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.
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.
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.