The Science of Modern Agriculture: Pest Management: Insects - Friends or Foes

Join us on Thursday, October 19, 2017, at 6:30 pm ET and learn more about the science of modern agriculture! Insects are one of the most diverse groups of animals constituting more than 90% of biomass on earth. Insects have a long history of association with human lives affecting both positively and negatively. Some insects pollinate flowers which are essential in producing many crops, help in biodegradation of organic matter, while others damage crops (fruits, vegetables, grains), transmit diseases (malaria, dengue, zika) or bother us merely as nuisance pests. Indeed without insect control, the production of corn, cotton and soybean crops could be reduced by 30-80%.

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In this web seminar, we will cover the following topics:

  • What are insects and why one should know about them?
  • Showcase what entomologists do and how does it relate to STEM education
  • Declining honey bee and monarch butterfly populations
  • How to control pest insects in a safe and sustainable ways using GMO plants or other technologies
  • Safety and benefits of GMO insect control technologies
  • Current issues on mosquito borne diseases and technology advancement in mosquito control


Title: The Science of Modern Agriculture: Pest Management: Insects - Friends or Foes
Target audience: Teachers, Curriculum Developers, Administrators, Professional Learning Providers, and Teacher Educators
Date: Thursday, October 19, 2017
Time: 6:30 p.m. ET / 5:30 p.m. CT / 4:30 p.m. MT / 3:30 p.m. PT
Duration: 90 minutes Note: New users should log in 15 minutes prior to the scheduled start time for an introduction to NSTA web seminars.
Presenters: Valerie Bayes, Eric Van Fleet, Anil Gowda, and Waseem Akbar

This seminar is part two of a five part series of web seminars providing teachers a deeper dive into the sophistication of modern agriculture. From drones to genetic engineering, modern agricultural advancements have enabled farmers to produce food, fuel, and fiber while using land and other resources more efficiently. Given pest pressure, climate change and other challenges - how can leveraging STEM innovations mitigate these challenges? Many Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and other three-dimensional science standards based on the Framework for K-12 Science Education will be highlighted in this series including, Climate and Weather, Heredity of Traits, and the Engineering Design Process.


Register Today! to participate in this web seminar. Upon registering you will receive an e-mail confirmation including information about the program and suggested links to visit in preparation of the event. Additional information about the web seminar will be e-mailed to you days before the program.

Each web seminar is a unique, stand-alone, program. Archives of the web seminars and the presenters' PowerPoint presentations will be available through the links on this web page. Learn more about the features of the web seminar and read answers to frequently asked questions from participants.

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