MSU Webinar: “The Trouble with Tropicals” – March 16th

The recent boom in tropical plant production over the past few years means growers are encountering different and more challenging pests in greenhouses. Please join me and Judy Colley (Biological Technical Rep for Plant Products) for an upcoming webinar with Michigan State University Extension, where we talk about how to manage the “usual suspects” on various tropicals, as well as some of the more unique problems!

Keep reading for more information on registration.

Webinar Details:

Damage on tropical plants from unusual thrips species will be one of the topics covered in the webinar.


Dr. Sarah Jandricic (me!), Greenhouse Floriculture IPM Specialist for OMAFRA (Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. Sarah has been doing research in greenhouse floriculture entomology for over 20 years, and has been with OMAFRA since 2014. Her specialties are research and knowledge transfer on thrips, aphids, whitefly and emerging pests in the industry.

Judy Colley (Biological Technical Rep for Plant Products). Judy has worked with beneficial insects for over 30 years and has Plant Products as an IPM lead for 12 years. Her main focus is the greenhouse floriculture industry with tropicals being a highlight, but also consult with medicinal marijuana, greenhouse and field strawberries.

When: Thursday March 16, 12-1pm

What: This talk will go over the most common pests of tropical and foliage plants.  These will include whitefly, echinothrips, mealybug and scale insects, as well some new pest threats to be on the lookout for. Management tactics will cover both pesticides and effective biocontrol strategies that have worked for Canadian growers.

Where: Zoom – Register here

For more information, contact Heidi Lindberg at or 440-533-9200.

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