Biological Pest Control: Strategies For Using Predator & Parasitoid Insects In Landscapes & Nurseries

Date/Time: 
Jan 22 2018 - 1:10pm

This session will cover the basic biology, behaviors, and use of biological pest management (biocontrol) agents in landscape and nursery settings. Topics discussed will include: identification, physiology, behaviors, and hunting strategies of predator and parasitoid insects, as well as techniques for their deployment, recruitment, and monitoring.

Learning outcomes:
1. Attendees will be able to identify common biological control agents.
2. Attendees will know the hunting strategies of biological control agents.
3. Attendees will be able to identify plants that support biological control agents.

Session Track: 
Grower

Presenter

Michigan State University

Adam Ingrao combines his professional and academic experience working in agriculture to aid farmers in solving insect pest problems in vegetable, fruit, and nursery crops. He holds a BS in Agriculture and Environmental Plant Science, with a concentration in Plant Protection Science, from California Polytechnic State University, and is currently a PhD candidate in the Department of Entomology at Michigan State University. His current research is focused on developing biological control measures for Michigan’s asparagus industry.