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"Research and Extension to Improve Biological Control of Vineyard Leafhoppers"

Dr. Houston Wilson

Monday, February 27, 2017
  4–5 p.m.

Location: Genomics Building 1102A
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Category: Seminar


California growers are interested in the development of IPM strategies to reduce pesticide use, but this can be challenging to implement without disrupting common management practices and/or when dealing with newly invasive insects. Collaborative research and extension models can help overcome such difficulties. Over the past 9 years, Dr. Houston Wilson has been working with North Coast wine grape growers and UC Cooperative Extension to develop and evaluate IPM practices to improve control of Erythroneura (Cicadellidae) leafhoppers in vineyards. This work has focused on (1) the use of on-farm habitat diversification to enhance biological control of the western grape leafhopper (E. elegantula) (2008-2013) and (2) the development of an area-wide IPM and parasitoid release program to address outbreaks of the Virginia creeper leafhopper (E. ziczac), which was recently introduced into the North Coast (2013-2017). Both projects highlight the importance of collaborative research and outreach to develop effective pest management strategies.

Open to: Faculty/Staff Only
Admission: Free
Sponsor: Entomology Department

Contact Information:
Dr. Jocelyn Millar