This position is located within the United States Department of Agriculture, Agriculture Research Service, in the Subtropical Insects and Horticultural Research Unit in Fort Pierce, FL.The incumbent works independently on applied and basic aspects of entomology to develop IPM programs for whitefly and other pests of subtropical horticultural crops and ornamentals; develops IPM strategies for whiteflies and other pests to reduce crop injury and transmission oh phytopathogens.
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- Works with growers and production specialists to refine IMP systems and determine feasibility and, -cost/benefit factors.
- Examines emerging areas of technological innovation for application to specific problems.
- Supervises Biological Science Technicians and Pathways employees.
- Interacts and/or collaborates with other SY's in and outside of the unit. PSAs, Center Admin Team and Project Lead Scientist and the Research Leader.
- Develops a research program that provides basic information on the tritrophic interactions among insect pests, diseases vectored by these insects, and the agriculturally important crops on which these insects are economic pests.
- Improves biologically-based pest insect and/or insect vector pathogen control strategies.
- Generates, uses and evaluates transgenic or edited organisms (plants, insects, microbes), genetic population, proteomics, transcriptomics or metabolomics data to identify interdiction strategies targeting pest insects or the diseases they transmit.
- Collaborates with entomologist, molecular biologists and plant breeders in the development and deployment of insect/pathogen control strategies.
- Collects data on population genetics.
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.
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