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Southwest Florida Research & Education Center

Southwest Florida Research & Education Center

Dr. Jawwad Qureshi

Entomology

Dr. Jawwad Qureshi research is aimed at investigating and developing tools and tactics for implementing knowledge based Integrated Pest and Disease Management programs useful for conservation of natural resources, improved environmental quality and sustainable crop production systems.  Subject areas include biology, ecology, behavior and management of the insect and mite pests and their natural enemies; plant, pathogen, vector and environment interactions; and methods of pest control for both organic and conventional citrus and vegetable production systems and urban areas. In citrus, many efforts are focused on the understanding and management of the Asian citrus psyllid, Diaphorina citri, and its vectored huanglongbing (HLB) or citrus greening disease. Research addresses both basic and applied questions and seeks stakeholder collaboration.

The extension program provides statewide leadership in educating stakeholders in identification of pests and their natural enemies in citrus and vegetables and development and implementation of integrated pest management programs. This is done through direct interactions with growers, field demonstrations and farmer field days, extension articles, trainings, workshops and in collaboration with state-wide network of extension agents.

Research / Extension

  • Interactions of the naturally occurring predators, parasitoids and pathogens with the environment, and their role in managing pests of citrus and vegetables
  • Investigation of commercially available biological and chemical products for pest control in citrus, vegetables and other commodities
  • Young citrus tree production using protective screens, metalized reflective mulch, and chemical pest control
  • Citrus pest management using protected production systems
  • Integrated Citrus Pest Management focused on Asian citrus psyllid and huanglongbing
  • Application of biological and chemical materials in plants using traditional and advanced approaches for pest and pathogen suppression such as Asian citrus psyllid and Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus

Dr. Jawwad Qureshi, Assistant Professor

Southwest Florida Research and Education Center (SWFREC)
2685 SR 29 North Immokalee, FL 34142
(239) 658 - 3400
jawwadq@ufl.edu | Website

  • Education
    • Ph.D. Entomology, Kansas State University, 2003
    • M.S. Entomology, University of Agriculture Faisalabad, Pakistan, 1993
    • B.S. Entomology, University of Agriculture Faisalabad, Pakistan, 1990
  • Professional Experience
    • 2006 - Present
      Assistant Professor, Entomology and Nematology Department, Southwest Florida Research and Education Center, University of Florida, Immokalee, FL, USA
    • 1999 - 2006
      Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS, USA
  • Awards and Honors
    • President Florida Entomological Society, 2020
    • Entomologist of the Year Award, Florida Entomological Society, 2019
    • Program Chair Southeastern Branch of the Entomological Society of America, 2018
    • Chair, Honors and Awards Committee, Florida Entomological Society, 2014-2017
    • Entomologist of The Year Award, Florida Entomological Society, 2012
    • International Travel Grant by International Congress of Entomology, 2012
    • Graduate Student Senator, Kansas State University senate, 2002-2003
    • Member Parliamentary Procedure Committee of the Graduate Student Council, Kansas State University, 2002-2003
    • Vice president Popenoe Entomology Club, Manhattan, Kansas, 2002-2003
    • O.W. Spide Morris graduate student service award in Entomology, Kansas State University, 2002
    • Don C. Warren genetic scholarship, Kansas State University, 2002
    • Entomology representative, Graduate Student Council, Kansas State University, 2001-2002
    • R.C. Smith Ph.D. award for excellence in Entomology, Kansas State University, 2001
    • R.H. Painter Ph.D. award for excellence in Entomology, Kansas State University, 2000
    • International Agricultural Center, Netherlands, fellowship for Integrated Pest Management, 2000
  • Publications