Biological Control Plenary Speakers
Classical biological control of invasive insect pests
Biography: Mark Hoddle has worked as an extension specialist in biological control in the Department of Entomology at the University of California Riverside for 22 years. Projects have targeted invasive insect and mite pests of avocados, grapes, citrus, native California oaks, and dates. Notable accomplishments have been the successful CBC of the glassy-winged sharpshooter, Homalodisca vitripennis (Hemiptera: Cicadellidae) in French Polynesia, cottony cushion scale, Icerya purchasi (Hemiptera: Monophlebidae) in the Galapagos Islands, and Asian citrus psyllid in California. Hoddle has a MSc and DSc in Zoology from the University of Auckland, New Zealand, and Ph.D. in Entomology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in the USA.