WSU Professor Vince Jones: How a Perfect Storm of Technology, Legislation, and Applied Ecology Is Finally Leading to IPM in Western Orchards
April 16, 2012
DAVIS--Washington State University entomology professor Vince Jones, based at the Tree Fruit Research and Extension Center in Wenatchee, will speak on "How a Perfect Stormof Technology, Legislation, and Applied Ecology Is Finally Leading to IPM in Western Orchards" at the next UC Davis Department of Entomology seminar, set from 12:10 to 1 p.m., Wednesday, April 25 in 122 Briggs Hall.
Washington State University entomology professor Vince Jones, based at the Tree Fruit Research and Extension Center in Wenatchee, will speak on. "How a Perfect Storm of Technology, Legislation, and Applied Ecology Is Finally Leading to IPM in Western Orchards" on April 25.
Host is Michael Parrella, professor and chair, UC Davis Department of Entomology.
Abstract of his talk:
IPM programs are being shaped by a complex set of factors ranging from consumer demand for reduced pesticide residues on fruit, legislation eliminating or restricting organo-phosphate insecticides, and maximum residue tolerances in certain export markets. At the same time, new technologies such as mating disruption for key lepidopterous pests, the use of herbivore-induced plant volatiles for monitoring natural enemies, and different ways of mitigating and modeling pesticide impacts on pests and natural enemies are providing new management options that rely heavily on biological control. The new IPM programs are information-intensive and the development of web-based decision support systems is helping transfer the new technology to users with smartphones and laptops in the field.
Vince Jones is a professor of entomology based at the Washington State University Tree Fruit Research and Extension Center (TFREC) in Wenatchee. His interests include population biology and ecology, biological control and IPM, and the development of decision support systems to simplify implementation of IPM programs.
Work in his lab is focused on basic and applied research using novel approaches to population ecology and behavior of insect pests attacking tree fruit. The lab is currently focused on trying to improve IPM strategies by enhancing biological control. Toward this goal, Jones is the lead PI on a USDA- CREES Specialty Crop Research Initiative with colleagues at WSU (Drs. Betsy Beers, Jay Brunner, Karina Gallardo at TFREC and Jessica Goldberger on the Pullman campus), Drs. Dave Horton and Tom Unruh at USDA-ARS Wapato, Dr. Nick Mills at UC Berkeley, and Dr. Peter Shearer and Steve Castagnoli at Oregon State University. The Jones lab is working on the use of herbivore-induced plant volatiles and floral lures to help monitor natural enemies, and developing phenology models for key natural enemies using these lures.
The professor is also heavily involved in the development and use of immuno-marking techniques to quantify movement of pests and natural enemies in the field and how that movement affects population growth. He has also performed research showing how mating disruption affects population growth of codling moth and obliquebanded leafrollers and have found that delayed mating is a key factor in determining success or failure of mating disruption.
In addition to the active research projects, he has undertaken the task of synthesizing the data and information available on IPM and developing the WSU Decision Aid System to help growers and fieldmen optimize their pest management strategies. This project will be expanding in the near future as phenology models developed in the enhanced BC project are completed and they are able to modify management programs to conserve natural enemies.
Coordinators of the spring seminars are Louie Yang and Joanna Chiu, assistant professors. All lectures will take place on Wednesdays from 12:10 to 1 p.m. in 122 Briggs Hall. The series, launched April 4, will continue through May 23.
In a webcast project coordinated by professor James R. Carey, some of the seminars will be videotaped and can be accessed at a later date on UCTV.
The complete list of speakers for the April 4-May 23 seminars:
April 4: Ian Pearse, who just finished his doctorate, working with major professor Rick Karban lab, UC Davis, will speak on "The Use of Non-Native Plants by Native Herbivores."
Host: Rick Karban, professor, UC Davis Department of Entomology
April 11: James Harwood, graduate student, James R. Carey lab, UC Davis,"Biodemography of Reproductive Senescence in Fruit Flies (Tephritidae): The Influence of External Conditions on Age Specific Reproduction and Lifespan"
Host: James R. Carey, professor, UC Davis Department of Entomology
April 18: Bryony C. Bonning, professor, Iowa State University, "Novel Toxin Delivery Strategies for Management of Pestiferous Aphids"
Host: Bruce Hammock, distinguished professor, UC Davis Department of Entomology
April 25: Vince Jones, professor, Washington State University. "How a 'Perfect Storm' of Technology, Legislation, and Applied Ecology Is Finally Leading to IPM in Western Orchards"
Host: Michael Parrella, professor and chair, UC Davis Department of Entomology
May 2: Susan Cobey, bee breeder-geneticist at UC Davis and Washington State University, "Importation of Honey Bee Germplasm to Increase Genetic Diversity in Domestic Breeding Stocks"
Host: Eric Mussen, Extension apiculturist, UC Davis Department of Entomology
May 9: Sonia Altizer, professor, University of Georgia, "Infection and Immunity in Migratory Species: Monarchs as a Global Case Study"
Host: Louie Yang, assistant professor, UC Davis Department of Entomology
May 16: James C. Nieh, professor of biology, University of California, San Diego, "Role of Negative Signaling in a Superorganism: the Honey Bee Stop Signal"
Host: Brian Johnson, assistant professor, UC Davis Department of Entomology
May 23: Tara Thiemann, postdoctoral Scholar at UC Davis, William Reisen lab, "Survey of Culex Bloodfeeding Patterns in California"
Host: William Reisen, research entomologist, Center for Vectorborne Diseases, and adjunct professor, Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology (PMI), School of Veterinary Medicine
--Kathy Keatley Garvey
UC Davis Department of Entomology