Headspace collection up and running – Aug 25, 2010

Our new headspace collection setup is up and running as of today. Our first batch of samples are composed of different potato-relative plant species. We are currently examining the headspace composition of those potato ancestors that are resistant to Colorado potato beetles.

Extension meetings – summer 2010

Take a look at the photos from two extension meetings: one from July 27 in Imlay city, MI and another, the onion twilight meeting in Martin, MI Aug 19, 2010.

Cabbage Harvest – Aug 17, 2010

Alex’s cabbage project is over (at least the field part of it)…check out the photos of the cabbage harvest.

Aster leafhopper release – July 30, 2010

Aster leafhoppers that were reared in the greenhouse were released in our carrot plots, testing the effect of trap crop borders, and borders with systemic and contact insecticide treatments.

Weed transplanting into carrots – July 29, 2010

For our aster leafhopper-weed interaction study in carrots, we transplanted our weeds at the Southwest Michigan Research Station.

EPA Decision Makers’ Tour – July 22, 2010

On July 21 and 22, EPA employees along with MSU campus administrative personnel came to visit the vegetable industry in MI – field trips to different regions of MI took the group to all major vegetable growing regions. This was a great opportunity for the industry to raise issues of concern and bring it to the attention of people in regulatory roles. The attendees received information on ongoing research in different disciplines conducted on farm or at research stations.

Potato meeting

Potato cages at MSU campus – July 9, 2010

Our collaborative experiment with Dave Douches requires the use of large field cages to test potato lines for resistance to Colorado potato beetles. Field cages were set up on July 8 and 9 on MSU campus. Thanks to all the busy hands from the Douches and Szendrei labs who helped in this effort!

Beans at SWMREC – July 9, 2010

Bean sampling at the Southwest Michigan Research and Extension Station, Benton Harbor, MI. See the photos:

Cabbage pictures! – July 2, 2010

Our collaborative project with Dan Brainard in cabbage keeps us busy looking for pests.