Entomology and Nematology


Dr. Larry Duncan

Dr. Larry Duncan




Research

Our research focus is on the ecology and management of plant parasitic nematode pests of citrus and the ecology of entomopathogenic nematodes and their potential role in citrus IPM. Specific projects relate to the phylogenetics of plant parasitic nematodes; population assessment of nematode and insect pests; crop loss assessment; soilborne foodweb dynamics; and IPM tactics. [Read More]


Dr. Joe Noling

Dr. Joe Noling




Research

Principal statewide responsibilities for nematology extension programs in all fruit and vegetable crops. Identify and evaluate chemical and nonchemical soilborne pest and disease management alternatives to methyl bromide for Florida vegetable cropping systems. Nematode population dynamics, nematode management, crop loss assessment. [Read More]


Dr. Michael Rogers

Dr. Michael Rogers




Research

Extension responsibilities focus on the development and implementation of integrated pest management programs for citrus. Research examines the ecology of insect pests of citrus and the integration of chemical and biological control in the citrus system. [Read More]


Dr. Kirsten Pelz-Stelinski

Dr. Kirsten Pelz-Stelinski




Research

My research program focuses on the biology and microbial ecology of insect vectors of plant diseases. Currently, I am investigating transmission of the Huanglongbing (HLB) pathogen Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus (Las) by the Asian citrus psyllid (ACP), Diaphorina citri,to further the development of successful ACP management programs. Aspects of this research include evaluating the effects of Las on ACP fitness and investigating the distribution and function of ACP endosymbionts. [Read More]


Dr. Lukasz Stelinski

Dr. Lukasz Stelinski




Research

My research focuses on development of integrated management strategies for insect pest control. Although citrus is the focal commodity for my current research program, I extensively collaborate with colleagues on research projects involving insect pests of temperate tree fruit, small fruit (both temperate and tropical), as well as in other agricultural commodities such as ornamental plants and vegetables. [Read More]