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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

John Diaz-Montano

Research Entomologist

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Dr. John Diaz-Montano
Postdoctoral Research Entomologist

Stored Product Insect & Engineering Research Unit
Center for Grain & Animal Health Research

1515 College Avenue
Manhattan, KS 66502

Voice: (785) 776-2761
Fax: (785) 537-5584

Research Interests

John Diaz-Montano is a Research Entomologist with the USDA-ARS at the Center for Grain and Animal Health Research in Manhattan, Kansas. He received his B.S. in Agriculture from the National University of Colombia (Palmira) in 2001, his M.S. in Entomology from Kansas State University in 2006, and his Ph.D. in Entomology from Cornell University in 2011. He was a postdoctoral scholar at the University of California (Riverside) from 2010 to 2012. His research interests focus on projects related to integrated pest management, host plant resistance to insects, and insect behavior.

Current Research Projects

Study of psocid behavior and ecology to improve pest management
Psocids are insect pests of stored grains but were not considered of economic importance until the 1990s in Australia and China and until the 2000s in the United States. They are difficult to control with conventional methods (chemical insecticides) used to control other insect pests of stored grains such as beetles and moths. Therefore, it is necessary to explore alternative methods of control through the study of psocid responses to attractants and to different abiotic factors such as temperature and humidity.

Recent Publications
Article Link Diaz-Montano, J., J. F. Campbell, T.W. Phillips, and J.E. Throne. 2014. Evaluation of potential attractants for Liposcelis bostrychophila (Psocoptera: Liposcelididae). J. Econ. Entomol. 107: 867-874.
Diaz-Montano, J., M. Fuchs, B.A. Nault, and A.M. Shelton. 2012. Resistance to onion thrips (Thysanoptera: Thripidae) in onion cultivars does not prevent infection by Iris yellow spot virus following vector-mediated transmission. Fla. Entomol. 95: 156-161.
Diaz-Montano, J., M. Fuchs, B.A. Nault, J. Fail, and A.M. Shelton. 2011. Onion thrips (Thysanoptera: Thripidae): A global pest of increasing concern in onion. J. Econ. Entomol. 104: 1-13.
Diaz-Montano, J., M. Fuchs, B.A. Nault, and A.M. Shelton. 2010. Evaluation of onion cultivars for resistance to onion thrips (Thysanoptera: Thripidae) and Iris yellow spot virus. J. Econ. Entomol. 103: 925-937.
Schapaugh Jr., W.T., T. Todd, J. Reese, J. Diaz-Montano, J. Meng, and C.M. Smith. 2010. Registration of K1639-2 soybean germplasm resistant to soybean cyst nematode and soybean aphid. J. Plant Registrations 4: 67-69.
Diaz-Montano, J., J.C. Reese, J. Louis, L.R. Campbell, and W.T. Schapaugh. 2007. Feeding behavior by the soybean aphid (Hemiptera: Aphididae) on resistant and susceptible soybean genotypes. J. Econ. Entomol. 100: 984-989.
Diaz-Montano, J., J.C. Reese, W.T. Schapaugh, and L.R. Campbell. 2007. Chlorophyll loss caused by soybean aphid (Hemiptera: Aphididae) feeding on soybean. J. Econ. Entomol. 100: 1657-1662.
Diaz-Montano, J., J.C. Reese, W.T. Schapaugh, and L.R. Campbell. 2006. Characterization of antibiosis and antixenosis to the soybean aphid (Hemiptera: Aphididae) in several soybean genotypes. J. Econ. Entomol. 99: 1884-1889.
Frei, A., J.M. Bueno, J. Diaz-Montano, H. Gu, C. Cardona, and S. Dorn. 2004. Tolerance as a mechanism of resistance to Thrips palmi in common beans. Entomol. Exp. Appl. 112: 73-80.
Diaz-Montano, J., C. Cardona, and J.M. Bueno. 2003. Characterization of dry bean genotypes (Phaseolus vulgaris L.) for resistance to Thrips palmi Karny (Thysanoptera: Thripidae). Rev. Colombiana Entomol. 29: 35-42.
Cardona, C., A. Frei, J.M. Bueno, J. Diaz, H. Gu, and S. Dorn. 2002. Resistance to Thrips palmi (Thysanoptera: Thripidae) in beans. J. Econ. Entomol. 95: 1066-1073.

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