I received my B.S. in Agriculture and Natural Resources in Sustainable Systems from Berea College in 2002 and an M.S. in Entomology from the University of Kentucky in 2004. I have been a Co-Investigator of Entomology at Kentucky State University since 2005.
Current research objectives include: 1) to determine if managing a habitat by use of native perennial plantings to enhance the diversity and abundance of beneficial insects, will reduce pest abundance and damage of sweet corn; 2) to determine whether a methyl salicylate-based lure increases beneficial insect abundance and decreases damage to blackberries; 3) to evaluate beneficial insect lures in sweet corn plots; 4) to mow primocane blackberries in an effort to manage stink bugs organically; 5) evaluate natural products to control cucumber beetles; 6) determine whether flowers, weeds and synthetics act as attractants or deterrents to lady beetles.
Karen L. Friley, M.S.
Co-Investigator of Entomology
127 Atwood Research Facility
Frankfort, KY 40601