Pesticide credits available for participants from N.C., S.C. and TN.
Robin Rosetta is an Associate Professor at Oregon State University in the Department of Horticulture. She is a regional Extension Horticulturist based at the North Willamette Research and Extension Center in Aurora, Oregon. She works with commercial greenhouse and nursery producers with a focus on IPM. Robin has received numerous awards for her educational and stewardship efforts.
Ronald Valentin joined Biobest Candad Ltd. and Biobest USA Inc. in 2006 serving as biological crop protection specialist and technical trainer coordinator. Born into the greenhouse industry in the Netherlands, his father began using biological controls in 1971. At a young age Ronald began managing and producing the control agents for the family operation. After finishing his education he embarked on a career in biological control in 1986. Ronald’s career includes numerous management positions with organizaitons employing biological control strategies.
Matt Bouboulis is the IPM coordinator for North Creek Nurseries, Landenberg, Pennsylvania, a wholesale nursery specializing in perennials, ornamental grasses, ferns and vines with an emphasis on Eastern U. S. native plants. His experience includes work in the Delaware Water Gap national Recreation area of Pennsylvania and New Jersey and work on West Nile virus mosquito at the National Zoo in Washington D. C.
Dr. Sarah Jandricic, post-doctoral researcher at N. C. State University, has over 12 years of experience conducting research in greenhouse floriculture crops. She began her career studying the compatibility of pesticides with biological control agents, and has worked with federal level researchers, growers and industry leaders to improve the biological control of aphids, thrips and fungus gnats. Sarah worked in industry, offering IPM consulting to greenhouse operations.
Dr. JC Chong joined Clemson University in 2007 to develop the Turf and Ornamentals Entomology program. He worked at the University of Georgia for his advanced degrees on the management of the Madeira mealybug in greenhouse ornamental production. His current research and extension projects focus on understanding the biology, ecology and management of scale insects, boring insects, spider mites, eriophyid mites and their control.
Miranda Ganci is a graduate student at North Carolina State University under the direction of Mike Benson and Dr. Kelly Ivors. Her research focuses on management and biology of the boxwood blight pathogen.
Craig Adkins is an area specialized agent with the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service. He provides leadership, educational opportunities and assistance to nursery and greenhouse growers and landscape companies. Craig's major responsibilities include providing technical assistance on IPM, marketing, record keeping, personnel and operations management, alternative enterprises and production systems.
9:00 - 9:15 a.m. Welcome and Announcements
9:15 - 10:30 a.m. Keynote Speaker: Robin Rosetta, Bug Crafting
10:30 - 10:45 a.m. Break and Opportunity to View Beneficial Insects
10:45 - 11:30 a.m. Ronald Valentin, Thinking Outside the Box for Biocontrol
11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Matt Bouboulis, IPM Practices at North Creek Nursery
12:15 - 1:15 p.m. Lunch
Participants may rotate between the afternoon sessions.
Landscape & Nursery Track
1:15 - 2:15 p.m. Miranda Ganci, Boxwood Blight Management Update
2:30 - 3:30 p.m. JC Chong, Practical Options for Biological Control in Nurseries and Landscapes
1:15 - 2:15 p.m. Craig Adkins,
Best Sanitation Practices for your Operation
2:30 - 3:30 p.m. Sarah Jandricic, Gossip on Good Insects: Tips for a Successful Biological Control Program
3:30 - 4:00 p.m. Ronald Valentin, Hands on Release of Beneficial Insects
JC Chong, Scouting for Insects in Arboretum Landscape
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