Webinar: Spotted Lanternfly and Environmental DNA: Insect Monitoring of the Future (Free)
12:00 – 1:00 p.m. (EDT)
Spotted Lanternfly and Environmental DNA: Insect Monitoring of the Future
Dr. Julie Lockwood, Professor and Chair, Ecology, Evolution and Natural Resources, Rutgers 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. Preregistration is required to access the webinar.
Register at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4191536644035153422
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
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.