In the last month we have had several samples come into the Plant Disease and Insect Clinic with impatiens necrotic spot virus (INSV). These have primarily been greenhouse crops like impatiens and mums but the [...]
Scientific American is reporting from Reuters that Home Depot, BJ's Wholesale, and other smaller retailers will soon require vendors to label plants that have been treated with neonicotinoid insecticides. Neonicotinoids are among the most commonly [...]
Western flower thrips larvae. Photo: Andrew Ernst. Here is another recent article in GrowerTalks. It is titled "Practical ways to send thrips packing" and covers ways to make you greenhouse and plants less [...]
My latest contribution to GrowerTalks is titled "Avoid a spider mite SNAFU" and covers many aspects of mite management. PDF. Enjoy!
Sarah Jandricic, a postdoc in the lab, just published a paper titled “The effect of banker plant species on the fitness of Aphidius colemani Viereck and its aphid host (Rhopalosiphum padi L.)” in Biological Control. [...]
Sara Prado, an esteemed alumni of our lab, just had her paper selected as Editor's Choice in Ecological Entomology. When given the choice, parasitoids select the hosts that will increase offspring fitness. Thanks Mom! It turns out [...]
The USDA IR-4 project works to expand product labels to fulfill the needs of ornamental producers and landscapers. The survey takes 3-4 minutes and will help steer IR-4 funding toward the pests and diseases most important [...]
Western flower thrips and damage on petunia leaf. Photo: SD Frank Check out our new Floricast "Why are thrips so hard to manage?" that describes how thrips biology affects insecticide efficacy. The Floricast podcast [...]
See our video 'Introduction to Banker Plant Systems' posted today on Greenhouse Grower magazine. Watch for more webcasts from our lab and collaborators from Purdue University, University of New Hampshire, Kansas State, and Cornell University.
Recently I have been asked for recommendations to manage whiteflies on poinsettias in color. Growers are understandably hesitant to make applications for fear of phytotoxicity to bracts. Yet if whiteflies are around you need some [...]