Brown Marmorated Stink Bug is a highly pervasive pest that can cause severe losses for both conventional and organic growers in a wide variety of crops. This webinar will cover background information on BMSB biology and population ecology including identification and distribution. It will include a preliminary discussion of management tactics that are amenable to organic production systems including organic insecticides and biological control; however, this webinar will be primarily about the biology of the insect and future webinars will discuss management in more detail. A recently funded USDA OREI project led by Rutgers University is currently investigating the application of core organic management options developed through an enhanced understanding of BMSB dispersal and whole-farm movement.
Anne L. Nielsen is an Assistant Extension Specialist in fruit entomology at Rutgers University. She was one of the first researchers to study Brown Marmorated Stink Bug and has been trying to decipher its complex biology, behavior and management for nearly 10 years. Her current research includes BMSB biology and management as well as developing phenological models and sustainable management programs for fruit pests.
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