Scientists gather, share updates on spread of stink bugs


by Chris Gonzales, Northeastern IPM Center

The Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Working Group Meeting was organized as a conference with presentations—however, as a working group, scientists frequently conversed and discussed topics during and after updates. Below, we give highlights and summaries of the presentations.

About thirty scientists gathered recently in New Brunswick, New Jersey, in a meeting sponsored by the Northeastern IPM Center, and discussed the persistent, steady spread of the brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB).

The scientists updated the official map of the BMSB invasion: The pest has been detected in North Dakota. In South Carolina and Alabama, the invader has been newly causing agricultural and nuisance problems.

George Hamilton of Rutgers University said that recent experiences with BMSB in the Northeast Region are steady compared with previous years.

However, Glynn Tillman of Cornell University gave an update on how BMSB is advancing in the Southern Region.

“Monitoring for BMSB is critically important right now,” she said.

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