Michigan State University Extension is offering a non-credit pre-recorded online course on biological control intended for greenhouse growers and others interested in learning the fundamental concepts of biological control and the challenges and opportunities associated with a biological control pest management program. The covers introductory to more advanced concepts such as utilizing banker plants. 


The 4-hours of pre-recorded lecture and video demonstrations are divided into six units: 

  • Unit 1: Introduction to Greenhouse Biological Control 
  • Unit 2: Commercially Available Biological Control Agents 
  • Unit 3: Using Banker Plants in Biological Control Programs 
  • Unit 4: Implementing a Biological Control Program 
  • Unit 5: Interactions of Pesticides and Biological Control Programs 
  • Unit 6: Greenhouse Examples of Biological Control Systems: Application Strategy and Costs 
The course is taught on the eXtension campus by Heidi Wollaeger, Greenhouse and Nursery Extension Educator, with Michigan State University Extension. Dr. Raymond Cloyd (Kansas State University Extension) was a co-author and provided supplemental video content. 

Individuals enrolled in this self-paced course will take a pre-test and a final exam to assess their progress on the topics. Self-assessment quizzes will engage individuals with the material. Links are included to provide additional resources on pertinent biological control topics. 

 *Once individuals have paid for the course, completed the pre-test, final exam, and the post-course evaluation, they will be eligible for a $20 refund. Individuals have must completed all coursework by January 13 and emailed the instructor, Heidi Wollaeger, wollaege@anr.msu.edu by January 13 to receive the refund. If all conditions are met, the cost of the course is $109.

Cancellation policy: Due to the online nature of this course, individuals wishing to cancel registration are subject to a $129 fee.

To take the summer session of this course (June, July, August 2017), register at: https://events.anr.msu.edu/BiologicalControlforGreenhouseGrowers/

For more information contact the instructor, Heidi Wollaeger, at wollaege@anr.msu.edu

Root Zone Management is the third course in the Michigan State University Extension series, "College of Knowledge Online." Topics include irrigation water (including water sources, water quality, water treatment, and irrigation timing and methodology), growing media (including the physical and chemical properties of media, as well as substrate components and amendments) and nutrition (including how to select fertilizers and how to monitor nutrition).  Students who score higher than 80% on the final on-line exam are awarded a printable certificate of completion.

The course fee is $129, payable through Michigan State University's Event site: https://events.anr.msu.edu/FloricultureRootZoneManagement/. Your e-mailed receipt will include instructions on how to access the course.

For more information, contact Heidi Lindberg, Michigan State University, at wollaege@anr.msu.edu.

Michigan State University Extension is offering a non-credit pre-recorded online course on greenhouse and horticultural lighting. The second course in the College of Knowledge Online series on the eXtension campus, it is intended for greenhouse and ornamental plant growers and others interested about the fundamental concepts about how plants respond to light quality, quantity, and in duration. It provides introductory to moderately-challenging content based on experiments at Michigan State and Purdue Universities.

The 3-hours of pre-recorded lecture and video demonstrations are divided into seven units:

  • Unit 1: What is Light?
  • Unit 2: Importance of Light for Plant Growth   
  • Unit 3: Light Quality
  • Unit 4: Light Intensity         
  • Unit 5: Light Quantity 
  • Unit 6: Photoperiod and Photoperiodic Lighting
  • Unit 7: Low- and High-Intensity Lighting

The course is instructed by Heidi Wollaeger, Greenhouse and Nursery Extension Educator, with Michigan State University Extension. The course was adapted and updated from the original College of Knowledge unit developed by Dr. Royal Heins (Professor Emeritus, MSU) and includes a substantial amount of recent research by Dr. Erik Runkle (Professor of Horticulture, MSU).  Supplemental content including videos demonstrating concepts are from Dr. Roberto Lopez and Garrett Owen (Purdue University).

Students enrolled in this self-paced course take a pre-test and a final exam to gauge their progress. Self-assessment quizzes engage students throughout the course. The course provides links to 36 trade articles published on pertinent lighting topics.

Cost: $129.00

To register for the summer session of this course, go to https://events.anr.msu.edu/GreenhouseandHorticulturalLighting/

For more information contact Heidi Wollaeger, Greenhouse and Nursery Extension Educator, with Michigan State University Extension at wollaege@anr.msu.edu

The Introductory Employee Training Program for Greenhouse Crop Production is a 1-hour self-directed training video been designed for folks who have never had any greenhouse experience to provide a brief overview of very basic information about growing plants, integrated pest management, shipping and handling, and safety procedures. This training module is perfect for those who have never stepped into a greenhouse before! It is not designed for experienced growers.

Your enrollment key is valid for 90 days. After then, visit http://agrilifevents.tamu.edu to register and re-enroll in this course. Contact Charlie Hall for assistance or more information.