Scientific Advisors

ANBP’s Scientific Advisers keep us current with cutting-edge research in augmentation biological control within the land grant university system and the USDA-ARS. Their expertise and advice have been critical to moving the industry forward in both technical rearing breakthroughs and use of natural enemies in IPM systems.

Dr. Norman Leppla

BCE, Fellow & Honorary Member, ESA
Professor & Program Director, IPM
University of Florida, IFAS
Entomology and Nematology Department
Gainesville, FL 32611-0620

Dr. Leppla’s work involves integrated pest management (IPM), emphasizing biological control and associated insect rearing technology.  His major accomplishments include enabling pest management research and technology by developing new insect mass production systems.  He established the first federal biological control laboratory specifically to support the commercial natural enemy industry, collaboratively designed and founded the USDA, APHIS National Biological Control Institute, and served in the following capacities: co-chairman of the International Organization for Biological Control Arthropod Mass Rearing and Quality Control Working Group, chairman of the Florida A&M University Center for Biological Control Advisory Committee, Environmental Entomology Subject Editor for Biological Control, an instructor for the annual Mississippi State University Insect Rearing Workshop, and an advisor to the Association of Natural Biocontrol Producers.  Dr. Leppla frequently provides consultation on IPM, biological control, and insect colonization and mass production, and is a mentor to entomologists, scientists and students throughout the world.

Dr. Thomas Coudron

Research Chemist
Biological Control of Insects Research
Columbia, Missouri

Adjunct Assoc. Professor
Division of Plant Sciences
University of Missouri
Columbia, Missouri

Dr. Coudron’s research focuses on insect biochemistry and nutrition with the goal of enhancing biologically-based efforts to control pest insects.  He has characterized blood proteins involved in hormonal regulation, enzymes from entomopathogenic fungi involved with infectivity, and venomous proteins from parasitoids that arrest molting in insects.  He has delineated physiological processes used by parasitoids to alter the nutritional composition of their hosts, formulated artificial diets for mass rearing insects and high-throughput screening, improved the genetic composition of predators to enhance fecundity, and utilized the field of nutrigenomics to advance our understanding of insect nutrition and identify molecular targets for insect control.

Dr. Coudron has been a researcher with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Research Service (ARS) at the Biological Control of Insects Research Laboratory (BCIRL) in Columbia, Missouri for 37 years and retired in 2018. He is also adjunct member of the faculty at the University of Missouri, for over three decades. Currently, he serves as a Collaborator with USDA-ARS and continues to contribute to several research projects at BCIRL. He has been extensively involved in the promotion of sustainable agriculture, has chaired both the technical committee and administrative council for the north central region USDA Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education competitive grants program, has directed listening sessions to promote environmentally compatible food production systems, and is the President of Missouri Farmers Union and a Board member of National Farmers Union.

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