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James Walgenbach

William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor

Applied Insect Ecology and Pest Management

455 Research Drive Mills River, NC 28732


James Walgenbach is located at the Mountain Horticultural Crops Research & Extension Center, Mills River, NC, and conducts an applied research and extension program on the ecology and management of arthropod pests of tree fruits and vegetables. Research focuses on insect population dynamics, insecticide resistance management, mating disruption of tortricid pests of tree fruits, and biological control of spider mites and stink bugs. The program works closely with extension colleagues, growers, the agribusiness community, and regulatory agencies to implement new technology into pest management programs, and to educate stakeholders in the general are of integrated pest management.


Development and implementation of IPM programs on fruits and vegetables in Western North Carolina. The program objective is to expand the use of new pest control technology and enhance the pest control decision-making process by growers through the use of educational programs, on-farm tests, and cooperation with extension personnel and the crop protection industry.  Also serves as a source of information and services for the non-agricultural residents of Western North Carolina.


Research on the biology and ecology of arthropods affecting tree fruits and vegetables.  Specific areas currently being investigated include population dynamics and biological control of spider mites and stink bugs, insecticide and acaricide resistance management strategies, use of semiochemicals for management of tortricid pests and stink bugs, and chemigation in vegetable crops.

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BS, University of Wisconsin (1979)
MS, University of Wisconsin (1982)
Ph.D, University of Wisconsin (1984)