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UC Riverside Entomologists Available for Media Interviews on Integrated Pest Management

Experts can comment on IPM’s impact over 50 years; contributions of IPM pioneer Vernon Stern

(October 6, 2009)

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Vernon Stern.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – October marks the 50th anniversary of integrated pest management (IPM), a pest control strategy pioneered by four University of California scientists. By aiming to significantly reduce or eliminate the use of pesticides while managing pest populations, IPM introduced an altogether new approach to pest control.

UC Riverside’s Vernon Stern (1923-2006) was one of the four scientists who urged in a research paper published October 1959 that farmers protect beneficial insects and use pesticides only when necessary. A faculty member in the Department of Entomology for 35 years, Stern retired from UCR in 1991.

UCR experts are available to comment on a variety of topics pertinent to IPM, such as IPM’s impact, Vernon Stern’s contributions, and how scientists are advancing IPM research.

Elizabeth Grafton-Cardwell, extension specialist; director, Lindcove Research and Extension Center
(559) 646-6591

Grafton-Cardwell is an IPM specialist and research entomologist. She develops IPM programs for citrus growers in the San Joaquin Valley. She develops pest sampling programs, pheromone trapping, natural enemy releases and screen pesticides for selectivity favoring natural enemies. For the extension component of her position, she teaches the growers and pest control advisors how best to use the tactics of IPM in citrus. She can comment on what IPM is, its impact over the past 50 years, and how UCR is advancing IPM research.

Jocelyn Millar, professor of entomology
(951) 827-5821

Millar's research focuses on identifying the chemicals that insects use for communicating with each other (pheromones) and with their environments, and the development of practical applications for those chemicals for detection, monitoring, and control of pest insects. He can comment on what IPM is, its impact over the past 50 years, and some aspects of how UCR is advancing IPM research.

Bradley Mullens, professor of entomology
(951) 827-5800

Mullens's research involves integrated management (using chemical, biological and cultural control techniques) of arthropod pests of animals or people. He can comment on how management of insects such as pest flies has changed over the past 50 years, as well as progress and challenges of applying IPM principles to animal agriculture or disease agent vectors.

Nick Toscano, extension entomologist
(951) 992-6204

Toscano has taken the lead role in efforts to control the glassy-winged sharpshooter, an exotic pest that spreads Pierce's Disease to grape vines in California. His research focuses on pest management and insecticide resistance programs in agricultural systems. He has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for his work with glassy-winged sharpshooter and the silverleaf whitefly. He has consulted with various foreign countries for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and U.S. government agencies. As a graduate student of Vernon Stern, he can comment on various aspects of IPM.

The University of California, Riverside ( is a doctoral research university, a living laboratory for groundbreaking exploration of issues critical to Inland Southern California, the state and communities around the world. Reflecting California's diverse culture, UCR's enrollment has exceeded 21,000 students. The campus opened a medical school in 2013 and has reached the heart of the Coachella Valley by way of the UCR Palm Desert Center. The campus has an annual statewide economic impact of more than $1 billion.

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