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Diane Alston

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Integrated Pest Management, Insect Ecology, Plant-Insect Interactions

Professor & Co-Director Graduate Programs - Biology Department

Professor

Contact Information

Office Location: BNR 210
DialPhone: 435 797-2516 | Fax: 435-797-1575 | Lab Phone: 797-0054
SendEmail: diane.alston@usu.edu


Educational Background

PhD, North Carolina State University, 1989
MS, North Carolina State University, 1985

Expertise

I serve as the Utah Extension Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Coordinator. This program aims to increase the implementation of IPM on Utah lands (agricultural, urban, range, and forested) through demonstration and education. The Utah Extension IPM program is an interdisciplinary collaboration that involves faculty and staff from across the state. Ms. Marion Murray, IPM Project Leader, is the key professional staff person who manages the program. I also co-direct the Utah Plant Pest Diagnostic Laboratory. The UPPDL provides services in pest identification and management recommendations to the citizens of Utah. Mr. Ryan Davis, Arthropod Diagnostician, is the key professional staff person who manages the diagnostic lab.


Biography

Applied entomology researcher and Extension specialist; Utah Integrated Pest Management Coordinator.


Teaching Interests

Applied Entomology (Biol 4500); special entomology topics for graduate student training.

Research Interests

Integrated pest management; insect field ecology; plant-pest and multiple pest interactions.

Awards

Extension Specialist Career Award, 2015

Utah State University Extension

Meritorious Service in Extension Award, 2012

Epsilon Sigma Phi Iota Chapter

Award of Excellence-Honorable Mention, 2009

Western Extension Directors' Association

Award for Excellence in Integrated Pest Management, 2007

Extension Vice President's Award for Excellence - Team, 2007

Utah State University

E. G. Peterson Extension Service Award, 2005

Nominated for E.G. Peterson Extension Award, 2004

President (Elected position), 2004

New Specialist Award, 1991


    Publications - Books & Book Chapters

      Books

    • Wagner, K.M, Olsen, S.H, Drost, D.T, Alston, D.G, Murray, M., Hunter, B., (2014). A guide to common organic gardening questions. USU Extension
    • Book Chapters

    • Steinitz, T., Wagner, K.M, Drost, D.T, Alston, D.G, Hunter, B., Nischwitz, C., Ramirez, R., Allen, L., Barnhill, J.V, Frame, D., Pace, M., Durward, C., Reeve, J., Jewkes, M., Heflebower, R.F, , (2014). A Guide to Common Organic Gardening Questions. USU Extension *
    • Beddes, T., Drost, D.T, Alston, D.G, Nischwitz, C., Bunn, B., (2014). Sweet Corn Production: Utah Vegetable Production and Pest Management Guide. Utah State University

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    Publications - Fact Sheets

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    Publications - Curriculum

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      Publications - Journal Articles

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      Publications - Literary Journal

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        Publications - MultiMedia

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        Publications - Technical Reports

          AES Reports

        • Alston, D.G, (1997). Integrated pest management research report to the Kaysville Agricultural Experiment field day.. *
        • Alston, D.G, (1996). Influence of fungicides on mildew control and spider mite populations. Research Report to Rohm and Haas Company. *
        • Research Reports

        • Alston, D.G, (2008). Survey for Entomopathogens in Orchard and Vineyard Soils of Northwest Michigan. Research Report *
        • Alston, D.G, (2008). Great Basin Insect Outbreaks. Collaborative Management and Research in the Great Basin - Examining the Issues and Developing a Framework for Action *
        • Alston, D.G, (2002). Development of alternative controls for the quarantine fruit insect pest, plum curculio, in northern Utah. Community and University Research Initiative Project Report *
        • Alston, D.G, (2000). Plum curculio Biology, Host Range, Distribution and Control in Utah. Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission, Apple Entomology Research Review, Wenatchee, WA *
        • Alston, D.G, (1993). Development of a resistance management program for the onion thrips (Thrips tabaci) in Utah dry bulb onion production. Progress report, Western Region Pesticide Impact Assessment Program. Dec. *

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        Publications - Translations & Transcripts

          Publications - Other

            Bulletins

          • Murray, M., Alston, D.G, (2014). Peach Twig Borer Mating Disruption. *
          • Alston, D.G, Murray, M., Nischwitz, C., (2012). Utah Home Orchard Pest Management Guide. USU Cooperative Extension *
          • Magazine/Trade Publication

          • Alston, D.G, (2012). Beyond bug spray: Use integrated pest management to protect your trees. Tree Farmer *
          • Newsletter

          • Alston, D.G, (2016). The mystery of the hummingbirds and 'chigger' bites. Utah State University Extension and Utah Plant Pest Diagnostic Laboratory *
          • Alston, D.G, Murray, M., (2016). Utah orchard leafroller survey. Utah Pests News, Utah State University Extension
          • Alston, D.G, (2015). Growing cover crops for pest management. Utah Pests News, Utah State University Extension
          • Alston, D.G, (2015). "The other" raspberry cane-borers. Utah Pests News, Utah State University Extension
          • Murray, M., Alston, D.G, (2015). What does a warm, dry winter mean for insect populations?. Utah Pests News, Utah State University Extension
          • Alston, D.G, Reeve, J., Thomsen, E., (2015). Collaborative organic orchard research with the National Park Service. Utah Pests News, Utah State University Extension *
          • Alston, D.G, (2014). Six years of raspberry horntail research, berry condensed. Utah State University Extension and Utah Plant Pest Diagnostic Laboratory *
          • Alston, D.G, (2014). Insect population outbreaks - why do they occur?. Utah Pests News, Utah State University Extension
          • Alston, D.G, (2014). Apple maggot in Utah. Utah Pests News, Utah State University Extension
          • Alston, D.G, (2014). Systems-based onion pest management in Utah. Utah State University Extension
          • Alston, D.G, (2013). Barriers and exclusion techniques for arthropods. Utah Plant Pest Diagnostic Laboratory and Utah State University Extension *
          • Alston, D.G, Nischwitz, C., Petrizzo, E., (2012). Insect vectors of vegetable virus diseases. Utah State University Extension *
          • Alston, D.G, (2012). Basic pest management for home orchards. Utah Pests News, USU Extension *
          • Alston, D.G, Pace, M., (2012). Pheromone technologies to manage prionus root borer. Utah Pests News, USU Extension *
          • Alston, D.G, (2011). Raspberry cane damage abundant in 2011. Utah Pests News, Utah State University Extension
          • Alston, D.G, Tebeau, A., (2011). European earwig functional roles in peach orchards. Utah Pests News, Utah State University Extension
          • Alston, D.G, (2011). Attract-and-kill stations for managemente of cherry fruit fly. Utah Pests News, Utah State University Extension
          • Alston, D.G, (2011). Invasive Pest Highlight: Brown Marmorated Stink Bug. Utah Pests News, Utah State University Extension
          • Newspaper

          • Alston, D.G, (2015). Ask a specialist: controlling grasshoppers in the yard and garden. USU Extension
          • Alston, D.G, (2013). Ask a specialist: spooky spiders no cause for alarm. Utah State University Extension News Release
          • Alston, D.G, (2013). Ask a specialist: are earwigs damaging to my garden plants?. Utah State University Extension
          • Alston, D.G, (2013). Ask a specialist: what can I do to control wasps around my home?. Utah State University Extension
          • Alston, D.G, (2012). How can I control grasshoppers in my yard and garden?. Utah State University Extension News Release
          • Other

          • Alston, D.G, (2010). Pesticide product use and safety for consumers. Deseret News (newspaper) *
          • Alston, D.G, (2009). New fruit fly pest rapidly expands its distribution in the West during 2009. Utah Berry Growers Association Newsletter *
          • Alston, D.G, (2009). Raspberry horntail (Hartigia cressonii). USU Extension Utah Pests Fact Sheet *
          • Alston, D.G, (2009). Raspberry Horntails Severe in 2009. Utah Pests News *
          • Alston, D.G, (2009). Ask a Specialist Press Release: How can I control grasshoppers in my yard and garden?. Utah State University Press Release *
          • Alston, D.G, (2009). Ask a Specialist: How can I protect myself against West Nile Virus?. Utah State University Press Release *
          • Alston, D.G, (2009). Natural Control of Invasive Wasp. Utah Pests News *
          • Alston, D.G, (2009). The Right Trap for the Right Wasp. Utah Pests News *
          • Alston, D.G, (2009). Sabbatical Research Experience with the NW Michigan Cherry Industry. Utah Pests News *
          • Alston, D.G, (2008). Sabbatical Research Experience with the NW Michigan Cherry Industry. Northwest Michigan Cherry Foundation Newsletter *
          • Alston, D.G, (2008). Squash Bug (Anasa tristis). Utah State University Extension Utah Pests Fact Sheet *
          • Alston, D.G, (2008). Onion thrips (Thrips tabaci). Utah State University Extension Fact Sheet *
          • Alston, D.G, (2008). Western striped cucumber beetle and western spotted cucumber beetle. Utah State University Extension Fact Sheet *
          • Alston, D.G, (2008). Utah Home Orchard Pest Management Guide (Updated). *
          • Alston, D.G, (2007). California prionus. Orchard Pest Management Online *
          • Alston, D.G, (2007). Greater Peachtree Borer. USU Extension Utah Pests Fact Sheet *
          • Alston, D.G, (2007). Peach Twig Borer (Anarsia lineatella). USU Extension Utah Pests Fact Sheet *
          • Alston, D.G, (2007). Pear Psylla (Cacopsylla pyricola). USU Extension Utah Pests Fact Sheet *
          • Alston, D.G, (2006). Codling moth (Cydia pomonella). Utah State University Extension Utah Pests Fact Sheet *
          • Alston, D.G, (2006). Japanese beetle. Utah State University Extension Utah Pests Fact Sheet *
          • Alston, D.G, (2006). Western cherry fruit fly (Rhagoletis indifferens). Utah State University Extension Utah Pests Fact Sheet *
          • Alston, D.G, (2005). Prionus root borer (Prionus californicus). Utah State University Extension Publication Orchard IPM Series HG/Orchard *
          • Alston, D.G, (2005). Speckled green fruitworm (Orthosia hibisci). Utah State University Extension Publication Orchard IPM Series HG/Orchard *
          • Alston, D.G, (2004). Plum Curculio - Help Stop this Insect Pest!. Utah State University and Utah Dept. of Agriculture and Food Fact Card *
          • Alston, D.G, (2004). Red raspberry production in Utah. Utah State University Extension Publication *
          • Alston, D.G, (2004). The Home Orchard Pest Management Guide. Utah State University Extension Publication *
          • Alston, D.G, (2003). Apple and Pear Insect Control for Homeowners. Utah State University Extension Publication *
          • Alston, D.G, (2000). Apple Aphids. Utah State University Extension Publication Orchard IPM Series *
          • Alston, D.G, (2000). San Jose Scale. Utah State University Extension Publication Orchard IPM Series *
          • Alston, D.G, (1999). Corn Earworm IPM Educational Program in Utah.. J. of Extension *
          • Alston, D.G, (1999). Plum curculio - Is This Insect in Your Neighborhood?. Utah State University Extension Fact Card *
          • Alston, D.G, (1998). Sustainable Orchard Management System for Intermountain Orchards. SARE Project Report *
          • Alston, D.G, (1997). 1997 Utah Fruit Pest Control Handbook.. Utah State University Extension Bulletin HG299 *
          • Alston, D.G, (1997). The Home Orchard Pest Management Guide. Utah State University Extension Bulletin *
          • Alston, D.G, (1996). Pest Phenology Calendar, Apples.. Utah State University Cooperative Extension Bulletin HG/Orchard/01 *
          • Alston, D.G, (1996). Pest Phenology Calendar, Pears.. Utah State University Cooperative Extension Bulletin EG/Orchard/02 *
          • Alston, D.G, (1996). Utah Fruit Pest Control Handbook.. Utah State University Cooperative Extension Bulletin HG299. *
          • Alston, D.G, (1995). 1995 Apple Aphicide Trial Results. Entomology and Plant Pathology Pestletter, Nov. *
          • Alston, D.G, (1995). General Concepts of Biological Control. Utah State University Cooperative Extension IPM Fact Sheet No. 4 *
          • Alston, D.G, (1995). Ground Cover Aids Orchard Pest Control. Utah Science 56:20-21 *
          • Alston, D.G, (1995). Important components of a successful pest management program. Utah State University Cooperative Extension IPM Fact Sheet No. 2 *
          • Alston, D.G, (1995). Pest management decision-making: The economic injury level concept. Utah State University Cooperative Extension IPM Fact Sheet No. 3 *
          • Alston, D.G, (1995). The Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Concept. Utah State University Cooperative Extension IPM Fact Sheet No. 1 *
          • Alston, D.G, (1994). Control of Apple Aphids with Insecticides. Kaysville Experiment Station Field Day Reports. Kaysville Experiment Station Field Day Reports *
          • Alston, D.G, (1994). Effect of insecticide spray timing and frequency on control of peach twig borer. Kaysville Experiment Station Field Day Reports *
          • Alston, D.G, (1994). Raspberry crown borer and rose stem girdler. USU Entomology Fact Sheet No. 4 *
          • Alston, D.G, (1994). Utah Fruit Pest Control Handbook. Utah State University Cooperative Extension. Bulletin EC299 *
          • Alston, D.G, (1993). Campylomma Bug, Campylomma Verbasci. USU Fact Sheet No. 81 *
          • Alston, D.G, (1993). Peach Silver Mite, Aculus comutus. USU Fact Sheet No. 83 *
          • Alston, D.G, (1993). Utah Fruit Pest Control Handbook. Cooperative Extension Service, Utah State University, 19 pp *
          • Alston, D.G, (1993). Western Tentiform Leafminer, Phyllonorycter elmaella. USU Fact Sheet No. 7 (revised) *
          • Alston, D.G, (1993). White Apple Leafhopper, Typhlocyba Pomaria. USU Fact Sheet No. 82 *
          • Alston, D.G, (1992). 1992 research update from Kaysville fruit experiment station. USHA Fruit Notes, October *
          • Alston, D.G, (1992). Codling Moth Control with Dimilin in Apple, 1991. 1992 Insecticide and Acaracide Tests 17:1 *
          • Alston, D.G, (1992). High codling moth pressure in 1992 puts pheromone-based mating disruption to the test. USHA Fruit Notes. Dec. *
          • Alston, D.G, (1992). The Mites are Off and Running in 1992. USHA Fruit Notes, July *
          • Alston, D.G, (1992). Utah Orchard Pest Management Handbook. Produced as an information base using Views software developed by Folios Corp., Provo, UT *
          • Alston, D.G, (1992). Western cherry fruit fly control on tart cherry, 1990 and 1991. Insecticide and Acaricide Tests 17:57 *
          • Alston, D.G, (1992). Best Management of White Apple Leafhopper. USHA Fruit Notes, April *
          • Alston, D.G, (1991). 1991 research update from Kaysville fruit research station. USHA Fruit Notes, September *
          • Alston, D.G, (1991). Integrated Mite Management in Fruit Orchards. USHA Fruit Notes, April *
          • Alston, D.G, (1991). Integrated pest management gains a foothold in fruit orchards. Utah Sci. 53:121-124 *
          • Alston, D.G, (1991). Orchard Floor Vegetation Management. USHA Fruit Notes, January *
          • Alston, D.G, (1990). IPM Results Convince Fruit Growers. Utah Science 51:64-65 *
          • Alston, D.G, (1990). Orchard ground covers that favor beneficial mites and insects. Utah Science 51:70 *

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          Scheduled Teaching


          Extension

          Cooperative Agricultural Pest Survey (CAPS), 2010 - 2015
          Master Gardener, 2011 - 2014
          Extension Turfgrass Education, 2001 - 2013
          Entomology and Integrated Pest Management, 2010 - 2013
          Civil Rights, 2007 - 2007

          Graduate Students Mentored

          (Mark) Cody Holthouse, Biology, August 2016
          Corey Andrikopoulos, Biology, November 2014
          Bonnie Bunn, Biology, January 2011
          Andrew Tebeau, Biology, January 2010 - May 2017