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A Discussion With Mary Gardiner About Lady Beetles, Matthew E. O'Neal, Erin W. Hodgson, Mary Gardiner Aug 2013

A Discussion With Mary Gardiner About Lady Beetles, Matthew E. O'Neal, Erin W. Hodgson, Mary Gardiner

Matthew E. O'Neal

Dr. Mary Gardiner, assistant professor at the Ohio State University, visited ISU and gave a seminar about her research on the ladybeetles. Ladybeetles can play a positive role by feeding on pest like the soybean aphid. Mary's research is focused on the exotic multi-colored asian ladybeetle. This species is a voracious predator of soybean aphids, but is also a pest in our homes and to grape growers. Mary is documenting the role landscape plays in the establishment of this species as part of her Buckeye Lady Beetle Blitz.


Aphids On The Move, Matthew E. O'Neal, Erin W. Hodgson Aug 2013

Aphids On The Move, Matthew E. O'Neal, Erin W. Hodgson

Matthew E. O'Neal

For the week of July 20, 2009, Drs. Erin Hodgson and Matt O'Neal discuss the state of aphid populations in Iowa. Aphids are now well established in many fields but at low populations. We discuss factors that can contribute to the likelihood of an outbreak. Also, Erin and Matt make a joke about aphid perspiration.