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Pest management specialist Charles Summers wins prestigious Woodworth Award
Date:3/26/2009

A University of California entomologist whose career spans 39 years in the pest management of field and vegetable crops, is the winner of the prestigious Charles W. Woodworth Award from the Pacific Branch of the Entomological Society of America.

Charles "Charlie" Summers, stationed at the UC Kearney Agricultural Center, Parlier, since 1970, and a member of UC Davis Department of Entomology faculty since 1992, will receive the award at the branch's 93rd annual meeting, set March 29-April 1 in San Diego.

"This is the major award of the Pacific Branch to professionals and is very prestigious," said Pacific Branch president Walt Bentley, an integrated pest management specialist at Kearney Agricultural Center. "The award recognizes his contributions to entomology over the last 10 years but in reality it is for a career of meaningful work."

Throughout his career, Summers has worked to solve pest problems impacting California agriculture. He has conducted field studies in the Central Valley from Chico to Bakersfield, working with 15 different field and vegetable crops, more than 20 different insect pests and their natural enemies, and at least 10 insect-vectored diseases.

Summers developed economic thresholds, determining at what point the cost of pest damage exceeds the cost of pest control. He pioneered economic thresholds for seven pests in four crops, and developed management strategies for a combination of 28 crops, insect and disease pests. His credits include publications in more than 200 journals and more than 800 presentations.

Summers is known for his research on the interactions among insects, diseases and weeds on alfalfa hay and how they individually and as a whole, influence yield and quality. His work has led to improved best management decisions and decreased pesticide use. He is also known for his research on reflective mulches, used to delay and reduce aphid and whitefly infestations on squash, pu
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Contact: Kathy Keatley Garvey
kegarvey@ucdavis.edu
530-754-6894
University of California - Davis
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