There was a great article that appeared in Growing Produce about the work being done at the Appalachian Fruit Research Station, including the project that I am working on with monitoring and attract-and-kill for the brown marmorated stink bug. Check it out! http://www.growingproduce.com/farm-management/gennext-growers/six-takeaways-from-my-trip-to-the-appalachian-fruit-research-laboratory/?utm_source=knowledgemarketing&utm_medium=newsletter&utm_campaign=gennext+06172016&omhide=true&eid=319980621&bid=1436209
As the field season winds to a close, the data pouring in from the SARE-funded project examining attract-and-kill as a strategy to reduce insecticide use while maintaining control of brown marmorated stink bug popuplations is holding much progress. Fruit damage severity and frequency is significantly less in attract-and-kill blocks compared to a grower standard. Keep up with the progress of the project on another webpage I manage specifically for that group: http://williammorrison.wix.com/sare-blog
The student I’ve been mentoring, Brittany Poling, successfully wrote and presented her Capstone Thesis about the sublethal effects of insecticides on the behavior of the brown marmorated stink bug in the Department of Biology at Shepherd University.
The team that I am a member of working on the development of a comprehensive management program for the brown marmorated stink bug in specialty crops was awarded an IPM Award of Recognition at the International IPM Symposium in Salt Lake City, UT. Picture: sample compilation of outputs from the project.
Some of the research that I am doing at the Appalachian Fruit Research Station was highlighted on National Geographic News, and can be accessed at Stinkbugs Have Spread to 41 States; Can We Stop Them?.
I started a post-doc position in May, studying the brown marmorated stink bug. Continue reading