gene Thompson Award ($1,500), which is given to graduate students working in applied entomology. Adam received the Guyer Award ($500), which recognizes outstanding achievement in extension by an Entomology graduate student. Ari Grode, M.S. student, received 2nd place in the MSU Plant Science Graduate Student Symposium with his 10 minute oral presentation on the interaction of onion thrips and bacterial blight.
Congratulations to Nicole Quinn (former M.S. student) for receiving the Asa Fitch Memorial Graduate Student Award recognizing the research she conducted during her time in the Vegetable Entomology Lab. The Entomological Society of America (ESA) gives this award to an outstanding Masters graduate student each year ($250 and a certificate).