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  • Cornell AgriTech
  • New York State Integrated Pest Management
  • Department of Entomology
Anthony Shelton, international professor emeritus of entomology at Cornell AgriTech, is the recipient of the 2022 Plant-Insect Ecosystems Lifetime Achievement in Entomology Award from the Entomological Society of America (ESA). The award recognizes the impact of Shelton’s contributions to the advancement of entomology, and his leadership and service within the field. Shelton will receive the award in November during a joint meeting of ESA, the Entomological Society of Canada and the Entomological Society of British Columbia.

Shelton’s research and extension programs were based at Cornell AgriTech, formerly known as the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station. There, he refined integrated pest management (IPM) tactics, including sampling and treatment guidelines, biological controls, host plant resistance, landscape management and judicious use of insecticides. Based on this work, Shelton developed innovative management programs for major insect pests of cabbage and other crucifer crops, sweet corn, and onions.

“This is a terrific honor for Tony,” said Brian Nault, professor and program leader of the Department of Entomology at Cornell AgriTech. “His innovative research was instrumental in developing many practical and more sustainable insect pest management solutions for some of New York state’s major vegetable crops.”

During his 41-year career at Cornell, Shelton mentored over 85 graduate and postdoctoral students, as well as visiting scientists studying diverse areas of IPM. His programs attracted over $32 million in funding for research and extension at Cornell. Shelton also explored biotechnology’s role in modern IPM and the risks of insecticide resistance associated with current agricultural practices. His work with the USAID-funded Feed the Future South Asia Eggplant Improvement Partnership on the use of biotechnology to reduce insect damage on eggplant has been widely adopted and has led to dramatic reductions in the use of insecticides by smallholder farmers in Bangladesh.

“This award is well-deserved,” said Jan Nyrop, the Goichman Family Director of Cornell AgriTech. “Tony’s career, vision and achievements in IPM have made a lasting impact on agriculture in New York state and around the world.”

Sarah Thompson is a writer for Cornell AgriTech.

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