An Inaugural Professorial Lecture entitled "To Spray, or not to Spray: That is the Question – Horticultural Entomology in the 21st Century" will be given by Professor Jerry Cross in the Pilkington Lecture Theatre, University of Greenwich at Medway, Chatham, on Thursday 11 February 2010 at 6 p.m.

Jerry Cross is the University of Greenwich's Visiting Professor of Horticultural Entomology at NRI. He was awarded the professorship in 2007 for his contribution to horticultural entomology and for his close collaboration with the chemical ecology team at NRI on the identification of sex pheromones and other semiochemicals of UK fruit pests and the development of methods of exploiting them for monitoring and control.

Professor Cross is leader of the Entomology and Plant Pathology Science Team at East Malling Research, where he leads research projects on integrated pest management and spray application to fruit crops, with the aim of finding new solutions to pest problems faced by UK fruit growers. Jerry Cross is at the forefront of developing non-pesticidal methods for management of pests of UK fruit crops and incorporating them into integrated pest and disease management programmes, with a focus on minimizing the occurrence of pesticide residues. Another important area of his research is the optimization of sprayer use according to orchard structure, taking account of the distribution of spray deposits and their biological efficacy.

To book a place, or for further information, please download the promotional flyer [PDF 407Kb]

The Closing Date for booking a place is Wednesday 3 February 2010.