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Virtual WN@TL: “Tracking Insects Across Wisconsin in the Pandemic Year”
August 11 @ 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm
Speaker: PJ Liesch, Entomology, Insect Diagnostic Lab and Division of Extension
Bio: Patrick (PJ) Liesch is a statewide entomology specialist and director of the University of Wisconsin Insect Diagnostic Lab (IDL). Each year, the IDL handles over 2,400 insect identification requests from Wisconsin’s farmers, private industry, university and government agencies, the general public, and other groups. PJ is an instructor for the Wisconsin Master Gardener program also provides entomology-related outreach throughout the state, including regular appearances on Wisconsin Public Radio.
Description: There’s never a dull moment at the University of Wisconsin Insect Diagnostic Lab with thousands of arthropod identification requests coming into the lab each year from Wisconsin and beyond. The COVID-19 pandemic did impact the day-to-day efforts of the diagnostic lab, but services were maintained throughout the pandemic. In this talk, we’ll take a look at some of the main insect and arthropod trends observed at the lab over the course of the pandemic as well as some of the impacts of COVID on the lab and insect cases.
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