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NC State Extension

Dr. James F. Walgenbach

Dr. Walgenbach standing outsideProfessor and Extension Entomologist


Research (50%) and Extension (50%):  Pest management of arthropod pests on tree fruits and vegetables.

Major research and extension programs include:

  • Development and implementation of IPM programs for selected fruits (apples and peaches) and vegetable crops (fruiting vegetables and cucurbits).
  • Mating disruption of Lepidopteran pests of apples.
  • Resistance management of tortricid pests of apples.
  • Population dynamics and resistance management of spider mites on vegetables.
  • Population dynamics and management of thrips in relation to the epidemiology of tomato spotted wilt virus.
  • Evaluation of pesticides against pest and beneficial arthropods.

Professional Experience

  • Professor & Extension Specialist, NC State Univ., 1997-present
  • Associate Professor & Extension Specialist, NC State Univ., 1992-97
  • Assistant Professor & Extension Specialist, NC State Univ., 1986-92
  • Graduate Asst., Post-doctoral Res. Assoc., Univ. Wisconsin, 1980-86


  • B.S., University of Wisconsin, Madison (Plant Pathology), 1979
  • M.S., University of Wisconsin, Madison (Entomology), 1982
  • Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Madison (Entomology), 1984

Program Information

Mountain Horticultural Crops Research & Extension Center
455 Research Drive
Mills River, NC 28759

Phone: 828-684-3562 ~ Fax: 828-684-8715