IPM - Insect Ecology - Biological Control

Project Leader: Silvia Rondon, Extension Entomologist

Biological control, insect biology and ecology, and population dynamics; basic and applied field and greenhouse production. Integrated Pest Management including biological control, cultural and pesticide screening with a responsibility for irrigated crops in eastern Oregon.

Interests include the implementation of sustainable practices in the potato crop, insecticide and miticides applications to reduce pest population and their effect in non-target natural enemies. New emerging pests, such as the potato tuberworm, will be holistically approached through the use of integrated pest management practices. Pest biology, population characteristics, modeling, cultural, biological, chemical and implementation and adoption of IPM practices will be studied in collaboration with other entomologists and crop production practitioners.

Problems with the selection of pest management practices for eastern Oregon are serious since many of the control strategies developed for pests in other grass seed production areas are ineffective for Columbia Basin conditions. The impact of insects and mites (pests and beneficials) in the Columbia Basin is basically unknown. We will identify pests and beneficials that are associated with grass seed production that will allow us to select and determine long term sustainable management practices.

Disseminate information on insect and mites pests in various crops, effective control methods through periodic reports, presentations, and field tours with cooperating industry representatives and growers.

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