Landscape, Nursery, and Greenhouse IPM

Biological control can be used to reduce pest abundance and damage in greenhouse crops but efficacy can be inconsistent . Our goal is to increase reliability and adoption of biological control by understanding the ecology of interactions between plants, pests, and natural enemies. Read more about our research below.

Landscape, Nursery, and Greenhouse IPM Projects

Scale Insects

We work on several species of scale insect to develop management tactics that are effective and pose less risk to natural enemies than conventional organophosphate and pyrethroid insecticides. Read more

Exotic Ambrosia Beetles

Currently we have three projects designed to optimize granulate ambrosia beetle management by reducing plant damage and non-target effects of insecticide applications. Read more

Banker Plant Systems

Banker plant systems are designed to decouple predator-prey interactions so natural enemies can reproduce and survive even when pest populations are low. Banker plant systems consist of three basic components: banker plant, alternative food or host, and a predator or parasitoid that are implemented in a particular crop and production system. Our objective is to determine how each of these factors influences trophic interactions to optimize biological control efficacy. Read more

Cankerworm Project

The goal of the Cankerworm Project is to learn about the biology of cankerworms in order to improve management in urban trees. Read more

Daylily Leafminers

The daylily leafminer, Ophiomyia kwansonis, is a new pest causing severe damage to daylilies in nurseries and landscapes. It was likely introduced in 2006 from Japan and has spread rapidly throughout much of the Eastern United States. Read more