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Japanese Beetle Biocontrol Field Day 2010

Jul 7, 2010 at 4:25pm  —  David Smitley

Where: MSU Tollgate Research and Extension Farm, Novi MI

When: Wednesday, July 28th, 10:00 AM to 12:00 noon

Who: Everyone interested in helping to distribute a new pathogen of Japanese beetle throughout Michigan

Why: With the support of the Michigan Turfgrass Foundation, Project GREEEN and the Michigan Department of Agriculture, MSU research and Extension Specialists have established a new pathogen of Japanese beetle at several locations in SE Michigan. We would now like your help in spreading infected Japanese beetles throughout as much of Michigan as possible.

What: Dr. David Smitley, Mary Wilson and Bob Bricault from MSU Extension will briefly describe the biocontrol project at 10:00, 10:30 and 11:00 AM. Afterwards, participants will be given a small bag of infected beetles to take with them. The infected beetles can be taken anywhere in Michigan to establish the pathogen, Ovavesicula popilliae. The protozoan pathogen is only known to infect Japanese beetle, and poses no risk to other insects, people or pets. After the pathogen is introduced to a new location it is expected to take at least 6 years to build-up to a level that will provide noticeable biological control. It will not eliminate Japanese beetle, but will help suppress populations to much lower levels.Where: MSU Tollgate Research and Extension Farm, Novi. Beetles cannot be taken out of Michigan without a proper USDA-APHIS or Ag-Canada permit.