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Kennedy, George G


William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor of Agriculture Entomology and Plant Pathology
george_kennedy@ncsu.edu
919-516-3056
919-515-3748 fax
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Research in my program focuses on understanding the ecology and life systems of arthropods affecting agricultural crops and applying that understanding to improve the effectiveness and sustainability of arthropod management in vegetable crops. We study fundamental interactions and processes that influence pest status, population dynamics and the insect/crop interactions that result in damage. We apply the resulting information in combination with new technologies to enhance IPM. Areas of emphasis include insect-plant interactions, resistance management, landscape scale population dynamics, and epidemiology and management of insect transmitted plant viruses. Current research projects focus on understanding the determinants of tospovirus transmission by thrips in relation to epidemiology and management of Tomato spotted wilt virus and on the development of reduced risk arthropod management systems for fruiting vegetables. These efforts include both field and laboratory research and collaborations with faculty in Entomology, Horticulture and Plant Pathology at NCSU and colleagues at other institutions. We also work closely with extension colleagues, growers and the agribusiness community to facilitate implementation of new pest management practices.


Expertise:
Entomology | Integrated Pest Management | Plant Pathology
Country(s) of experience:
China-Peoples Rep | Egypt | Kenya | Netherlands | Nigeria | Tanzania |
Type(s) of International Experience:
Researcher in an international project | Instructor at an academic institution overseas | Speaker at an international conference | Advisor for international students | Host for international faculty | Host for international post-doc
Research Focus:
Research focuses on ecology and management of arthropod pests of row crops and vegetables and on epidemiology and management of insect transmitted plant viruse affecting crops
Projects:
U.S. East Africa Research and Education Partnership: Cassava Mosaic Disease - A Paradigm for the Evolution of Insect-transmitted Plant Virus Pathosystems Research project
10/01/2015 - 09/30/2022
Funding Agency/Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)
Institutional Partner: Biosciences eastern and central Africa-International Livestock Research Institute (BecA-ILRI), Kenya


Project Collaborations:
Cassava mosaic disease - A paradigm for the evolution of insect-transmitted plant virus pathosystems
11/01/2015 - 09/30/2022
Funding Agency/Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)
Institutional Partner: Mikocheni Agricultural Research Institute (MARI), Tanzania | Rutgers University, USA | Auburn University (AU), USA | Biosciences eastern and central Africa-International Livestock Research Institute (BecA-ILRI), Kenya