Suzanne Blatt, Ph. D.

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Research Scientist - Integrated Pest Management/Entomology

My research program is committed to the improvement or development of pest management tools that will benefit Canadian producers of tree fruits and vegetables. Pest management tools can include biological control agents, improved traps for more efficient monitoring, sterile insect release and use of host chemical cues for mass trapping. Invasive species, such as brown marmorated stink bug and leek moth, are part of our basic monitoring program.  As new pest issues arise we work closely with Perennia and industry partners to ensure that our research is relevant to producers and grounded in science.

Current research and/or projects

Current research projects:

1. Studying the impact of root maggots on crucifers. Seeking to understand which one (or two or three) of the species present in Nova Scotia is causing damage in rutabaga, radish and broccoli production.

2. Investigating the use of alternative products, e.g. biopesticides, to control apple maggot.

3. Developing degree day models for apple leaf curling midge that are effective in all apple producing regions of Canada.

Education and awards

B.Sc. (Agr.) Plant Protection, Dalhousie University (Nova Scotia Agricultural College), 1992

Ph.D. (Biology), Simon Fraser University, 1997

M.Sc. (Chemistry), Acadia University, 2011

International experience and/or work

I was awarded a post-doctoral position at Wageningen University from May 2004 - August 2005. I studied the tri-trophic interaction between a pest species (cabbage butterfly) feeding on wild mustard and its parasitoid. I also teamed up with researchers from the University of Switzerland to study the heritability of herbivore induced volatiles in white mustard. 

Key publications

  1. Blatt, S. 2020. Annual Report for NC-140 Committee Meeting, virtual Zoom meeting, November

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  2. Mlynarek, J.J., Macdonald, M., Sim, K., Hiltz, K., McDonald, M.R., Blatt, S. (2020). Oviposition, feeding preferences and distribution of delia species (Diptera: Anthomyiidae) in eastern Canadian onions, 11(11), 1-10. http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/insects11110780

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  3. Blatt, S, DeLong, J, Abbasi, P and Burgher-MacLellan, K. 2020. Research update: insects, diseases and storage. Nova Scotia Fruit Growers Annual Convention, Greenwich, NS, January

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  4. Blatt, S., Augustine Joseph, D., Cutler, G.C., Olson, A.R., White, S. (2020). Degree-day models to predict carrot weevil (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) emergence and oviposition in Nova Scotia, Canada, http://dx.doi.org/10.4039/tce.2020.19

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  5. Cossentine, J.E., Brauner, A.M., Franklin, J.L., Robertson, M.C., Buhl, P.N., Blatt, S., Gariepy, T.D., Fraser, H., Appleby, M., Grigg-Mcguffin, K., Mason, P.G. (2020). Parasitism and phenology of Dasineura mali (Diptera: Cecidomyiidae) in Canadian apple (Rosaceae) orchards, http://dx.doi.org/10.4039/tce.2020.15

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  6. Blatt, S. 2019. Apple pest research and pest pressure – affect by climate change? Apple Information Exchange, Charlottetown, PEI, November
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  7. Blatt, S. 2019. Annual Report for NC-140 Committee Meeting, Geneva, New York, November

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  8. Harris, E, Hillier, NK, and Blatt, S. 2019. Abundance versus precision: an oviposition analysis of Delia radicum and Delia platura on crucifer crops in Nova Scotia. Joint Annual Meeting of the ESC/CSEE and AES, Fredericton, August.

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  9. Blatt, S, Peill, M and Gillis-Madden, R. 2019. Occurrence of leek moth in Nova Scotia. Journal of the Acadian Entomological Society 15: 24-26.

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  10. Blatt, S., Bishop, C., Burgher-Maclellan, K. (2019). Incidence of Bursaphelenchus xylophilus (Nematoda: Parasitaphelenchidae) in Nova Scotia, Canada Christmas tree (Pinaceae) plantations, 151(3), 350-364. http://dx.doi.org/10.4039/tce.2019.2

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  11. Bykova, O and Blatt, SE. 2019. Inclusion of physiological responses in insect pest risk analysis: Evaluating species potential to achieve pest status. Journal of the Acadian Entomological Society 15: 1-13.

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  12. Blatt, S, Ryan, A, Adams, S, Hiltz, K and Driscoll, J. 2019. CRF on PEI: then and now. PEI Horticultural Association Annual General Meeting, March

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  13. Blatt, SE and Mlynarek, J. 2018. Entomopathogenic nematodes for carrot weevil control. 2018 Pest Management Research Report #08: 19-21.

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  14. Blatt, S, DeLong, J, Abbasi, P and Burgher-MacLellan, K. 2019. CHC apple cluster and CAP program results and updates: what happened and what’s going on? Nova Scotia Fruit Growers Annual Convention, Greenwich, NS, January

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  15. Blatt, S. 2018. Annual Report for NC-140 Committee Meeting, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina, November

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  16. Blatt, S, Ryan, A, Adams, S, Hiltz, K, McDonald, MR and Driscoll, J. 2018. CRF: Highlights from the Eastern provinces. Quebec fruit and vegetable producers meeting, St. Remi, Quebec, December

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  17. Mlynarek, JJ, Sim, K, Hiltz, K, McDonald, MR and Blatt, S. 2018. Who likes onions? Distribution and feeding preference in Eastern Canadian onion. Joint Annual Meeting of the ESC/ESBC and ESA, Vancouver, November.

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  18. Silver, N., Hillier, K., Blatt, S. (2018). Management of Delia (Diptera: Anthomyiidae) through selectively timed planting of Phaseolus vulgaris (Fabaceae) in Atlantic Canada, 150(5), 663-674. http://dx.doi.org/10.4039/tce.2018.36

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  19. Blatt, S. 2018. Spring bugs on apple. Scotian Gold apple producers morning meeting. Coldbrook, Nova Scotia, May

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  20. Bykova, O., Blatt, S. (2018). Effect of Soil Type on Carrot Weevil Movement Behavior, 31(3), 321-333. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10905-018-9681-1

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Research facility

32 Main Street
Kentville, NS B4N 1J5
Canada

Affiliations

I am affiliated with Acadia Univeristy and Dalhousie University and co-supervise graduate and Honors students. I am a member of the Entomological Society of Canada, the Acadian Entomological Society and the International Society for Biological Control.

Language

English