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Japanese Beetle: A Collaborative Eradication Response - Invasive Species Series

May 6, 2021 - 6:00pm(PDT/PST)
BCIA webinar
Vancouver (District 3)
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This is the first of the Vancouver branch evening webinar series on Invasive Species.

Japanese beetle (Popillia japonica) in British Columbia: A Collaborative Eradication Response

In 2017, Japanese beetle was found for the first time during routine CFIA surveillance in David Lam Park, which is located in the False Creek area of Vancouver, BC. In response, a collaborative effort was initiated by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, British Columbia Ministry of Agriculture, City of Vancouver, and other industry and non-governmental stakeholders to eradicate this damaging pest. This multi-year, coordinated approach is required because Japanese beetle is an invasive, regulated pest that feeds on the roots of turf grass and the above ground parts of more than 300 plant species, including: roses, fruit trees, grapevines, and other common landscape and food plants. If this pest spreads, it could cause damage to lawns, landscapes, golf courses, gardens and parks, and harm BC's agricultural sector. It could also affect the beauty and health of Vancouver's ecosystem. The presentation will outline the components of the Japanese beetle eradication program and the results to date.

Shannon Derksen, plant health operations specialist with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and a member of the Japanese Beetle steering committee, will speak about this invasive species.

Bio: Shannon Derksen

As a public servant with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) for the past 16 years, I help protect Canada’s environment and economy from invasive species through enforcement of the Plant Protection Act of Canada. In 2005, I started at the CFIA as an entry-level inspector, setting traps and taking leaf samples. I worked my way up, and became a program officer, a supervisor and am now a Plant Health Operations Specialist. I have held a key leadership position in the ongoing Japanese beetle eradication response. Much of my current work centres around providing technical and operational support to our front line staff in their delivery of horticulture, grain and forestry plant programs. I have a Master of Pest Management from Simon Fraser University, with a specialization in insect chemical ecology, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Vancouver Island University. For the last 20 years, I have called MetroVancouver my home, where I enjoy birding, archery and hanging out with my 17-year-old daughter.

Date: Thursday, May 6 @ 6:00 pm

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