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UC Riverside entomologist recognized for research in citrus entomology
Date:4/19/2010

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"They are able to locate their specific pest species because they recognize a unique chemical signature associated with the pest," he said.

Luck initially began his work at UCR as a forest and urban entomologist working on the bark beetles in the local mountains and on elm leaf beetle, and urban pest, before becoming involved in the California red scale, which was a major pest of Southern California citrus.

In 2003, he received the International Organization for Biological Control's Distinguished Scientist Award for his research involving the use of host specific natural enemies as a means of suppressing these pests. In pursuing this pest control tactic, Luck carries on a 140-year old tradition that gave rise to the Citrus Experiment Station, now part of the Agricultural Experiment Station at UCR.

"This pest management tactic arose in Southern California citrus because of the successful suppression of an Australian citrus pest, the cottony cushion scale, which was accidentally introduced into Southern California in the middle 1800s," Luck said. "This insect is now rare in California in the absence of pesticide disruption and has remained so for some 140 years."

Luck is the 13th researcher at UCR to receive the Salter Memorial Award. He received the award in January 2010.


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