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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Leslie Elberson
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Contact Information


Phone:  509-335-3609
Fax:  509-335-6654
     59 Johnson Hall, WSU
     Pullman, WA 99164-6402

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1992 -M.S. Department of Plant, Soil, and Entomological Sciences
University of Idaho, Moscow, ID
Thesis: Studies of the Russian wheat aphid, Diuraphis noxia (Kurdjumov), (Homoptera: Aphididae) and its natural enemies in Northern Idaho.
1988 -B.S. Agriculture
B.S. Integrated Pest Management
Washington State University, Pullman, WA

Professional Experience

1996 - PresentBiological Science Technician, Entomology
USDA-ARS Western Regional Plant Introduction Station (WRPIS)
Pullman WA
1993 - 1996Research Support Scientist
Department of Plant, Soils and Entomological Sciences
University of Idaho, Moscow, ID

Research and Interests

Laboratory, greenhouse, growth chamber and field research involving pest and beneficial insects and plants. Evaluation of plant germplasm for resistance to insect pests. Biological control of insect pests and weeds. Entomology outreach and extension programs for young children, students, growers and consultants. Insect photography.

Selected Publications

Clement, S.L., L.R. Elberson, N.A. Bosque-P?rez & D. J. Schotzko. Detrimental and neutral effects of wild barley-Neotyphodium fungal endophyte associations on insect survival. Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata. (In press).

Clement, S.L., L.R. Elberson, N. Youssef, F.L. Young, and M.A. Evans. 2004. Cereal Aphid and Natural Enemy Populations in Cereal Production Systems in Eastern Washington. Journal off the Kansas Entomological Society 77:165-173.

Clement, S.L., L.R. Elberson, F.L. Young, J. R. Alldredge, R.H. Ratcliffe, and C. Hennings. 2003. Variable Hessian Fly Populations in Cereal Production Systems in Eastern Washington. Journal of the Kansas Entomological Society 76:567-577.

Clement, S.L., D.C. Hardie, and L.R. Elberson. 2002. Variation Among Accessions of Pisum fulvum for Resistance to Pea Weevil. Crop Science 42:2167-2173.

Clement, S.L., L.R. Elberson, N.N. Youssef, C.M. Davitt, and R.P. Doss. 2001. Incidence and diversity of Neotyphodium fungal endophytes in tall fescue from Morocco, Tunisia, and Sardinia. Crop Science 41:570-576.

Halbert, S.E., L.R. Elberson, M.-G. Feng, T.J. Poprawski, S. Wraight, J.B. Johnson, and S.S. Quisenberry. 1998. Suction trap data: Implications for crop protection forecasting. In A Response Model for an Introduced Pest - The Russian Wheat Aphid. Thomas Say Publication Series, Entomological Society of America, Lanham, MD.

Elberson, L.R., J.P. McCaffrey, and R.R. Tripepi. 1997. Use of rapeseed meal to control black vine weevil larvae infesting potted rhododendron. Journal of Environmental Horticulture 15:173-176.

Borek, V., L.R. Elberson, JP. McCaffrey and M.J. Morra. 1997. Toxicity of rapeseed meal and methyl isothiocyanate to larvae of the black vine weevil (Coleoptera: Curculionidae). Journal of Economic Entomology 90:109-112.

Elberson, LR., V. Borek, J.P. McCaffrey, and M.J. Morra. 1996. Toxicity of rapeseed meal-amended soil to Limonius californicus (Coleoptera: Elateridae) wireworms. Journal of Agricultural Entomology 13:323-330.

Elberson, L.R. and J.B. Johnson. 1995. Population trends and comparison of sampling methods for Diuraphis noxia and other cereal aphids (Homoptera: Aphididae) in Northern Idaho. Environmental Entomology 24: 538-549.

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