Richard Hilton

Senior Faculty Research Assistant, Entomologist
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  • Development and implementation of methods for pear pest management in certified organic orchard systems.
  • Mating disruption and microbial controls for major pest species.
  • Conservation of natural enemies.

Funding: 

American Farmland Trust Grant,  “Continued Reduction of Organophosphates and the Implementation of an Organic Pest Control Program in Pear.” Co-PI’s were Richard Hilton, Phil VanBuskirk and David Sugar.

Other funding sources:

  • Companies which produce and market certified organic control methods.
  • Local tree fruit industry.

Impacts:

  • Mating disruption is now used on over 50% of local pear acreage.
  • A workable organic program has been developed and is being implemented on the 7 orchards which comprise 5% of the acreage.
  • Certified organic insect control methods and tactics, such as mating disruption, codling moth granulosis virus and kaolin clay are increasingly adopted by conventional growers.
  • A new monitoring tool for codling moth control is used on over 30% of pear acreage.

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