The Nottingham Lab’s work on pear IPM was the feature spread in the September 2021 issue of the Good Fruit Grower. Check it out!
How to Sample for Pear Psylla Using Beat Trays
Louie Nottingham demonstrates how to sample for pear psylla using the tray tap method, also known as the beat tray method. You will need an 18″ x 18″ beat tray (DYI or available for purchase at some ag chemical companies), a tapping stick and a sampling plan for your orchard.
March 23, 2021
Sam Parker, pear grower and social media extraordinaire, shares his experience being a cooperator on the Nottingham lab reflective mulch trials currently taking place in his organic pear orchard.
Clicking the pic will take you to the video on Sam’s Instagram account. You don’t need an Instagram account to watch it, but you should probably have one so you can follow Sam.
February 22, 2021
Be BRAVE: Pear Psylla Management
On Thursday, February 18, 2021 as part of an OSU/WSU webinar, Stijn van Laer gave a talk on pear psylla management in northern European pear orchards. Stijn is a crop consultant that works for company called FruitConsult based in Belgium. They are a private consulting firm that does not sell products (i.e., chemicals), just management recommendations. Stijn discussed management of pear psylla in European orchards with conservation biological control (i.e., only using soft insecticides and at economic thresholds) and by augmentation of earwigs. He also discussed the importance of proper sprayer calibration and how this can make or break effective management.
November 19, 2020
Nottingham Interviews Dr. Angelita (Angel) Acebes-Doria in Entomology Today.
Read my interview with an incredibly inspirational entomologist, Dr. Angel Acebes-Doria; someone I’m proud to call a colleague and friend.
Angel discussed topics that many early career scientists face, such impostor syndrome and running a research lab during COVID, but also some that are more specific to people who came to the US from other countries for their education and careers.
Huge thanks to Angel for bravely sharing her stories and perspectives on some difficult issues, and to the Entomological Society of America, Early Career Professionals Committee, and Entomology Today for the platform and opportunity.