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 , https://www.nimss.org/projects/view/17276