Associate Professor & Extension Specialist of Entomology
Applied Insect Ecology and IPM of Field Crops
Tidewater Research Station
Cotton Portal (where I blog with Cotton Entomology information)
Soybean Portal (where I blog with Soybean Entomology information)
Entomology Portal (where I blog with Corn and Wheat Entomology information)
The Vernon James Research & Extension Center
207 Research Station Road
Plymouth, NC 27962
Phone: 252-793-4428 x133
B.A. Point Loma Nazarene University- Biology, Spanish Minor
M.S. University of California, Davis- Integrated Pest Management
Ph.D. University of California, Davis- Entomology
Research (30%) - Small grains, soybeans, corn, and cotton
Our lab's research program centers around Bt, which has changed the field crop landscape for insects. Caterpillars from the genus Helicoverpa are major pests worldwide, partially managed with Bt in some crops and insecticides in others. The lab is focused on the ecology of this insect. Furthermore, piercing sucking insect pests, such as thrips and stink bugs have emerged as major pests worldwide and especially in North Carolina. Insecticide sprays have been reduced in Bt crops, releasing these insects that are unaffected by the Bt toxins. We focus on these pests, as well as a new invasive piercing sucking insect pest of soybeans, Megacopta cribraria.
Extension (70%)- Small grains, soybeans, corn, and cotton
Field crops are vital to North Carolina’s economy and are grown throughout the state. They represent a significant part of land dedicated to agriculture in the state. Consequently, management decisions for these crops have wide-ranging systemic effects on the state. Increasing urbanization and recent changes in agronomic practices within and among crops have affected which insects are pests and how these pests are managed. My goal in extension is to bring relevant, timely and scientifically based information and solutions to North Carolina's field crop producers. I strive to harmonize producer concerns with environmental impacts and the general public's needs, with the overarching goal of enhancing the profitability and efficiency of field crop production in the state.
Selected Publications (see below for downloads of open access articles)
Bakken, A. J., S .C. Schoof, M. Bickerton, K. A. Kamminga, J. C. Jenrette, S. Malone, M. A. Abney, D. A. Herbert, D. Reisig, T.P. Kuhar, and J.F. Walgenbach. 2015. Occurrence of brown marmorated stink bug (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae) on wild hosts in non-managed woodlands and soybean fields in North Carolina and Virginia. Environ. Entomol. doi: 10.1093/ee/nvv092
Seiter, N., A. Del-Pozo Valdiva, J. Greene, F. P.F. Reay-Jones, P. Roberts, and D. Reisig. 2015. Action thresholds based on sweep-net sampling for management of the kudzu bug, Megacopta cribraria (Hemiptera: Plataspidae). 2015. J. Econ. Entomol. doi: 10.1093/jee/tov171
Reisig, D. D., and F. P. F. Reay-Jones. 2015. Inhibition of Helicoverpa zea growth by transgenic corn expressing Bt toxins and Development of Resistance to Cry1Ab. Environ. Entomol. doi: 10.1093/ee/nvv076
Reisig, D. D., D. S. Akin, R. T. Bessin, M. J. Brewer, D. G. Buntin, A. L. Catchot, D. Cook, K. L. Flanders, F.- N. Huang, D. W. Johnson, B. R. Leonard, P. J. McLeod, R. P. Porter, F.P.F. Reay-Jones, K. V. Tindall, S. D. Stewart, N. N. Troxclair, R. R. Youngman, and M. E. Rice. 2015. Lepidoptera (Crambidae, Noctuidae, and Pyralidae) injury on corn containing pure single and pyramided Bt traits and non-Bt hybrids compared to a refuge blend with non-Bt and pyramided Bt hybrids, in the southern United States. J. Econ. Entomol. 108: 157-165.
Huang, F., J. A Qureshi, R. L. Meagher, Jr., D. Reisig, G. P. Head, D. A. Andow, X. Ni, D. Kerns, G. D. Buntin, Y. Niu, F. Yang, and V. Dangal. 2014. Cry1F resistance in fall armyworm Spodoptera frugiperda: single gene versus pyramided Bt maize. PLOS ONE. 9(11): e112958. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0112958
Unbehend, M., S. Hänniger, G. M. Vásquez, M. L. Juárez, D. Reisig, J. N. McNeil, R. L. Meagher, D. A. Jenkins, D. G. Heckel, and A. T. Groot. 2014. Geographic variation in sexual attraction of Spodoptera frugiperda corn- and rice-strain males to pheromone lures. PLOS ONE. 9(2): e89255. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0089255
Palakkatu-Thodi, I., D. D. Reisig, J. K. Greene, F.P.F. Reay-Jones, and M. D. Toews. 2014. Within-field spatial distribution of stink bug (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae)- induced boll injury in commercial cotton fields of the southeastern United States. Environ. Entomol. 43: 744-752.
Reay-Jones, F.P.F, and D. D. Reisig. 2014. Impact of corn earworm injury on yield of transgenic corn producing Bt toxins in the Carolinas. J. Econ. Entomol. 107: 1101-1109.
Musser, F. R., A. L. Catchot, Jr., J. A. Davis, D. A. Herbert, Jr., G. M. Lorenz, T. Reed, D. D. Reisig, and S. D. Stewart. 2014. 2013 Soybean insect losses in the Southern US. Midsouth Entomol. 7: 15-28.
Stewart, S. D., D. S. Akin, J. Reed, J. Bacheler, A. Catchot, D. Cook, J. Gore, J. Greene, A. Herbert, R. E. Jackson, D. L. Kerns, B. R. Leonard, G. M. Lorenz, S. Micinski, D. Reisig, P. Roberts, G. Studebaker, K. Tindall, M. Toews. 2013. Survey of thrips species infesting cotton across the southern U.S. Cotton Belt. J. Cotton Sci. 17: 263-269.
Gardner, W.A., H.B. Peeler, J. LaForest, P.M. Roberts, A.N. Sparks, J.K. Greene, D. Reisig, D.R. Suiter, J.S. Bacheler, K. Kidd, C.H. Ray, X.P. Hu, R.C. Kemerait, E.A. Scocco, J.E. Eger, Jr., J.R. Ruberson, E.J. Sikora, D.A. Herbert, Jr., C. Campana, S. Halbert, S.S. Stewart, G.D. Buntin, M.D. Toews, and C.T. Bargeron. 2013. Confirmed distribution and occurrence of Megacopta cribraria (F.) (Hemiptera: Heteroptera: Plataspidae) in the southeastern United States. J. Entomol. Sci. 48: 118-127.
Owens, D.R., D. A. Herbert, Jr., G.P. Divley, D. D. Reisig, and T. P. Kuhar. 2013. Does feeding by Halyomorpha halys (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae) reduce soybean seed quality and yield? J. Econ. Entomol. 106: 1317-1323.
Owens, D.R., D.A. Herbert, Jr., T.P. Kuhar, and D.D. Reisig. 2013. Effects of temperature and relative humidity on the vertical distribution of stink bugs (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae) within soybean canopies and implications for field sampling. J. Entomol. Sci. 48: 90-98.
Musser, F. R., A. L. Catchot, Jr., J. A. Davis, D. A. Herbert, Jr., G. M. Lorenz, T. Reed, D. D. Reisig, and S. D. Stewart. 2013. 2012 Soybean insect losses in the Southern US. Midsouth Entomol. 6: 12-24.
Reisig, D. D., J. S. Bacheler, D. A. Herbert, T. Kuhar, S. Malone, C. Philips, and R. Weisz. 2012. Efficacy and Value of Prophylactic vs. Integrated Pest Management Approaches for Management of Cereal Leaf Beetle (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) in Wheat and Ramifications for Adoption by Growers. J Econ. Entomol. 105: 1612-1619.
Reisig, D. D., D. A. Herbert, S. Malone. 2012. Impact of neonicotinoid seed treatments on thrips (Thysanoptera: Thripidae) and soybean yield in Virginia and North Carolina. J. Econ. Entomol. 105: 884-889.
Philips, C. R., D. A. Herbert, T. P. Kuhar, D. D. Reisig, and E. A. Roberts. 2012. Using degree days to predict cereal leaf beetle (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) egg and larval population peaks. Environ. Entomol. 41: 761-767.
Musser, F. R., A. L. Catchot, Jr., J. A. Davis, D. A. Herbert, Jr., G. M. Lorenz, T. Reed, D. D. Reisig, and S. D. Stewart. 2012. 2011 soybean insect losses in the southern US. Midsouth Entomol. 5: 11-12.
Philips, C. R., D. A. Herbert, T. P. Kuhar, D .D. Reisig, W. E. Thomason, and S. Malone. 2011. Fifty years of cereal leaf beetle in the U.S.: and update on its biology, management, and current research. J. Integ. Pest Mngmt. 2: 2011; doi: 10.1603/IPM11014.
Reisig, D. D., L. D. Godfrey, and D. B. Marcum. 2011. Spatial dependence, dispersion, and sequential sampling of Anaphothrips obscrurus (Thysanoptera: Thripidae) in timothy. Environ. Entomol. 40: 689-696.
Reisig, D. D., L.D. Godfrey, and D. B. Marcum. 2010. Plant quality and conspecific density effects on thrips (Anaphothrips obscurus) (Thysanoptera: Thripidae) wing diphenism and population ecology. Environ. Entomol. 39: 685-694.
Reisig, D. D., L. D. Godfrey, and D. B. Marcum. 2009. Effectiveness of spring burning as a physical management tactic for thrips in Phleum pretense L. (Poales: Poaceae). Southwest. Entomol. 34: 407-416.
Reisig, D. D., and L. D. Godfrey. 2007. Spectral response of cotton aphid- (Homoptera: Aphididae) and spider mite- (Acari: Tetranychidae) infested cotton: controlled studies. Environ. Entomol. 36: 1466-1474.
Reisig, D. D., and L. D. Godfrey. 2006. Remote sensing for detection of cotton aphid- (Homoptera: Aphididae) and spider mite– (Acari: Tetranychidae) infested cotton in the San Joaquin Valley. Environ. Entomol. 35: 1635-1646.