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.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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. Burgart, C., Hillier, N.K., Blatt, S. (2016). Apple cultivar preferences by Hoplocampa testudinea (Hymenoptera: Tenthredinidae) in the Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia, Canada, 148(6), 724-735. http://dx.doi.org/10.4039/tce.2016.16

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  6. Blatt, S and Pruski, K. 2016. Annual Report for NC-140 Committee Meeting. Penn State University, Pennsylvania, USA, November.

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  7. Blatt, S. 2016. Monochamus and citizen science: maybe not so much. Christmas Tree Council of Canada technical day and field tour. Fredericton, New Brunswick, September

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  8. Blatt, S. McDonald, M-R, Savage, J, Fortier, A and Driscoll, J. 2016. Maggots in onions. Muck Station Research Meeting, Alliston, Ontario, April

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  9. Blatt, S. 2016. Stinging bugs: Who’s Who? Nova Scotia Fruit Growers Association Spring Workshop, Berwick, Nova Scotia, March

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  10. Blatt, S., Ryan, A., Adams, S., Hiltz, K. and Driscoll, J. 2016. Pestered in PEI. PEI Horticultural Association 33rd Annual Meeting, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, February

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  11. Cossentine, J.E, Mason, PG, Brauner, AM, Gariepy, TD, Fraser, HM, Pate, E, Blatt, SE, Robertson, MC and Franklin, JL. 2016. Parasitism of apple leaf curling midge in Canadian apple orchards. Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention, Niagara Falls, ON, Canada, February

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  12. Blatt, S. Bishop, C, Burgher-MacLellan, K and Sweeney, J. 2016. Pinewood nematode in NS: Results and options to move forward. Christmas Tree Council of Nova Scotia, Bible Hill, NS, February

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  13. Cossentine, J.E., Mason, P.G., Brauner, A.M., Fraser, H.M., Grigg-McGuffin, K., Appleby, M.E., Gariepy, T.D., Blatt, S.E., Franklin, J.L., Robertson, M.C., and Hueppelsheuser, T. (2015). "Apple Leaf Curling Midge: Identifying the Natural Enemy Complex.", Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention, Niagara Falls, ON, Canada, February 2015.

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  14. Bykova, O. and Blatt, S.E. (2015). "New framework for ecological risk assessment: example application to carrot weevil in Nova Scotia.", 37th International Carrot Conference, Alliston, Ontario, Canada, September 2015.

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  15. Scott-Dupree, C.D., Telfer, Z., Lemay, M.-J., Blatt, S.E., and McDonald, M.R. (2015). "Carrot Insect Pests: Biology and Control.", .

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  16. Blatt, S.E. (2015). "Rootstocks and fireblight and spotted wing… oh my! Updates on a few things of interest.", Nova Scotia Fruit Growers Association Annual Convention, Greenwich, Nova Scotia, Canada, January 2015. (Presentation)

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  17. Cossentine, J.E., Blatt, S.E., Mason, P.G., Brauner, A.M., Franklin, J.L., Robertson, M.C., and Gariepy, T.D. (2015). "Understanding parasitism of Dasineura mali (Diptera: Cecidomyiidae) in Canadian apple orchards.", Joint Annual Meeting of the Entomological Societies of Quebec and Canada, Montréal, Québec, Canada, November 2015. (Poster)

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  18. Blatt, S.E. and Pruski, K. (2015). Annual Report for NC-140 Committee Meeting. University of California at Davis, Davis, California, November 2015. (Report)

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  19. VanDyk, D., Blatt, S.E., and McDonald, M.R. (2015). "Improving carrot insect monitoring methods in the Holland Marsh, Ontario.", 2015 International IPM Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, March 2015.

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  20. Blatt, S.E., Ryan, A., Adams, S., Franklin, J.L., and Driscoll, J. (2015). "Use of Trichogramma and Bt for control of Pieris rapae in cabbage on Prince Edward Island.", Journal of the Acadian Entomological Society, 11, pp. 26-31.

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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