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Entomology and Plant Pathology

Dr. Eric Rebek, Professor

B.S., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1996

M.S., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1999

Ph.D., Purdue University, 2004


Room/Lab  127M/230 NRC


Current Assignment (90% Extension, 10% Teaching):

My responsibilities include providing stakeholders in the green industry with timely information on the biology, current status, and management of arthropod pests of horticultural crops, especially ornamentals, turfgrass, vegetables, and small fruits. I work closely with county extension educators and area specialists to share this information with Oklahoma stakeholders, including nursery and greenhouse personnel, golf course superintendents, lawn and landscape service providers, viticulturists, fresh market producers, and homeowners. I rely on regular communication with educators, stakeholders, and area specialists to keep me informed on emerging arthropod pest issues around the state. I also provide training to county educators, industry stakeholders, and master gardeners in the biology and identification of arthropod pests and natural enemies (predators and parasitoids).

My teaching responsibilities include service courses in forest entomology and horticultural entomology as well as co-teaching a graduate course in biological control. I draw upon my own experiences from research and extension to keep my course content current and relevant. I am also actively involved with advising undergraduate entomology majors and my own graduate students.

Research Interests:

Although I do not have a formal research appointment, I am involved in collaborative research projects that support my extension program. My research interests include integrated pest management (IPM) strategies, plant-insect-plant pathogen interactions, biological control, and life history of key horticultural pests.

Professional Activities:

Entomological Society of America, Southwest Branch
International Organization for Biological Control, Nearctic Regional Section
Society of Southwestern Entomologists

Selected Publications:

Payton Miller, T.L., and E.J. Rebek. 2018. Banker plants for aphid biological control in greenhouses. Journal of Integrated Pest Management 9:1-8; doi: 10.1093/jipm/pmy002.

Overall, L.M., E.J. Rebek. 2017. Insect vectors and current management strategies for diseases caused by Xylella fastidiosa in the southern United States. Journal of Integrated Pest Management 8: 1-12; doi: 10.1093/jipm/pmx005.

Graf, N., E. Rebek, T. Royer, and N. Walker. 2017. Spatial and temporal distribution of Phyllophaga spp. infesting bermudagrass stands in Oklahoma. International Turfgrass Society Research Journal 13: 1-8; doi: 10.2134/itsrj2016.07.0603.

Kahn, B.A., E.J. Rebek, L.P. Brandenberger, K. Reed, and M.E. Payton. 2017. Companion planting with white yarrow or with feverfew for squash bug, Anasa tristis (Hemiptera: Coreidae), management on summer squash. Pest Management Science 73: 1127-1133. doi: 10.1002/ps.4427.

Overall, L.M., and E.J. Rebek. 2015. Seasonal abundance and natural inoculativity of insect vectors of Xylella fastidiosa in Oklahoma tree nurseries and vineyards. Journal of Economic Entomology 108: 2536-2545.

Jessie, W.P., K.L. Giles, E.J. Rebek, M.E. Payton, and B.P. McCornack. 2015. Suitability of Brevicoryne brassicae, Lipaphis erysimi, and Myzus persicae from winter canola for the development and survival of Hippodamia convergens and Chyrsoperla carnea. Environmental Entomology 44: 880-889.

Rebek, E.J., M.A. Schnelle, and K.D. Kelsey. 2013. Adoption of integrated pest management practices among Oklahoma greenhouse producers: a case study for experiential learning. Journal of Extension 51(6). Available online at: http://www.joe.org/joe/2013december/rb4.php.

Rebek, E.J., S.D. Frank, T.A. Royer, and C.E. Bogran. 2012. Alternatives to Chemical Control of Insects. In Soloneski, S., and M. Larramendy (eds.), Insecticides-Basic and Other Applications. InTech Publishing, Rijeka, Croatia, ISBN: 978-953-51-0007-2.

Overall, L.M., E.J. Rebek, and A.C. Wayadande. 2010. New distribution records of the glassy-winged sharpshooter, Homalodisca vitripennis (Germar), in Oklahoma. Southwestern Entomologist 35: 193-195.

Smitley, D.R., E.J. Rebek, R.N. Royalty, T.W. Davis, and K.F. Newhouse. 2010. Protection of individual ash trees from emerald ash borer (Coleoptera: Buprestidae) with basal soil applications of imidacloprid. Journal of Economic Entomology 103: 119-126.

Smitley, D., T. Davis, and E. Rebek. 2008. Progression of ash canopy thinning and dieback outward from the initial infestation of emerald ash borer (Coleoptera: Buprestidae) in southeastern Michigan. Journal of Economic Entomology 101: 1643-1650.

Rebek, E.J., D.R. Smitley, and D.A. Herms. 2008. Interspecific variation in resistance to emerald ash borer (Coleoptera: Buprestidae) among North American and Asian ash (Fraxinus spp.). Environmental Entomology 37: 242-246.

Rebek, E.J., C.S. Sadof, and L.M. Hanks. 2006. Influence of floral resource plants on control of an armored scale pest by the parasitoid Encarsia citrina (Craw.) (Hymenoptera: Aphelinidae). Biological Control 37: 320-328.

Rebek, E.J., C.S. Sadof, and L.M. Hanks. 2005. Manipulating the abundance of natural enemies in ornamental landscapes with floral resource plants. Biological Control 33: 203-216.

Rebek, E.J. and C.S. Sadof. 2003. Effects of pesticide applications on the euonymus scale (Homoptera: Diaspididae) and its parasitoid, Encarsia citrina (Hymenoptera: Aphelinidae). Journal of Economic Entomology 96: 446-452.

Rebek, E.J., D.B. Hogg and D.K. Young. 2002. The effect of four cropping systems on the abundance and diversity of epedaphic springtails (Hexapoda: Parainsecta: Collembola) in southern Wisconsin. Environmental Entomology 31: 37-46.

About Me:

I am a native of Wisconsin and grew up enjoying the great outdoors, developing a keen interest in biology at an early age. In my spare time, I enjoy attending concerts and plays, playing disc golf, and outdoor activities such as camping, fishing, and hiking.

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