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Sally V. Taylor

Education

Ph.D. Entomology, North Carolina State University, 2015

B.A. Anthropology, North Carolina State University, 2010, Valedictorian

Professional Experience

Associate Professor, Virginia Tech, 2021-present

Assistant Professor, Virginia Tech, 2016-2021

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Purdue University, 2015-16

Program Focus

The entomology research program based at Tidewater AREC addresses a variety of insect pest problems across a wide geographic area for crops including soybean, cotton, peanut, corn, small grains, and industrial hemp.  The research focus is to develop insect pest management strategies that reduce insecticide usage while maintaining crop quality, profitability, and environmental quality.  

Extension Program

New practices, research finds and pest management recommendations are extended to clientele through a variety of media and methods. In-season field tours, on-farm trials and demonstrations, and research plot focus groups are used to provide visual and hands-on exposure to new pest management practices. Publications, news articles and weekly e-mail pest advisories are delivered via the Virginia Ag Pest and Crop Advisory. Insect pest and insecticide control recommendations are provided via several annually updated crop production guides.

Refereed journal articles:

Britt, K., T. Kuhar, W. Cranshaw, C. McCullough, S. Taylor, B. Arends, H. Burrack, M. Pulkoski, D. Owens, T. Tolosa, S. Zebelo, K. Kesheimer, O. Ajayi, M. Samuel-Foo, J. Davis, N. Arey, H. Doughty, J. Jones, M. Bolt, B. Fritz, J. Grant, J. Cosner, M. Schreiner. 2021. Pest management needs and limitations for corn earworm (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae), an emergent key pest of hemp in the United States. Journal of Integrated Pest Management. https://doi.org/10.1093/jipm/pmab030

Brandenburg, R., B. Royals, S. Taylor, S. Malone, D. Jordan, and A. Hare. 2021. Tobacco thrips and peanut response to imidacloprid and fluopyram. Crop, Forage, and Turfgrass Management. http://doi.org/10.1002/cft2.20116

Del Pozo-Valdivia, A., D. Reisig, L. Braswell, J. Green, P. Roberts, and S. Taylor. 2021. Economic injury levels for Bt-resistant Helicoverpa zea in cotton. Journal of Economic Entomology. https://doi.org/10.1093/jee/toab012

*Bryant, T., and S. Taylor. 2021. Efficacy of select insecticide seed treatments and in-furrow applications for managing the brown stink bug, Euschistus servus (Say) (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae), in seedling maize. Crop Protection. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cropro.2021.105535

Dively, G., T. Kuhar, S. Taylor, H. Doughty, K. Holmstrom, D. Gilrein, B. Nault, J. Ingerson-Mahar, J. Whalen, D. Reisig, D. Frank, S. Fleischer, D. Owens, C. Welty, F. Reay-jones, P. Porter, J. Smith, J. Saquez, S. Murray, A. Wallingford, H. Byker, B. Jensen, W. Hutchison, E. Burkness, and K. Hamby. 2021. Sweet corn sentinel monitoring for lepidopteran resistance to Bt toxins. doi.org/10.1093/jee/toaa264

*Bryant, T., *S. Dorman, D. Reisig, *D. Dillard, R. Schürch, S. Taylor. 2020. Reevaluating the economic injury level for brown stink bug, Euschistus servus (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae), at various growth stages of maize. Journal of Economic Entomology. doi.org/10.1093/jee/toaa173

*Dorman, S., D. Reisig, S. Malone, and S. Taylor. 2020. Systems approach to evaluate tarnished plant bug (Hemiptera: Miridae) management practices in Virginia and North Carolina cotton. Journal of Economic Entomology. doi: 10.1093/jee/toaa142

*Dorman, S., *J. Opoku, H. Mehl, and S. Taylor. 2020. Fusarium hardlock associated with Lygus lineolaris (Hemiptera: Miridae) injury in Southeastern cotton. Plant Disease. doi.org/10.1094/PDIS-03-20-0569-RE

Kaufman, A., D. Jordan, C. Reberg-Horton, L. Dean, B. Shew, R. Brandenburg, D. Anco, H. Mehl, S. Taylor, M. Balota, L. Goodell, and J. Allen. 2020. Identifying interest, risks, and impressions of organic peanut production: A survey of conventional farmers in the Virginia–Carolina region. Crop, Forage, and Turfgrass Management. doi.org/10.1002/cft2.20042

Royals, B., R. Brandenburg, A. Hare, D. Jordan, S. Taylor, and S. Malone. 2020. Efficacy of chlorantraniliprole on southern corn rootworm in peanut. Crop, Forage, and Turfgrass Management. doi.org/10.1002/cft2.20045

*Dorman, S., A. Gross, F. Musser, B. Catchot, R. Smith, D. Reisig, F. Reay-Jones, J. Greene, P. Roberts, and S. Taylor. 2020. Resistance monitoring to four insecticides and mechanisms of resistance in Lygus lineolaris Palisot de Beauvois (Hemiptera: Miridae) populations of southeastern USA cotton. Pest Management Science. doi.org/10.1002/ps.5940

*Dorman, S., R. Schürch, A. Huseth, and S. Taylor. 2020. Landscape and climatic effects driving spatiotemporal abundance of Lygus lineolaris (Hemiptera: Miridae) in cotton agroecosystems. Agriculture, Ecosystems, and Environment. doi.org/10.1016/j.agee.2020.106910

Jordan, D., J. Dunne, H. Stalker, B. Shew, R. Brandenburg, D. Anco, H. Mehl, S. Taylor, and M. Balota. 2020. Risk to sustainability of pest management tools in peanut. Agriculture and Environmental Letters. doi.org/10.1002/ael2.20018

*Formella, A., *S. Dorman, S. Taylor, and T. Kuhar. 2020. Effects of aggregation lure and tree species on Halyomorpha halys (Stål) (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae) seasonal oviposition. Journal of Economic Entomology. doi.org/10.1093/jee/toz281

Mourtzinis, S., C. Krupke, P. Esker, A. Varenhorst, N. Arneson, C. Bradley, A. Byrne, M. Chilvers, L. Giesler, A. Herbert, Y. Kandel, M. Kazula, C. Hunt, L. Lindsey, S. Malone, D. Mueller, S. Naeve, E. Nafziger, D. Reisig, W. Ross, D. Rossman, S. Taylor, and S. Conley. 2019. Neonicotinoid seed treatments of soybean provide negligible benefits to US farmers. Nature Scientific Reports. doi.org/10.1038/s41598-019-47442-8

Aghaee, M., *S. Dorman, S. Taylor, and D. Reisig. 2019. Evaluating optimal spray timing, planting date, and current thresholds for Lygus lineolaris (Hemiptera: Miridae) in Virginia and North Carolina cotton. Journal of Economic Entomology. doi.org/10.1093/jee/toy407

Fleming, D., F. Musser, D. Reisig, J. Greene, S. Taylor, M. Parajulee, G. Lorenz, A. Catchot, J. Gore, D. Kerns, S. Stewart, D. Boykin, M. Caprio, and N. Little. 2018. Effects of transgenic Bacillus thuringiensis cotton on insecticide use, heliothine counts, plant damage, and cotton yield: a meta-analysis, 1996-2015. Plos one. doi.org:10.1371/journal.pone.0200131

Jordan, D., A. Hare, G. Roberson, B. Shew, R. Brandenburg, D. Anco, M. Balota, H. Mehl, and S. Taylor. 2018. Summary of variables associated with application of plant protection products in peanut. Crop, Forage and Turfgrass Management. Crop Management – Briefs. doi:10.2134/cftm2018.05.0034

Taylor, S., and C. Krupke. 2018. Measuring rootworm refuge function: Diabrotica virgifera virgifera emergence and mating in seed blend and strip refuges for Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) maize. Pest Management Science. doi: 10.1002/ps.4927

Reisig, D., A. Huseth, J. Bacheler, M. Aghaee, L. Braswell, H. Burrack, K. Flanders, J. Greene, D. A. Herbert, A. Jacobson, S. Paula-Moraes, P. Roberts, and S. Taylor. 2018. Long-Term empirical and observational evidence of practical Helicoverpa zea resistance to cotton with pyramided Bt toxins. Journal of Economic Entomology. doi:10.1093/jee/toy106

Wang, H., G. Kennedy, F. Reay-Jones, D. Reisig, M. Toews, P. Roberts, D. Herbert, S. Taylor, A. Jacobson, and J. Greene. 2018. Molecular identification of thrips species infesting cotton in the southeastern United States. Journal of Economic Entomology. doi:10.1093/jee/toy036

Taylor, S., S. Smith, and C. Krupke. 2016. Quantifying rates of random mating in western corn rootworm emerging from Cry3Bb1-expressing and refuge maize in field cages. Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata. doi.org/10.1111/eea.12513

*Taylor S., H. Burrack, R. Roe, J. Bacheler, and C. Sorenson. 2015. Systemic imidacloprid affects intraguild parasitoids differently. PLoS ONE. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0144598

 

Editor reviewed journal articles:

*Dorman, S., S. Malone, and S. Taylor. 2019. Evaluation of selected foliar broadcast-applied insecticides for management of plant bugs in cotton, 2017-18. Arthropod Management Tests: 44 (1). doi.org/10.1093/amt/tsz044  

Taylor, S., S. Malone, and M. Arrington. 2017. Evaluation of foliar broadcast insecticides for control of thrips in peanut. Arthropod Management Tests: 42 (1). doi.org/10.1093/amt/tsx086

Taylor, S., S. Malone, and M. Arrington. 2017. Evaluation of selected foliar broadcast-applied insecticides for management of thrips in cotton. Arthropod Management Tests: 42 (1). doi.org/10.1093/amt/tsx083

Taylor, S., S. Malone, and M. Arrington. 2017. Evaluation of selected seed treatments and at-planting insecticides for management of thrips in cotton. Arthropod Management Tests 42 (1). doi.org/10.1093/amt/tsx084

 

Extension publications:

Pittman, E., S. Malone, and S. Taylor. Threecornered alfalfa hopper in Virginia soybeans. Virginia Cooperative Extension Publications. In press

Balota, M., D. Jordan, H. Mehl, J. Shortridge, and S. Taylor. “Insect control in peanuts.” 2022 Virginia Peanut Production Guide. Virginia Cooperative Extension Publications: SPES-367.

*Bekelja, K., T. Kuhar, and S. Taylor. 2019. Western corn rootworm. Virginia Cooperative Extension Publications: ENTO-302NP.

*Britt, K. and S. Taylor. 2019. Kudzu bug, Megacopta cribraria, a pest of soybeans. Virginia Cooperative Extension Publications: ENTO-303NP.

*Britt, K, S. Taylor, and T. Kuhar. 2019. Corn earworm, Helicoverpa zea, a pest of hemp, Cannabis sativa, in Virginia. Virginia Cooperative Extension Publications: ENTO- 328NP.

*Bryant, T. and S. Taylor. 2019. Brown stink bug in field corn. Virginia Cooperative Extension Publications: ENTO-307NP.

Balota, M., D. Jordan, H. Mehl, J. Shortridge, and S. Taylor. “Insect control in peanuts.” 2019 Virginia Peanut Production Guide. Virginia Cooperative Extension Publications: SPES-67NP.

*Catron, K., T. Kuhar, and S. Taylor. 2019. Sugarcane aphid in Virginia sorghum. Virginia Cooperative Extension Publications: ENTO-334NP.

*Dorman, S. and S. Taylor. 2019. Tarnished plant bug. Virginia Cooperative Extension Publications: ENTO-329NP.

Malone, S., S. Taylor, and E. Day. 2019. Aphids in Virginia small grains: Life cycles, damage and control. Virginia Cooperative Extension Publications: ENTO-306NP.

Reisig, D., D. A. Herbert, S. Taylor. 2019. Soybean insect guide. Virginia Cooperative Extension Publications: AREC-68NP

Taylor, S. “Insect control in field crops.” Pest Management Guide: Field crops, 2019. Virginia Cooperative Extension Publications: ENTO-288P.

Taylor, S. “Insect control in field crops.” Pest Management Guide: Field crops, 2018. Virginia Cooperative Extension Publications: ENTO-239P.

Taylor, S. and D. A. Herbert. 2017. Insect pest management in Virginia cotton, peanut, and soybean, 2016. Virginia Cooperative Extension Publications: AREC-200NP.

 

Conference proceedings articles:

*Taylor, S., J. Bacheler, C. Sorenson, and R. Roe. High-throughput sequencing gives insights into the biology and potential for genetic control of tobacco thrips. Proceedings, 2015 Beltwide Cotton Conferences, 5-7 January 2015, San Antonio, TX. National Cotton Council, Memphis, TN.

*Taylor, S., J. van Kretschmar, M. Farouk, G. Kennedy, C. Sorenson, J. Bacheler, and R. Roe. High-throughput sequencing, assembly and analysis of whole-body transcriptomes for adult and immature tobacco thrips. Proceedings, 2013 Beltwide Cotton Conferences, 7-10 January 2013, San Antonio, TX. National Cotton Council, Memphis, TN.

Abdellal, M., *S. Taylor, J. van Kretschmar, S. Khalil, T. Salem, and R. Roe. Transcriptomic analysis of the larval head of Egyptian cotton leafworm. Proceedings, 2013 Beltwide Cotton Conferences, 7-10 January 2013, San Antonio, TX. National Cotton Council, Memphis, TN.

Roe, R., *S. Taylor, J. van Kretschmar, G. Kennedy, A. Dhammi, C. Sorenson, and J. Bacheler. RNAi control of tobacco thrips: Illumina transcriptomics. Proceedings, 2012 Beltwide Cotton Conferences, 2-5 January 2012, Orlando, FL. National Cotton Council, Memphis, TN.

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Kyle Bekelja, Ph.D. Student

Kyle is investigating resistance management for the western corn rootworm, and neonicotinoid seed treatment efficacy in Bt corn. Kyle is also studying the environmental fate of neonicotinoids in lotic freshwater systems.

 

Kyle driving a tractor.

Sierra Bradley, Masters Student

Sierra's research area is threecornered alfalfa hopper management in soybean.

Sierra image.

John Schepis, Masters Student

John is working with tarnished plant bugs and how cover crops can affect their ability to overwinter.

 

John photo

Kirsten Brichler

Kirsten graduated with a Masters of Life Sciences in the Department of Entomology in 2020. She investigated the effects of farm management practices on pest slugs, slug predators, and pollinators in field crops.   

Adult slug (Deroceras reticulatum)
Adult Deroceras reticulatum (photo courtesy of K. Brichler)

Tim Bryant

Tim graduated with a Masters of Life Sciences in the Department of Entomology in 2020 and is currently the Associate IPM Coordinator for the IPM Program at Clemson University. Tim’s research involved developing integrated management strategies for brown stink bug in corn. This included assessing economic thresholds, early-season insecticide treatments, and the impact of stink bug feeding on grain quality. Publications related to this research include:

Tim B Bryant, Seth J Dorman, Dominic D Reisig, DeShae Dillard, Roger Schürch, Sally V Taylor. Reevaluating the Economic Injury Level for Brown Stink Bug (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae) at Various Growth Stages of Maize, Journal of Economic Entomology, Volume 113, Issue 5, October 2020, Pages 2250–2258, https://doi.org/10.1093/jee/toaa173

Tim B. Bryant, Sally V. Taylor. Efficacy of select insecticide seed treatments and in-furrow applications for managing the brown stink bug, Euschistus servus (Say) (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae), in seedling maize, Crop Protection, Volume 143, 2021, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cropro.2021.105535.

Tim accepting a Beltwide Cotton Conferences award.
Stink bugs caged on seedling corn
Stink bugs caged on seedling corn
Spray drone in flight
Spray drone in flight

Seth Dorman

Seth graduated with a Ph.D. in Entomology in May of 2020 and is currently a Research Entomologist with the USDA Agricultural Research Service. Seth's research provided Southeastern cotton farmers with integrated pest management (IPM) and insect resistance management (IRM) strategies for managing Lygus pests by investigating environmental factors that predict infestation risk, efficacy and resistance mechanisms to commonly used insecticides, disease transmission potential, and through applied fieldwork. His publications include:

Dorman, SJ, J Opoku, HL Mehl, and SV Taylor. 2020. Fusarium hardlock associated with Lygus lineolaris (Hemiptera: Miridae) injury in Southeastern cotton. Plant Disease. https://doi.org/10.1094/PDIS-03-20-0569-RE

Dorman, SJ, AD Gross, FR Musser, BD Catchot, RH Smith, DD Reisig, FPF Reay-Jones, PM Roberts, JK Greene, and SV Taylor. 2020. Insecticide resistance monitoring and resistance mechanisms of Lygus lineolaris (Hemiptera: Miridae) populations in southeastern cotton. Pest Management Science. https://doi.org/10.1002/ps.5940

Dorman, SJ, DD Reisig, S Malone, and SV Taylor. 2020. Systems approach to evaluate tarnished plant bug (Hemiptera: Miridae) management practices in Virginia and North Carolina cotton. Journal of Economic Entomology. https://doi.org/10.1093/jee/toaa142

Dorman, SJ, R Schürch, AS Huseth, and SV Taylor. 2020. Landscape and climatic effects driving spatiotemporal abundance of Lygus lineolaris (Hemiptera: Miridae) in cotton agroecosystems. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.agee.2020.106910

Formella, AF, SJ Dorman, SV Taylor, TP Kuhar. 2020. Effects of aggregation lure and tree species on Halyomorpha halys (Stål) (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae) seasonal oviposition. Journal of Economic Entomology. https://doi.org/10.1093/jee/toz281

Seth accepting a Beltwide Cotton Conferences award.
Plant bug nymphs on cotton flower
Plant bug nymphs on cotton flower (photo courtesy of S. Dorman)

Mary Silliman, Masters Student

Mary graduated with a Masters of Life Sciences in the Department of Entomology in May 2021 and was co-advised by Drs. Margaret Couvillon and Sally Taylor. Mary investigated honey bee foraging in row crop systems. She used the honey bee waggle dance to determine the contribution of row crops, plants traditionally considered not to feed pollinators, to colony nutrition.

Mary accepting a Beltwide Cotton Conferences award.
Honey bee foraging in cotton flower
Honey bee foraging in cotton (photo courtesy of A. Branch)

Kathleen Miller, Masters Student

Kathleen received a B.S. in Biology at Virginia Tech in 2018 and a Masters degree at Purdue University in 2021. Kathleen's thesis was "Assessment of the influences of neonicotinoid seed treatments of Bt maize upon resistance management and environmental residues"

Kathleen assisting with cotton harvest

Austin Branch

Daniel Espinosa

Sean Malone