Dr. Beverly S. Gerdeman
Assistant Research Professor (retired December 2020)
Current research interests include development of a predatory mite mass production facility in La Trinidad, Benguet, Philippines. Emphasis is on the use of native species of predatory mites. Development of training materials suitable for use in rural extension in the Philippines and production of a rearing manual for use in developing countries. Small fruit IPM of insects and arthropods attacking strawberry, red raspberry, blueberry and research into controlling potato flea beetle damaging thin-skinned potatoes in western Washington. Management techniques include use of selective chemistries and biological control such as releases of predatory mites and augmentation of beneficials when appropriate. Development of high tunnel IPM techniques in the Pacific Northwest for strawberry/lettuce rotations. Control of the exotic cherry bark tortrix, utilizing classical biological control and augmentative releases of parasitoids.