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

'Planting green' cover-crop strategy may help farmers deal with wet springs
July 3, 2019
Allowing cover crops to grow two weeks longer in the spring and planting corn and soybean crops into them before termination is a strategy that may help no-till farmers deal with wet springs, according to Penn State researchers.
Why it’s time to curb widespread use of neonicotinoid pesticides
June 27, 2018
Planting season for corn and soybeans across the U.S. corn belt is drawing to a close. As they plant, farmers are participating in what is likely to be one of the largest deployments of insecticides in United States history.
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.

John's Bio

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

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