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Entomologist recognized for exceptional service to California's vegetable industry
Date:11/26/2013

se contact dermatitis and are implicated in some cancers). His work allowed breeders to reduce the production of the linear furanocoumarins before such lines could be released.

He is currently working on yet another new insect pest in California, the potato psyllid. This is a major pest throughout the central United States, and has become a significant new problem for California on potatoes, tomatoes and peppers. His research resulted in effective IPM protocols for this insect, including sampling strategies, pesticide use programs designed to reduce pesticide resistance, enhanced biocontrol, and plant resistance approaches.

He has also investigated plant compensation for insect herbivory, evolutionary aspects of host plant selection by insect larvae, and the spatial distribution of insects within plants and fields. All of these accomplishments have contributed to the success of California's vegetable industry.

Given by the Department of Plant Sciences at UC Davis, the Oscar Lorenz Award is named for a professor emeritus of vegetable crops at UC Davis, who died in 1994. The award is generously funded by his family. Lorenz worked extensively on many vegetable crops the potato crop in particular and was a pioneer in defining plant-mineral nutrient relationships.


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Contact: Iqbal Pittalwala
iqbal@ucr.edu
951-827-6050
University of California - Riverside
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