Cooperative Extension Specialist
Cooperative Extension Specialist
- Ph.D. Entomology University of California, Berkeley
- B.A. Zoology University of California, Santa Barbara
Control of insect pests in agricultural crops
Biological Control and Sustainable Agriculture
My research focuses on the development of ecologically-based insect pest management systems. Research studies include classical biological control, augmentation programs, insect-plant interactions, use of least-disruptive insecticides and the biology of natural enemies.
Most of my research programs have an extension component because I work closely with farmers, the commodity boards and other UC Cooperative Extension personnel. Moreover, the close collaborative ties with UC Cooperative Extension agents, Pest Control Advisors and leaders in farm management has helps to extend information to a wider audience.
Current Projects - Vineyards
Each of California’s varied grape regions has different cultural practices, economic pressures and pest problems providing an exciting challenge to develop programs that can be used for winegrape growers in Napa and table grape growers in the San Joaquin Valley. Recent research concerns mealybug pests, including the invasive vine mealybug (photo insert shows mealybugs and damage). Collaborative projects with Dr. Monica Cooper (Napa County) and Dr. Rodrigo Almeida (UC Berkeley) investigate the importance mealybugs and other insects as vectors of viral pathogens in vineyards.
Black widow spiders are not a pest of the vine - but are an unwanted spider in the table grape market. We have been working closely with the table grape industry to develop better controls for these spiders to reduce the possibility that any make it to the marketplace.
Working with Drs. Houston Wilson (C Riverside) and Serguei Triapitsyn (UC Riverside), we are looking at controls for the invasive "Virginia creeper leafhopper". A part of this project is farmer outreach and participatory research to develop sustainable control options (right photo insert).
Grapevine Red Blotch Associated virus is a relatively new pathogen of vines - at least relatively new to science. Along with Researchers at UC Davis, USDA, Oregon State University, Cornell, and Washington State University, we are studying the epidemiology of the pathogen to determine better control programs. Specifically, our role is to investigate potential insect vectors of this circular DNA virus. Our lab crew works primarily in Napa and Sonoma, with the aid of UCCE Advisor Monica Cooper , to document the movement of the pathogen, and collect and test possible insects for their roll in disseminating the pathogen.
Current Projects - Tree Crops
A classical biological control program has been undertaken against the olive fly using parasitoids imported from Africa and the spotted wing drosophila, both newly invasive species in California.
Drs. Xingeng Wang and Antonio Biondi have been cooperating with other researchers in California, Oregon, Delaware, Hawaii, Italy, China, South Africa, South Korea and France by quarantine screening imported parasitoid species to determine their potential to control these invasive pests without causing any harm to non-target insects. The quarantine work is like the gate keeper that screens imported material to allow only those natural enemies that will be beneficial into California.
Current Projects - Row Crops
With Dr. Ruth Dahlquist and Michael Yang (Fresno Co.) we are describing the pest species and their damage in small farms managed by SE Asian Farmers. These are typically vegetables and include a large number of specialty crops (e.g., Thai eggplant). Our goal is to improve IPM programs and open new consumer markets for these small specialty-crop farmers.
With Drs. Jocelyn Millar (UC Riverside), David hall (University of Greenwich) and Pete Goodell (UC IPM), we are looking at "Lygus" (a small 'hemipteran" pest) pheromones to develop better monitoring programs that can be used in strawberries, alfalfa, cotton and other susceptible crops. Members of the 'Kearney' summer crew are counting pheromone traps in an alfalfa field (left photo insert). This project has both applied and basic research components.
Journal Publications in Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=Gm7ttNgAAAAJ&hl=en&oi=ao
Jalali, M. A., Sakaki, S., Ziaaddini, M., and Daane, K. M. 2019. Temperature-dependent development of Oenopia conglobata (Col.: Coccinellidae) fed on Aphis gossypii (Hem.: Aphididae). International Journal of Tropical Insect Science 38(4): 410-417.
Giorgini, M., Wang, X.-G., Wang, Y., Chen, F.-U., Hougardy, E., Hong-Mei, Zhang, H.-M., Chen, Z.-Q., Chen, H.-Y., Liu, C.-X., Casconea, P., Formisano, G. Carvalho, G. A., Biondi, A., Buffington, M., Daane, K. M., Hoelmer, K. A., and Guerrieri, E. 2019. Exploration for native parasitoids of Drosophila suzukii in China reveals a diversity of parasitoid species and narrow host range of the dominant parasitoid Journal of Pest Science. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10340-018-01068-3
Wang, X-G., Hougardy, E., Nance, A. H., Hogg, B. N., Hoelmer, K. A., and Daane, K. M. 2019. Potential competitive outcomes among three solitary larval endoparasitoids as candidate agents for classical biological control of Drosophila suzukii. Biological Control 130: 18-26. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biocontrol.2018.12.003
Hougardy, E., Hogg, B. N., Wang, X.-G., and Daane, K. M. 2019 Comparison of thermal performances of two Asian larval parasitoids of Drosophila suzukii. Biological Control 136: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biocontrol.2019.104000
Dalton, D. T., Hilton, R. J., Kaiser, C., Daane, K. M., Sudarshana, M. R., Vo, J., Zalom, F. G., Buser, J. Z., and Walton, V. M. 2019. Spatial associations of vines infected with grapevine red blotch virus in Oregon vineyards. Plant Disease 103(7): 1507-1514. DOI: 10.1094/PDIS-08-18-1306-RE
Wang, X.-G., Kaçar, G., and Daane, K. M. 2019. Temporal dynamics of host use by Drosophila suzukii in California’s San Joaquin Valley: Implications for area-wide pest management. Insects 10(7), 206. doi.org/10.3390/insects10070206
Arnold, J. E., Egerer, M., and Daane, K. M. 2019. Local and landscape effects to biological controls in urban agriculture – a Review. Insects 10(7), 215. doi:10.3390/insects10070215
Daane, K. M., Yokota, G. Y., and Wilson, H. 2019. Seasonal dynamics of the leaffooted bug Leptoglossus zonatus and its implications for control in almonds and pistachios. Insects 10, 255. doi:10.3390/insects10080255
Wilson, H., Bodwitch, H., Daane, K. M., Carah, J., Grantham T. E., Getz, C., and Bustic, V. 2019. First known survey of cannabis production practices in California. California Agriculture 73(3-4): 119-127.
Bodwitch, H., Getz, C., Hickey, G., Daane, K. M., Carah, J., Grantham T. E., and Wilson, H. 2019. Growers say cannabis legalization excludes small growers, supports illicit markets, undermines local economies. California Agriculture 73(3-4): 177-184.
Lee, J. C., Wang., X.-G., Daane, K. M., Hoelmer, K. A., Isaacs, R., Sial, A. A., Walton, V. M. 2019. Biological control of spotted-wing drosophila – current and pending tactics. Journal of Integrated Pest Management 10(1): 13; 1–9. doi.org/10.1093/jipm/pmz012
Naegele, R. P., Cousins, P., and Daane, K. M. 2020. Identification of Vitis cultivars, rootstocks, and species expressing resistance to a Planococcus mealybug. Insects 11, 86. doi:10.3390/insects11020086.
Wang, X.-G., Biondi, A., and Daane, K. M. 2020. Functional responses of three candidate Asian larval parasitoids evaluated for classical biological control of Drosophila suzukii. Journal of Economic Entomology 113(1): 73–80. doi: 10.1093/jee/toz265
Acebes-Doria1, A. L., Agnello, A. M., Blaauw, B. R., Buntin, G. D., Alston, D. G., Beers, E. H., Bergh, J. C., Cottrell, T. E., Bessin, R., Chen, S., Daane, K. M., Fleischer, S. H., Guédot, C., Gut, L. J., Hamilton, G. C., Hilton, R., Hoelmer, K. A., Hutchison, W. D., Jentsch, P., Krawczyk, G., Kuhar, T. P., Lee, J. C., Nielsen, A. L., Sial, A. A., Spears, L. R., Short, B., D., Toews, M. D., Walgenbach, J. D., Welty, C., Wiman, N. G., and Leskey, T. C. 2020. Season-long monitoring of the brown marmorated stink bug, Halyomorpha halys Stål (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae), throughout the United States using commercially available traps and lures. Journal of Economic Entomology 113(1): 159–171. doi: 10.1093/jee/toz240
Hougardy, E., Wang, X.-G., Hogg, B. N., Johnson, M. W., Daane, K., M., and Pickett, C. H. 2020. Current distribution of the Olive psyllid, Euphyllura olivina, in California and initial evaluation of the Mediterranean parasitoid Psyllaephagus euphyllurae as a biological control candidate. Insects 11: 146. doi:10.3390/insects11030146
Blaisdell, G. K., Zhang, S. M., Rowhani, A., Klaassen, V., Cooper, M. L., Daane, K. M., and Almeida, R. P. P. 2020. Trends in vector-borne transmission from co-infected hosts: Grapevine leafroll-associated virus-3 and Grapevine virus A. European Journal of Plant Pathology 156: 1163–1167. doi.org/10.1007/s10658-019-01916-7
Wilson, H., Maccaro, J., Daane, K. M. 2020. Evaluating trap type and color for monitoring leaffooted bug (Coreidae: Leptoglossus zonatus) in orchards. Insects 11: 358. doi:10.3390/insects11060358
Biondi, A., Wang, X.-G., Daane, K. M. 2020. Host preference of three Asian larval parasitoids to closely related Drosophila species: implications for biological control of Drosophila suzukii. Journal of Pest Science doi.org/10.1007/s10340-020-01272-0
Daane, K. M., Walton, V. M., Yokota, G. Y., Hogg, B.N., Cooper, M.L., Bentley, W. J., and Millar, J. G. 2020. Development of a mating disruption program for a mealybug, Planococcus ficus, in vineyards. Insects 11: 631. doi.org/10.3390/insects11090635
Wilson, H., Yazdani, A. S., and Daane, K. M. 2020. Influence of riparian habitat and ground covers on threecornered alfalfa hopper Spissistilus festinus (Hemiptera: Membracidae) populations in vineyards. Journal of Economic Entomology (in press) 2020, 1–8. doi:10.1093/jee/toaa151
Wang, X.-G., Biondi, A., Nance, A. N., Zappalà, Hoelmer, K. A., and Daane, K. M. 2020. Assessment of Asobara japonica as a potential biological control agent for the spotted wing drosophila, Drosophila suzukii. Entomologia Generalis (In Press) doi: 10.1127/entomologia/2020/1100
2020 International Organization for Biological Control, Distinguished Scientist Award, Nearcitc Region, 2017 International IPM Award of Recognition (European Grapevine Moth) · 2017 California Environmental Protection Agency (DPR) “IPM Achievement Award” Virginia Creeper Leafhopper · 2015-2016 University of California Cooperative Extension Distinguished Service Award “Outstanding Team” · 2005 Distinguished Achievement Award in Extension, Entomological Society of America (Pacific Branch)
Kent M. Daane
Berkeley - same as the Departmental address
Dr. Kent M Daane
Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center
9240 So. Riverbend Ave.
Parlier, CA 93648