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Sally V. Taylor


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:  

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.

Balota, M., W. Thomason, H. Mehl, C. Cahoon, F. Reay-Jones, S. Taylor, M. Flessner, and W. Everman. 2018. Revival of grain sorghum in the Mid-Atlantic. Crops and Soils Magazine. doi:10.2134/cs2018.51.0110

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.

Musser, F., A. Catchot, S. Conley, J. Davis, C. Difonzo, J. Greene, G. Lorenz, D. Owens, T. Reed, D. Reisig, P. Roberts, T. Royer, N. Seiter, S. Stewart, S. Taylor, K Tilmon, and M. Way. 2018. 2017 Soybean Insect Losses in the United States. Midsouth Entomologist. 11.

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. In press. 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 Baccillus 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: 111(2)2 pp. 892–898. Doi:10.1093/jee/toy036

Taylor, S., S. Malone, and M. Arrington. Evaluation of foliar broadcast insecticides for control of thrips in peanut. Arthropod Management Tests: 42 (1), 1 January 2017.

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).

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).

Musser, F., A. Catchot, J. Davis, G. Lorenz, T. Reed, D. Reisig, S. Stewart, and S. Taylor. 2017. 2016 Soybean Insect Losses in the Southern US. Midsouth Entomologist. 10. 1-13.

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: 161(3) pp. 203-212.

Taylor S, H. Burrack, R. Roe, J. Bacheler, and C. Sorenson. 2015. Systemic imidacloprid affects intraguild parasitoids differently. PLoS ONE 10(12): e0144598. Doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0144598

Extension publications:  

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.

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. 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. In 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. In 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. In 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. In Proceedings, 2012 Beltwide Cotton Conferences, 2-5 January 2012, Orlando, FL. National Cotton Council, Memphis, TN.

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.


Sierra Bradley, Masters Student

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


Kirsten Brichler, Masters Student

Kirsten graduated in 2020. She investigated the effects of farm management practices on pest slugs, slug predators, and pollinators in field crops.  


Tim Bryant, Masters Student

Tim graduated in 2020. His research involved determining thresholds and critical growth stages for managing brown stink bug in Virginia maize, and fungal contamination of grain corn.  


Seth Dorman, Ph.D. Student

Seth earned his Ph.D. in Entomology in May of 2020. 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


John Schepis, Masters Student

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


Mary Silliman, Masters Student

Mary graduated in May 2021 and was co-advised by Dr. Maggie Couvillon and Dr. Sally Taylor.  For her M.S. at Virginia Tech, 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.

Plant bug nymphs on cotton flower
Plant bug nymphs on cotton flower
Stink bugs caged on seedling corn
Stink bugs caged on seedling corn
Agras RTK spray drone
RTK spray drone