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Biological Control Committee Meeting Held in Ohio

The annual meeting of the North Central Regional Committee on Biological Control of Arthropods (NCR-125) was held at Ohio State University in early October. The objectives of NCR-125 include identifying potential targets for biological control research; developing cooperative research proposals; conducting basic and applied biological control research; integrating biological control research into regional pest management programs; and conveying the results of biological control research to the general public. The committee is sponsored by USDA and the regional Land Grant Universities; it has representation from 12 states, two USDA-ARS laboratories, the National Biological Control Institute, and the International Organization for Biological Control. The group also toured the new biological control quarantine facility at OSU (see article this issue).

NCR-125 Membership
Dave AndowUniversity of Minnesota
Grayson BrownUniversity of Kentucky
Larry CharletUSDA, North Dakota
Barry DoverKansas State University
Rich HallOhio State University
Doug LandisMichigan State University
Les LewisUSDA, Iowa
Joe MaddoxUniversity of Illinois
Dan MahrUniversity of Wisconsin
John ObryckiIowa State University
Bob O'NeilPurdue University
Ben PuttlerUniversity of Missouri
Walt ValovageNorth Dakota State Univ.
Bob WrightUniversity of Nebraska

Publication and Slide Set on Vegetable Insect Natural Enemies

Natural Enemies of Vegetable Insect Pests by Michael P. Hoffman and Anne C. Frodsham is a 63-page, full-color Cornell Cooperative Extension publication. The primary purpose of this publication is to familiarize educators and growers with biological control agents found in vegetable systems. Because most of the information is general, it will be useful to those outside the Northeast region.

There is a short section that provides background information on insect biology and ecology, integrated pest management concepts, and various control tactics, including biological control. The majority of the bulletin focuses on the common predators and parasitoids of the central and northeastern regions of the United States. A profile for each type of natural enemy provides the fundamentals: descriptions of the natural enemy and its life cycle, the primary pests attacked, key characters for recognizing the beneficial, the vegetable crops it occurs in, and commercial availability. Excellent photographs and line drawings of beneficials' life cycles accompany each profile. A short section on pathogens introduces common bacterial, viral, fungal, and other diseases, as well as nematodes, that affect insects.

A slide set designed for use at extension meetings or other educational gatherings illustrates the major natural enemies of vegetable insects. An abbreviated text accompanies the slides.

For information about ordering the publication or the associated slide set contact:

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