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Agronomy

Proactive Management of the Annual Bluegrass Weevil

March 12, 2013
10 a.m. (Central)
Education Points: .1

The annual bluegrass weevil (ABW, Listronotus maculicollis) is a problem of increasing concern for golf course superintendents in eastern North America. Preventing and suppressing ABW outbreaks is still largely dependent on insecticidal control. The key to a successful ABW management program is knowing when and where to target the insect not only with insecticides, but also with the range of detection, monitoring and decision-making tools that are available.

In this webcast, Daniel Peck, Ph.D., will draw on information from recent scientific studies to address what goes on at the ABW’s overwintering habitat, what goes on at its developmental habitat, and what the relationship is between those diverging habitats. In addition, he will explore how this information can be used to improve best management practices for ABW in Poa annua playing surfaces.

About the instructor
Daniel Peck, Ph.D., has worked for more than 20 years in applied ecology, insect-plant interactions and integrated pest management. As the lead scientist at the independent consulting firm Grass Systems Entomology, he helps clients overcome the challenges of turf-infesting, grass-feeding and soil-dwelling insect pests through applied research, private consulting, customized training and related academic services.

Peck’s recent scientific contributions emphasize landscape ecology of the annual bluegrass weevil, invasion biology of European crane flies, biological control of white grubs and the impact of plant protection technologies on non-target soil arthropod communities.

A graduate of the University of Wisconsin (1988), Peck earned his doctorate from Cornell University (1996). Before launching Grass Systems Entomology in 2011, he worked for seven years as a research scientist at the International Center for Tropical Agriculture in Cali, Colombia, and then for seven years as an assistant professor at Cornell University, where he led the soil insect ecology and turfgrass entomology programs.