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Annie Deutsch to Present Insect Communication Lecture to Master Gardeners

The Door County Master Gardeners announce the first of their 2017 Continuing Education Programs.

Each year the Door County Master Gardeners offer the public free garden-related educational programs presented at the Crossroads at Big Creek in Sturgeon Bay. Covering a variety of topics tailored to life in Door County, the presentations take place on Tuesdays at 7 pm throughout the winter. Along with the programs, the Master Gardeners treat participants to terrific snacks and a chance to connect with other Door County residents who share an interest in gardening and the environment. These programs are always free and open to all members and the public.

Annie Deutsch, Door County agricultural agent with the UW-Extension, will present “The Unseen World of Insect Communication” on Jan. 17 at 7 pm. Like humans, insects communicate using multiple senses including sight, touch, taste, hearing and smell. For insects, however, much of their communication is via smells or olfactory cues. Smell is simply a release of chemicals from one organism, and those chemicals are detected by another organism resulting in a behavioral response. Insects use this method of communication to find mates, aggregate together, warn others of danger, protect themselves from attack, and find their favorite foods. When trying to deal with insect pests in agriculture, we can minimize the use of insecticides by interfering with an insect’s signaling and thus change its behavior to our benefit. For more information visit dcmga.org.

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