Oikos meta-analysis

Amanda Buchanan, postdoc, is lead author of a new meta-analysis on non-consumptive predator effects in arthropods, accepted for publication in the journal Oikos. Co-authors are Sara Hermann (Ph.D. student in Landis lab), Margie Lund (Ph.D. student in this lab) and Zsofia Szendrei.

New publication

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.

MSU Student Awards

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.

 

ESA grad student award

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).

Dr. Wood joins the lab

Dr. Tom Wood joined the lab as a postdoc to work on a new USDA funded project studying the trade-off between pest management and pollinator conservation in cucurbits. This is a collaborative project between Indian, Ohio and Michigan. Welcome to Michigan Tom! Read more about Tom here.

Vegetable Industry Scholarship

Congratulations to Ari Grode (M.S. grad student, on left) who was awarded the MI Vegetable Industry Scholarship ($1,500), which he received¬†at a dinner held at the Great Lakes Expo on December 7, 2016. Ari’s graduate research is on untangling the relationship between onion thrips and bacterial leaf blight.

Lab alumni author pubs

Nicole Quinn and Monica Hufnagel, both former M.S. students in the lab, are lead authors of two new publications from their thesis research. Alex Bryant, also former M.S. student, is co-author on another publication form the research she did while in our lab. Check out the PDFs for all of these manuscripts here.

New USDA Funding

Our grant on organic squash management was funded by USDA-NIFA for 3 years. This project will investigate weed, disease, insect pests as well as pollinators in Michigan, Wisconsin and Indiana squash fields.  Read more here and here.

Winning presentation

Congratulations to Ari Grode for winning 3rd place with his 10-min talk in the MSU Plant Science Graduate Student Symposium. His presentation was about the relationship between onion thrips and bacterial leafblight in Michigan onion fields.