Pest Management Expert Burrack Featured in Entomology and Plant Pathology Virtual Seminar

Hannah Burrack leads the Specialty Crop Integrated Pest Management Laboratory at North Carolina State University.
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Hannah Burrack leads the Specialty Crop Integrated Pest Management Laboratory at North Carolina State University.

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology in the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences is hosting professor and extension specialist Hannah Burrack in a virtual seminar on Tuesday.

Burrack is with the Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology at North Carolina State University. She leads the Specialty Crop Integrated Pest Management Laboratory, which develops biology based pest and pollinator management strategies in berries, tobacco and industrial hemp.

The seminar takes place from 3:30 p.m. to 5:20 p.m. via Zoom link:

Burrack also recently accepted an appointment as the director of education and outreach for the N.C. State University Plant Sciences Initiative.

Burrack completed her doctoral research at the University of California at Davis in 2007 where she focused on the biology and management of the olive fruit fly (Bactrocera oleae), which at the time had recently invaded California. She carried this interest in invasive species management to N.C. State and has been a national and international leader in the response to Drosophila suzukii, the spotted-wing drososphila.

At N.C. State, Burrack has trained 17 graduate students, contributed to 67 peer reviewed publications or book chapters, and generated over $11 million in program funding. In addition, she has engaged with grower stakeholders through contributions to 25 production guides, over 420 meetings to more than 27,000 attendees and media reports.

The seminar is open to everyone.

About the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences: Bumpers College provides life-changing opportunities to position and prepare graduates who will be leaders in the businesses associated with foods, family, the environment, agriculture, sustainability and human quality of life; and who will be first-choice candidates of employers looking for leaders, innovators, policy makers and entrepreneurs. The college is named for Dale Bumpers, former Arkansas governor and longtime U.S. senator who made the state prominent in national and international agriculture. For more information about Bumpers College, visit our website, and follow us on Twitter at @BumpersCollege and Instagram at BumpersCollege.

About the University of Arkansas: The University of Arkansas provides an internationally competitive education for undergraduate and graduate students in more than 200 academic programs. The university contributes new knowledge, economic development, basic and applied research, and creative activity while also providing service to academic and professional disciplines. The Carnegie Foundation classifies the University of Arkansas among fewer than 3% of colleges and universities in America that have the highest level of research activity. U.S. News & World Report ranks the U of A among its top American public research universities. Founded in 1871, the University of Arkansas comprises 10 colleges and schools and maintains a low student-to-faculty ratio that promotes personal attention and close mentoring.

Contacts

Robby Edwards, director of communications
Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences
479-575-4625, robbye@uark.edu

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