Thursday, March 10, 2011

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."

1 comment:

  1. I wish you the best of luck. Living near,Front Royal, VA, I have seen first hand the magnitude of this infestation. I live near several vineyards and wineries, nestled in a valley amongst apple orchards. These bugs are everywhere. They certainly find their way indoors, and seem to be attracted to light. Also, they gravitate towards just about anything you are drinking out of, especially cans and wine glasses. I have noticed long stains on the walls near their hangouts, both in and outdoors, and these stains were not present over the winter months. The stains are roughly 4 inches long and appear to be caused by some sort of secretion, as the color of the stain is resembles the overall color scheme of the bug. Perhaps it is excrement or residue from the molting process. Keep up the good work, and best of luck to you!