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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Lodewyk P S. Kuenen (Bas)

Research Entomologist

Dr. Kuenen (Ph.D. Entomology, University of California, Riverside, 1982) has been with USDA, ARS, Commodity Protection & Quality Research Unit since 1998.  His research focuses primarily on the elucidation of chemically mediated insect behavioral repertoires that can lead to development of controls for insects of tree nuts and postharvest durable commodities, particularly as alternatives to methyl bromide fumigation.  The navel orangeworm, a primary pest of the multi-billion dollar California nut industries has been a special focus of Dr. Kuenen’s work.  In collaboration with the University of California, he identified its sex pheromone and is currently developing formulations for field use.  Another area of investigation is attraction of adult moths to host crops plus the influence of visual cues on trap capture.  In the laboratory, a large flight tunnel with multiple video options is employed and field collaborations continue to follow up lab leads.  Dr. Kuenen has authored or co-authored 38 published peer reviewed articles, 1 patent, 3 book chapters, 58 other publications, and made numerous oral presentations at professional and technical meetings, and to various commodity groups.  

Last Modified: 2/24/2014
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