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Dale W Spurgeon

Research Entomologist


Pest Management & Biological Control Research Unit

USDA-ARS, US Arid-Land Agricultural Research Center


Dale W. Spurgeon

Research Entomologist

US Arid-Land Agricultural Research Center

21881 North Cardon Lane

Maricopa, Arizona, 85239


520-316-6330 (FAX)

B.S.  Pest Management, University of Missouri–Columbia 1979

M.S. Entomology, University of Missouri–Columbia 1981

Ph.D. Entomology, University of Arkansas 1992


Research Interests:

My research accomplishments reflect more than 35 years of professional experience in a wide range of field crops and geographical areas across the southern United States. Primary areas of expertise include sampling and trapping, reproductive biology, behavior, pest/host interactions, and physiological ecology including thermal and overwintering ecology. My research projects are conceived and designed with vertical integration, and incorporate basic research to complement, inform, or explain the results of applied studies. My current assignment focuses on ecology of the Western tarnished plant bug, which is a pest of cotton and other western field and horticultural crops. Specific research objectives address the relationships between variable thermal environments and plant bug development, survival, and reproduction, and elucidation of the controlling mechanisms, manifestation, and ecological impacts of plant bug survival mechanisms. Results of these projects will provide expanded ecological knowledge necessary to improve management of plant bugs and other pests in high-temperature and limited water production environments. The work also complements other Unit efforts to identify, validate, and implement molecular-based management tactics that will improve reliability and reduce costs and effort of pest management.




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