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Thursday, April 12 • 9:00am - 9:50am
Efficacy of a Capsaicin-based insecticide on Manduca quinquemaculata pest of Solanum lycopersicum

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Pesticides are a necessity to deter pests from harming crops, however the environmental impact of these remains a concern. To gain further insight into the efficacy and environmental impact of Capsaicin as alternative pesticide, varying concentrations of Capsaicin-based insecticide were used to protect the ‘Yellow Canary’ tomato plant (Solanum lycopersicum) from the Tomato Hornworm (Manduca quinquemaculata). The experiment resulted in the Capsaicin-based insecticide more effectively protected Solanum lycopersicum as the concentration increased. The environmental impact caused by Capsaicin has been determined to be similar to other alternative pesticides.

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Austin Shatto

Austin Shatto is a senior Biology major and plans to start a career in Soil Chemistry and Botany after graduation.

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Dr. Jen Poulton

Professor of Biology, Graceland University

Thursday April 12, 2018 9:00am - 9:50am CDT
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