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July 14, 2005

Eric Grissell To Talk on Insects and Gardens on July 27

Eric Grissell, entomologist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), will give a lecture and slide show on his book, "Insects and Gardens: In Pursuit of a Garden Ecology," at the Library of Congress at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, July 27, in Dining Room A on the sixth floor of the James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C.

Sponsored by the Science, Technology and Business Division, the event is free and open to the public; no tickets or reservations are needed.

In his book, Grissell suggests it might be time to declare a truce with insects in the garden. He explains the vital role insects play in every garden ecosystem. Grissell writes about the various orders of insects, describing how the insects grow, feed and reproduce.

Grissell received his doctorate in entomology in 1973 from the University of California at Davis. Since 1978, he has worked as a research entomologist for the Systematic Entomology Laboratory, USDA. He is the author of two books on gardening, several technical books on entomology and more than 75 scientific papers.

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PR 05-149
07/14/05
ISSN 0731-3527

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