International Short Course in Insect Chemical Ecology 2019 Kenya

Impact of semiochemicals on insect behavior (June 9th-21st)


From neuronal input to behavioral output to novel applications

With special focus on: plant-plant, plant-insect, plant-insect-microbe, and insect-animal interactions, pheromones, olfactory receptors, odor processing, evolution, physiological and chemical methods, insects and diseases, new and upcoming applications.

I’m excited to be among the great line up of lecturers at this years Chemical ecology Short course in Kenya! The PhD-level course in insect chemical ecology was organized by icipe, Kenya and Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology, Jena, Germany. In collaboration with Penn State University, USA and Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU).

TRAINERS: Ted Turlings, uniNE; John J. Beck, USDA; Teun Dekker, SLU; Paul Becher (SLU); Rickard Ignell, SLU; Christer Löfstedt, Lund University; Angel Guerrero, Institute for Advanced Chemistry of Catalonia (IQAC); Shannon Olsson, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research; Lucia Prieto Godino, Francis Crick Institute; Abdullahi Yusuf, University of Pretoria; Tom Baker, Penn State; Bill Hansson, Max Plank Institute for Chemical Ecology (MPI CE); Silke Sachse, MPI CE; Markus Knaden, MPI CE; Baldwyn Torto, icipe; Jared Gregory Ali, Penn State; David Tchouassi, icipe; Merid Getahun, icipe; Charles Midega, icipe; Sevgan Subramanian, icipe; Amanuel Tamiru, icipe; Daniel Masiga, icipe; Michael Okal, icipe

More info and registration details here.

New USDA-NIFA Award : “Solutions for managing Allium leafminer: a new invasive threat to Allium crops in North America”

This $325,000 USDA grant will assist combating the Allium leafminer, an invasive species of insect that threatens the area’s onion industry.

A project led by professors Dr. Shelby Fleischer, Dr. Jared Ali of Penn State University and Dr. Brian Nault of Cornell University  is seeking to identify solutions to managing the threat from the insect, the first of which was discovered in Orange County in April 2017.

Local agricultural experts say the insect could inflict major damage to Orange County onion crops, but more search is needed to determine how growers can protect their crops from the pest.

Great time at this year’s “Multi-State Chemical Ecology Group” meeting Hosted by PSU

This year I was honored to be the president and coordinator of  the Chemical Ecology Multi-state group and host it at Pennstate!

Top ( Left to Right): Cesar Rodriguez-Saona, Kelli Hoover, John Tooker, Tanya Renner, Tom Baker, Rick Karban, Gary Felton, Anurag Agrawal; Bottom ( Left to right) Jared Ali, Ivan Hiltpold,Dens Willet, Jennifer Thaler

Multi-State NE1501 :Harnessing Chemical Ecology to Address Agricultural Pest and Pollinator Priorities- info here ,