Agricultural pests have a 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.
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 educate growers and assist in developing proper management techniques that support more effective pollination and higher fruit yields.
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!