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

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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. Blatt, S. 2018. Spring bugs on apple. Scotian Gold apple producers morning meeting. Coldbrook, Nova Scotia, May

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  6. Blatt, S., NSFGA and Hoeg, R. 2018. Apple Maggot: rogue tree removal project. Nova Scotia Fruit Growers Annual Convention, Greenwich, NS, January

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  7. Blatt, S., Duyvelshoff, C., and Cortens, M. 2018. Apple Maggot: spray trial (AARII project) and update (HomeGrown project). Nova Scotia Fruit Growers Annual Convention, Greenwich, NS, January

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  8. Blatt, S., Hiltz, K., Bykova, O., MacDonald, M., Adams, S., Ryan, A. and Driscoll, J. 2017. Carrots and onions and the critters that bug them. Vegetable Producers Priority Meeting, Kentville, NS, December

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  9. Blatt, S. 2017. Annual Report for NC-140 Committee Meeting, Washington State University, Wenatchee, Washington, November

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  10. Forney, C.F., S. Blatt, T. Forge, D. Neilsen, J.A. Cline, K.D. Munro Pennell and S.A.E. Fillmore. 2017. Rootstock effects on phloem amino acid composition: Role in aphid resistance. ASHS Annual Meeting Sept 19-22, 2017, Waikoloa, Hawaii, USA (abstract) https://ashs.confex.com/ashs/2017/webprogramarchives/Paper26286.html

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  11. Augustine Joseph, D., Cutler, C., and Blatt, S. 2017. Phenological and monitoring considerations for carrot weevil (Listronotus oregonensis) in Nova Scotia. Acadian Entomological Society, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, August.

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  12. Stevenson, M, Hiltz, K, Hillier, K. and Blatt, S. 2017. Efficacy of entomopathogenic nematodes as a pest management strategy against carrot weevil, Listronotus oregonensis. Acadian Entomological Society, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, August.

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  13. Blatt, S.E., Bishop, C., Sweeney, J. (2017). Incidence of Monochamus (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae) species in Nova Scotia, Canada Christmas tree plantations and comparison of panel traps and lures from North America and Europe, 149(2), 191-203. http://dx.doi.org/10.4039/tce.2016.55

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  14. Silver, N, Blatt, S, Savage, J, Ryan, A, Adams, S, Comeau, S and Driscoll, J. 2017. Delia species in bean on PEI. 2nd Annual PEI COPC Farmer Researcher Day, Charlottetown, PEI, February

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  15. Blatt, S, Ryan, A, Adams, S, Hiltz, K and Driscoll, J. 2017. Carrot rust fly on PEI. 2nd Annual PEI COPC Farmer Researcher Day, Charlottetown, PEI, February

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  16. Blatt, S.E., Ryan, D.A.J., Adams, S., Hiltz, K., and Driscoll, J. (2016). "Pestered in PEI.", PEI Horticultural Association 33rd Annual Meeting, Charlottetown, PEI, Canada, Presenation.

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  17. Lang, G., Blatt, S.E., Forge, T.A., Lordan, J., Neilsen, D., Reig, G., and Robinson, T. (2016). "Integrating Sweet Cherry Canopy Architectures and Rootstocks in Different Environments: the NC140 Trial Results from Michigan, New York, British Columbia, and Nova Scotia.", XI International Symposium on Integrating Canopy, Rootstock and Environmental Physiology in Orchard Systems.

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  18. Blatt, S.E. (2016). "Odds and Ends: Rootstocks, bugs and sterility.", Nova Scotia Fruit Growers’ Association Annual Convention, Greenwich, NS, Canada, January 2016.

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  19. Cossentine, J.E., Mason, P.G., Brauner, A.M., Gariepy, T.D., Fraser, H.M., Pate, E., Blatt, S.E., Robertson, M.C., and Franklin, J.L. (2016). "Parasitism of Apple Leaf Curling Midge in Canadian Apple Orchards.", Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention 2016, Niagara Falls, ON, Canada, February, 2016.

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  20. Blatt, S.E., Bishop, M.C., Burgher-MacLellan, K.L., and Sweeney, J. (2016). "Pinewood nematode in NS: Results and options to move forward.", Christmas Tree Council of Nova Scotia, Bible Hill, NS, Canada, February 2016. (Presentation)

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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