Remote sensing of biomass changes caused by Colorado potato beetle (Leptinotarsa decemlineata)

Wednesday, June 3, 2015: 10:46 AM
Alcove (Manhattan Conference Center)
Ian MacRae , Dept. of Entomology, University of Minnesota, Saint Paul, MN
Tim Baker , Entomology, Univ. of Minnesota, Crookston, MN
Nathan Russart , Dept. of Entomology, University of Minnesota, Crookston, MN
Recent technological advances in sensors and Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) have accelerated the interest in developing remote sensing tools for insect pest management.  One obvious area where remotely sensed data can be applied to IPM is assessing defoliation.  Varying populations of Colorado potato beetle (CPB) were established in trial plots by using different chemical management strategies.  A series of visible and near infrared images were obtained over the growing season.  Leaf area and canopy biomass was calculated and compared and a preliminary analysis of scouting efficiencies calculated.  Preliminary results indicate this scouting methodology may have significant application in CPB management.