AddessoDr. Karla Addesso
Research Associate Professor
Otis L. Floyd Nursery Research Center
Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
College of Agriculture

Contact Information:

Office Location: 472 Cadillac Lane, McMinnville, TN
Telephone:  931-815-5155 FAX:  931-668-3134

Research Interests

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

Refereed Publications

Liyanapathiranage, P. (student), K. M. Addesso and F. Baysal-Gurel. (in review) Effect of biofumigation in suppressing Rhizoctonia solani and Phytophthora nicotianae in woody ornamental production. Canadian Journal of Plant Pathology.

Brown, M. S.*, F. Baysal-Gurel, J. B. Oliver, and K. M. Addesso.  (in review).  Management of Phytophthora root rot (Phytophthora cinnamomi Rands) and ambrosia beetles (Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Scolytinae) on flowering dogwoods exposed to simulated flood. Plant Disease.

Brown, M. S.*, F. Baysal-Gurel, J. B. Oliver, and K. M. Addesso. (in review) Comparative performance of fungicides, biofungicides, and host plant defense inducers in suppression of Phytophthora     root rot in flowering dogwood at different flood durations. Canadian Journal of Pathology

Benton, E. and K. M. Addesso. (in review). Hemlock woolly adelgid management in nursery and landsape. Journal of Integrated Pest Management.

Pandey, M.*, K. M. Addesso, S. Valles, A. M. Calcott, F. Baysal-Gurel, R. S. Archer, P. Ganter, N. Youssef and J. B. Oliver. (in press) Worker size and geographical distribution of imported fire ant     (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) species and hybrid in Tennessee. Environmental Entomology.

Dawadi, S.*, J. B. Oliver, P. A. O'Neal and K. M. Addesso. (in press). Impact of cover cropping on arthropod pests of red maple trees in nursery production. Florida Entomologist.

Addesso, K. M. and  P. A. O'Neal. 2019.  Foliar and drench insecticides for preventative control of crapemyrtle aphid, 2017, Arthropod Management Tests. Volume 44(1).

Addesso, K. M. J. B. Oliver, N. Youssef, P. A. O'Neal, C. M. Ranger, M. Reding, P. B. Schultz, and C. T. Werle. 2019. Trap tree and interception trap techniques for management of ambrosia beetles (Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Scolytinae) in nursery production. Journal of Economic Entomology. toy413,

Dawadi , S.*, J. B. Oliver, P. O’Neal and K. M. Addesso. 2019. Management of flatheaded appletree     borer in woody ornamental nursery production with a winter cover crop. Pest Management     Science.

Werle, C. T., C.M. Ranger, P. B. Schultz, Mi. Reding, K. M. Addesso, J. B. Oliver, and B. J. Sampson. 2018. Integrating repellent and attractant semiochemicals into a push-pull strategy for ambrosia beetles (Coleoptera: Curculionidae). Journal of Applied Entomology. 00:1–11.

Addesso, K. M. and P. A. O'Neal. 2018. Evaluation of foliar spray treatments against mite pests, 2017. Arthropod Management Tests. 43(1).  

Addesso, K. M., F. Baysal-Gurel, J. B. Oliver and C. M. Ranger. 2018. Protective effect of a fungicide against ambrosia beetle attacks and Phytophthora cinnamomi infection post-flooding. Insects 9(3):83. doi:10.3390/insects9030083

Addesso, K. M., S. Leahy*, K. Trostel*, R. W. Behle and P. A. O'Neal. 2018. Evaluation of a lignin-encapsulated nootkatone formulation against Tetranychus urticae (Acari: Tetranychidae).  Florida Entomologist. 101(3): 435-440.

Addesso, K. M., A. Witcher, D. Fare and P. A. O'Neal. 2018. Swirski mite controlled-release sachets as a pest management tool in container tree production. HortTechnology. 28(3): 391-398.

Addesso, K. M. and Paul O'Neal. 2018. Evaluation of systemic pesticides as preventative treatments for Japanese maple scale, 2016-17. Arthropod Management Tests. 43(1).

Valles, S., J. B. Oliver and K. M. Addesso. 2017. Complete Genome sequence of a new isolate of Solenopsis invicta virus 3 from Solenopsis hybrids. Genome Announcements. 5(48).

Addesso, K. M., J.B. Oliver, P. A. O'Neal, N. Youssef. 2017. Efficacy of nootka oil as a biopesticide     treatment for imported fire ants. Journal of Economic Entomology. 110(4):1547-1555.

Addesso, K. M. and Paul O'Neal. 2017. Insecticide trials against adult Japanese beetles, 2016. Arthropod Management Tests. 42 (1): 10.1093/amt/tsx092.

Werle, C. T.*, K. M. Addesso, B. J. Sampson, J. B. Oliver and J. J. Adamczek. 2017. Integrating kaolin clay for ambrosia beetle management in ornamental crops of eastern redbud. HortScience. 52(1): 94-98.  

Addesso, K. M., A. Blalock and P.A. O'Neal. 2016. Japanese maple scale activity and management in field nursery production. Journal of Environmental Horticulture. 34(2): 41–46.

Ranger, C. M., M. E. Reding, P. B. Schultz, J. B. Oliver, S. D. Frank, K. M. Addesso, J. H. Chong, B. Sampson, C. Werle, and S. Gill. 2016. Biology, ecology, and management of Xylosandrus spp. ambrosia beetles (Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Scolytinae) in ornamental tree nurseries. Journal of Integrated Pest Management. 7(1): 1-9.

Sampson B. J., T. Mallette, K. M. Addesso, O. E. Liburd, L. E. Iglesias, et. al. 2016. Novel aspects of Drosophila suzukii (Diptera: Drosophilidae) biology and an improved method for culturing this invasive species with a modified D. melanogaster diet. Florida Entomologist, 99(4):774-780.

Addesso K. M., A. Blalock and Paul A. O’Neal. 2016. Japanese maple scale in-field insecticide trials. Arthropod Management Tests. 41 (1): tsw046. doi: 10.1093/amt/tsw046

Addesso, K. M., P. O'Neal and J.B. Oliver. 2015. Survey for spotted wing drosophila in the five-county nursery production region of middle Tennessee. Florida Entomologist. 98(4): 1050-1055.

Oliver, J. B., P. J. Landolt, N. N. Youssef, J. Basham, K. M. Vail, and K. M. Addesso. 2014. Trapping social wasps (Hymenoptera: Vespidae) with acetic acid and isobutanol in nurseries. Journal of Entomological Science. 49(4): 352-368.

Addesso, K. M., P. A. Stansly and H. J. McAuslane. 2014. Organic products for use against pepper weevil. Florida Entomologist. 93(3): 1148-1156.

Ranger, C. M., A. Gorzlancyk, Karla M. Addesso, Jason B. Oliver, Michael E. Reding, Peter B. Schultz and David W. Held. 2014. Conophthorin Enhances the Electroantennogram and field     behavioral response of Xylosandrus germanus (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) to ethanol. Agricultural and Forest Entomology. doi: 10.1111/afe.12062

Addesso, K. M., K. A. Short*, C. W. Miller, and A. J. Moore. 2014. 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.

Over $1.7 million in funding from USDA-NIFA, Southern SARE, USDA-FNRI, APHIS, Farm Bill, SCRI, IR4 and industry collaborations.


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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