The focus of my research and extension program is to develop sound insect management strategies for vegetables, with spin-offs for others crops, using a sound understanding of insect ecological principles. This broad focus allows us the opportunity to work simultaneously in basic and applied areas on a number of important insects. Our program works with presently available strategies and helps incorporate them into pest management programs, and develops new strategies for the future. Examples of projects include: developing sampling and treatment guidelines for specific crops; understanding and modifying ecological factors that influence the risk of infestation; incorporating biological control into insect management strategies; studying mechanisms of host plant resistance and working with companies to develop resistant germplasm; conducting environmental risk assessments for Bt plants and traditional insecticides; evaluating presently registered insecticides and those under development for their effects on pests and non-target organisms; developing insecticide resistance management strategies; studying the movement of insects within and between crops in the agroecosystem; working in a team to develop and deploy Bt vegetable crops; developing trap crop strategies for IPM. Our extension program focuses on helping growers implement sound IPM strategies and educating the public about agricultural issues, including biological control and biotechnology. Our program is also involved in helping develop regulatory policies on a national and international level, especially for transgenic insecticidal plants. International activities are focused primarily in India, Bangladesh, China, and Latin America.
Ph D, University of California, Riverside
Integrated pest management
ENT 7670 (2 units), Professional Development in Entomolgy, required of all incoming entomology graduate students. 2014, 2015 2016, 2017.
ENT 2410 (3 units), Applied Entomology. 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014.
Entomology 441 (2 units), Seminar in IPM. 1983, 1984, 1985.
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