Integrated pest management (IPM) is a sustainable approach to managing pests. IPM practitioners base decisions on information that is collected systematically as they integrate economic, environmental and social goals. IPM can be used within the context of both agricultural and urban environments. Connecticut IPM personnel train many growers, groundskeepers, homeowners and students each year in IPM methods. The Connecticut IPM Program is a joint effort of the Department of Plant Science and the University of Connecticut Cooperative Extension System. For additional information please visit the IPM website at www.hort.uconn.edu/ipm.
M.S. and Ph.D. Program: Opportunities exist to work on Master's or PhD degree projects in turfgrass IPM and insect pest management in turf, ornamental plants and vegetables. On-going research projects include surveys for parasitic wasps of the Japanese and Oriental beetles and the evaluation of the fungus Metarhizium anisopliae as a biopesticide for Japanese and Oriental beetle control.
Graduate students associated with the IPM program benefit from close contact with IPM extension educators, and faculty in the Horticulture and Turf and Soil Science Programs. Students take courses in the Department of Plant Science, Department of Natural Resources Management and Engineering and the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology among others.
For more information please contact Dr. Ana Legrand at 860-486-0869 or email@example.com.
IPM program staff are involved in a variety of applied research projects in order to provide pest management alternatives as needed by Connecticut residents and growers. Past and on-going project topics include:
Biological control of the European red mite in apple orchards using predatory mites releases. Lorraine Los
Biological control of whiteflies using Serangium beetles in greenhouse poinsettias. Donna Ellis, Leanne Pundt and Richard McAvoy
Evaluation of monitoring traps for tarnished plant bug in peach orchards. Ana Legrand and Lorraine Los
Evaluation of perimeter trap cropping for pepper maggot control. Jude Boucher
Evaluation of perimeter trap cropping for cucumber beetles attacking squash and cucumbers. Jude Boucher
Pheromone mating disruption of the currant borer in black currants. Lorraine Los
Evaluation of Metarhizium anisopliae as a biopesticide for Japanese beetle control. Ana Legrand
Biological control of purple loosestrife using Galerucella beetles. Donna Ellis
Grape vine trunk diseases survey in the Northeast. Philippe Rolshausen
Survey of the Japanese beetle parasitoid Tiphia vernalis in Connecticut. Ana Legrand