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Virtual Valley Talk: Stopping the Spotted Lanternfly with Dr. Julie Urban

October 12 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

What’s the deal with spotted lanternflies? Where did they come from? And what happened to all the lanternflies this year?

Entomology expert Dr. Julie Urban will provide an overview of research concerning the impacts and management of the invasive spotted lanternfly in Pennsylvania, beginning with its first detection in 2014 up to the present. She will share insights and examples of her own work, and work by others within Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences and in other regional universities and government agencies, to describe the broad range of interdisciplinary research that has been undertaken to try to better manage this insect pest.

Dr. Julie Urban is a Research Associate Professor in the Entomology Department at Pennsylvania State University. She earned her Ph.D. in Evolutionary Biology from the University at Albany. She studies planthopper evolution and their co-evolution with multiple bacterial and fungal symbionts. Her recent work involves aspects of basic and applied research on the invasive planthopper, the Spotted Lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula). She has been a member of USDA’s Technical Working Group of scientists, advising management and research on the Spotted Lanternfly, since it was first detected in the US in September 2014. Dr. Urban is the lead PI on a regional USDA NIFA Specialty Crops Research Initiative grant studying the biology, management, reducing the impact of Spotted Lanternfly in specialty crops in the eastern USA.

FOW’s fall Valley Talks are sponsored by Prentiss Smith & Company, providing performance-driven, environmentally and socially responsible investment since 1982.

This event will be held virtually on Zoom.

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October 12
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm