New publication

Our new publication by Katie Demeuse, Ari Grode and Zsofia Szendrei has been accepted for publication in Plant Disease. The title of the paper is ‘Comparing qPCR and nested PCR diagnostic methods for aster yellows phytoplasma in aster leafhoppers’.

SARE Grad Student Award

Adam Ingrao received a NCR-SARE graduate student grant for his work on “Luring generalist predators from field borders to control crop pests”. This ~$12,000 award will fund research supplies and an undergraduate assistant to help Adam in his work on biological control in asparagus.

ESA Undergrad Award

Congratulations to Lidia Komondy for winning the Entomology Society of America’s Plant-Insect Ecosystems (PI-E) Section’s Undergraduate Student Achievement Award. This award recognizes undergraduate students who have demonstrated significant achievements through research, teaching and/or outreach in entomology. As many as four awards may be presented annually. Lidia will receive $1,500 and a plaque. The award can be used for travel expenses for participation in the ESA meeting. Lidia has been working as an undergraduate research assistant in our lab for two years and has contributed to multiple ongoing projects.

Awards to lab alumni

Congratulations to two of our lab’s alumni, Nicole Quinn and Katie Demeuse for winning 2016 MSU Entomology Department Awards. Nicole won the Wooley Award for her outstanding achievement in her total Master’s program and Katie won the Entomology Undergraduate Award for her outstanding achievement in the overall undergraduate program.

Winning undergrad poster

Lidia Komondy, MSU entomology undergraduate and URA in the lab, won first prize with her poster at the 2016 University Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum. Her poster’s title was “The effect of border habitats on predation of a key pest”. It focused on spider abundance and diversity in and around asparagus fields and their interaction with the asparagus miner. She found that quite a few species of spiders consume the miners and are therefore good biological control agents.

ESA Meeting 2014

Congratulations to Nicole for winning in the Student Competition for the President’s Prize at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America in Portland, Oregon! Her 10 minute oral presentation was about how different types of tillage and mulches influence insects, such as seed predators, in a squash field.

Vegetable Industry Scholarship

Congratulations to Adam, Jeremy, Nicole and Katie for receiving this year’s Michigan Vegetable Industry Scholarship Award ($1,500 each). The scholarships will be presented during the banquet program at the Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable and Farm Market EXPO on Dec. 10 in Grand Rapids, MI.