Richard A. Casagrande, Professor of Entomology, is one of the very fine lecturers at URI, who focuses on the opportunities and limitations of ecological control of invasive plants and insects. This will be his third presentation at our Beechwood Lecture Series, reporting on the progress of ongoing research on pests and managements programs of importance in Rhode Island.
Dr. Casagrande has been involved in integrated pest management since 1971, emphasizing ecosystem-level interactions in his teaching and research. His current studies concentrate on classical biological control involving the full spectrum of activities from initial exploration through final evaluation of newly released agents. URI maintains a USDA approved primary insect quarantine laboratory on campus, which greatly facilitates the work. He is presently working with colleagues throughout the world on biological control of insect and weeds including the lily leaf beetle, hemlock woolly adelgid, birch leaf miner, cypress spurge, purple loosestrife, black swallow-wort and common reed.
The Beechwood Lecture Series is a joint effort of the URI Master Gardeners Association and the RI Wild Plant Society. Master Gardeners receive education credits for attending.
If interested in attending, please contact Annie Stoehr, Assistant Director, Senior & Human Services, Beechwood Center for Life Enrichment at firstname.lastname@example.org or 401-294-3331, Ext. 402.
2016 Lecture Series
1/19/16 Tree Care and Pest Management, Kevin Brewer, Kaiser Tree Preservation Co.
5/17/16 Wild Mushroom Hunting and Cooking, Ryan Bouchard and Emily Schmidt, Southern New England Mushroom Hunting
7/19/16 Insects in the Garden: Friend, Foe, or Escargot?, Pam Gilpin, Gardener
9/20/16 Sustainable Farming and Pollinator Habitats, Cassius and Dawn Spears, Narragansett Food Sovereignty Initiative
11/15/16 What’s New in the Nursery World, Warren Leach, Tranquil Lake Nursery