I received my B.S. in Biology from Baldwin-Wallace College in 1977, my Masters in Environmental Science from Miami University in 1979, and my Ph.D. in Entomology from the University of Kentucky in 1985. I have served as Principal Investigator of Entomology at Kentucky State University since 1988.
My research focuses on conservation biological control using native perennial plants and synthetic insect attractants to increase biodiversity of insect predators and parasitoids (i.e., natural enemies) to manage pest insects in annual and perennial crops. Specifically we are attracting lady beetles, lacewings, big eyed bugs, minute pirate bugs, ground beetles and other predators and parasitoids of sweet corn and blackberry pests to these crops.
Much of my research is conducted at the KSU Agricultural Research and Development Farm and at grower cooperator farms. However, we also evaluate/develop sustainable methods of sweet corn and blackberry insect pest management by 1) conducting laboratory bioassays of natural products [e.g., pawpaw extracts] on major sweet corn and blackberry pests and 2) conducting laboratory bioassays of flowering plants, weeds and synthetic HIPPO attractancy to beneficial insects.
Dr. John D. Sedlacek
Principal Investigator of Entomology
126 Atwood Research Facility
Frankfort, KY 40601
Phone: (502) 597-6582