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Department of Entomology Faculty

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Dr. Tom Hunt
Research & Extension Entomologist
Haskell Agricultural Laboratory
57905 866 Road
Concord, NE
68728
Phone: (402) 584-3863
FAX: (402) 584-3859
Email: THUNT2@UNL.EDU


 

Appointment:

50% Extension, 50% Research

 

Education:
  1. B.A. in Horticulture, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 1990
  2. M.S. in Entomology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 1993
  3. Ph.D. in Entomology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 1999

 

Professional Responsibilities and Activities:

Our goal is to develop and provide comprehensive insect management recommendations that are specific to the unique combinations environmental conditions, pest complexes, and cropping systems of Nebraska and the north central U.S. This includes being responsive to the current needs of our clientele and anticipating and responding to new needs and emerging problems. Our approach is based on the principles of integrated pest management.

Our research and extension program covers a variety of issues important to farmers and focuses on corn, soybean, and alfalfa. The research projects fall in the general categories of economic threshold development, resistance management, insect pest biology & behavior, emerging problems, and product efficacy.

USDA Regional Research Project NC-205 "Ecology & Management of the European Corn Borer and Other Corn Lepidoptera". Chair (2010-present), Secretary (2006-2010), Member (since 1999).

USDA Regional Research Project S1055 “Biology, Impact, and Management of Soybean Insect Pests in Soybean Production Systems”. Member (1999-present), Secretary (2004), and Chair (2005).

 

Book Chapter
  • Hunt, Thomas E., Edson L. L. Baldin. Soybean Insects: Ecology and Control. In Encyclopedia of Pest Management. Taylor and Francis: New York, Published online: 08 Aug 2012; 1-4.

Refereed Journal Publications:

  • Paula-Moraes, S., T.E. Hunt, R.J. Wright, G.L. Hein, and E. E. Blankenship. 2013. Western bean cutworm survival and the development of economic injury levels and economic thresholds in field corn. J. Econ. Entomol. (In press).
  • Prochaska, T. J., L. M. Pierson, E. L. L. Baldin, T. E. Hunt, T. M. Heng-Moss, and J. C. Reese. 2013. Evaluation of late vegetative and reproductive stage soybeans for resistance to soybean aphid (Hemiptera: Aphididae). J. Econ. Entomol. (In press).
  • Tiroesele, Bamphitlhi, Thomas E. Hunt, Robert Wright, and John E. Foster. 2013. Population Dynamics of Bean Leaf Beetle, Cerotoma trifurcata (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) on Edamame Soybean Plants in Nebraska. European Journal of Sustainable Development 2, 1, 19-30.
  • Paula-Moraes, S. V., T. E. Hunt, R. J. Wright, G. L. Hein, and E. E. Blankenship. 2012. On-Plant Movement and Feeding of Western Bean Cutworm (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) Early Instars on Corn. Environ. Entomol. 41(6): 1494-1500.
  • Lindroth, E., T. E. Hunt, S. R. Skoda, M. D. Culy, D. Lee, and J. E. Foster. 2012. Population Genetics of the Western Bean Cutworm (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) Across the United States. Ann. Entomol. Soc. Am. 105(5): 685-692.
  • Tiroesele, Bamphitlhi, Thomas E. Hunt, Robert Wright, Erin E. Blankenship and John E. Foster. 2012. The soybean aphid, Aphis glycines (Hemiptera: Aphididae): Population dynamics on edamame soybeans in Nebraska, USA. African Journal of Agricultural Research Vol. 7(44), pp. 5912-5918.
  • Paula-Moraes, S., Burkness, E.C., Hunt, T.E., Wright, R.J., Hein, G.L., Hutchison, W.D. 2011. Cost-effective binomial sequential sampling of western bean cutworm, Striacosta albicosta (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae), egg masses in corn. J. Econ. Entomol. 104(6): (in press).
  • Ikten, C., S. R. Skoda, T. E. Hunt, J. Molina-Ochoa, and J. E. Foster. 2011. Genetic Variation And Inheritance Of Diapause Induction In Two Distinct Voltine Populations Of The European Corn Borer,Ostrinia Nubilalis (Lepidoptera:Crambidae), Annals of the Entomol. Soc. Am. 104(3): 567-575.
  • Pierson, L. M., T. M. Heng-Moss, T. E. Hunt, and J. Reese. 2011. Physiological Responses of Resistant and Susceptible R1 Stage Soybean Genotypes to Soybean Aphid (Aphis glycines Matsumura) Feeding. Arthropod-Plant Interactions 5:49–58.
  • Vilarinho, E. C., O. A. Fernandes, T. E. Hunt, D. F. Caixeta. 2011. Movement of Spodoptera frugiperda adults (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) in maize in Brazil. Florida Entomol. 94(3): 480- 488.
  • Stilwell, A. R., R. J. Wright, T. E. Hunt & E. E. Blankenship. 2010. Degree-day Requirements for Alfalfa Weevil (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) Development in Eastern Nebraska. Environ. Entomol. 39: 202-209.
  • Pierson, L.M., T.M. Heng-Moss, T.E. Hunt, and J.C. Reese. 2010. Categorizing the Resistance of Soybean Genotypes to the Soybean Aphid (Hemiptera: Aphididae). J. Econ. Entomol. 103(4):1405-1411.
  • Hutchison, W., E. Burkness, P. Mitchell, R. Moon, T. Leslie, S. Fleischer, M Abrahamson, K. Hamilton, K. Steffey, M. Gray, R. Hellmich, V. Kaster, T. Hunt, R. Wright, K. Pecinovsky, T.L. Rabaey, B.R. Flood & E. Raun. 2010. Areawide Suppression of European Corn Borer via Transgenic Maize Reaps Savings to Non-Bt Maize Growers. Science Vol. 330, Issue 6001, pp. 220-225.
  • Brosius, T. R. L. G. Higley, and T. E. Hunt. 2010. Biotic and Abiotic Influences on Within-Plant Distribution of Soybean Aphid (Aphis glycines). J. Kansas Entomol. Soc. 83:273-282.
  • Magalhaes, L.C., T. E. Hunt, and B. D. Siegfried. 2009. Efficacy of Neonicotinoid seed treatments to reduce soybean aphid populations under field and controlled conditions in Nebraska. J. Econ. Entomol. J. Econ. Entomol. 102: 187-195.
  • Ziems, J. R. Hoback, W. W., Higley, L. G., Hunt, T. E., Fernendez, O. A., Bastos, C., and Bueno, A. F. 2008. Second generation European corn borer (Lepidoptera: Crambidae) injury and Irish potato physiology, yield, and quality. Agron. J. 100:720-725.
  • Magalhaes, L. C., T. E. Hunt, and B. D. Siegfried. 2008. Development of methods to evaluate susceptibility of soybean aphid to imidacloprid and thiamethoxam at lethal and sublethal concentrations. Entomol. Exp. Appl. 128: 330-336.
  • Krumm, J. T, T. E. Hunt, S. R. Skoda, G. L. Hein, D. J. Lee, P. L. Clark, J. E. Foster. 2008. Genetic variability of the European corn borer, Ostrinia nubilalis, suggests gene flow between populations in the Midwestern United States. J. Insect Sci. 8:69, available online: insectscience.org/8.69.
  • Carroll, M. W., J. A. Glaser, R. L. Hellmich, T. E. Hunt, D. Calvin, K. Bidne, T. W. Sappington, K. Copenhaver and J. Fridgen. 2008. Detection of European corn borer, Ostrinia nubilalis (Hubner), infestation in Iowa corn plots using spectral vegetation indices. J. Econ. Entomol. 101: 1614-1623.
  • Hunt, Thomas E., Lawrent L. Buschman, Phillip E. Sloderbeck. 2007. Insecticide Use in BT- and Non 2 Bt Field Corn in the Western Corn Belt: As Reported by Crop Consultants in a Mail Survey. American Entomologist. 53: 86-93.
  • Ragsdale, D. W., B. P. McCornack, R. C. Venette, B. D. Potter, I. V. MacRae, E. W. Hodgson, M. E. O'Neal, K. D. Johnson, R. J. O'Neil, C. D. Difonzo, T. E. Hunt, P. A. Glogoza, and E. M. Cullen. 2007. Economic threshold for soybean aphid (Homoptera:Aphididae). J. Econ. Entomol. 100:1258-1267.
  • Magalhaes, L. C., B. W. French, T. E. Hunt, and B. D. Siegfried. 2007. Baseline susceptibility of western corn rootworm (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) to clothianidin. J. Appl. Entomol. 131: 251-255.
  • Brosius, T. R., L. G. Higley, and T. E. Hunt. 2007. Population dynamics of soybean aphid (Aphis glycines) and biotic mortality at the edge of its range. J. Econ. Entomol. 100:1268-1275.
  • Gustafson, T. C., S. Z. Knezevic, T. E. Hunt and J. L. Lindquist. 2006. Simulated insect defoliation and duration of weed interference affected soybean growth. Weed Science 54:735-742.
  • Gustafson, T. C., S. Z. Knezevic, T. E. Hunt and J. L. Lindquist. 2006. Early season insect defoliation influences the critical time for weed removal in soybean. Weed Science 54:509:515.
  • Ziems, J. R., B. J. Zechmann, W. W. Hoback, J. C. Wallace, R. A. Madsen, T. E. Hunt, and L. G. Higley. 2006. Yield response of indeterminate potato (Solanum tuberosum L.) to simulated insect defoliation. Agron. J. 98: 1435-1441.
  • Vilarinho, E. C., O. A. Fernandes, C. Omoto, and T. E. Hunt. 2006. Oil-Soluble Dyes for Marking Spodoptera frugiperda (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae). J. Econ. Entomol. 99: 2110-2115.
  • Madsen, R. A., T. E. Hunt, and L. G. Higley. 2004. Simulated clover leaf weevil injury and alfalfa yield and quality. Agron. J. 96, 224-228.
  • Hunt, T. E., L. G. Higley, and F. J. Haile. 2003. Imported longhorned weevil (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) injury to soybean: physiological response and injury guild-level economic injury levels. J. Econ. Entomol. 96:1168-1173.
  • Peterson, R. K. D., and T. E.Hunt, 2003. The probabilistic economic injury level: incorporating uncertainty into pest management decision-making. J. Econ. Entomol 96:536- 543.
  • Nowarzki. T. M., B. Niimi, K. J. Warren, S. Putman, L. J. Meinke, D. C. Gosselin, F. E. Harvey, T. E. Hunt, B. D. Siegfried. 2003. In-field labeling of western corn rootworm adults (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) with rubidium. J. Econ. Entomol. 96(6): 1750-1759.
  • Shapiro, C. A., G. W. Echtenkamp, T. E. Hunt, and J. F. Witkowski. 2002. Effects of manure, hybrid tolerance, and reduced rates of insecticide on corn rootworm (Coleoptera: Chysomelidae) injury to corn. J. Sustainable Agriculture 21:95-107.
  • Giesler, L. J., S. A. Ghabrial, T. E. Hunt, and J. H. Hill. 2002. Bean pod mottle virus: A threat to U.S. soybean production. Plant Disease 1280-1289.
  • Hunt, T. E., L. G. Higley, J. F. Witkowski., L. J. Young, and R. L. Hellmich. 2001. Dispersal of adult European corn borer (Lepidoptera: Crambidae) within and proximal to corn. J. Econ. Entomol. 94:1369-1377.
  • Hunt, T. E., L. G. Higley, and L. P. Pedigo. 2000. A re-examination of economic injury levels for potato Leafhopper (Homoptera: Cicadellidae) on soybean. J. Entomol. Sci. 35:97-104.
  • Hunt, T. E., R. L. Hellmich, J. M. Dyer, L. G. Higley, and J. F. Witkowski. 2000. Oil-soluble dyes for marking European corn borer (Lepidoptera:Crambidae). J. Entomol. Sci. 35:338-341.
  • Hunt, T. E., F. J. Haile, W. W. Hoback, and L. G. Higley. 1999. Indirect measurement of insect defoliation. Environ. Entomol. 28:1136-1139.
  • Hunt, T. E., L. G. Higley, and J. F. Witkowski. 1995. Bean leaf beetle injury to seedling soybean: consumption, effects on leaf expansion, and economic injury levels. Agron. J. 87:183-188.
  • Hunt, T. E., L. G. Higley, and J. F. Witkowski. 1994. Soybean growth and yield after bean leaf beetle injury to seedlings. Agron. J. 86:140-146.
  • Godfrey, L. D., K. E. Godfrey, T. E. Hunt, and S. M. Spomer. 1991. Natural enemies of European corn borer Ostrinia nubilalis (Hubner) (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae) larvae in irrigated and drought-stressed corn. J. Kan. Entomol. Soc. 64:279-286.

 

Select Extension Publications:
  • Paula-Moraes, Silvana V., Wayne J. Ohnesorg, Eric C. Burkness, Gary L. Hein, Thomas E. Hunt, Robert J. Wright and William D. Hutchison. 2012. Western Bean Cutworm Speed Scouting. Apple iPod Application, Apple, Inc.
  • Paula-Moraes, Silvana V., Wayne J. Ohnesorg, Eric C. Burkness, Gary L. Hein, Thomas E. Hunt, Robert J. Wright and William D. Hutchison. 2012. Western Bean Cutworm Speed Scouting Spreadsheet EC1585.
  • Wright, R. J. and T. E. Hunt. 2011. Soybean stem borers in Nebraska. University of Nebraska Extension NebGuide G2082.
  • Hunt, T. E., K. J. Jarvi, W. J. Ohnesorg, L. M. Pierson. 2011. Soybean Aphid Management in Nebraska. University of Nebraska Extension NebGuide G2063.
  • Ohnesorg, W. J., T. E. Hunt, and R. J. Wright. 2011. Soybean Aphid Speed Scouting Spreadsheet. University of Nebraska Extension Circular EC1582.
  • Cunningham, Alexander P., James R. Brandle, Stephen D. Danielson, and Thomas E. Hunt. 2007. Lady Beetles of Nebraska. University of Nebraska--Lincoln, Extension Circular EC1780.
  • Wright, R. J., T. E. Hunt, and K. J. Jarvi. 2007. Corn cutworms, University of Nebraska Extension NebGuide G1153.
  • Wright, R. J., T. E. Hunt, J. W. Witkowski. 2004. Choosing a Bt transgenic corn hybrid. NebFact NF00-409. University of Nebraska Extension Service.
  • Hunt, T. E. 2004. Soybean Aphid Management in Nebraska. NebFact NF599. University of Nebraska Extension Service.
  • Hunt, T. E., and L. Schultze. 2004. Soybean aphid management (DVD & video). Pesticide Education Office, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
  • Wright, R. J., T. Hunt. 2004. Resistance Management for YieldGard Rootworm Bt Corn. NebFact NF594. University of Nebraska Extension Service.
  • Anderson, B., L. Giesler, Hunt, T. E., S. Knezevic, C. Shapiro, and S. Kamble. 2003. Alfalfa in Nebraska. Nebraska Extension Circular. University of Nebraska Extension Service.
  • Hunt, T. E. and S. Z. Knezevic. 2002. Biological control of purple loosestrife: monitoring Galerucella establishment and impact. Extension Circular. University of Nebraska Cooperative Extension.
  • Hunt, T. E. and G. W. Echtenkamp. 2002. Resistance management for European corn borer and Bt transgenic corn: refuge design and placement. NebFact NF00-425 (revision). University of Nebraska Extension Service.
  • Hunt, T. E., J. F. Witkowski, and L. G. Higley. 2001. Soybean insect pests. p.147-161. In A. Martin (ed.) Nebraska Soybean Field Guide. Nebraska Soybean Board and University of Nebraska Cooperative Extension.
  • Wright, R., T. Hunt, and K. Jarvi. 2001. Corn cutworms. NebGuide G93-1153-A. University of Nebraska Extension Service.
  • Wright, R. J., T. E. Hunt, J. F. Witkowski, B. D. Siegfried, J. F. Foster. 2000. Choosing a Bt transgenic corn hybrid. NebFact NF00-409. University of Nebraska Extension Service.
  • Hunt, T. E. and G. W. Echtenkamp. 2000. Resistance management for European corn borer and Bt transgenic corn: refuge design and placement in 2000. NebFact NF00-425. University of Nebraska Extension Service.
  • Wright, R. J., T. E. Hunt, and K. J. Jarvi. 2000. Common Stalk Borer in Corn. NebGuide G80-521-A. University of Nebraska Extension Service.
  • Hunt, T. E. and G. W. Echtenkamp. 2000 (revision for 2001). Resistance management for European corn borer and Bt transgenic corn: refuge design and placement. NebFact NF00-425. University of Nebraska Extension Service.
  • Hunt, T. E., J. F. Witkowski, and L. G. Higley. 1997. Soybean insect pests. p.125-135. In A. Martin (ed.) Nebraska Soybean Field Guide. Nebraska Soybean Board and University of Nebraska Cooperative Extension.
  • Danielson, S., T. E. Hunt, and K. Jarvi. 1994. Managing the alfalfa weevil. NebGuide. University of Nebraska Extension Service.
  • Hunt, T. E., J. F. Witkowski, R. Wright, and K. Jarvi. 1994. The bean leaf beetle in soybean. NebGuide. University of Nebraska Extension Service.

 

Currently Funded Projects:
  • Hunt, T., Heng-Moss, T. "SCD347: Biology, impact, and management of soybean insect pests in soybean production systems", $82,250.00, 2012 - 2017.
  • Hunt, T. “Pioneer FAW Larval Movement Study", Pioneer Hi-Bred, Industry, $50,400.00, 2012 - 2014.
  • Wright, R., Hunt, T., Meinke, L., Kruger, G., Jackson-Ziems, T., Sandell, L., Bernards, M., Jhala, A. "Impact of Volunteer Corn", Dept. of Agriculture-NIFA, $98,959.00, 2011 - 2014.
  • Pedersen, J., Heng-Moss, T., Hunt, T., Clemente, T. "Fd and Ag Rsch Experience for Teacher", Ne Soybean Board, $46,000.00 (current year funding for 3 yr project), 2012 - 2013.
  • Hunt, T., Wright, R., Heng-Moss, T. "RAATs for Soybean Aphid Management", Ne Soybean Board, $56,117.00, 2012 - 2014.
  • Pedersen, J., Heng-Moss, T., Hunt, T., Clemente, T., "Food and Ag Rsch Exper for Teachers", United Soybean Bd/Smith/Bucklin, $78,000.00 (current year funding for 3 yr project), 2012 - 2013.
  • Hunt, T., Heng-Moss, T., Siegfried, B., "Soybean Aphid Management", North Central Soybean Research Program, $60,000.00 (NE current year funding for multi-yr, multi-state project), 2012 - 2013.

 

Notable Distinctions:
  • Distinguished Specialist. 2012. University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension.
  • Integrated Pest Management Team Award. 2011. Entomological Foundation, European Corn Borer IPM Team.
  • National Excellence in Multistate Research Award. 2009. American Public Land-Grant Universities. Title: S-1039 Biology, Impact, and Management of Soybean Insect Pests in Soybean Production Systems.
  • Integrated Pest Management Team Award. 2009. Entomological Foundation, Soybean Aphid IPM.
  • Educational Project Award by the Board Certified Entomologists of Mid-America, Title: Lady Beetles of Nebraska, 2008. Cunningham, Alexander P., James R. Brandle, Stephen D. Danielson, and Thomas E. Hunt.
  • Southern Region Nominee for National Excellence in Multistate Research Award. 2008, Title: “S-1039 Biology, Impact, and Management of Soybean Insect Pests in Soybean Production Systems”, Southern Association of Agricultural Experimental Station Directors.
  • National Entomological Society of America Special Project Award from the Board Certified Entomologists - team award (10 U.S. States, 1 Canadian Province) 2004. Title: Consensus Recommendation for Soybean Aphid Control.
  • University of Nebraska Ag Research Division Junior Faculty in Excellence Award, 2003.
  • Blue Ribbon Award, 1997. Nebraska Soybean Field Guide. Educational Aids Competition. Bulletin/Manual Category, Annu. Meet. ASAE.