The entomology laboratory at the Southwest Florida Research and Education Center (SWFREC) is part of the University of Florida's/IFAS research and education centers. There are 19 research centers throughout Florida. The SWFREC is located in Immokalee, FL, and responds to the agricultural needs of the region.
The Entomology program's objective is to collaborate with plant and animal producers of the region to attend their concerns with respect to insect pest and their management, natural enemies' conservation, insecticide use, and best management practices.
Our main objective is to conduct novel research on the entomological related problems encounter by producers of the Southwest Florida region. Our research is focused on best management practices (BMP) looking for the most environmentally friendly, yet effective ways to manage insect pests. Citrus and vegetables are the two main components of our research.
Under Dr. Phil Stansly the graduate researches in Entomology at SWFREC are focused on parasitoid fauna associated with MEAM1 in southwest Florida, improving parasitoid production and the parasitism rate in colony. Behaviors of T. radiata at different host densities. Chemical cues of host marking to avoid superparasitism by T. radiate. Optimal diets for egg formation in female parasitoid. Determining if T. radiata carries HLB bacteria after consuming HLB confected D. citri hosts. And the study of the Asian Citrus Psyllid movement and distribution patterns in citrus as well as the use of reflective mulch in progressive young citrus tree production systems.
Our objective is to collaborate with plant and animal producers of the region to attend their concerns with respect to insect pest and their management, natural enemies' conservation, insecticide use, and best management practices. Our resources are focused towards classical and participative research, extension, and personal attention to producers.