"The IPM Toolbox" Webinar Series

The IPM Toolbox

Got an IPM question? Need to know the latest IPM information? The Northeastern IPM Center has got the answers with our spring webinar series, “The IPM Toolbox.” We’ve asked the experts to join us online for an hour of dialogue about an effective IPM practice, method, or effort.

It can be challenging to know how to implement IPM, whether for the beginner or advanced gardener, grower, or commercial operator. The IPM Toolbox webinar series will share IPM tools that improve environmental and social health and maintain profitability.

Watch recordings of our three most-recent webinars below, or find more recordings on our archive page.

Want to know how to create an IPM plan? Confused about scouting greenhouse tomatoes?
Learn from an IPM expert how to do both

Bacterial canker and wilt of tomato

Bacterial canker and wilt of tomato. Photo by Gerald Holmes, California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo, Bugwood.org.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017. 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Katie Campbell-Nelson, Extension Educator, UMass Amherst


Join Katie Campbell-Nelson for a lively discussion about how to create an IPM plan for your diversified fruit and/or vegetable farm. For one example, we’ll explore the best way to scout tomato pests and diseases in a high tunnel. This will be a highly interactive Q&A where you’re invited to pitch your questions to a seasoned Vegetable Specialist on IPM strategies tailored to your farm.

Katie Campbell-Nelson is an Extension Educator for the University of Massachusetts Vegetable Program with a background in soil and nutrient management and sustainable agriculture. She has expanded a highly successful New England vegetable scouting and pest alert network. She conducts research and provides educational programming for vegetable farmers in Massachusetts and is an editor of Vegetable Notes, a publication with practical and up-to-date research-based information reaching over 2,600 growers.

Forests, grains, and berries – what’s hot in IPM tools for weed control

Common ragweed

Common ragweed. Photo by Bruce Ackley, The Ohio State University, Bugwood.org.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017. 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Antonio DiTommaso, Professor, Cornell University
Norris Z. Muth, Associate Professor, Juniata College
Hilary Sandler, Extension Associate Professor, Integrated Pest Management & Weed Science at University of Massachusetts


Join our panel of experts who will be discussing the most common weed control problems this time of year and how to address them using an IPM approach. Whether you own land, manage land, or are just interested to learn more about weed control tools and how to integrate them together, then you need to take part. Each panelist will give a short introduction and then we will open it up for a live Q&A.

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Hilary Sandler received her PhD in Plant and Soil Sciences from UMass Amherst in 2004, her MS in Plant Pathology from University of Delaware in 1983 and her BS in Biology and Environmental Science from University of Pennsylvania in 1981. As the Cranberry IPM/Weed Specialist at UMass, she addresses the research and extension Weed Science needs for cranberry growers in the U.S. and Canada as well as other small fruit growers in Southeastern Massachusetts. She recently translated and edited a 300-page identification guide for weeds in cranberry.

Antonio DiTommaso earned his PhD in weed science from McGill University in 1995. The overall goal of his research program is to study the basic biological and ecological principles governing agricultural and environmental weed population dynamics. This research should ultimately lead to the development and implementation of effective, sustainable, and economically viable weed management strategies. He is currently Editor of the scientific journal Invasive Plant Science and Management and was awarded the Excellence in IPM Award in 2015 by the New York State Integrated Pest Management Program.

Norris Muth earned a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies in 1997 from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, and went on to earn a master’s degree in forestry science from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies in 1999. He earned a doctorate in ecology and evolution from the State University of New York, Stony Brook in 2007. His research interests center on conservation biology, community ecology, and the history and philosophy of science. He is particularly interested in how to assess the impact of biological invasions of species and how biological communities interact and react to invasive species. He has published his work in several professional journals, including an article on using invasive species biology to teach about evolution in Evolutionary Science and Society: Educating a New Generation. He also has published articles in Philosophy Now and the Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology.

Cockroaches finally meet their match – yep, it includes IPM

German cockroach

German cockroach. Photo by Kansas Department of Agriculture, Bugwood.org.

Thursday, May 18, 2017. 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Professor Changlu Wang, Rutgers University


Join Changlu Wang and learn about his research project that successfully reduced cockroach infestation by 80% in public housing units in New Jersey. Even if you don’t live in an apartment building, his simple, low-cost, and effective approach can be easily learned and applied just about anywhere – the true essence of IPM. Maybe you have specific questions for Dr. Wang about cockroaches, bed bugs or termites – there will be plenty of time for those, too.

Changlu Wang received his PhD from West Virginia University in 1998. His research program focuses on developing new and improved urban pest management technologies through the study of biology, behavior, and ecology of urban pests. The goal is to identify cost-effective and environmentally friendly solutions that will immediately benefit the consumers. His extension program delivers research-based urban pest management technologies to pest management professionals and the public through presentations, field demonstrations, and extension publications.

Find more recordings from 2016 on our archive page.