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Spotted-Wing Drosophila (SWD) Behavioral Control Webinar

Advances in Behavior-Based Tactics for Management of Spotted-Wing Drosophila

Dec 8, 2022 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Sustainable SWD Management SCRI Project team is is organizing their second annual webinar on December 8, 2022 at 12pm Eastern. This webinar will focus on the advances in behavior-based tactics for management of SWD. Please use the link below to register and share this event with stakeholders.

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In this webinar, we will present findings of our research and highlight recent advancements in behavior-based strategies to control spotted-wing drosophila. This research is funded by USDA NIFA through the Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI Award No. 2020-51181-32140) 

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About Ash Sial

Dr. Ash Sial is Associate Professor in Department of Entomology at the University of Georgia. He has had extensive training in agricultural entomology from various institutions. He earned his Ph.D. in Entomology from Washington State University where he worked with apple growers to develop sustainable IPM programs for major pests of tree fruits. After graduation, he accepted a Post-Doctoral Research Scientist position at University of California, Berkeley and worked with winegrape growers to develop sustainable IPM programs aimed at managing exotic and emerging arthropod pests such as vine mealybug, and the diseases transmitted by mealybugs such as grapevine leafroll disease. He then joined Cornell University to investigate various aspects of biology and ecology of an invasive insect pest – spotted wing drosophila, which has recently emerged as a major threat to fruit production in the United States. Currently, he serves as the blueberry entomologist and IPM Coordinator for Georgia. At the University of Georgia, the goals of his research program are to investigate biology and ecology of major arthropod pests of blueberries in order to develop sustainable IPM programs, and disseminate that information to all stakeholders including commercial blueberry producers in a timely and convenient manner. He has published numerous peer-reviewed papers, delivered research and Extension presentations including invited guest lectures and a keynote address. He has also served professional societies including Entomological Society of America (ESA) in a leadership role at the regional and national levels. He has been recognized for excellence in research productivity and professional leadership at the regional and national level with several prestigious awards including the John Henry Comstock Award.