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Robert W Behle

Research Entomologist

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Dr. Robert W. Behle

Phone: (309) 681-6310

Fax: (309) 681-6693

1815 N University

Peoria, IL 61604



1980    University of Illinois, Champaign, IL, USA. B.S., Agronomy, Crop Protection

1982    University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY, USA. M.S., Entomology, Host Plant Resistance

1992    Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, USA. PhD., Entomology, Plant Physiology



1993 - 1995 Post Doctorate, Research Professor, Bradley University, Peoria IL, USA.

1995 - 1996 Research Scientist, Biosys, Inc. Columbia, MD. USA.

1997 - Present Research Entomologist, USDA, Agricultural Research Service, National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research, Crop Bioprotection Research Unit, Peoria, IL, USA.


General Research Information:

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.


Current Memberships:

            Entomological Society of America

            Society of Invertebrate Pathologists