Faculty to discuss trial results at Trevor Nichols complex

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Fennville, Mich. – Insect and disease research will be the main topics of discussion during the annual research field day at the MSU Trevor Nichols Research Center (TNRC) Sept. 24. MSU AgBioResearch scientists will present the results of insect research and field efficacy trials for a wide range of pesticides conducted this season.

John Wise, research and extension coordinator at TNRC, understands the importance of the research to fruit growers, pest scouts, farm consultants and agricultural chemical companies.

“The primary focus of this field day is the field efficacy trials for a wide range of pesticides either registered or soon to be registered for use in commercial fruit production,” Wise said.

Presentations from MSU AgBioResearch faculty will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. including:

  • MSU entomology professor John Wise –trunk injection field research and fruit insecticide trials
  • MSU entomology professor Rufus Isaacs – pesticide field trials against spotted wing drosophila
  • MSU entomology professor Larry Gut  – field research on brown marmorated stink bug
  • MSU plant, soil and microbial sciences associate professor Annemiek Schilder – grape disease field trials
  • MSU plant, soil and microbial sciences professor George Sundin – fire blight trunk injection trials

In addition to commercial importance, the results of this season’s research are used extensively in MSU Extension activities and also serve as the primary basis for recommendations in the MSU Fruit Management Guide.

TNRC is a 156-acre research complex focused on finding the best ways to keep fruit pest-free while preserving the environment and ensuring economic viability for the state’s fruit growers. Driving directions and contact information for TNRC can be found on the center’s webpage.


MSU AgBioResearch engages in innovative, leading-edge research that combines scientific expertise with practical experience to generate economic prosperity, sustain natural resources and enhance the quality of life in Michigan, the nation and the world. It encompasses the work of more than 300 scientists in seven MSU colleges—Agriculture and Natural Resources, Arts and Letters, Communication Arts and Sciences, Engineering, Natural Science, Social Science and Veterinary Medicine—and has a network of 13 research centers across the state.

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