Dr. Anna Wallingford

University of New Hampshire

Monday, February 12, 2024 - 3:30pm

Paige Lab Room 202 or Zoom

Bio: Dr. Anna Wallingford is a Research Assistant Professor in UNH’s Dept. of Agriculture, Nutrition, & Food Systems and researcher at NH’s Agricultural Experiment Station. With 20 years of experience conducting Integrated Pests Management (IPM) research for various specialty crop systems in Virginia, California, New York, and New England, her lab studies the behavior and biology of pest insects causing economic damage to fruit and vegetable crops in the northeast. This information is critical to developing and evaluating IPM tools & tactics for pest management in conventional, organic, and organic-inspired operations.

Title: Applied Chemical Ecology For Managing Key Insect Pests Of Cucurbits

Abstract: Chemical ecology explores how organisms use chemicals in their environment to find food, mates, and optimal habitats. Improved knowledge in this field also contributes to the development of behavioral controls for Integrated Pest Management (IPM), such as trap cropping, mass trapping and attract-and-kill (A&K). Here we explore how striped cucumber beetle (SCB), Acalymma vittatum F. (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) and other key pests in northeast cucurbit systems can be manipulated using attractive odors, selective feeding stimulants, and the judicious use of bee-safe insecticides.

This is a Northeast SARE funded collaboration with entomologists at USDA in Beltsville, MD and University of Vermont. Find more information about this project here: https://projects.sare.org/project-reports/lne20-413r/

Link: https://wallingfordlab.weebly.com/

 

The Stockbridge Seminar Series is weekly, and features academic speakers on topics related to plant and soil sciences in agriculture. 

All Stockbridge Seminar Series events are on Mondays from 3:30pm-4:30pm, are free, and are open to members of the Stockbridge community. 

All events will be in person in Paige Lab Room 202, and will also be live-streamed at

https://umass-amherst.zoom.us/j/97102939495?pwd=SFYwMFNhN2xxdGQ1Z1REWHYv...

Meeting ID: 971 0293 9495

Passcode: Seminar

Interested members of the public are welcome to join us via Zoom.

Host

Susan Scheufele

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