The Entomology Program supports economic and environmental health of Long Island's agriculture and ornamental horticulture industries with applied research, technical information, advice, diagnostic services and educational programs concerning insect and mite pests, pest management, and biological control in agricultural production and professional landscape maintenance situations.
The three main focus areas are:
Applied research addresses regional questions and problems concerning insect and mite management on ornamental plants, vegetables, and fruit. Effective pest control options of lower toxicity and environmental impact are emphasized with particular interest in ground and surface water protection.
Diagnostic services for horticultural industries and public entities identify agents causing injury or infestation and suggest appropriate management options. The Diagnostic Laboratory also screens for invasive or new pests, receiving commercial samples as well as conducting field visits, phone and email consultations. The Program provides a gateway to national entomological expertise in taxonomy and identification where necessary for difficult determinations and to confirm new and invasive pests or biotypes.
Educational programs disseminate useful information on new pest management products and technologies, pests and pest control issues, invasive species, and management strategies. Training programs are also provided for new growers and professionals as well as experienced practitioners. Media includes illustrated lectures, articles in trade magazines and newsletters, fact sheets, web-based content and informal discussions.
This guide is a diagnostic tool for nursery growers and landscape professionals and serves as a starting point to become familiar with common problems that affect boxwood on Long Island.
Last updated March 22, 2017