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WEBINAR - Invasive Insect Series: Spotted Lanternfly and Environmental DNA - Insect Monitoring of the Future

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Thursday, June 4, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Spotted Lanternfly and Environmental DNA: Insect Monitoring of the Future

Speaker: Dr. Julie Lockwood, Professor and Chair, Ecology, Evolution and Natural Resources, Rutgers University
Spotted lanternfly adult. (Image: Emelie Swackhamer, Penn State University, The increased numbers of invasive insects, and the huge toll they can exact, argues strongly for better tools for pest species monitoring and surveillance.  Once such tool relies on capturing the DNA shed by invasive insects as they move through their habitats, called environmental DNA (eDNA).  Much like using DNA evidence in a criminal trial, invasive insect eDNA monitoring tools allow us to pinpoint where these species have been without ever having to catch them ‘in the act’.  I’ll show how eDNA is a vast improvement over conventional methods in our ability to detect and monitor spotted lanternfly in forests, urban areas, and vineyards.  

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Register now! Space is limited to 500 participants. 

Join UMass Extension’s Landscape, Nursery, and Urban Forestry Program and UMass Extension’s Fruit Program for an exciting FREE series of seven webinars focusing on the impact, monitoring, and management of invasive insects in Massachusetts and the nation! Topics include the spotted lanternfly, spotted wing drosophila, brown marmorated stink bug, emerald ash borer, gypsy moth, Asian longhorned beetle, and more! Webinars will be held from Noon-1:00 PM on May 21, May 28, June 4, June 9, June 16, June 23, and June 30, 2020. 

This FREE series is supported by the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program at the U.S. Department of Agriculture through grant AM180100XXXXG025. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the presenters and do not necessarily represent the official views of the USDA. 


Pesticide Credit

Each webinar in this series offers 1 pesticide contact hour for categories 29, 35, 36 and applicators (core) license. All webinars in this series except Invasive Insects of Trees & Shrubs in Massachusetts: 2020 Updates on June 30 will also offer 1 pesticide contact hour for Massachusetts categories 26 (Tree Fruit) and 27 (Small Fruit). Licensed applicators may ONLY receive credit if the following criteria are met:

  • Each pesticide license holder must attend the webinar LIVE and register for and attend the webinar with their own individual e-mail address
    NOTE: With the permission of each speaker, webinars will be recorded and archived. Recorded/archived webinars will not be available for pesticide credit. Pesticide license holders must attend the live webinar and successfully complete the quiz at the end for credit. 
  • Pesticide license holders must provide their name and pesticide license number, mailing address, and company name at the time of registration. 
  • Each pesticide license holder must take a 5 question (multiple choice or true/false) quiz immediately at the end of each webinar and receive a score of 80% or better on the quiz*. Questions will be on content discussed in the webinar.
    *The Commonwealth of Massachusetts requires you to spend a minimum of 50 minutes on each webinar in order to receive one (1) contact hour or (1) pesticide credit. You must pass a post-test with at least 80% correct. Questions about this requirement? Visit:
  • Each pesticide license holder who received a score of 80% or higher will be issued a certificate of attendance and confirmation of receipt of 1 pesticide contact hour, which will be made out to the name and pesticide license number of the individual who registered for the webinar and successfully completed the quiz.  

Association Credit

0.5 MCA (education credit), 0.5 MCLP (education credit). ISA and SAF credits pending.

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A special thanks to our speakers, and to Jaime Pinero, Tawny Simisky, Sonia Schloemann, Ellen Weeks, and Geoffrey Njue for their efforts to make this series possible. 

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Ellen Weeks
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