- Author: Sandipa Gautam
As of July 2021, I joined the UC Agriculture and Natural Resources as a Cooperative Extension Area Citrus IPM Advisor at Lindcove Research and Extension Center. I am very excited in my new role and for the opportunity to serve San Joaquin Valley that grows ≥ 75% California citrus. My role in this position is to develop research and extension program for citrus pests focused on issues that are important to growers in the San Joaquin Valley.
A good pest management program evolves to respond to factors that influence pest pressure. Change in weather conditions over the last decade, pesticide resistance in citrus thrips and California red scale, potential expansion of Asian citrus psyllid into the San Joaquin Valley and increasing reports of mealybug infestation demand targeted research to solve these issues and an effective extension program to inform stakeholders. With years of experience working with citrus pests and passion to serve the community, I feel prepared for my role as an IPM advisor.
My current research projects focus on citrus thrips resistance monitoring and resistance management, evaluating hydrogel baiting systems for ants, and postharvest system's effect on export concern pests (bean thrips, mites, California red scale and Fuller rose beetle). Extension activities include development and delivery of educational programs on citrus pests. Future research projects will be designed to address SJV grower's pest management needs.
I can be reached at 559-592-2408 (ext. 1156) and firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow me on twitter @Sandipa_gautam (UCANR Citrus IPM) for news on Citrus IPM events. I look forward to interacting with you!