Jaime Pinero

Jaime Piñero

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Division of Plant Sciences

Assistant Professor & State IPM Specialist

Lincoln University of Missouri

  • Phone: 573-681-5522
  • Fax: 573-681-5313
  • E-mail: PineroJ@LincolnU.edu
  • Address: Lincoln University of Missouri
    900 Chestnut Street
    Jefferson City, Missouri 65101

B.S., Agronomy, Veracruz State University, Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico
Ph.D., Entomology, University of Massachusetts - Amherst

Professional Experience
After earning his Ph.D. in 2005 under the supervision of the late Dr. Ronald Prokopy, a world expert in insect behavior and pioneer of apple Integrated Pest Management (IPM) in the US, Jaime Dr. Piñero conducted a post-doctoral stay at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich, Switzerland (2005-2007) . Dr. Piñero then worked (2007-2010) as a Research Associate for the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Hawaii. In April 2010 he joined Lincoln University as an Assistant Professor and State IPM Specialist. IPM is a comprehensive and environment-friendly approach to solving pest problems that relies on a combination of common-sense preventive practices. Examples include the use of resistant varieties, cultural practices such as sanitation, crop rotations, trap crops, and the creation of habitat for natural enemies and pollinators.

At Lincoln University, Jaime Piñero has a split appointment that combines Research and Extension. He also teaches an undergraduate course (IPM - AGR-328P) in the fall. Jaime’s research is aimed at investigating key aspects of insect behavior to develop affordable alternative insect pest management strategies that are compatible with organic agriculture to combat key insect pests of vegetables and small fruits in Missouri. Jaime is currently evaluating the use of trap crops as an effective way of minimizing insect pest damage to vegetables with a focus on cucurbits and tomatoes and the use of semiochemicals to increase the attractiveness of trap crop plants to insect pests. His Extension responsibility is for all aspects of IPM in vegetable and small fruit production in Missouri.

Research interests:

  • Insect sensory ecology (focus: vision and olfaction) and behavior
  • IPM (including area-wide IPM)
  • Development of attract-and-kill systems and other behaviorally-based, grower-friendly pest management methods (e.g., mass trapping, push-pull strategies) for improved production of fruits and vegetables
  • Sustainable, organic means of crop production as they relate to pest management

Research Collaborators:
- Prof. Dr. Silvia Dorn, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zurich, Switzerland. Development of novel approaches to insect pest control in cucurbits through investigations of the olfactory response of insect herbivores to selected chemical cues involved in host recognition and identification of synergistic interactions within the sensory modality of olfaction.
- Dr. Roger I. Vargas, USDA-ARS, Hilo, HI. Development and evaluation of reduced-risk fruit fly baits and bait stations to manage invasive fruit flies in HI, in the US mainland, and in other Pacific Island nations, as part of an IPM approach.
- Dr. Kamlesh Chauhan, USDA-ARS, Invasive Insect Biocontrol and Behavior Laboratory, Beltsville, MD. Evaluation of environmentally safe chemicals (insect pheromones and plant-derived lures) to behaviorally manage insect pests and their natural enemies in small farms.
- Dr. Tom Coudron, USDA-ARS, Biological Control Insect Research Laboratory, Columbia, MO. Insect pest / natural enemy / plant interactions. Evaluation of biotic and abiotic factors influencing performance of biological control agents in agro-ecosystems.