Entomology research focuses on sustainable management of arthropod pest, pollinator and beneficial species of fruit and vegetable crops in diverse production systems. Studies are broadly based in integrated pest management (IPM), emphasizing an understanding of the impact of agricultural land management on insect ecology and pest suppression. This focuses on four broad areas:
1. Evaluation and establishment of pollinator friendly integrated management programs
3. Developing IPM programs for high tunnel crops
4. Investigating the biology, ecology and management of invasive species
The overall goal of the program is to develop, evaluate, and help implement sound integrated and organic management practices of existing and emerging pests in order to enhance the profitability and sustainability of fruit and vegetable production.
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2016-17 Rapid Ag: Creating a Risk-based Decision Support Tool and Early-warning System for Spotted-wing Drosophila: https://www.maes.umn.edu/swd
Spotted Wing Drosophila Management Recommendations for Minnesota Berry Growers - 2015 Update: http://www.fruitedge.umn.edu/spotted-wing-drosophila-management-recommendations-for-minnesota-berry-growers/