Chapter Meeting: “Hemlocks and the Woolly Adelgid” by Tom J. McAvoy

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Date(s) - Monday, May 20, 2019
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Roanoke Council of Garden Clubs


Tom J. McAvoy - Photo: Virginia Tech

Tom J. McAvoy – Photo: Virginia Tech

Tom received his BS in Entomology and Applied Ecology at the University of Delaware in1974 and his MS in Entomology from Virginia Tech in 1977. He has worked in the Entomology Department at Virginia Tech since 1977 to the present and is the manager of the Beneficial Insects Quarantine Laboratory. His work involves testing, releasing, and monitoring biological control agents for the control of exotic plants and insects. He has been involved with the biological control of musk thistle (Carduus nutans), Canada thistle (Cirsium arvense), purple loosestrife, (Lythrum salicaria), hemlock woolly adelgid (Adelges tsugae), tree-of-heaven (Ailanthus altissima), and the spotted lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula). He has conducted several exploratory trips to China, Japan, Washington, and Idaho in search of predators of hemlock woolly adelgid and tree-of-heaven.

Meet: 7:00 pm, Roanoke Council of Garden Clubs, 3640 Colonial Avenue, Roanoke

Contact: Ellen Holtman, 389-1514


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