Click here to listen to an MSU podcast with VegEnt grad student, Adam Ingrao! Adam shares his experiences as a veteran and a graduate student working with asparagus pests and biocontrol.
An article entitled ‘Floral strips in cucumber fields’ was recently published, covering part of Nicole Quinn’s M.S. thesis research. To read the article click here.
Our new publication “Identification of plant semiochemicals and evaluation of their interactions with early spring pests of asparagus” by W.R. Morrison, A. Ingrao, J. Ali, and Z. Szendrei has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Plant Interactions.
Congratulations to Nicole Quinn for successfully defending her MS thesis! Nicole’s graduate research focused on habitat management in cucurbits.
Congrats to ESA graduate student competition 1st prize winners Ari Grode (MS) and Jessica Kansman (former undergrad). Ari won with his poster on onion thrips, and Jessica with her 10-min talk on celery leaftier pheromone.
Our new MSU Bulletin on “Diseases and insects in Michigan cucurbits and their management” is now available free of charge through the MSU Bookstore.
Congratulations to Jeremy Jubenville and Monica Hufnagel for successfully defending their M.S. theses this month. Jeremy’s research focused on the spatiotemporal distribution of insects in and around celery fields and Monica’s thesis work was on the relationship between Colorado potato beetles and wild potato species.
Congratulations to Jessica Kansman for winning the Entomology Society of America’s Plant-Insect Ecosystems (PI-E) Section’s Undergraduate Student Achievement Award. The P-IE Undergraduate Student Achievement in Entomology 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. Jessica will receive a waiver of registration to the ESA Meeting, $ 1,500 and a plaque. The awards can be used for travel expenses for participation in the ESA meeting.
Amanda Buchanan has accepted a postdoc position to work on a project jointly funded to Matt Grieshop’s and our lab. Her focus will be on asparagus related experiments this summer.
We also have to new graduate students joining the VegEnt lab; Margie Lund will be starting this June, and will be working on an organic project dealing with the impact of tillage practices and cover crops on insects in agroecosystems. Ari Grode is currently transitioning from undergrad to grad student status and will be working on a project looking at the relationship between onion thrips and a bacterial disease of onions.