Dr. Alan Knight, USDA-ARS
Tortricid IPM – A Career Well-focused
Dr. Alan Knight is approaching 30 years as a research entomologist with U.S.D.A., Agricultural Research Service in Yakima, WA and has given just over 100 talks at our annual meetings beginning in 1984. He has been a past Chairman of the meeting, many times a section moderator, and a proud rubber chicken recipient.
Knight received his bachelor’s degree in biology with highest honors from University of North Carolina in 1976 and his M.S. degree from the Botany Department in 1979. After several twists and turns he was awarded a PhD in entomology from Oregon State in 1986. Alan has authored or co-authored more than 200 papers in refereed journals and has been fortunate to be invited to write several book chapters and attend a range of international meetings and visit other researchers.
While in Yakima, Alan’s research has focused on developing tools that growers can use to effectively manage tortricid pests, such as codling moth, oriental fruit moth, and leafrollers. The breadth of this work has ranged from resistance monitoring to development of new attractants and adjuvants to improve monitoring, mating disruption, and the efficacy of insecticide sprays.
Dr. Knight remembers the old Imperial Hotel and the drinking and smoking in the bar after intimate meetings filled with colorful presentation by the old guard. Dr. Knight today acknowledges that he is part of the new Old Guard and will share his career highlights and his philosophical rants with us today.