B.S. Environmental Biology/Zoology, Michigan State University
M.S. Entomology, The University of Georgia
Ph.D. Entomology, Purdue University
The biology, ecology, and behavior of insect pests and vectors of potato plant pathogens. The epidemiology and mechanisms of insect-vectored potato plant pathogens.
To improve our knowledge of insect vector–pathogen–host plant interactions as well as mechanisms of pathogen transmission. To apply that knowledge toward the development of sustainable management solutions.
Potatoes are the dominant vegetable crop produced in the United States, the bulk of which are grown in the Pacific Northwest. Insect damage and disease symptoms in potato tubers are not suitable for fresh markets or processing, necessitating effective management tools. For insect-vectored potato pathogens, this often requires managing the vectors and breaking the pathogen transmission cycle. However, current potato pest management strategies are heavily reliant on pesticides which can be financially and environmentally costly and may not be effective at preventing or mitigating insect-vectored pathogen outbreaks.
Research contributing to our knowledge of potato pest biology, ecology, and behavior, as well as insect-vectored potato pathogen reservoirs, vectors, transmission mechanisms, and epidemiology. Ideally, this knowledge can then be incorporated into an integrated pest management approach to developing effective tools for outbreak prevention and mitigation.
Joanna Schuller, Biological Science Technician
Millie Heidt, Biological Science Technician
New Technologies and Strategies for Managing Emerging Insect Pests and Insect Transmitted Pathogens of Potatoes In-House Appropriated (D) Accession Number:439448 Assessing Whether Potato Leafroll Virus Transmission and Feeding Behavior of the Green Peach Aphid in Potatoes is Altered by Afidopyropen Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement (S) Accession Number:440437 Genetic Insights into Leafhopper/Phytoplasma Interactions and Gene-based Immunization for Plant Disease Control Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement (S) Accession Number:441667 Identifying the Sources of Aphids and Aphid-vectored Viruses Afflicting Potato Fields Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement (S) Accession Number:442489 Integrative Approaches to Understanding how Vector Proteins Affect Plant Defense and Plant-Insect Interactions Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement (S) Accession Number:442490 Green Peach Aphid–Plant Interactions in Southern Idaho Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement (S) Accession Number:442864 No news articles listed for this employee.
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- Diverse landscapes but not wildflower plantings increase marketable crop yield -(Peer Reviewed Journal)
Mccullough, C., Grab, H., Angelella, G.M., Karpanty, S., O'Rourke, M. 2022. Diverse landscapes but not wildflower plantings increase marketable crop yield. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment. 339:108120. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.agee.2022.108120.
- Landscape context influences the bee conservation value of wildflower plantings -(Peer Reviewed Journal)
McCullough, C.T., Angelella, G.M., O'Rourke, M.E. 2021. Landscape context influences the bee conservation value of wildflower plantings. Environmental Entomology. 50(4):821-831. https://doi.org/10.1093/ee/nvab036.
- Honey bee hives decrease the conservation value and pollination services of on-farm pollinator refuges -(Peer Reviewed Journal)
Angelella, G.M., Mccullough, C.T., O'Rourke, M.E. 2021. Honey bee hives decrease the conservation value and pollination services of on-farm pollinator refuges. Journal of Applied Ecology. 3202 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-021-81967-1.
- Conservation wildflower plantings do not enhance on-farm abundance of Amblyomma americanum (Ixodida: Ixodidae) -(Peer Reviewed Journal)
Mccullough, C.T., Angelella, G.M., O'Rourke, M.E. 2020. Conservation wildflower plantings do not enhance on-farm abundance of Amblyomma americanum (Ixodida: Ixodidae). Insects. https://doi.org/10.3390/insects11090617.