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International conference at MSU to focus on wheat stem sawfly

March 28, 2012 -- MSU News Service

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BOZEMAN - The fifth International Wheat Stem Sawfly Conference will be held April 3 and 4 at Montana State University.

Free to the public, the conference will run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day in the Procrastinator Theatre in MSU's Strand Union Building.

The conference will cover a broad range of topics related to the wheat steam sawfly, a major pest of wheat production in the Northern Great Plains. Research conducted at MSU, in France, in Canada and in states surrounding Montana will address both fundamental and applied questions. Ten to 12 presentations will be given each day. Each presentation will last 25 minutes and be followed by a five-minute question-and-answer session.

David Weaver, conference organizer and entomologist in MSU's Department of Land Resources and Environmental Sciences, said the challenges caused by wheat stem sawfly are particularly daunting in Montana, but there is growing concern that the insect is causing increasing damage farther south. This is rather unexpected, given that most current research proposes the northward spread of many pest species here in North America, Weaver said.

The conference is sponsored by MSU's dean of the College of Agriculture and director of the Montana Agricultural Experiment Station and the head of MSU's Department of Land Resources and Environmental Sciences.

For more information, go to http://entomology.montana.edu/sawfly/ and click on the conference program at the right side of the page.

Evelyn Boswell, (406) 994-5135 or evelynb@montana.edu