Extension Specialist in Nursery, Greenhouse, and Landscape IPM
Department of Entomology, University of Minnesota
Vera Krischik is a University of Minnesota Associate Professor and IPM specialist with 35 years of experience promoting Integrated Pest Management (IPM), biocontrol, and compatible insecticides to protect pollinators and other good bugs in greenhouses, nurseries, lawns, urban forests, parks, and restorations. Our lab's research identifies the best ways to manage pests through IPM to reduce non-target effects on native pollinators and biocontrol insects, such as parasitoids, lady beetles, native butterflies, and native bees, such as rusty patched bumblebee, Bombus affinis, and blue orchard bee, Osmia lignaria. Data from our site specific IPM and biocontrol program is promoted by sharing our expertise at national, state, and local research and outreach meetings. Our lab was requested to be on a technical committee to help the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board develop IPM programs for their parks. We are members of two national committees on IPM for landscapes, two national committees on monarch and rusty patched bumblebee, USDA grant panels that review proposals associated with pollinators, and local efforts by businesses and municipalities to develop IPM programs. Every year we train pesticide applicators on how to correctly use pesticides in nine MDA, MNLA, UM workshops. We provide over 20 talks yearly to growers, commodity groups, and citizens on IPM and pollinators. We have an online training course on IPM and pesticides with the green industry group MNLA. We maintain IPM for Landscape, Nursery, and Greenhouse, an IPM website with technical information about pesticides and pollinators and features an online 300 page IPM manual to identify pests and develop appropriate IPM programs. In addition, we have created IPM and Pollinator Conservation, a website devoted to IPM of pollinators, with information on pollinator identification, proper host plants, and IPM management of restorations. From 2000 to 2014 the Krischik Lab taught 2 courses on IPM and pesticides that were required for the UM Horticulture Major and were canceled when the Horticulture major was canceled in 2014; ENT4015-IPM of ornamentals and turf and HORT 5009-Pesticides.
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