Today: Pair of PSU Scientists Discuss Penn State’s Extraordinary Effort to Eradicate the Spotted Lanternfly NoonZOOM

Spotted Lanternfly
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Since 2014, when spotted lanternflies first appeared in neighboring Berks County, the invasive pests have not just spoiled our enjoyment of the outdoors, but also threatened Pennsylvania’s $18 billion agriculture industry, including our beloved wineries and vineyards.

Communities and industries suffering from spotted lanternfly infestations are feeling overwhelmed by the enormity of the challenge and, thus, searching for answers.

On Thursday, Nov. 4, VISTA Today will host a NoonZOOM from 12-1 PM on “Penn State’s Extraordinary Effort to Eradicate the Spotted Lanternfly.”

NoonZOOMs are a series of informal sessions that are both interesting and insightful and dive into issues and topics suburban Philadelphians want to know more about.

PSU’s all-hands-on-deck research and outreach have placed it at the forefront of our nation’s attempts to understand and eliminate the pest.

Julie Urban, Senior Research Associate at PSU, and Michela Centinari, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Viticulture at PSU, will discuss where spotted lanternflies originated from, why they multiply so quickly, their impact on business, the steps being taken to stamp them out, and what Pennsylvanians can do to assist.

A Q&A will follow Urban and Centinari’s presentation.

Register here for “Penn State’s Extraordinary Effort to Eradicate the Spotted Lanternfly” on Nov. 4.

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