Dr. Brian Bahder
Extension: Insect Vector Ecology
My extension program is based on both basic and applied research with the goal of transitioning monitoring and management programs from the academic realm into the hands of homeowners, master gardeners, as well as the nursery industry. When a disease or pest is identified, my lab will develop cost-effective programs to manage the problem or provide guidance and recommendation based on currently available and established management programs. We will subsequently train the public to utilize the technologies and practices that we have optimized under a research setting so that they can implement the programs themselves to their benefit. Workshops and short courses are an important element in extension work and provide valuable training and skills to the industry. My lab will also offer testing services for both the detection of and identification of phytoplasmas in diseased palms as well as known pathogens of other ornamental plants.