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Science in Our Valley: Genetics & Pest Populations w Dr. Laura Lavine
April 24 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
How genetics can help control insect populations – an example of precision genetic diagnostics for integrated pest management in hops.
Dr. Lavine will discuss how understanding the genetics of a pest like the two-spotted spider mite can help with management decisions. Two-spotted spider mites are an important pest of a diversity of crops, including hops, and they are notorious for their ability to resist many commonly used pesticides.
This research allows us to make accurate and precise decisions regarding the ability of a population of these pests in your hopyard at a specific point in time to resist chemicals you might want to use to control them. Why waste money and time on chemicals that don’t work? Precision genetic diagnostics can predict what the pest will resist before it happens.
The Science in Our Valley seminar series began in October 2017 as a way for local scientists and science educators to bring their research to the community and as a way to engage and connect with one another. The series features presentations by local scientists and science educators as well as guests from outside the region.
Host organizations include the Apple STEM Network, the North Central Educational Service District, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Research Station, WSU Tree Fruit Research & Extension Center, and Wenatchee Valley College. The series also is a key step in The Bridge Research and Innovation District strategic plan.
K-12 Educators are also encouraged to attend the seminars to learn about local career connections and research efforts that they can bring back to their students. Clock hours are available through the North Central Educational Service Districts for the series.
All events are open to the public, and run from 4 to 5 p.m. and will be held at either the WSU Tree Fruit Research & Extension Center or at Wenatchee Valley College. The content is intended for a ‘science-based’ audience, including researchers, postdoctoral scientists, graduate students, undergraduate scientists, K-12 educators and science enthusiasts.
For more info contact:
Dr. Sue Kane
co-director of the Apple STEM Network