Dr. Joe Funderburk
Extension: Integrated Pest Management
Vegetable, ornamental, agronomic, and fruit crops contribute many billions of dollars to the economy of Florida. University of Florida extension is responsible for developing and evaluating the benefits of management tactics for a high diversity of crops. Many new invasive pest species, for example thrips and thrips-vectored tospoviruses, become established in Florida due to the high volume of trade in agricultural products and Florida’s subtropical/tropical climate. A team of entomologists and plant pathologists cooperates to evaluate and recommend practical, effective, economical, and environmentally friendly management approaches.