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Website: Keith Mason
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We study the biology and management of insects in berry crops. Members of our lab are currently working on pest phenology, pheromone mating disruption, pollination, biological control, and selective insecticide evaluations, all with insects found in berry crops. Our extension program provides growers with practical information to make decisions about insect management, to improve their productivity, profit, and environmental safety.

Pollination is critical for production of most berry crops, and we are investigating the ecology and management of pollinators and their economic value. We are also exploring the interactions between landscape structure and beneficial insects, both natural enemies and pollinators, in Michigan farmland. This research is underway in fruit, field crops, and biofuel cropping systems. For more on our work on native plants and pollinators, click here

2011 team
Our 2013 team at the annual summer barbecue

Information for fruit growers
Spotted Wing Drosophila
Brown Marmorated Stink Bug
Our recent presentations at grower meetings
The MSU Blueberry Website
Extension Updates at MSUE News for Agriculture


New publications! Ashley Bennett and Rufus have a new paper on modeling pollinator community responses to contrasting bioenergy scenarios in PLOS One.

Brett Blaauw and Rufus have a new paper on enhancing crop yields through wild pollinators in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment.


This website was designed by Rufus Isaacs and Julianna Tuell with artwork by Brett Blaauw.
Website maintenance Keith Mason (masonk@msu.edu) and Emily May (mayemil1@msu.edu)