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Michael Reding (Mike)

Research Entomologist


Michael Reding

1680 Madison Ave., Wooster, Ohio 44691 

(330) 749-2913


Mike Reding’s research develops methods to reduce crop losses and damage caused by insect pests of ornamental nursery crops and other horticultural crops; and develops improved detection methods and sustainable alternatives to current management strategies.  Specific research objectives are: 1) fill gaps in the knowledge of fundamental biology and ecology of ambrosia beetles in relation to the nursery ecosystem, 2) identify and exploit vulnerabilities in biology and ecology of ambrosia beetles to develop improved, novel, and sustainable strategies for managing these pests, 3) develop new methods for detecting nursery pests and models for predicting their activity; 4) develop environmentally-friendly alternatives to conventional insecticides for managing nursery pests, and new techniques for applying chemical controls of nursery pests.  Research includes development of attractants and detection techniques, monitoring seasonal activity of pests, and development of models for predicting pest activity; testing efficacy of conventional and alternative control agents; characterize the relationship between host health, susceptibility, and efficacy of controls.  Field and complimentary laboratory experiments are conducted to meet these goals.


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Research Experience:

1987-1989: Graduate Assistant, Department of Zoology, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio

1991-1995: Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Entomology, Washington State University, Pullman, Washington

1996-2001: IPM Project Leader for tree fruit, Utah State University Extension, Logan, Utah

2001-2003, post-doctoral Research Entomologist, USDA-ARS, Application Technology Research Unit, Wooster, Ohio 

2003-present, Research Entomologist, USDA-ARS, Application Technology Research Unit, Wooster, Wooster, Ohio. 


Educational Background

1978-1980: SUNY Alfred Ag. & Tech.: A.A.S Ornamental Horticulture, 1980.

1983-1985: State University of New York (SUNY) at Oswego: B.S. Zoology, 1985.

1987-1990: Miami University, Oxford, OH: M.S. Zoology, 1990.

1991-2000: Washington State University: Ph.D. Entomology, 2000.