Our new Extension entomologist, Dr. Raul Villanueva, began work on February 15 at the University of Kentucky Research and Education Center (UKREC) in Princeton. Raul replaces Doug Johnson, who retired at the end of 2015. Raul’s responsibilities will include Extension programs and applied research on arthropods of grain crops, as well as other general Extension entomology duties.
Raul has a bachelor’s degree in agronomy from the Universidad Nacional Agraria ‘La Molina’ (Peru), a master’s degree in biology from Queen’s University (Canada), and a Ph. D. in entomology from the University of Florida. He has extensive experience working with and developing IPM programs in fruit systems (apples, citrus, and grapes) and vegetables. Raul is interested in biocontrol, the efficient use of pesticides, and enjoys working in collaboration with multidisciplinary teams. In addition, he was trained as an acarologist (specialist in the study of mites and ticks). Since 2009, Raul has been working as an assistant professor and Extension entomologist with Texas A&M in Weslaco where he handled a wide range of entomological issues on grain crops, vegetables, fruit, and subtropical plants on large and small farms. We are excited to have his expertise here at the University of Kentucky.
Please join us in welcoming Raul Villanueva and his family to Kentucky.
By Ric Bessin, Mike Potter, and Lee Townsend, Extension Entomologists