I am studying the pea leaf weevil (PLW), Sitona lineatus L. (Coleoptera, Curculionidae) populations here in Alberta. The pea leaf weevil is an agricultural pest, inflicting economically significant damage to pea (Pisum sativum) and faba beans (Vicia faba) crops. Although the PLW is natively found in Europe and North Africa, it has established itself as a pest worldwide. In Alberta, the PLW was first established in the southern region in 1997 in but has since expanded its range into the central and northern regions.
The main objectives of my project are to 1) delineate where PLW populations are in Alberta; 2) develop an effective semiochemcial-based population monitoring tool; 3) explore factors influencing PLW range expansion.
With the knowledge gained from my project, the ultimate goal is to develop an integrated pest management strategy for the PLW. When I’m not hanging out with insects, you can find me hiking the Rockies or volunteering in the community.