Beneficial insects symposium April 15 in Lincoln

Honey Bee
Photo Credit: James Kalisch, Department of Entomology

April 6, 2017

Lincoln, Neb. — The public is invited to attend a beneficial insect symposium hosted by the Department of Entomology at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. The free event is from 9-11 a.m. April 15 at the Nebraska Union, 1400 R St., Lincoln.

The symposium is co-sponsored by the USDA’s North Central Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program.

During the symposium, a number of experts in the field will speak about topics relating to the beneficial role insects play in the world, including crop pollination, biological control of pests and nutrient recycling. Marla Spivak, Distinguished McKnight University Professor of Apiculture and Social Insects at the University of Minnesota, St. Paul will speak about the status of bee health and mitigation efforts. Entomologist Jonathan Lundgren, director of the ECDYSIS Foundation and CEO of Blue Dasher Farm, will speak about the role insects play as ecosystem service providers in agricultural settings.

Judy Wu-Smart, assistant professor of pollinator health at the University, will also speak at the symposium. Wu-Smart will highlight the Nebraska Beneficial Insect Protection Plan, a collaboration with numerous organizations and industry partners that provides research-based best management practice guidelines and educational programing to promote healthier and more balanced ecosystems.

The symposium is part of the 93rd Annual Meeting of the Kansas (Central States) Entomological Society. During the annual meeting, students and established entomologists present the results of their research and reviews topics of interest. 

Bob Wright
Research and Extension Entomologist
Department of Entomology