Tooker Lab

Plant-Insect Interactions in Agroecosystems -- We study relationships among plants, insect herbivores, and natural enemies to understand factors that regulate populations of herbivorous insects. We are interested in both plant- and natural-enemy-mediated factors and how they influence insect behavior, community composition, and herbivore mortality. Our long-term goal is to exploit the ecology/biology of our study organisms to provide strategies and tactics for more sustainable insect pest management.

Lab Research News

Jen shares her experience of working in the Tooker lab
November 6, 2017
Hi! I’m Jen, and I am a senior majoring in plant science, horticulture option.
Plant 'smells' insect foe, initiates defense
August 28, 2017
It cannot run away from the fly that does it so much damage, but tall goldenrod can protect itself by first "smelling" its attacker and then initiating its defenses, according to an international team of researchers.

John's Bio

John Tooker, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Entomology
Extension Specialist
506 Agricultural Sciences and Industries Building
and 113 Merkle Lab

University Park, PA 16802
Phone: 814-865-7082