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Lindsey Milbrath
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Lindsey Milbrath
Research Entomologist, USDA-ARS
Biological Integrated Pest Management Unit

Adjunct Associate Professor,
Department of Entomology, Cornell University

Adjunct Associate Professor
Department of Crop and Soil Sciences,
Cornell University

607-254-7268 (Voice)
607-255-1132 (FAX)


Ph.D., Kansas State University, 2002
M.S., Cornell University, 1992
B.S., Iowa State University, 1989

Research Objectives
My research program is focused on the development and implementation of biological control programs for exotic invasive plants. The current weed targets are two species of swallow-wort (Vincetoxicum nigrum and V. rossicum), which are herbaceous, perennial, twining vines in the milkweed family that are becoming invasive in the Northeastern U.S.

Selected Publications

Gibson, D.M., R.H. Vaughan, J. Biazzo, and L.R. Milbrath. 2014. Exploring the feasibility of Sclerotium rolfsii VrNY as a potential bioherbicide for control of swallowworts (Vincetoxicum spp.). Invasive Plant Science and Management in press

Milbrath, L.R., and J.R. Nechols. 2014. Plant-mediated interactions: considerations for agent selection in weed biological control programs. Biological Control in press

DiTommaso, A., L.R. Milbrath, T. Bittner, and F.R. Wesley. 2013. Pale swallowwort (Vincetoxicum rossicum) response to cutting and herbicides. Invasive Plant Science and Management 6: 381-390 (DOI: 10.1614/IPSM-D-12-00078.1).

Magidow, L.C., A. DiTommaso, Q.M. Ketterings, C.L. Mohler, and L.R. Milbrath. 2013. Emergence and performance of two invasive swallowworts (Vincetoxicum spp.) in contrasting soil types and soil pH. Invasive Plant Science and Management 6: 281-291 (DOI: 10.1614/IPSM-D-12-00073.1).

Gibson, D.M., L.A. Castrillo, B. Giuliano Garisto Donzelli, and L.R. Milbrath. 2012. First report of blight caused by Sclerotium rolfsii on the invasive exotic weed, Vincetoxicum rossicum (pale swallow-wort) in western New York. Plant Disease 96: 456 (DOI

Milbrath, L.R., and J. Biazzo. 2012. Development and reproduction of the foxglove aphid (Hemiptera: Aphididae) on invasive swallow-worts (Vincetoxicum spp.). Environmental Entomology 41: 665-668 (DOI

Averill, K.M., A. DiTommaso, C.L. Mohler, and L.R. Milbrath. 2011. Survival, growth, and fecundity of the invasive swallowworts (Vincetoxicum rossicum and V. nigrum) in New York State. Invasive Plant Science and Management 4: 198-206 (DOI 10.1614/IPSM-D-10-00034.1).

Gibson, D.M., S.B. Krasnoff, J. Biazzo, and L. Milbrath. 2011. Phytotoxicity of antofine from invasive swallow-worts. Journal of Chemical Ecology 37: 871-879 (DOI 10.1007/s10886-011-9994-4).

Averill, K.M., A. DiTommaso, C.L. Mohler, and L.R. Milbrath. 2010. Establishment of the invasive perennial Vincetoxicum rossicum across a disturbance gradient in New York State, USA. Plant Ecology 211: 65-77 (DOI 10.1007/s11258-010-9773-2).

Milbrath, L.R. 2010. Phytophagous arthropods of invasive swallow-wort vines (Vincetoxicum spp.) in New York. Environmental Entomology 39: 68-78

Milbrath, L.R. 2008. Growth and reproduction of invasive Vincetoxicum rossicum and V. nigrum under artificial defoliation and different light environments. Botany 86: 1279-1290.

Milbrath, L.R., C.J. DeLoach, and J.L. Tracy. 2007. Overwintering survival, phenology, voltinism, and reproduction among different populations of the leaf beetle Diorhabda elongata (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae). Environmental Entomology 36: 1356-1364.

Milbrath, L.R., and C.J. DeLoach. 2006. Acceptability and suitability of athel, Tamarix aphylla, to the leaf beetle Diorhabda elongata (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae), a biological control agent of saltcedar (Tamarix spp.). Environmental Entomology 35: 1379-1389.

Milbrath, L.R. and C.J. DeLoach. 2006. Host specificity of different populations of the leaf beetle Diorhabda elongata (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae), a biological control agent of saltcedar (Tamarix spp.). Biological Control 36: 32-48.

Milbrath, L.R. and J.R. Nechols. 2004. Indirect effect of early-season infestations of Trichosirocalus horridus on Rhinocyllus conicus (Coleoptera: Curculionidae). Biological Control 30: 95-109.

Milbrath, L.R. and J.R. Nechols. 2004. Individual and combined effects of Trichosirocalus horridus and Rhinocyllus conicus (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) on musk thistle. Biological Control 30: 418-429.

DeLoach, C.J., R.I. Carruthers, T.L. Dudley, D. Eberts, D.J. Kazmer, A.E. Knutson, D.W. Bean, J. Knight, P.A. Lewis, L.R. Milbrath, J.L. Tracy, N. Tomic-Carruthers, J.C. Herr, G. Abbott, S. Prestwich, G. Harruff, J.H. Everitt, D.C. Thompson, I. Mityaev, R. Jashenko, B. Li, R. Sobhian, A. Kirk, T.O. Robbins and E.S. Delfosse. 2004. First results for control of saltcedar (Tamarix spp.) in the open field in the Western United States. In: J.M. Cullen, D.T. Briese, D.J. Kriticos, W.M. Lonsdale, L. Morin and J.K. Scott (Eds.), Proceedings of the XI International Symposium on Biological Control of Weeds, 27 April-2 May 2003, Canberra, Australia, CSIRO Entomology, Canberra, Australia, pp. 505-513.

Milbrath, L.R., C.J. DeLoach, and A.E. Knutson. 2003. Initial results of biological control of saltcedar (Tamarix spp.) in the United States. In: C.R. Hart (Ed.), Proceedings of the Saltcedar and Water Resources in the West Symposium, 16 - 17 July 2003, San Angelo, Texas, pp. 135-141.

Milbrath, L.R., J.C. Herr, A.E. Knutson, J.L. Tracy, D.W. Bean, L.A. Rodr?guez-del-Bosque, R.I. Carruthers, and C.J. DeLoach. 2003. Suitability of Diorhabda elongata (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) for biological control of saltcedars (Tamarix spp.) in the southern United States and northern Mexico. In: M.V. Garc?a,  J.F.P. Dom?nguez, K.H.I. Cort?s, C.I.B. Le?n, J.R.V. Reyes, J.C. R?os, and N.I. Fr?as (Eds). Memorias XXVI Congreso Nacional de Control Biol?gico, 3-8 November 2003, Guadalajara, Mexico, pp. 225-227.