Post-Doctoral Research Associate
Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension – Bushland, Texas
Phone: (806) 354-5802
Using yellow sticky traps, potato psyllid numbers are being monitored in natural vegetation and plant patches around potato fields. In some cases, our trap-lines stretch as far as 2 miles. The aim of this project is to find out about potential psyllid overwintering sites and alternate hosts, and also to evaluate alternate hosts’ suitability as pathogen reservoirs. Moreover, we track changes in potato psyllid populations and investigate their movement into and from the fields, with respect to potato emergence time.
We would like to thank all of the producers who are helping us with this research project.