Biology & Ecology

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In order to properly manage the insects we study, it is most prudent to understand them on a most basic level. This means anything from understanding how to rear them to their genetic composition and the many nuances in-between. It is our responsibility to fully comprehend the biology and ecology of these insects in order to develop the most intensive and exhaustive applied management guidelines for growers in NYS.

Current projects:

  • Developing novel rearing protocols for invasive insects in NYS
  • Understanding how abiotic factors affect phenology of pests
  • Screening insects for pesticide sensitivities and potential resistance
  • Investigating fitness costs for vectoring plant disease
  • Noting the presence and epidemiology of insect-vectored plant diseases

References

Publications [here]

Cornell Pest Management guidelines [purchased here]

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