9:00am -- Welcome & Introductions Damien Ossi, President, & Marc Imlay, Advisory Committee, Mid-Atlantic Invasive Plant Council
9:15 am -- Keynote Address Biological Control and Biological Conservation: A Rapprochement?
Dan Simberloff, Dept. of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Univ. of Tennessee & Editor in Chief, Biological Invasions
10:15am -- Biological Control of Mile-a-Minute Weed and Purple Loosestrife: New Developments
Judy Hough-Goldstein, Professor, Dept. Entomology & Wildlife Ecology University of Delaware Presentation Description Blurb
10:50am -- TAG, Technical Advisory Group for Biological Control Agents of Weeds
Robert Tichenor, National Policy Manager Biological Control USDA APHIS PPQ Plant Health Programs
11:00am -- Break
11:15am -- Beneficial Plant Pathogens for Biological Control of Weeds
William L. Bruckart III, Research Plant Pathologist, USDA, ARS, Foreign Disease-Weed Science Research Unit (FDWSRU)
11:55pm -- Lunch
12:55pm -- Tree of Heaven
Matthew T. Kasson, Forest Pathologist/Research Scientist, Virginia Tech Dept. of Plant Pathology, Physiology, and Weed Science
1:10pm -- Ecological Traps and Native Butterflies: Can Weed Biocontrol Save the Monarchs and Native Pierids?
Richard Casagrande The University of Rhode Island Biological Control Lab
1:35pm -- The effects of insects promoted for biocontrol of weedy thistles on a threatened native thistle.
Kay Havens, Plant Science and Conservation, Chicago Botanic Garden
1:50pm -- Thistle Management and Biological
Control in Future Climates.
Joe Keller, Pennsylvania State University
2:05pm -- Break
2:120pm -- Hemlock Woolly Adelgid, mile-a-minute local perspective, and yellow toadflax
Susan Parker and Tim Tomon, West Virginia Dept. of Agriculture
2:50pm -- The Importance of
Rigorous Host-Specificity Testing before Releasing Biological Control
Agents: Lessons Learned from Invasive Thistle Biocontrol. Update on Japanese
Knotweed and Garlic Mustard.
Mike Sowers, Entomologist and Invasive Species Ecologist
3:15pm -- Panel Discussion
Susan Parker, Tim Tomon, Kay Havens, Joe Keller, Richard Casagrande, Mike Sowers
3:45pm -- Common Questions
William Bruckart, Judy Hough-Goldstein
4:00pm -- Mid-Atlantic Invasive Plant Council Annual Business Meeting Damien Ossie, MAIPC President