Vegetable Entomology

Some of the principal objectives of the Vegetable Entomology Extension program include: improving our understanding of pest biology and ecology in vegetable crop systems and applying that information to develop practical, cost-effective, and environmentally sensitive pest management tactics; predicting vegetable pest outbreaks, developing insecticide resistance management strategies and mitigating the spread of insect-transmitted viruses; developing or refining management practices for vegetable insect pests by examining the efficacy of cultural and biological controls, resistant plants and novel insecticides; helping growers implement sound IPM strategies and educating the public about agricultural issues, including biological control and biotechnology; helping develop regulatory policies on a national and international level, especially for transgenic insecticidal plants.

Visit the experts' lab pages to the right to view other guidelines including: onion disease management and diagnosis, thrips, maggots, leafhoppers and mosaic virus in snap beans, and carrot insect pests.