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K-State Today

April 2, 2012



Cloyd invited to present integrated pest management research at two venues

By David Margolies

Raymond Cloyd, professor of entomology and extension specialist in ornamental entomology/integrated pest management, was invited to give presentations at the Pacific Branch of the Entomological Society of America meeting in Portland, Ore., on March 26, and the seventh International Integrated Pest Management Symposium in Memphis, Tenn. on March 28.

Cloyd presented on the research he conducts associated with integrating pesticides with biological control. He and his graduate students have been conducting research over the last 10 years on assessing the compatibility of biological control agents, both parasitoids and predators, with selective pesticides so that producers can integrate both these strategies into production systems. The benefit of this is a potential reduction in pesticide use and thus decrease in resistance by arthropod pest populations.