Pest Management of Ornamental Plants and Insect Ecology
3318 Gardner Hall
Box 7613 NCSU Raleigh, NC 27695-7613
Ornamental plant material is the second most valuable crop in the Unites States with a market value of $14.7 billion in 2002. With cash receipts of $893 million, nursery and greenhouse production of ornamental plants is the highest earning crop in North Carolina and ranks third among all farm commodities. Nursery and greenhouse production of ornamentals covers 39,246 acres in North Carolina. This yields an astounding $22,741/ acre for ornamental producers. The high value of ornamental crops and low tolerance of pest damage by consumers necessitates protection of plant material from arthropod pests.
My extension responsibilities are in the area of management of arthropod pests of ornamental plants. This position is responsible for providing extension education materials for landscape managers, nursery and greenhouse producers, and extension personnel. Extension responsibilities include research to manage pests of ornamental plants in a more efficacious, economical, and environmentally acceptable manner and development and delivery of research based information to clientele giving them the means to manage these pests.