University of Arkansas

03/09/2018 | News release | Distributed by Public on 03/09/2018 00:39

Multi-State Research to Solve Complex Arthropod Issues in Crops

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Jeffrey Gore, crop entomologist

The Department of Entomology hosts crop entomologist, Jeffrey Gore, for a seminar at 4 p.m. Thursday, March 15.

The seminar, 'Multi-State Research to Solve Complex Arthropod Issues in Crops,' is free and open to the public and will be held in AGRI 332. Refreshments will be served before the seminar at 3:30 p.m. in AGRI 316.

Farmers across the Mid-South region of the U.S. face numerous arthropod pests that limit productivity and profitability of agronomic crops grown in the region. Additionally, several key incidences of resistance to insecticides and traits, and introductions of exotic species have occurred over the last decade.

In these instances, information is needed in a short period of time to provide growers and agricultural consultants unique IPM strategies that protect their profitability. Efforts to evaluate new technologies, and to develop and refine action thresholds that are replicated in multiple states across the region allow researchers and extension specialists to provide needed information in a timelier manner. Also because the information is developed across a broad geography we are able to have more confidence in the recommendations that are developed.

Multiple research efforts that have been completed by the Mid-South Entomology Working Group will be discussed.

Gore is an associate professor at the Mississippi State University, Delta Research and Extension Center in Stoneville. Gore received his B.S. in Entomology/Integrated Pest Management from Auburn University and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Entomology from Louisiana State University. After receiving his Ph.D., Gore worked as a research entomologist for the USDA, ARS, Southern Insect Management Research Unit in Stoneville. He joined the faculty at Mississippi State University in the fall of 2007. His research responsibilities include Integrated Pest Management of insect pests in cotton, rice, peanut, grain sorghum, corn, soybean, and wheat.

About the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences: Bumpers College provides life-changing opportunities to position and prepare graduates who will be leaders in the businesses associated with foods, family, the environment, agriculture, sustainability and human quality of life; and who will be first-choice candidates of employers looking for leaders, innovators, policy makers and entrepreneurs. The college is named for Dale Bumpers, former Arkansas governor and longtime U.S. senator who made the state prominent in national and international agriculture.

About the Division of Agriculture: The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, through its Agricultural Experiment Station, or AAES, and Cooperative Extension Service, carry out the land-grant mission established by the Morrill Act of 1862 to deliver research discoveries, technologies and information for better living to the people of Arkansas. The Division of Agriculture is one of 20 entities within the University of Arkansas System. It has offices in all 75 counties in Arkansas and faculty on five system campuses.