Employing Biological Control Measures To Manage Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD) In Commercial and Organic Small Fruit Production Systems.

Worksite Location
Mid-Hudson Valley; Cornell University's Hudson Valley Laboratory, Highland, NY.
Faculty Sponsor
Peter Jentsch
Other Campus-Based Mentors/Supervisors
Tim Lampasona, field technician, HVL Dept of entomology
Field Mentors/Supervisors
Laura McDermott, Regional Agriculture Specialist, CCE ENYCHP Ulster County Cooperative Extension: Teresa Rusinek, Emily Cook, Jim O'Connell
Project Summary and Intended Outcomes

1. Evaluate species of entomophagous biological controls to reduce the incidence of SWD feeding damage on commercial and organic berry. Provide evaluation conclusions to organic producers in a variety of extension formats.
2. Develop extension educational programing to inform organic producers in the use of non-chemical approaches to managing SWD.
3. Develop educational tools (WebEx conferencing) for on-demand educational sessions.
4. Develop and incorporate video short clips in PowerPoint educational outreach materials in stand-alone educational sessions.
5. Assist with SWD trap monitoring as needed.
6. Assist Regional specialist with extension related activities that pertain to project.

Roles and Responsibilities

1) To assist the entomologist in field applications for SWD management employing organic production methods.
2) Develop educational materials and questionnaires for twilight meetings and web-based outreach to organic producers.
3) Develop questionnaire data, improve the multi-media tools and suggest modifications to the format of the instructional meetings for the winter of 2012-13.
4) Develop and produce new video to complement existing presentation on SWD management made available online to participating farmers.

Qualifications and Previous Coursework

Must be a full time CALS freshman, sophomore or junior. Graduating seniors are not eligible. Must meet NYS Department of Motor Vehicle requirement, if applicable.
Coursework in biological sciences, experience with insects, interest in educational outreach with organic production systems.

Benefits and Skills

Experience with organic agriculture, distance web-based survey methods, social media and extension education programming.