Our Fruit Crop Entomology Lab focuses on research that will help develop and refine effective, economical, and environmentally sound insect pest management (IPM) strategies and conserve and enhance pollination services for fruit crops in Wisconsin. Our current projects span a variety of Wisconsin fruits, such as cranberry, grapes, cherries, raspberries, and more. As an extension lab, we also communicate frequently with growers, students, and the general public, to help us better understand and address public needs, deliver innovative solutions, and encourage continued curiosity and education in the world around us.
Agricultural pests have devastating implication on crops which can lead to a cascade of negative effects on food production, market accessibility, and ecosystem health. Both native and invasive pests are of concern to growers all over the world. We focus on identifying and monitoring pests and using research based data to provide management solutions to growers.
Read more about Wisconsin fruit pests and our research here.
Many fruit crops depend on pollinators for proper reproduction and fruit set. Pollinators are comprised of many orders of insects beyond bees and include butterflies, moths, beetles, and other insects. We focus on obtaining a better understanding of pollinators, primarily in cranberry systems. This research based data is used to to educate growers and assist in developing proper management techniques that support more effective pollination and higher fruit yields.
Read more about pollinators and our research here.
Our lab leads many outreach and education efforts to inform growers, students, and other academics about our work. We travel to many fruit conferences, lead workshops for all ages, write extension publications, and generate articles for various crop new letters. We also collaborate with other University of Wisconsin Departments to run the Wisconsin Fruit News, so make sure to check it out!
Read more about our extension work here.