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Robert W Behle

Research Entomologist


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CONTACT

Phone: (309) 681-6310

Fax: (309) 681-6693

Room: 2101A

 

USDA ARS NCAUR

1815 N University

Peoria, IL 61604

EDUCATION

PhD, Entomology, Texas A&M University, 1992

MS, Entomology, University of Wyoming, 1982

BS, Agronomy, University of Illinois, 1980

AREA OF EXPERTISE

Development of biological pesticides based on insect pathogens.

RESEARCH INTERESTS
Current research focuses on microbial control of insect pests with emphasis on developing improved formulations for the storage, mixing, and application of insect pathogens as biopesticides. Applying biological insecticides is one form of biological control defined as augmenting insect pathogens. Augmenting microbial pathogens of insects has the potential to provide environmentally sound control of insect pests in many environments because of the pathogens’ extreme host specificity. My research interests focus on economical production, easy to use formulations and application techniques to develop fungal and baculovirus pathogens of insect into future biological insecticides. Current research efforts are focused on select fungal and baculovirus for application to agricultural, urban, and natural environments. One specific research project focuses on the use of a baculovirus for control of the black cutworm, a pest of bentgrass used for golf greens and tees.

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LAB MEMBERS / SUPPORT STAFF / VISITING SCIENTISTS

Current:

            Erica Goett (Biological Science Laboratory Technician)

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS:

Entomological Society of America

Society for Invertebrate Pathology

 

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