Illinois Bioenergy's Impact on Insects
At Illinois, beginning( ) at in 612 IGB, Dr. Tim Kring will talk about "Methods to Evaluate the Impacts of Bioenergy Crops on Natural Enemies andPollinators in Agriculture and Non-Crop Landscapes." He is Project Director for a U.S. Department of Agriculture/Agriculture and Food Research Initiative sustainable bioenergy project to evaluate the impact of new acreage planted to biofuels on the beneficial insect fauna in adjacent agricultural and natural systems. The project involves eight scientists in four states.
Dr. Kring has been teaching and conducting research at the Arkansas-Fayetteville campus since getting his PhD at Texas A&M University in 1984. This year he received the Distinguished Scientist Award from the International Organization for Biological Control, for which he served as President in 1997-99. His primary research interest is the biological control of insect pests and weeds using beneficial insects, particularly in areas of evaluating natural enemy efficacy and application of natural enemies in agricultural systems.