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."