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Plant and Soil Sciences
Agriculture & Life Sciences
Public Relations:Josh Brown (802)656-3039
Specialty:insect pest management; fungal pathogens for insect pest management
Biography:In his work with the UVM Entomology Research Laboratory, Parker is focused on insect pest management, particularly fungal pathogens for insect pest management (IPM). His goal is to enhance agricultural productivity throughout the U.S. His research team is assuming a leadership role in insect pest management using fungi, demonstrating IPM strategies that offer new and innovative benefits to pest management over a wide geographical range and that meet needs of growers nationwide. He has begun the process of selecting strains based on pathogenicity to specific greenhouse and forest pests. These materials are being formulated and tested in forests and greenhouses in Vermont. Once efficacy is demonstrated, compatibility of these materials with other aspects of IPM will be assessed. Among Parker's publications are: "Utilization of residential energy conservation program evaluation in least cost utility planning" (Policy Studies Journal, 1991, co-author); and "Analysis of thrips distribution: Application of spatial statistics and kriging" (in Toward Understanding Thysanoptera, 1991, co-authors, U.S.D.A. Forest Service, Burlington, VT.)