SFA Gardens’ April lecture to feature management of crapemyrtle bark scale

NACOGDOCHES, Texas — Stephen F. Austin State University’s SFA Gardens will host the monthly Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series at 7 p.m. April 11 in the Brundrett Conservation Education Building at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center.

Dr. Yan Chen, professor in medicinal plant physiology with the Louisiana State University School of Plant, Environmental and Soil Sciences, will present “Everything You Wanted to Know about Crapemyrtle Bark Scale but Were Afraid to Ask.”

Chen was born in Beijing, China, and received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from China Agriculture University. She received a doctoral degree in horticulture and a graduate certificate in entomology from Kansas State University.

Chen’s research interests focus on plant nutrient physiology, integrated pest management and developing crop production guidelines for new specialty crops. She has successfully led several interdisciplinary research projects and was co-principal investigator of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s crapemyrtle bark scale project. She has worked with entomologists, ecologists and economists on the biology and management of this invasive species. 

The Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series is held the second Thursday of each month and includes a rare plant raffle after the program. The lecture is free and open to the public, but donations to the lecture series fund are always appreciated.

Parking is available at the PNPC, 2900 Raguet St., or Raguet Elementary School, 2708 Raguet St.

For more information, email sfagardens@sfasu.edu.