Another midge species found attacking canola

A new midge species has been found attacking canola flowers in the Canadian provinces Alberta and Saskatchewan. The midge is from the genus Contarinia, the same genus as the swede midge (Contarinia nasturtii).

Here is a press release:



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Clubes de Ciencias – Insectos y el alimento

Clubes de Ciencias are science clubes sponsored by the Mexican government to engage undergraduate students in topical short summer workshops with researchers. With Lori Shapiro (Harvard) and Angelica Cibrian (Langebio), we taught a short course at Langebio on crop domestication and insect-plant interactions. We had tons of fun!

Los Clubes de Ciencias son apoyados del gobierno de Mexico para involvar estudiantes en talleres con investigadores. Con Lori Shapiro (Harvard) y Angelica Cibrian (Langebio), enseñamos un curso a Langebio sobre domesticación y interacciónes entre insectos y plants. Nos divertimos!


Lori discussing with the class on the geographic origins of the major food crops.


Cristhian looking for insects.


Pinning butterflies back in the lab.


A group photo of the class with Lori (in the back), me, and Angelica (butterfly shirt)!

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IAEL lab on the news

WCAX (Channel 3)  visited the lab to cover the developing swede midge story. Undergrads Laurel, Robin, and Phoebe also got on tv! Here is Laurel getting filmed.

Link to the story




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Yolanda interviewed by Vermont Public Radio

Yolanda was interviewed by Mitch Wertlieb of Vermont Public Radio (VPR) last Friday morning about current our research efforts to manage the invasive swede midge.


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Congratulations Elisabeth!

IAEL Ph. D. student Elisabeth Hodgdon just won a NE SARE Graduate Student grant for her proposal titled, “Development of an effective and economical pheromone mating disruption system for swede midge”. NE SARE gives out nice cushy awards of $15 K, per student.

Way to go Elisabeth!

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