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College of Natural Resources

Jill Sidebottom

Area Extension Specialist

Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources

828-684-3562

http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/fletcher/programs/xmas/staff/sidebot/index.html

Area(s) of Expertise

Mountain Conifer Integrated Pest Management

Education

B.S. University of Illinois (1981)
M.S. North Carolina State University (1984)
Ph.D. North Carolina State University (1988)

Responsibilities

Extension (100%): Mountain Conifer Integrated Pest Management

  • Providing support to the North Carolina Cooperative Extension agents with responsibilities for mountain conifers, primarily Christmas trees.
  • Developing scouting techniques and economic thresholds for insects, mites, and diseases of Christmas trees and commercially grown ornamental conifers.
  • Determining least-toxic pesticides and lowest rates for pest control.
  • Increasing the awareness of the benefits of IPM and facilitating its implementation by identifying and responding to clientele needs, and developing education programs and materials.
  • Assessing the adoption and impact of IPM to producers of mountain conifers.

Projects

  • Work towards overall reduction of insecticide use among Christmas tree growers.
  • Teach Spanish-speaking farmworkers to scout for pests in Christmas trees and increase safety when applying pesticides.
  • Determine the extent of elongate hemlock scale on Fraser fir Christmas Trees and develop control measures.
  • Investigate methods of grub control in nursery beds and in Christmas Tree fields.
  • Evaluate control of Botrytis shoot blight in seedlings.
  • Aid county extension agents in answering their questions about hemlock woolly adelgid.

Links

Christmas Tree Research and Extension

Extension Forestry

Mountain Horticultural Crops Research & Extension Center

Publications

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