Field Trip to The Great Lakes Growers

On October 20, students enrolled in Dr. McSpadden Gardener's Current Topics course in biological control (PLNTPTH 8300) visited the Great Lakes Growers greenhouse facility to learn how they are using biopesticides as part of their integrated pest management program

Dr. Matt Krause (uppermost photo below), an alumnus of OSU Plant Pathology and now a product development manager for BioWorks Inc., provided background on the biopesticide products used in the operation. John Bonner of the GLG led the facilities tour and answered questions about the different components of their disease management program. Students were shown how the latest technologies are being applied to provide safe and quality produce to today's consumer, and they got some free samples to take home.