On January 13th, we joined Dr. Leskey’s for their PVASMonthly Program presentation on ‘The Invasive Spotted Lanternfly: Ecological and Agricultural Impacts and Potential Solutions.’
The spotted lanternfly is native to China, India and Vietnam. This invasive species was first detected in Berks County, PA in 2014. Since that time it has spread to additional states including WV, VA, DE, MD, NY, NJ, CT and OH. This phloem-feeding insect attacks both hardwood tree species such as black walnut and sugar maple, but also cultivated crops like grape. Learn more about the life history, ecology and behavior of this invader and what researchers are doing to combat the threat it poses to agroecosystems and to develop sustainable long-term solutions.
Dr. Tracy Leskey, is the Research Leader and Station Director of the USDA-ARS Appalachian Fruit Research Station. She has over 20 years of experience developing behaviorally-based monitoring tools and sustainable management tactics for invasive and persistent native insect pests of temperate fruit production such as brown marmorated stink bug, plum curculio and more recently, the spotted lanternfly.
Due to technical difficulties that evening, the recording was split into multiple videos and may be missing pieces.
You can watch their Zoom presentation from the comfort of your own home here.
Thank you again to those who could attend January’s Monthly Program. When you attend the live Zoom event, you have the opportunity to ask our guest speakers questions directly, mingle with other members, plus more added benefits! Be sure to subscribe to our newsletter to know when we announce the date for the next Monthly Program.