Thursday, March 10, 2011

Post Doctoral Positions Targeting BMSB Now Available

Please click on links below to learn more. 

Research Entomologist/Chemist/Biologist - (Postdoctoral Research Associate)
Research Entomologist- (Postdoctoral Research Associate)

New Post-Doc Begins to Tackle BMSB at Virginia Tech

Dr.  Shimat V. Joseph has begun a post-doctoral position working on BMSB at Virginia Tech.  with  Drs. Chris Bergh and Tracy Leskey (USDA-ARS).  His tentative research plans include documenting seasonal phenology of BMSB in commercial apple orchards as well as evaluating the behavioral effects of Surround (kaolin clay) against BMSB.
Says Shimat, "I did my undergraduate education in Agriculture from Kerala Agricultural University (India) then earned Masters and Doctoral degrees in Entomology from the University of Georgia. Masters research was designed to enhance our understanding of IPM strategies in turfgrass. The broad objective of my dissertation research focused on refining IPM strategies such as insecticides, fertilizer, host plant resistance and biological control to reduce the invasive hemlock woolly adelgid in landscape and forest settings. My current projects at Agricultural Research and Extension Center of VA Tech will help to streamline IPM tactics for the exotic brown marmorated stink bug in fruit trees."

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

National Wildlife Federation Talks About BMSB

The National Wildlife Federation has put together an excellent website talking about issues with the invasive Brown Marmorated Stink Bug.  Check it out!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Special Symposium on BMSB at the Eastern Branch Meeting of the Entomological Society of America

Suddenly they are everywhere. These foul-smelling bugs, originally from Asia, were first detected in Pennsylvania in the late 1990’s. Now they are damaging fruits and vegetables and invading homes in many parts of the United States.

State, federal, university, and industry entomologists from the eastern U.S. and Canada will converge at the Harrisburg Hilton Hotel in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, March 18-21, 2011, to discuss the brown marmorated stink bug plague during the 82nd Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America's Eastern Branch during a symposium called “The Plague of the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug.”

Read about it here.

Pennsylvania Apple Marketing Board Supports BMSB Research in PA

The Pennsylvania Apple Marketing Board announced that it is taking an aggressive stand against the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) by funding a critical early field research program. The Board approved $50,000 to fund a two-year research project for BMSB management in commercial orchards through the entomology program at the Pennsylvania State University’s Fruit Research and Extension Center, in Biglerville, PA  (link to complete article below).