The Leek Moth (Acrolepiopsis assectella) is an invasive species of moth that has proven to be a severe pest of plants in the Allium family, such as onions, garlic, leeks, chives, and shallots. The adult moths are only 1/2 inch in length and have a 1/2-inch wingspan.
The Haliburton County Garlic Growers Association and the Haliburton County Farmers' Market Association were collaborators in this U-links led field research project in Haliburton County. (U-Links is a university linked organization that conducts community-based research.)
Within the 2014-17 timeframe, this project focused on achieving three main objectives:
1. To monitor leek moth (Acrolepiopsis assectella) and the native lookalike, A. incertella, in wild leek patches
2. To document the natural enemy complex (if any) at garlic sites with high leek moth populations
3. To test the effectiveness of different crop cover treatments in reducing bulb and stem nematode populations integrated with planting nematode free garlic seed
4. We used a citizen science approach to achieve our project objectives, by directly involving garlic growers in the data collection and planning processes.
5. A community-driven model for data collection represents a unique way of engaging producers in emerging agricultural issues and encouraging direct feedback in the development of relevant and practical tools.
If your community or organization is interested in hearing about how this research was conducted and the results, please conduct Angel Taylor at firstname.lastname@example.org or 705 286-4877