The principal objectives of the vegetable entomology extension program include:
- Improving our understanding of pest biology and ecology in vegetable crop systems and applying that information to develop practical, cost-effective, and environmentally sensitive pest management tactics
- Predicting vegetable pest outbreaks, developing insecticide resistance management strategies and mitigating the spread of insect-transmitted viruses
- Developing or refining management practices for vegetable insect pests by examining the efficacy of cultural and biological controls, resistant plants and novel insecticides
- Helping growers implement sound IPM strategies and educating the public about agricultural issues, including biological control and biotechnology
- Helping develop regulatory policies on a national and international level, especially for transgenic insecticidal plants
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Area of Expertise: Insect ecology, vegetable insect pest management, epidemiology and management of insect-transmitted viruses, insect dispersal, insecticide resistance management