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  • Agricultural Operations Certificate Program (Monroe, MI)

    Location:

    All courses are delivered in Monroe, Michigan, on the campus of Monroe County Community College.

    Description:

    The Agricultural Operations program provides students with a solid background in plant and soil science, precision agriculture, water management, entomology, plant pathology and business management. This partnership allows students to earn a certificate from the MSU Institute of Agricultural Technology (IAT) while working toward an associate degree from Monroe County Community College. Full-time students will be able to complete the associate degree and certificate in just two years and financial aid is available to help with tuition expenses at both schools.

  • Arthropod Research Collection (ARC)

    Location:

    401 Natural Sciences Building, 288 Farm Lane, East Lansing, MI, 48824

    Description:

    The ARC collection contains adult and immature insects, spiders, ticks, mites, and other arthropods, as well as nematodes, primarily from Michigan and the Great Lakes region. The Collection also contains many specimens from other parts of the world. The Center provides a reference collection of authoritatively identified specimens for research and extension; loans specimens worldwide for research; conducts systematics, evolutionary, and biodiversity research; collaborates and assists in faculty and graduate student research; and maintains a repository of voucher specimens documenting research.

  • Berry Crop Entomology Information and Resources

    Description:

    The Isaacs Lab studies the biology and management of insects in berry crops. Members of the lab are currently working on pest phenology, pheromone mating disruption, pollination, biological control, and selective insecticide evaluations, all with insects found in berry crops. Their extension program provides growers with practical information to make decisions about insect management, to improve their productivity, profit, and environmental safety.

    Pollination is critical for production of most berry crops, and we are investigating the ecology and management of pollinators and their economic value. We are also exploring the interactions between landscape structure and beneficial insects, both natural enemies and pollinators, in Michigan farmland.

  • Bioeconomy Institute Speaker Series: Developing Wolbachia-Based Control Strategies to Block Dengue Virus Transmission in Mosquitoes (April 2017)

    Dates:

    Wednesday, April 12, 2017.  3:30 pm.

    Location:

    MSU Bioeconomy Insitute Auditorium, 242 Howard Ave, Holland, MI

    Description:

    Dengue Fever, and associated dengue hemorrhagic fever, is emerging globally as the most important arboviral disease threatening human populations.  At the present time, no treatment or vaccine is available for dengue fever leaving vector control as the primary intervention tool. In nature, about 28 percent of mosquito species harbor Wolbachia bacteria, but the mosquitoes that are the primary transmitters of dengue have no Wolbachia in them. Wolbachia has been found to stop the dengue virus from replicating. If there is no virus in the mosquito, it can’t spread to people, so disease transmission can be blocked.

  • Internet Resources for IPM (Integrated Pest Management) Curriculum

    Location:

    http://www.ipm.msu.edu/community_and_home/schools/inter

    Description:

    There are many great resources available to teachers and schools to learn more about pests, pesticides and IPM. There are also many curricular resources that can be used to supplement IPMactivities in the classroom.

  • IPM (Integrated Pest Management) Resources for the Agricultural Industry

    Location:

    Online

    Description:

    The food and agriculture industry in Michigan contributes $91.4 billion annually to the state’s economy, and its contribution is growing, increasing more than 50 percent from 2004 to 2010. In truly integrated fashion, our links in the navigational bar (see left) span the management of insects, weeds, plant diseases and advice for keeping crops healthy to resist plant damage.  Resources are available on the following topics:

    • Christmas Trees
    • Fruit
    • Field Crops
    • Organic Agriculture
    • Urban Agriculture
    • Vegetables
  • Midwest Invasive Species Information Network

    Location:

    Online

    Description:

    The Midwest Invasive Species Information Network (MISIN) is a regional effort to develop and provide an early detection and rapid response (EDRR) resource for invasive species.  The goal of this regional resource is to assist both experts and citizen scientists in the detection and identification of invasive species in support of the successful management of invasive species.

  • MSU Apiculture Laboratory

    Location:

    243 Natural Sciences Building, MSU, East Lansing, MI, 48824.

    Description:

    The MSU Apiculture Laboratory combines basic and applied research that benefits the beekeeping industry in Michigan and the country. Basic research includes computational, behavioral, physiological, and biochemical analyses to understand the mechanisms of social organization of a bee colony. Current applied research focuses on the impact of parasites (such as Nosema apis, Varroa destructor) on physiology and foraging behavior of worker bees, and on devising better control strategies for these threats to Michigan's beekeeping industry.

  • MSU Science Festival (April 2017)

    Dates:

    April 7 - 23, 2017

    Location:

    Events are held at MSU in East Lansing, as well as in Detroit and around the state.

    Description:

    The MSU Science Festival is an exploration of the science that touches our everyday lives. There are hands-on activities for the whole family, plus demonstrations, discussions, lectures, and tours on topics from astronomy to music to zoology.  MSU researchers and their students share the wonder of science in over 100 diverse offerings for young and old to engage, explore, and inspire.  Events are held at MSU in East Lansing, as well as in Detroit and around the state.

  • Native Plants and Ecosystem Services

    Location:

    Online

    Description:

    This Website provides information and recommendations for habitat management that include maintaining or planting species that provide floral resources in or near crop fields, orchards and vineyards. Resources available include: Plant fact sheets; images; regional plant lists; publications; and teaching tools.

  • South Campus Field Research Facilities

    Location:

    The station’s 2,739 acres of farmland and forest are located south of Mt. Hope Road on MSU’s south campus.

    Description:

    There are 18 research facilities located on the south campus of MSU that allow AgBioResearch scientists to perform research in the areas of animal science and production, plant production and protection, environment and natural resources management, and renewable energy. State-of-the-art facilities and 2,739 acres of farmland and forest allow scientists to perform research close to campus and allow growers to view a number of demonstration plots in one visit to the university.

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