UMass Extension will hold a Spotted Lanternfly and Environmental DNA webinar on June 4th from noon to 1 p.m.
The increased numbers of invasive insects, and the huge toll they can exact, argues strongly for better tools for pest species monitoring and surveillance.
One such tool relies on capturing the DNA shed by invasive insects as they move through their habitats, called environmental DNA (eDNA). Much like using DNA evidence in a criminal trial, invasive insect eDNA monitoring tools allow us to pinpoint where these species have been without ever having to catch them ‘in the act’.
Dr. Julie Lockwood of Rutgers University will show how eDNA is a vast improvement over conventional methods in our ability to detect and monitor spotted lanternfly in forests, urban areas, and vineyards.
To take part in this webinar, you must Preregister.