Karla Addesso

Research Assistant Professor
Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
College of Agriculture, Human and Natural Sciences
Otis L. Floyd Nursery Research Center

Contact Information:

Office Location:  472 Cadillac Lane, McMinnville, TN
Telephone:  931-815-5155 FAX:  931-668-3134
Email:  kaddesso@tnstate.edu

Research Interests:

Insect Chemical Ecology
Insect Behavior
Plant-Insect Interactions
Behaviorally-Based Pest Management
Integrated Pest Management

Refereed Publications:

Addesso, K. M., H. T. Alborn and H. J. McAuslane. (in preparation) Attract and repel: Identification of a dual-component oviposition deterring pheromone from pepper weevil oviposition plugs. Journal of Chemical Ecology.

Addesso, K. M., P. A. Stansly and H. J. McAuslane. (in review) Organic products for use against pepper weevil. Florida Entomologist.

Jason B. Oliver, Peter J. Landolt, Nadeer N. Youssef, Joshua Basham, Karen M. Vail, and Karla M. Addesso. (in review) Trapping Social Wasps (Hymenoptera: Vespidae) with Acetic Acid and Isobutanol in Nurseries.

Christopher M. Ranger, Austin Gorzlancyk, Karla M. Addesso, Jason B. Oliver, Michael E. Reding, Peter B. Schultz and David W. Held. (in review) Conophthorin Enhances the Electroantennogram and Field Behavioral Response of Xylosandrus germanus (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) to Ethanol. Agricultural and Forest Entomology.

Addesso, K. M., K. A. Short, C. W. Miller, and A. J. Moore. 2013. Context-dependent female mate preferences in leaf-footed cactus bugs. Behaviour 151:479-492.

Addesso, K. M., H. J. McAuslane and R. T. Cherry.  2012. Aggregation behavior of the southern chinch bug (Hemiptera: Blissidae). Environmental Entomology 41(4):887-895.

Addesso, K. M., H. J. McAuslane and H. T. Alborn. 2011. Attraction of pepper weevil to volatiles from damaged pepper plants. Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata 138: 1-11.

Addesso, K. M. and H. J. McAuslane. 2009a. Pepper weevil response to volatiles from host and non-host plants. Environmental Entomology 38: 216-224.

Addesso, K. M., H. J. McAuslane, P. A. Stansly, F. Slansky and D. J. Schuster. 2009b. Artificial substrates for oviposition and larval development of the pepper weevil, Anthonomus eugenii Cano. Journal of Economic Entomology. 102: 257-264.

Addesso, K. M., H. J. McAuslane, P. A. Stansly, and D. J. Schuster. 2007. Host marking by female pepper weevils, Anthonomus eugenii Cano. Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata 125: 269-276.

Extension and Trade Publications

Addesso K. M. "Spotted Wing Drosophila and the Green Industry." Tennessee Greentimes. Winter 2013.

Oliver, Jason, Karla M. Addesso, Nadeer Yousef, Adam Blalock and Karen Vail. Calibrating a Fire Ant Bait Spreader. ANR-ENT-01-2013.

Blalock, Adam and Karla M. Addesso. Broad Mite Control in Ornamentals. ANR-ENT-02-2013.

Oliver, Jason, Adam Blalock, Karla M. Addesso and Nadeer Yousef. Adding or changing a blocking plate on a Herd GT-77 spreader. Bait Spreader. ANR-ENT-03-2013.

Oliver, Jason, Adam Blalock, Karla M. Addesso and Nadeer Yousef. Baiting Nursery Blocks with a Herd GT-77 Spreader. ANR-ENT-04-2013.

Addesso, K. M. and J.B. Oliver. "Hemlock Woolly Adelgid." Disaster Education Response Team Circular, Tennessee State University

Addesso, K. M. abd J. B Oliver. "Spotted Wing Drosophila." Disaster Education Response Team Circular, Tennessee State University

Invited Talks

Spring 2014, Addesso, K.M. Investigations in Chemical Ecology: A Behavioral Perspective.

StudentSymposium: Chemical Cues in Insect Ecology. Southeastern Branch of the Entomological Society of America Meeting, Greenville, SC.

Fall 2011, Addesso, K. M., H.J. McAuslane, H.T. Alborn and H.A. Smith. Host plant volatiles for use in control of pepper weevil. Symposium Title: Host Plant Volatiles: Identifying New Approaches for Insect Pest Management, Entomological Society of America Annual Meeting, Reno, Nevada.

Fall 2009, Addesso, K. M., C. McNeill, H.J. McAuslane and H.T. Alborn. A Pain in the Pepper: Developing Behaviorally-Based Management Strategies for the Pepper Weevil. Symposium Title: Developing Effective Management Strategies for Curculionidae: Novel Tactics Targeting the Axis of Weevil, Entomological Society of America Annual Meeting, Indianapolis, Indiana.


USDA-NIFA Capacity Building Grant 2013-2016. "Behaviorally-based control methods for ambrosia beetle management in ornamental nurseries." $299,751

Horticultural Research Institute. 2014-2015. Assessment of the Biopesticide Nootkatone for Use Against Mites on Ornamental Crops. $22,050.

 Honors and Awards:

2009, Henry and Sylvia Richardson Postdoctoral Research Grant, Entomological Society of America.

2008, Winner, John A. Mulrennan, Sr. Award for Best Dissertation, Entomology & Nematology Department, University of Florida.

2006, First Place, student competition at the Entomological Society of America annual meeting in Indianapolis, Indiana.

2006, First Place, student competition at the Florida Entomological Society annual meeting in Jupiter Beach, Florida.

2003-2007, York Presidential Fellowship, University of Florida.


Postdoctoral Research Entomologist, 2010-2012, USDA-ARS, Chemistry Unit, Center for Medical, Agricultural and Veterinary Entomology, Gainesville, Florida

Ph.D. in Entomology, 2007, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida

B.S. in Biology, 2002, The College of New Jersey, Ewing, New Jersey

Date Joined Staff: June 2012

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