Department of Entomology and Nematology, One Shields Avenue, University of California, Davis, CA 95616 USA
Scenarios for Sustainable Management of Plant Parasitic Nematodes
Becky is a University of California (UC) Cooperative Extension Specialist/Professor in the Department of Entomology and Nematology at UC Davis. Her background includes a PhD in Biology/Nematology from UC Riverside, postdoc work at UC Davis, and being Western Regional Manager for a company that developed and marketed biological insecticides. She collaborates statewide with UC Cooperative Extension Advisors to develop and extend sustainable methods for management of plant parasitic nematodes on annual, perennial and ornamental crops; teaches a graduate course in Management of Plant Parasitic Nematodes; and teaches an online course in General Biology for nonmajors. Her research includes development of trap cropping and biofumigation approaches; and evaluation of resistant plant cultivars, natural products, and soil amendments. California agriculture is in a transition phase from managing nematodes with the use of chemicals, to approaches utilizing non-chemical techniques; and she has been a leader in bringing about this transition.