Pest management

Date posted: April 11, 2012

Emily MeinekeBecky Kirkland PhotoWorking with Dr. Steven Frank, Ph.D. student Emily Meineke is studying how tiny scale insects respond to urban heat. The research has important implications for understanding how insect pests might respond to climate change.

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Environmental Experts

Jack Bacheler
Professor and Department Extension Leader
Entomology
919-515-8877
jack_bacheler@ncsu.edu

Develops and evaluates reduced-risk insect control technologies for cotton crops

Roger B. Batts
Field Research Director, IR-4 Center
Horticultural Science
919-515-1668
roger_batts@ncsu.edu

Conducts pesticide residue trials to assist in registration of pest management tools for growers of fruits, vegetables, herbs and spices, and ornamentals; between 50 and 70 percent of all IR-4 projects involve products that U.S. Environmental Protection Agency deems reduced risk

D. Michael Benson
Professor
Plant Pathology
919-515-3966
mike_benson@ncsu.edu

Focuses on disease management of nursery crops as well as sustainable disease management in intensive agriculture and urban settings

Rick Brandenburg
William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor
Entomology
919-515-8876
rick_brandenburg@ncsu.edu

Develops environmentally sound pest management programs for landscapes and turf, including home lawns, athletic fields, golf courses, commercial properties and sod farms

Wayne Buhler
Professor and Extension Specialist
Horticultural Science
919-515-5369
wayne_buhler@ncsu.edu

Coordinates and develops extension education programs related to pesticide stewardship and protection of the environment

Hannah J. Burrack
Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist
Entomology
919-513-4344
hannah_burrack@ncsu.edu

Develops and evaluates reduced-risk insect management tools and systems for tobacco and specialty crops

Yasmin J. Cardoza
Assistant Professor
Entomology
919-513-1285
yasmin_cardoza@ncsu.edu

Conducts research on viable alternatives to chemical pesticides for integration into ecologically friendly pest management programs for turfgrass insect pests

Steven Frank
Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist
Entomology
919-818-4150
sdfrank@ncsu.edu

Conducts research and extension programs to reduce pesticide use and associated risks in ornamental nursery and greenhouse plant production and urban landscapes; also focuses on protecting urban trees from arthropod pests that reduce tree health and the ecosystem services they provide to urban landscapes

Kelly Ivors
Associate Professor and Extension Specialist
Plant Pathology
828-684-3562 ext 143
kelly_ivors@ncsu.edu

Conducts research and extension education focused on sustainable disease management of floral, nursery and vegetable crops, as well as pathogen dispersal in water

George Kennedy
William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor and Department Head
Entomology
919-515-2746
george_kennedy@ncsu.edu

Studies effects of weather and climate on insect pest populations and  develops reduced-risk insect management systems for vegetable crops

Steve Koenning
Associate Professor
Plant Pathology
919-515-3905
stephen_koenning@ncsu.edu

Develops ways to reduce use of nematicides

Julia Kornegay
Professor
Horticultural Science
919-515-1193
julia_kornegay@ncsu.edu

Develops and tests new floricultural crops (cut flowers and bedding plants) with resistance to major diseases and other production constraints and with improved floral and postharvest traits

Frank Louws
Director, Southern Integrated Pest Management Center
Professor and Extension Specialist
Plant Pathology
919-515-6689
frank_louws@ncsu.edu

Focuses on sustainable disease management in fruit and vegetable crops, as well as methyl bromide alternatives and novel cultural practices

Emma Lookabaugh
Plant pathology graduate student Emma Lookabaugh is among the faculty, staff and students who make N.C. State University’s Plant Disease and Insect Clinic one of the state’s most important pest-identification resources. The clinic has been helping Cooperative Extension agents as well as others accurately diagnose pests for more than 60 years. The clinic not only helps farmers identify and manage pest problems, it also serves those in the turfgrass, nursery and landscape industries, as well as members of the public who encounter pest problems in their homes and gardens.

Asimina Mila
Assistant Professor
Plant Pathology
919-513-1291
mina_mila@ncsu.edu

Studies environmental factors influencing plant disease epidemics and plant disease forecasting for sustainable management tactics

Joseph Neal
Professor and Extension Specialist
Horticultural Science
919-515-9379
Joe_neal@ncsu.edu

Develops and disseminates environmentally and economically sound weed management strategies for nursery crop producers and landscape managers

Peter Ojiambo
Assistant Professor
Plant Pathology
919-513-2188
peter_ojiambo@ncsu.edu

Studies climate change as it relates to epidemiology of plant pathogens and disease forecasting

David Orr
Associate Professor
Entomology
919-515-4684
david_orr@ncsu.edu

Develops and evaluates biologically based insect-control technologies

Dominic Reisig
Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist
Entomology
252-793-4428 ext 133
dominic_reisig@ncsu.edu

Develops and evaluates reduced-risk insect management tools and systems for row crops

Rob Richardson
Assistant Professor
Crop Science
919-515-5653
rob_richardson@ncsu.edu

Conducts research related to understanding the biological characteristics of weeds that make them more invasive and develops best management practices for sustainable weed management

Coby Schal
Blanton Whitmire Distinguished Professor
Entomology
919-515-1821
coby@ncsu.edu

Studies allergens produced by cockroaches that serve as potential asthma triggers; the effects of pest control practices on pesticide residues in the indoor environment; and bed bug management

Michael Waldvogel
Extension Specialist and Extension Associate Professor
Entomology
919-515-8881
mike_waldvogel@ncsu.edu

Develops management strategies for residential, industrial and wood-destroying pests, including bed bugs, cockroaches, ants, rodents and termites

Gail Wilkerson
Professor
Crop Science and Statistics
919.515.5816
gail_wilkerson@ncsu.edu

Concentrates on improving crop and turf management decision-making through the application of computer technology, with an emphasis on developing computerized crop and pest management decision aids; on evaluating scouting protocols; on  developing physiologically based models of crop growth, pest population dynamics and crop/pest interactions; and on evaluating the feasibility of using  climate variability information and climate forecasts to improve crop and pest management decision-making

John Williamson
Associate Professor
Horticultural Science
919-515-5366
john_williamson@ncsu.edu

Employs the expression of naturally occurring metabolic genes to enhance resistance to fungal leaf pathogens and thus reduce pesticides use in food and ornamental production

Fred Yelverton
Professor and Extension Specialist
Crop Science
919.515.5639
fred_yelverton@ncsu.edu

Conducts research, teaching and extension education programs related to weed management systems in turfgrasses and forage crops; weed biology and ecology of turfgrass weeds; ecological and physiological effects of plant growth regulators on turfgrasses; and invasive plants

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