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AB 480A1 - Horticultural Entomology

  • 2 credits

Key pest arthropods associated with horticultural plants and integrated tactics focused on sustainable pest suppression.

Introduction to key pest arthropods associated with horticultural plants and integrated pest management (IPM) tactics focused on sustainable pest suppression. Provide 1) General entomology overview and introduction to key insect orders; 2) Introduction to IPM - history, concepts, and application; 3) Overview of arthropods associated with horticultural systems; and 4) Introduction to creating and implementing an IPM plan for horticultural pest management.

Instructors

Ada Szczepaniec

970-491-6274 | a.szczepaniec@colostate.edu

Dr. Ada Szczepaniec is an Associate Professor of Horticultural Entomology in the Department of Agricultural Biology at Colorado State University. She earned her B.S. in Cell Molecular Biology and Genetics and Ph.D. in Entomology from University of Maryland, College Park. Dr. Szczepaniec’s research has focused on the mechanisms underlying secondary pest outbreaks in urban landscapes exposed to neonicotinoid insecticides. She has also studied IPM in food and grain crops, indirect effects of insecticides on plant-arthropod interactions, and induction of direct and indirect plant defenses in response to herbivory. Ada’s current work is focused on sustainable approaches to management of pests associated with industrial hemp in conventional and organic hemp production, incorporating biological control in IPM of hemp and specialty crops, insecticide resistance, and management of new emerging pests in niche crops.

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