This webinar was recorded on December 2, 2014.
In this webinar, the presenters will discuss the identification and crop damage of the yellowmargined leaf beetle, as well as trap cropping, attractants, and biological control. They will share relevant outcomes from a NIFA-OREI funded project: Development and Participatory Implementation of Integrated Organic Pest Management for Crucifer Vegetable Production in the South, and highlight IPM resources for producers and educators.
Dr. Rammohan Balusu is Research Fellow II at Auburn University. He works on ecologically-based pest management tactics in fruit and vegetable crops. He has been working on Yellowmargined leaf beetle problem in organic crucifer production since 2006.
Dr. Ayanava Majumdar is Extension Entomologist with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System and his work focuses on developing vegetable IPM recommendations for a variety of crops. He is also the SARE program coordinator at Auburn University and has established a strong organic educational program for small producers in Alabama.
Dr. Ronald D. Cave is a Professor of Entomology and Nematology at the University of Florida Indian River Research and Education Center. He received his PhD from Auburn University, his MSc from the University of California-Berkeley, and his BSc from the University of California-Davis. He was a Peace Corps volunteer in El Salvador and Paraguay and a professor for 15 years at the Panamerican School of Agriculture in Honduras, where he taught courses, conducted research on biological control, pest management, and biodiversity, and directed the Center for Biological Control in Central America. His research at the UF Hayslip Biological Control research and Containment Laboratory at the Indian River Research and Education Center in Ft. Pierce focuses on biological control of invasive arthropods, particularly the importation of exotic insects as candidate biological control agents, assessment of commercial natural enemies, and study of the biology of parasitoids and predators. Current projects target the cycad aulacaspis scale, the Mexican bromeliad weevil, and the yellowmargined leaf beetle. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses and mentors graduate students. He is author or co-author of more than 100 peer-reviewed papers, 20 non-refereed publications, and 20 books or book chapters.
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