Kimberly A. Stoner
Department of Entomology
The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station
123 Huntington Street
P.O. Box 1106
New Haven, CT 06504-1106
Voice: (203) 974-8480 Fax: (203) 974-8502
Dr. Stoner has expertise in developing alternatives to insecticides for managing vegetable insects, working with organic farmers and land care professionals on pest management, and studying the exposure of pollinators to pesticides in pollen and nectar.
B.S. in Zoology, Duke University 1979
Ph.D. in Entomology, Cornell University 1987
Assistant Scientist 1987-2001
Associate Agricultural Scientist 2001-
Dr. Stonerís research has identified a variety of possible alternatives to insecticides for managing insects in several different vegetable crops. One alternative is to grow varieties with resistance to insects, such as brassicas (cabbage, broccoli and related crops) that resist caterpillars due to differences in the waxes on their leaves. Another is the use of cultural methods, such as use of straw mulch on potatoes and eggplants, which increases the effectiveness of predators against the Colorado potato beetle. Another method she has studied is biological control of the Mexican bean beetle, using the parasitoid wasp Pediobius foreolatus. She has also participated as a member of the Northeast Organic Network in an intensive case study of organic vegetable and cash grain farms in the Northeast.
Dr. Stonerís current research focuses on measuring pesticides in pollen and nectar and determining effects on pollinators. She has a projects with Dr. Brian Eitzer of the Analytical Chemistry Department measuring pesticides in pollen collected from honey bee hives, and measuring pesticides in the pollen and nectar of squash plants treated with systemic insecticides according to conventional farming practices.
Selected publications available from author, Kimberly.Stoner@ct.gov
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