Meet Karen Poh, Ph.D., research entomologist at the USDA-ARS Animal Disease Research Unit, in Pullman, Washington, whose work in public health, animal and medical entomology earned her a spot in the Early Career Professional Recognition Symposium at the 2022 Joint Annual Meeting of ESA, ESC, and ESBC. Learn more about Poh and her work in this next installment of our “Standout Early Career Professionals” series.
With an organic, food-grade coating sprayed on cherries in the orchard, western cherry fruit flies have difficulty gripping the fruit surface to lay eggs. Ongoing research is fine-tuning the coating formulation in hopes of creating a new tool for integrated pest management in cherries.
Meet Bethany McGregor, Ph.D., veterinary entomologist, expert in Culicoides biting midges, and subject of the next installment of our "Standout Early Career Professionals" series.
What if we could use byproducts from biofuel production as new insect pest management tools—to make both energy and food production more sustainable? New research shows this vision is well within reach.
When an invasive insect appears, responders must quickly set monitoring traps in the area to determine the extent of the pest outbreak. A collaboration between USDA-APHIS and USDA-ARS is working to improve such delimitation trapping survey designs and will publish new guidelines after field experiments are completed later this year.