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Follow our lab adventures this summer on Instagram and Twitter! We are active this year in US, Mexico, and Canada.
Lab Instagram: @InsectAgroEco
- Jorge Ruiz-Arocho will spend the next 6 months studying if arthropod diversity differs between crops and their wild relatives in Mexico.
- Elisabeth Hodgdon and Andrea Swan will be working in Vermont and Canada studying pheromone mating disruption for swede midge.
- Chase Stratton is studying the possibility of managing swede midge using a push-pull system.
- Kristian Brevik (absent) will be exploring the “geography’ of transposable elements in the genome of the Colorado potato beetle (CPB).
- Erika Bueno is starting geographic Colorado potato beetle colonies as she begins as Ph. D. student this fall.
- Emma Schoeppner is studying if different ground covers can reduce swede midge success.
Photo: Zach Cohen
The Colorado potato beetle, Leptinotarsa decemlineata, genome paper has just been published in Scientific Reports. Sean Schoville, University of Wisconsin and I coordinated a group of 58 scientists from 33 institutions to manually annotate the genome.
Although the beetle has been notorious for its ability to rapidly evolve to a range of different types of environmental conditions, climates, host plants and insecticides, we were surprised that we did not find that the beetle had more genes for detoxifying pesticides compared to other more innocuous beetle species.
University of Madison Press release
Colorado potato beetle genome gives insight into major agricultural pest
UVM Communications Story
Science Daily Coverage
We are excited to announce that our swede midge fact sheet, titled, “Organic Management of Swede Midge,” is now posted online via Cornell University. We developed this document with our collaborators Christy Hoepting (Cornell) and Rebecca Hallett (University of Guelph) to aid and inform vegetable growers on swede midge identification, monitoring, biology, and organic management strategies.
You can find the fact sheet at the following permanent link:
We celebrated Finland’s 100th birthday and the holidays with the McKay lab! Leena will sadly be leaving us soon.
IAEL lab members at the party (Front: Sean, Jorge, Chase, Kristian, and Leena; Back: Andrea, Yolanda, and Lance).