Bill Woodruffe joined the lab in May of 2015 but officially started graduate school at Rutgers this Fall. He dove right into field work and is currently developing his thesis topic.
Brett spoke about research the lab is conducting on trap crops (in peppers) and border sprays (in peaches) for managing BMSB. Read the interviews here:
Border Sprays: http://www.growingproduce.com/fruits/sustainable-options-for-brown-marmorated-stink-bug-control/
Trap Crops: http://www.growingproduce.com/vegetables/sustainable-options-for-controlling-stink-bug-in-vegetables/
Anne will be traveling to Salt Lake City, UT in March to give two talks at the 2015 International IPM Conference. One talk is in a session on how IPM tactics have evolved in the face of invasive species, using BMSB as a case study. The second is one organic management of BMSB. Learn more here.
Anne will give two talks at the GL EXPO held in Grand Rapids, MI. One on BMSB biology and management in peaches, highlighting the IPM-CPR work done by Brett Blaauw, Dean Polk and herself. The second talk will be discussing organic management options for BMSB. http://www.goodfruit.com/great-lakes-expo-lineup/
Anne, John and Brett are headed to Portland, OR to meet up with a few thousand other entomologists _. Brett Blaauw was invited to give two talks about conservation biological control and the use of insectary plantings in agroecosystems. John Pote will participate in the student competition to share his results on viedo surveillance of BMSB predators. Anne Nielsen was invited to give a talk about integrating ecology into sustainable agriculture where she will highlight the work on IPM-CPR.
Dr. Anne L Nielsen is granted a USDA grant to lead a coordinated project on organic management of BMSB. http://www.entsoc.org/member-news/anne-nielsen-receives-multi-million-dollar-usda-award
Anne will try her best to keep this up-to-date with news from her lab! But when its time to write grants, field work, or she's having too much fun with her kids you will just have to stop by the farm to get updates!