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

This web seminar took place on October 19, 2017, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern time. The presenters were Valerie Bayes, Eric Van Fleet, Dr. Anil Gowda, and Dr. Waseem Akbar. Thanks to the participants and the presenter for the learning opportunity, the interactions, and a job well done!

Program Abstract

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%.

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

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A certificate of attendance was deposited into participants' My Profile area in the NSTA Learning Center for completing the evaluation form at the end of the program.

Here are some comments provided by the participants at the end of the Web Seminar:

  • "It was very educational. I enjoyed knowing about the monarch butterfly and their migration."
  • "I really enjoyed the opportunity for the participants to ask questions several times during the seminar."
  • "Nice mix of experts. I want to learn more about some Citizen Science projects. The Monarch links will be helpful."

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Underwritten by Monsanto