Contact Dr. Elizabeth Benton
Pine tip moth (PTM) insecticide trials - PTM is a problematic pest of young pine stands. I am working with Georgia county agents to conduct field trials using different insecticide application techniques. Developing management recommendations using different insecticides and application methods should equip growers with additional tools to combat PTM.
Environmental effects of hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA) insecticide treatments on pollinators and seed dispersing ants - The results of this project should provide guidance to resource managers as they protect both hemlock and rare plant populations.
Past research includes HWA research in Great Smoky Mountains National Park to assess the effectiveness, longevity, and environmental risks of insecticide applications. Recommendations developed from this project have improved management decisions and will enhance eastern hemlock health in the southern Appalachians.