I wanted to introduce myself. I am the new Research Entomologist at the Delta Research Center in Portageville. I received my doctorate from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2010, where I studied the susceptibility of Oriental fruit moth to selected insecticides and mixtures.
As a Post Doc (extension 50%, research 50%) for University of Florida at Southwest Florida Research and Education Center, my research focused on management programs for the Asian citrus psyllid (ACP) and citrus leafminer. ACP, the vector of citrus greening disease (i.e. Huanglongbing, HLB) is a serious threat to citrus production in Florida. Monitoring methods were evaluated for control, economic feasibility, and impact on secondary pests to assist in making rational control decisions. New chemical tools were assessed for psyllid suppression and compatibility with natural enemies. I assisted growers with planning and evaluation of field tests to develop site specific season-long psyllid control which provides an information bridge between growers and researchers to communicate this information effectively to the industry. An ambitious area-wide ACP control program began in August 2010 to monitor 6,000 citrus blocks every 3 weeks. While data was supplied to growers in excel format, I made this data more accessible to Gulf CHMA growers by placing updates and an interactive map of pest pressure on the SWFREC website: http://www.imok.ufl.edu/entomology/extension/chma/).
Growers in the region also expressed great concern over increases in citrus leafminer (CLM) incidence and severity during the past 3 years. Damage by leafmining leads to reduction in photosynthesis, malformation of leaves, and increases susceptibility to canker. I evaluated the use of pheromone traps for monitoring CLM populations, and the effectiveness of early season sprays to reduce CLM and canker. An economic analysis of CLM monitoring and management as a function of both crop value and susceptibility to citrus canker will provide growers with affordable strategies to access and manage CLM infestations over the range of citrus cultivars.
I am currently interested in monitoring resistance to insecticides in tobacco thrips, cotton bollworm, and tarnished plant bug. I am sure I’ll branch out to additional pests as information from consultants and growers come forward. I look forward to working with the producers in the area to reduce pest pressure and increase yields. Feel free to contact me via e-mail: jonesmon@missouri or phone: 573-379-5431. Hope to hear from you soon!