february, 2022

17feb6:00 am9:00 amUMass Extension’s Invasive Insect Webinar Series 2022: Day 26:00 am - 9:00 am


Event Details

UMass Extension’s Invasive Insect Webinar Series 2022

Thurs, Feb 17, 2022 6:00 AM – 9:00 AM PST

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Wednesday, February 16, 2022 – 6 am
Thursday, February 17, 2022 – 6 am
Friday, February 18, 2022 – 6 am

6:00 AM – 8:45 AM:  Join UMass Extension’s Landscape, Nursery, and Urban Forestry Program and UMass Extension’s Fruit Program for an exciting FREE series of webinars focusing on the impact, monitoring, and management of invasive insects in Massachusetts and the nation! Topics to include browntail moth, spotted lanternfly, the biological control of emerald ash borer, invasive forest insects, invasive hornets, invasive agricultural pest updates, and more! Please note: while participants from anywhere are invited to attend, much of the material presented will be specific to Massachusetts and New England. You may want to check the material to see what is of interest to you.


6:00 – 7:15 AM: Research Updates on Emerald Ash Borer Biocontrol
Dr. Joseph Elkinton, Professor of Entomology, Dept. of Environmental Conservation, University of Massachusetts
This presentation will discuss updates from the Elkinton Lab at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and their cooperators who are monitoring the establishment and impact of non-stinging parasitoid wasps for the biological control of the emerald ash borer (Agrilus planipennis – EAB). Exciting new data suggests that one such parasitoid (Spathius galinae) is having a real impact and reducing EAB larval densities in the field. Join to learn more from Dr. Elkinton!

7:30 – 8:45 AM: Murdering the Hornets – An Overview of Eradication Actions in Washington State to Prevent the Establishment of Vespa mandarinia
Dr. Chris Looney, Entomology Laboratory, Washington State Department of Agriculture 
Multiple North American detections of Vespa mandarinia, the world’s largest hornet species, has led to a multi-year survey and eradication program in Washington State and adjacent British Columbia. A combination of grocery-store items, high-tech equipment, and a massively engaged public has been deployed in the region with measureable success. This talk will outline our approach and why we feel cautiously optimistic – at least until next summer.

This FREE series is supported by the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program at the U.S. Department of Agriculture through grant 21SCBPMA1011. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the presenters and do not necessarily represent the official views of the USDA. Use the links below to register for each day.


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