Research in my lab group is focused on the ecology and behavior of insects in perennial fruit crops. We study insects that are pests, natural enemies, and pollinators within these agricultural systems and in the surrounding landscapes. Current areas of research activity include mating disruption of grape berry moth, native plants for supporting beneficial insects, interactions between insect responses to conservation biological control and landscape structure, pollination in blueberry fields, and evaluation of new insecticide options.
My applied research-extension program develops and implements insect management programs for small fruit industries. Pest management challenges facing these industries are addressed in part by evaluating current and new pest control options and integrating them into IPM programs where appropriate. Findings are extended to small fruit industries by presentations, extension publications, through websites, and through on-farm evaluation and demonstration trials providing real-world experience with new practices.
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