Frank Zalom
Entomology Specialist
Director of Statewide Integrated Pest Management Project

Department: Department of Entomology and Statewide Integrated Pest Management Project
Location: University of California, Davis, CA 95616
Telephone: (530) 752-8350
Fax: (530) 752-6004

General Research Interest Statement:

I have conducted research on integrated pest management for 18 years, and specifically on the tomato system for 14 years. During this time I have helped to develop several programs for monitoring insect pests which have been widely adopted by the tomato industry in California and resulted in reduction in pesticide use statewide. I have conducted outreach programs to demonstrate the effectiveness of alternative practices. I was one of the founding members of this cropping systems team, and have a great appreciation for interdisciplinary research. I am also Director of the University of California's Statewide IPM Project.

Research Interest Pertaining to SAFS project:

For my research, I work on sampling strategies and non-chemical approaches to pest management. I look at interactions of pests and their host plants. In this project, I take weekly samples of insect populations, and make decisions on pest problems in corn and tomatoes. I am also responsible for recommending control decisions for all four treatments. I also monitor fruit and foliar disease incidence and evaluate fruit damage at the end of the year.

Selected Publications:

Zalom, F. G. & W. E. Fry. 1992. Biologically intensive IPM for vegetable crops. pp. 107-166, In F. Zalom & W. Fry (eds.) Food, crop pests and the environment; the need and potential for biologically intensive integrated pest management. APS Press, St. Paul, MN.

Zalom, F. G. 1993. Reorganizing to facilitate the development and use of integrated pest management. pp. 245-256, In C.A. Edwards, M.K. Wali, D.J Horn & F. Miller, eds. Agriculture and the environment. Elsevier Publishers. Amsterdam. 325 pp.

Castane, C. & F. G. Zalom. 1994. Artificial oviposition substrate for the mass-rearing of Orius insidiosus (Hem. Anthocoridae). Biol. Control. 4: 88-91.

Zalom, F. G., & A. Jones. 1994. Insect fragments in processed tomatoes. J. Econ. Entomol. 87(1): 181-186.

Zalom, F. G., C. Castane, and R. Gabarra. 1995. Selection of some winter-spring vegetable crop hosts by Bemisia argentifolii (Homoptera: Aleyrodidae). J. Econ. Entomol. 88(1): 70-76.

Zalom, F. G., J. M. Smilanick and L. E. Ehler. 1995. A summary of stink bug monitoring and control research. Calif. Processing Tomatoes News and Views. 18(2):1-4.

Hanna, R., F. G. Zalom, and C. L. Elmore. 1995. Integrating cover crops into grapevine pest and nutrition management: the transition phase. Sustainable Agriculture Technical Reviews. 7(3):11-14.

Toscano, N. C., F. G. Zalom, and J. Trumble. 1995. Tomato pest management guidelines (insects and mites section). Univ. of Calif. PMG. Publ. 14. 26 pp.

Zalom, F. G (one of 22 contributors). 1995. Alternatives to methyl bromide: Research needs for California. Calif. Dept. Foof and Agric., Pesticide Consultation Unit. Sacramento, CA. 76 pp.

Heinz, K. M. & F. G. Zalom. 1995. Variation in trichome-based resistance to Bemisia argentifolii in tomato. J. Econ. Entomol. 88:1494-1503.

Smilanick, J.M., F.G. Zalom & L.E. Ohler. 1996. Effect of methamidophos residue on the pentatomid egg parasitoids Trissolocus basalis and T. utahensis (Hymenoptera Scelionidae). Biol. Control. 6:193-201.