Peter B. Schultz


  • Director


Ph.D., Entomology, 1978, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

M.S., Biology, 1972, Midwestern State University

B.S., Entomology, 1968, University of California, Davis

Professional Memberhips

  • Entomological Society of America
  • Research Center Administrators Society


  • Distinguished Service Award, Research Center Administrators Society, 2013
  • Outstanding Extension Team Award - Turf IPM (Integrated Pest Management), 2000
  • Interregional Research Project #4. Meritorious Service Award, 1999.

Graduate students in the online Masters in Agriculture and Life Sciences (OMALS) are required to complete provides 6 credits of Project and Report.  I have 2 students currently in the OMALS program that are enrolled in ENTO 5904.  In addition, I serve on one graduate committee in ENTO.

My program focuses on the management of insect pests impacting the green industry of Virginia. The goals of this program are to improve production practices and reduce degradation of water quality on the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Program objectives are to: 1) reduce pesticide inputs through improved pest prediction, and 2) support reduced risk and non-chemical alternatives. A multi-state research project examines the seasonal biology of ambrosia beetles and development of novel strategies that minimize risk of tree losses to producers of shade and fruit trees. Another multi-state research project evaluates the beneficial insect complex of soft scales in urban landscapes and their impact in reducing pesticide usage.

As Director of the Hampton Roads AREC, I provide leadership and support for the research and extension activities of 6 faculty members in nursery, landscape, turf and water resources housed in 3 departments (HORT, PPWS, and BSE). I work closely with tenant groups, ELPS in the School of Education, University Outreach and Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to effectively use the Hampton Roads AREC facility in Virginia Beach.


  • Granulate ambrosia beetle

Primary Extension responsibilities are to develop educational programs on pest recognition and the latest IPM information for insect pests of horticultural crops:

  • Proper identification of pests occurring in horticulture systems and development of programs for growers of nursery and greenhouse crops and landscape contractors. 
  • Identification of the optimum timing for successful management  and development of monitoring techniques for key arthropod pests have been developed in cooperation with colleagues and industry partners.
  • Development of degree day models for many pests and presentation of programs utilizing this information. 
  • Collaboration with the Fire Ant Community of Practice in eXtension to provide management information for the red imported fire ant, currently in several counties and cities in the Commonwealth. 
  • Demonstration projects to evaluate new pesticides, including reduced risk materials, for national registration or label expansion. Once registered, they are incorporated into educational programs and the VCE Pest Management Guides.  
  • Annual revision of Pest Management Guides and providing current information for VCE agents, VDACS inspectors, nursery and greenhouse growers, and landscape managers.  
  • Reding, M.E., C.M. Ranger, J.B. Oliver, and P.B. Schultz.  2013. Monitoring Attack and Flight Activity of Xylosandrus spp. (Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Scolytinae); the Influence of Temperature on Activity. J. Econ. Entomol. (in press).

  • Ranger, C.M., P.C. Tobin, M. E. Reding, A.M. Bray, J.B. Oliver, P.B. Schultz, S.D. Frank, A.B. Persad.  2013.  Interruption of the semiochemical-based attraction of ambrosia beetles to ethanol-baited traps and ethanol-injected trap trees by verbenone. Environ. Entomol. 42(3):539-547.
  • Reding, M. E., J.B. Oliver, P.B. Schultz, C. M. Ranger, and N. Youssef.  2013.  Ethanol injection of ornamental trees facilitates testing insecticide efficacy against ambrosia beetles (Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Scolytinae).  J. Econ. Entomol. 106: 289-298.
  • Ranger, C.M., M.E. Reding, P.B. Schultz, and J.B. Oliver.  2013.  Biology, behavior, and management of ambrosia beetles attacking ornamental nursery stock.  OFA Bull. No. 937: 20-23.
  • Wallingford, A., T. Kuhar, D. Pfeiffer, D. Tholl, J. Freeman, H. Doughty and P. Schultz. 2013.  Host plant preference of harlequin bug (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae), and evaluation of a trap cropping strategy for its control in collard. J. Econ. Entomol. 106:283-288.

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Peter B. Schultz
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