Understanding Cycles of Pests and Diseases and Their Interaction with the Environment

Understanding Cycles of Pests and Diseases and Their Interaction with the Environment

A Workshop for Vegetable Growers and Extension Agents

“Understanding Cycles of Pests and Diseases and Their Interaction with the Environment”

August 10, 2018; 9:00 AM till 3:15 PM (lunch included)
Clemson Coastal Research & Education Center
2700 Savannah Highway, Charleston, SC 29414


For farmers, successful use of cultural disease and insect pest management methods to prevent and/or avoid problems before they occur depends on an understanding of pathogen and pest life cycles and also how their development may be affected by weather conditions. In this workshop, vegetable disease and insect pest management experts will discuss life cycles of key disease pathogens and insect pests affecting vegetables both above and below-ground. They will also explain how growers may use this information to implement certain cultural management practices that help to prevent or avoid disease and pest problems, and how changes in weather can affect disease and pest development. The workshop will conclude with a session on selection and application of organic insecticides for use in vegetables.

WORKSHOP INSTRUCTORS
Dr. Anthony Keinath, Professor of Plant Pathology, Clemson University Coastal Research and Education Center, Charleston, SC.
Dr. Keinath serves as the vegetable pathologist for South Carolina. He has served as chair of the Publications Board for the American Phyopathological Society, and as Editor-in-Chief of Plant Disease, the leading international journal for applied plant pathology research. His research focuses on management, ecology, and epidemiology of fungal and bacterial pathogens of cucurbits and cole crops and general integrated pest management for vegetables. His area of expertise is the fungus Stagonosporopsis citrulli, the cause of gummy stem blight and black rot on cucurbits.

Dr. Rebecca Schmidt-Jeffris, Assistant Professor of Entomology, Clemson University Coastal Research & Education Center, Charleston, SC. Dr. Schmidt-Jeffris serves as the vegetable and strawberry entomologist for South Carolina. She is an applied arthropod ecologist with an interest in whole-system IPM approaches for solving pest management problems. Her current research focuses on how cultural and biological control coupled with selective pesticide use can improve management outcomes.

AGENDA
9:00 AMWelcome and Introduction
9:10Life cycles of key insect pests of vegetables and strategies to prevent and avoid infestation and damage: Part 1 (Dr. Rebecca Schmidt-Jeffris)
10:10Life cycles of economically important disease pathogens of vegetables and preventative controls (Dr. Tony Keinath)
11:10Break
11:25Life cycles of key insect pests of vegetables and strategies to prevent and avoid infestation and damage: Part 2 (Dr. Rebecca Schmidt-Jeffris)
12:25PMLunch
1:15Influence of weather on vegetable disease development and implications for management (Dr. Tony Keinath)
2:15Selection and application of insecticides approved for use on organic vegetables ((Dr. Rebecca Schmidt-Jeffris)
3:15Q&A and adjourn


Questions
Please contact Kelly Flynn at kgilker@clmemson.edu kgilker@clmemson.edu

Price:

$15.00