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   September 24, 2014 Meeting    

Dr. Bill Koppes:

Battling Nature with Nature

The Beltsville Garden Club will hold its January general meeting on Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. in the Multipurpose room of the James E. Duckworth School on Evans Trail in Beltsville, Maryland.

On Using Natural Materials to Combat Pests and Diseases

Originally scheduled for our first meeting in January 2014, but cancelled due to weather conditions, former BGC president Bill Koppes will present his talk on “Pesticides Trend Natural” on Wednesday, September 24, at 7:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room at the James E. Duckworth School. Mr. Koppes will discuss how natural products can replace chemicals in pest management.

The title for the talk references a poem attributed to Lithica, circa 400 B.C., a prescription Mr. Koppes says increasingly guides scientists who develop fun-gicides, insecticides, and herbicides for crop protection: "All the pests that out of Earth arise, Earth itself the antidote supplies".

Mr. Koppes majored in chemistry at De Paul University and completed his PhD work at the University of Iowa. He conducted postdoctoral research on fluorocarbon chemistry at Cornell University. His research on the synthesis of energetic materials was done at two Naval Surface Warfare Centers in Mar-yland. He retired in 2008 and currently does part-time consulting for Northeastern U. on laboratory safety. Mr. Koppes is also instrumental in managing the club’s greenhouse at the Duckworth School.

Please remember to bring a plant or garden-related item for the door prize table. We also will need refreshments for the hospitality table. Please bring sweet or savory food to share with club members. Baked goods, fruit or cheese and crackers will be most welcome.

Bring a friend to the meeting. Help grow the club in addition to plants!

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