Dr. Jawwad A. Qureshi
Assistant Professor of Entomology and Nematology
Dr. Jawwad A Qureshi joined IRREC in June, 2016. He had previously served as an UF Research Associate Professor at the UF/IFAS Southwest Florida Research and Education Center working primarily on citrus pest management. Named Entomologist of the Year in 2012 by the Florida Entomological Society, Dr. Qureshi is one of only a few entomologists who have expertise in integrated pest management focused specifically on citrus.
The "tap sampling" method that he developed has become an inexpensive and invaluable tool for growers, consultants and researchers, all requiring a rapid monitoring and estimation of Asian citrus psyllid (ACP) to assist them in making pest management decisions in the groves. ACP is an economically important pest of citrus and vector of the pathogens causing huanglongbing (HLB) also known citrus greening disease.
Dr. Qureshi's work on dormant season control of ACP using sprays of broad-spectrum insecticides in winter provided an effective tactic for integrated management of this pest. Both tap sampling and dormant sprays are now integral parts of Florida's Citrus Health Management Areas and are also utilized in other regions. In keeping with the UF/IFAS goal to develop pest management strategies for citrus production, Dr. Qureshi's placement at the IRREC puts him in the center of the world's premier citrus production region, along with a qualified team of scientists investigating this vector disease complex. Dr. Qureshi looks forward to working with growers and industry workers to conduct research and extension for development of knowledge based integrated pest management systems for citrus and other horticultural commodities.
Dr. Qureshi also served as Team Leader for The Center of Agriculture and Biosciences International and earned his doctorate and postdoctoral experience at Kansas State University. There he worked with horticultural and field crops in the areas of biological and chemical pest control and resistance management.