The perils of pecan production: fighting the fungal, furry and feathered

Event Date

March 6, 2018, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Program

Brown Bag Lunchtime Lectures

Program Information

Time: First Tuesday of each month, 12-1pm

Location: BRIT Commons

Cost: Free, Open to the Public

Point of Contact

Alyssa B. Young

Research Coordinator and Special Collections Librarian

Pecans are the only native nut commercially produced in the United States and are an important crop in the Southern Great Plains. It can be a lucrative enterprise for producers and their popularity as a healthy food is growing rapidly. However, producing a crop comes with risks. Some of those risks come in the form of a disease called pecan scab, caused by the fungus Venturia effusa, as well as wildlife species such as squirrels, crows and feral hogs. Researchers at Noble Research Institute, LLC are learning more about these pests so they can work with producers to reduce their loss of production and produce a safe crop for human consumption. Learn about the current research being conducted and how producers are combatting these pests to increase yield and profitability.

About Brown Bag Lunchtime Lectures

The BRIT Lecture Series is designed to create community wide conversation about a diverse range of important and rapidly developing topics. This series gives scientists and speakers a forum for sharing the most current information about their areas of expertise and allows the public to interact with leading members of the local, national, and international scientific community.

Our Lecture Series is made up of Brown Bag Lunchtime Lectures and BRIT Research Seminars. Brown Bags take place the first Tuesday of each month, February – July and September – November, from noon - 1pm in the BRIT Commons. Research Seminars take place periodically throughout the year and are scheduled based on the availability of our in-house and visiting researchers.

All events are free and open to the public, please watch this page and our Facebook page for announcements of upcoming Brown Bags and BRIT Researcher Seminars.