Jason B. Oliver
Research Associate Professor Entomology
Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
College of Agriculture, Human and Natural Sciences
Office Location: 118 Otis L. Floyd Nursery Research Center
472 Cadillac Lane, McMinnville, TN 37110
Japanese Beetle, Imported Fire Ants, Wood-Boring Beetles, Integrated Pest Management, Biological Control, Insect Trap Development
Fire Ant Control in Nurseries
Refereed Journal Articles: 20
Conference Proceedings: 32
Extension Publications: 10 / Trade Articles: 12
Technical Reports: 17
Research Abstracts: 47
Conference Presentation and Invited Lectures: 183
Most Significant Publications:
1.Oliver, J.B., D.C. Fare, N. Youssef, S.S. Scholl, M.E. Reding, C.M. Ranger, J.J. Moyseenko, and M.A. Halcomb. 2010. Evaluation of a single application of neonicotinoid and multi-application contact insecticides for flatheaded borer management in field grown red maple cultivars. J. Environ. Hort. 28(3): 135-149.
2.Oliver, J.B., R.K. Vander Meer, S.A. Ochieng, N.N. Youssef, E. Pantaleoni, F.A. Mrema, K.M. Vail, P.J. Parkman, S.M. Valles, W.G. Haun, and S. Powell. 2009. Survey of imported fire ant populations in Tennessee. J. Ent. Science 44 (2): 1-9.
3.Oliver, J.B., M.E. Reding, N.N. Youssef, M.G. Klein, B. Bishop, and P. Lewis. 2009. Surface-applied insecticide treatments for elimination of larval Japanese beetle from field-grown nursery plants. Pest Mgmt. Science 65(4): 381-390.
4.Oliver, J.B., D.C. Fare, N. Youssef, M.A. Halcomb, M.E. Reding, and C.M. Ranger. 2009. Evaluation of systemic insecticides for potato leafhopper control in field-grown red maple. J. Environ. Hort. 27: 17-23.
5.Oliver, J.B., M.E. Reding, S.O. Dennis, J.J. Moyseenko, N.N. Youssef, M.G. Klein, A.A. Callcott, S.S. James, L.R. McAnally, and B.L. Bishop. 2008. Drench treatments for management of larval Japanese beetle in field-grown balled and burlapped nursery plants. J. Econ. Ent. 101 (4): 1158-1166.
6.Oliver, J.B., M.E. Reding, M.G. Klein, N.N. Youssef, C.M. Mannion, B. Bishop, S.S. James, and A. Callcott. 2007. Chlorpyrifos immersion to eliminate third instars of Japanese beetle in balled and burlapped trees and subsequent treatment effects on red maple. J. Econ. Ent. 100 (2): 307-314.
7.Oliver, J.B., M.E. Reding, J.J. Moyseenko, M.G. Klein, C.M. Mannion, B. Bishop. 2006. Survival of adult Tiphia vernalis (Hymenoptera: Tiphiidae) after insecticide, fungicide, and herbicide exposure in laboratory bioassays. J. Econ. Ent. 99 (2): 288-294.
8.Oliver, J.B., C. Mannion, M. Klein, and J. Moyseenko. 2005. Effect of insecticides on Tiphia vernalis oviposition and survival of progeny to cocoon stage when parasitizing Popillia japonica larvae. J. Econ. Ent. 98 (3): 694-703.
9.Oliver, J.B. and C.M. Mannion. 2001. Ambrosia beetle species attacking chestnut and captured in ethanol-baited traps in Middle Tennessee. Environ. Ent. 30 (5): 909-918.
10.Ranger, C.M., M.E. Reding, J.B. Oliver, J.J. Moyseenko, and N.N. Youssef. 2009. Toxicity of botanical formulations to nursery-infesting white grubs. J. Econ. Ent. 102: 304-308.
11.Francese, J.A., J.B. Oliver, I. Fraser, D.R. Lance, N. Youssef, A.J. Sawyer, and V.C. Mastro. 2008. Influence of trap placement and design on capture of the emerald ash borer. J. Econ. Ent. 101 (6): 1831-1837.
Extension / Research Accomplishments:
Trap research led to first detection of Xylosandrus mutilatus in Warren Co., TN (spring 2010).
Research supported new nursery stock immersion treatment label using bifenthrin (Onyx Pro).
Research responsible for 8´ reduction in chlorpyrifos immersion rate for quarantine treatment of nursery stock, reducing grower cost and environmental contamination.
Research led to Discus and Flagship approval for field-grown nursery quarantine treatment for Japanese beetle larvae. Estimated $200 - $400 per treated acre savings over current treatments.
Research on buprestid trap technology facilitated USDA development of new purple-colored survey trap for emerald ash borer (EAB), which is now used in national surveys.
Our buprestid traps have produced multiple new species records for Tennessee, as well as the first detection of a new invasive species in the U.S. in 2006 (Agrilus subrobustus Saunders).
Cooperative project with USDA, Tennessee Department of Agriculture, and the University of Tennessee led to the establishment of a new fire ant biological control agent in middle Tennessee,
phorid decapitating flies (Pseudacteon curvatus Borgmeier).
Fire ant research led to the first discovery of Solenopsis invicta virus (genotype SINV-1A) and polygyne (multiple queen) fire ant colonies in the state of Tennessee.
Discovered a new genus and species of whitefly-infecting fungus during Ph.D. graduate studies
Awards and Honors:
Outstanding Research Faculty Award, Tennessee State University, School of Agriculture and Consumer Sciences, 9 April 2010.
Tennessee State University, Certificate of Recognition for Excellence in University Service, Fire Ant Research Program, Blue & White All Star Academy Awards, 6 May 2006.
Adjunct Faculty (Mar. 2008 - present), Univ. of Tennessee, Dept. of Entomology.
Research Representative (2004 - 2009), Regulatory Treatment Review Committee, U.S. Domestic Japanese Beetle Harmonization Plan.
Core Team Member (2003 - present), Tennessee Fire Ant Research & Education Team (FARET)
President (2003 - 2004), Tennessee Entomological Society.
Entomology Section Editor (2002 - 2004), Southern Nursery Association.
Honor Societies: Alpha Zeta, Gamma Sigma Delta, Phi Kappa Phi, Xi Sigma Pi.
Grantsmanship: Since 2001, have received grants, unrestricted gifts, and USDA cooperative agreements totaling $743,088 (PI) and $526,748 (Co-PI)
B.S. (Wildlife & Fisheries Science, Minor Zoology) - University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN.
M.S. (Entomology) - University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN.
Ph.D. (Entomology) - Auburn University, Auburn, AL.
Date joined staff: March 24, 1997
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