ASHEVILLE, N.C. — The North Carolina Arboretum, a 434-acre public garden and affiliate of the University of North Carolina System, in conjunction with North Carolina Cooperative Extension, will host its Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Symposium on Thursday, Sep. 27, 2018, inside the Arboretum’s Education Center in Asheville. In its eighth year, the Arboretum’s IPM Symposium presents a continuing education and professional development resource for green industry professionals, educators and master gardeners on IPM programs for nurseries and landscapes. Participants who attend the full-day conference will have the opportunity to receive pesticide credits and Continuing Education Units (CEUs) in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.
This year’s keynote, “Innovations in IPM: The Future is Now,” will be presented by Dr. Rose Buitenhuis, research scientist at the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre in Ontario, Canada. In her role, Dr. Buitenhuis is responsible for developing and implementing biological control technologies for the management of arthropod pests, and supporting sustainable crop management practices for ornamental and production horticulture. The symposium will also feature speakers from across the country, including Dr. Steve Arthurs, research scientists at Texas A&M University, Dr. Steve Frank, Dr. Anthony LeBude, Roger McGaughney, Charlie McKenzie, and Dr. Alan Windham and Dr. Mark Windham from the University of Tennessee. The symposium will include three concurrent breakout sessions, allowing attendees to focus on topics most relevant to their horticultural background and expertise. This year, the symposium will host a special closing session featuring Disney integrated pest management manager Tim Flowers.
IPM is an ecosystem-based strategy for growers to control or limit harmful insects and disease populations in their crops. Methods include scouting plants for harmful insects or disease, determining thresholds of harmful insects, incorporating proper greenhouse and nursery sanitation practices, managing plant fertility, releasing beneficial insects and using “softer” chemicals, such as biological control agents (e.g., fungi that prey on harmful insects).
“The green industry continues to try and find alternative solutions to help protect pollinators, employees, streams and the environment against harmful insecticides and pesticides,” explained June Jolley, production greenhouse manager at The North Carolina Arboretum and IPM Symposium coordinator. “As a result, we are seeing more growers looking to establish or improve their Integrated Pest Management program and using more biological control agents, beneficial insects and other products that are compatible with beneficial insects. We are pleased to hear about these changes and hope that our symposium continues to impact and educate other growers and green professionals.”
IPM attendees must register in advance online at ncarboretum.org or by calling 828-665-2492. The
symposium’s special early-bird discount ends Sep. 7, 2018. For a full list of speakers and lectures or to
register, visit ncarboretum.org/event/horticulture-industry-ipm-symposium