Crop Systems

Analysis of the Biological Control of Cassava Pests In SubSaharan Africa (with IITA Nigeria)

Models for cassava (Manihot esculenta Crantz) growth, development and yields as modified by weather, soil water and nitrogen, and natural enemies were developed. Rainfall-induced mortality and plant carbohydrate stress were the major determinants of P. manihoti population patterns prior to the introduction of exotic natural enemies. The cassava model was the basis for examining  the … Continue reading Analysis of the Biological Control of Cassava Pests In SubSaharan Africa (with IITA Nigeria)

European Grapevine Moth

The European grapevine moth (Lobesia botrana (Den. and Schiff.)) is the principal native pest of grape berries in Europe. It was found in Napa County, California in 2009 and has since spread to six additional counties suggesting it is well established. The goal of our study was to predict the potential geographic distribution and relative … Continue reading European Grapevine Moth