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OPM Lab Circa 2012

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The Michigan State University Organic Pest Management Laboratory is run by Dr. Matt Grieshop and conducts research, teaching and extension in a variety of Michigan and Great Lakes agricultural commodities. Our overall goal is to provide economically viable pest management tactics for organic farming systems designed through a better understanding of agroecosystem dynamics, pest natural history, and behavior. We are particularly interested in pest management systems where off farm inputs are minimized and pest management services are derived from system components that provide multiple benefits (e.g. pollination services, nutrient management, additional salable products).

Although directly affiliated with the Department of Entomology, the OPM lab conducts collaborative research with labs in the MSU departments of Plant Pathology, Horticulture, Crop and Soil Science, and Animal Science.

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Webinars on Strip Cultivation

WonderWeeder Front Mounted Cultivator

WonderWeeder Front Mounted Cultivator

Brad Baughman’s M.S. research was highlighted in two webinars on strip cultivation in grapes and apples earlier this month. The webinars cover weed, nutrient, insect and some disease management aspects of ongoing floor management work in wine grapes and apples. The webinars can be streamed at the following URLs.

Winegrapes: https://connect.msu.edu/p24xao59pvf/

Apples: https://connect.msu.edu/p7u5vlsbxm5/

Brad Baughman Accepts MSUE Extension Educator Appointment

OPM lab M.S. student Brad Baughman has accepted a position with MSUE as the SouthWestern grape and small fruit extension educator. Brad will begin his new position in June 2014 and will be based out of the South Western Michigan Research and Extension Center (SWMREC). Brad will defend his M.S. thesis tomorrow at 9AM. Way to go Brad!

“Impacts of Strip Cultivation on Apple and Grape Systems”
Candidate: Brad Baughman
Date: March 20, 2014, Thursday
Time: 9:00 am
Location: 162 Food Safety and Toxicology

Nematode Rearing Explained

John Dindia, an alumnus of ENT479 “Organic Pest Management” developed this YouTube video outlining how we rear entomopathogenic nematodes in the laboratory. While we utilize “scientific” equipment such as pipettes, Petri dishes and filter paper. Syringes, Tupperware and paper towels can be used in their place.
Rearing Entomopathogenic Nematodes

Plant Pathology Lecture Notes

Here are Annemiek’s LecturesGeneral Plant Pathology
http://www.opm.msu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/Introduction-to-Plant-Diseases-Organic-Pest-Man.-2010.key_.pdf

Organic Management of Disease:
http://www.opm.msu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/Disease-Management-Organic-Pest-Man.-2010.key_.pdf