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Dr Surendra K. Dara

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Strawberry and Vegetable Crops Advisor
UC Cooperative Extension
2156 Sierra Way, Ste C
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
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Biography

Dara, an Extension entomologist since January 2009, serves San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties.  He is also affiliated to the Department of Entomology and Nematology at UC Davis. 

In his role as the strawberry and vegetable crops advisor, Dara primarily looks after pest management, but also works on disease, irrigation, weed, and nutrition management issues.  As an IPM expert, he contributes to the IPM solutions of various crops grown in California. With his expertise in entomopathology, he serves as a resource person for microbial control of various pests in different parts of the state.

Dara has authored more than 340 scientific and extension publications that include 10 book chapters, three co-edited manuals, several peer-reviewed, trade journal, newsletter, and eJournal articles.  He has delivered several presentations worldwide.  He has trained strawberry and vegetable growers in Bangladesh, Haiti, India, Kosovo, Moldova, Myanmar, and Transnistria, about crop production, pesticide safety, and IPM.  He also lends his expertise to strawberry industries in a number of countries.

As a principal investigator, co-principal investigator and a collaborator of various projects, Dara has received more than $2.6 million in grant funding.

Dara earned both his bachelor's degree and Master's degree at the Andhra Pradesh Agricultural University, India, obtaining his Bachelor's degree in agricultural sciences, and his master's degree in entomology. He went on to receive his doctorate in entomology from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va. in 1995.  He also has a post-graduate diploma in Applied Information Technology from Canada.

After receiving his doctorate, Dara served as an entomopathologist from 1996-1999 for the Plant Health Management Division, International Institute of Tropical Agriculture under the United Nations Development Program, Cotonou, Republic of Benin in West Africa. He was a post-doctoral research associate from 2003-2004 with the Department of Biology and Biochemistry, University of Houston, and an independent software consultant, 2001-2003.  

His other work experience includes assistant project scientist, 2005-2006, with the UC Davis Department of Nematology (now the Department of Entomology and Nematology) through USDA-ARS, and quality control manager from 2006 to 2009 for Certis USA, Wasco.

Education

DAIT Applied Information Technology, Information Technology Institute, Calgary, Canada. 2002
Entomology, Virginia Poly Inst/State U, Blacksburg, VA. 1995

Specialty

Strawberry and Vegetable Crops - Entomology, integrated pest management, microbial control, plant pathology and other areas of plant production and protection.

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Bibliography

Peer Reviewed

  • Dara, S. K. (In Press). Biology and management of sucking pests of canola. Integrated management of insect pests on canola and other Brassica oilseed crops.G. Reddy. CABI.
  • Dara, S. K.; Goble, T, et al. (In Press). Leveraging the ecology of invertebrate pathogens in microbial control. Ecology of invertebrate diseases.A. Hajek and D. and Shapiro-Ilan. Wiley.
  • Dara, S. K. (2016). "Endophytic colonization and pest management potential of Beauveria bassiana in strawberries." Journal of Berry Research: 203-211.
  • Dara, S.K.; Sandoval, S., et al. (2016) Improving Strawberry Irrigation with Micro-Sprinklers and Their Impact on Pest Management.
  • Dara, S. K. (2016). Microbial control of arthropod pests in small fruits and vegetables. Microbial control of insect and mite pests: from theory to practice.L. Lacey. Academic Press.: 209-216.
  • Dara, S.K. (2015). Integrated Pest Management. Strawberry Production Manual.S. Dara, M. Bolda, B. Faber, M. Fallon and K. Peterson. Cachuma Resource Conservation District.: 61-74.
  • S., Joseph; Dara, S.K., et al. (2015). Leafrollers. UC IPM Pest Management Guidelines for Cole Crops. UN ANR.
  • Dara, S. K.; Barringer, L, et al. (2015). "Lycorma delicatula (Hemiptera: Fulgoridae): a new invasive pest in the United States." Journal of Integrated Pest Management 6: 20.
  • Dara, S. K. (2015). Manejo integrado de plagas (IPM). Manual de produccion de fresa.S. Dara, M. Bolda, J. Fallon, K. Sanchez and K. Peterson. Cachuma Resource Conservation District.: 61-74.
  • Dara, S. K. (2015). Manual de produccion de fresa-Version 2015. Cachuma Resource Conservation District.
  • Wekesa, V. W.; Hountondji, F.C.C., et al. (2015). Mite pathogens and their use in biological control. Prospects for biological control of plant feeding mites and other harmful organisms.G. Moraes. Springer.: 309-328.
  • Dara, S.K. (2015). Strawberry Production Manual 2015. Cachuma Resource Conservation District.
  • Dara, S. K. (2015). "Virus decline of strawberry in California and the role of insect vectors." Plant Health Progress 16: 211-215.
  • Lati, R.N.; Rachuy, J.S., et al. (2015). Weed management in Transplanted lettuce (Lactuca sativa L). with pendimethalin and S-metolachlor. Weed Tech.: 29:827-834.
  • Zalom, F.; Bolda, M., et al. (2014). UC IPM Pest Management Guidelines: Strawberrry. University of California Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program. Oakland, CA, University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources. Publication 3468
  • Bolda, M.; Daugovish, O., et al. (2014). UC IPM Pest Management Guidelines: Strawberry. University of California Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program. Oakland, CA, University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources. Publication 3468
  • Natwick, E.; Palumbo, J., et al. (2013). Bagrada bug. Pest Alert.
  • Dara, S.; Bi, J., et al. (2012). Arthropod management in organic strawberries. Organic Strawberry Production Manual.S. Koike, C. Bull, M. Bolda and O. Daugovish. Oakland, CA, University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources. Publication 3531: 97-110.
  • Koike, S.; Liu, H-Y, et al. (2012). "Distribution, cultivar susceptibility, and epidemiology of Apium virus Y on celery in coastal California." Plant Disease 96: 612-617.
  • Dara, S. (2012). From the lab to the field: entomopathogens, their success, and limitations for widespread use. Scientific Publishers (India).
  • Dara, S.; Klonsky, K., et al. (2012). Sample costs to produce fresh market broccoli. UCCE Cost Study Publication.
  • Dara, S.; Klonsky, K.M., et al. (2012). Sample costs to produce fresh market broccoli. UCCE Cost Study Publication
  • Dara, S.; Klonsky, K., et al. (2012). Sample costs to produce strawberries for south coast region. UCCE Cost Study Publication.
  • LeStrange, M.; Cahn, M., et al. (2011). Broccoli production in California. University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources
  • Dara, S. K.; Klonsky, K., et al. (2011). Sample costs to produce strawberries for south coast region. UCCE Cost Study Publication
  • Dara, S.; McGuire, M., et al. (2008). "Evaluation and molecular characterization of Beauveria bassiana for the control of the glassy-winged sharpshooter, Homalodisca coagulata in California." Journal of Entomological Science 43: 241-246.
  • Dara, S.; McGuire, M., et al. (2007). "Isolation and evaluation of Beauveria bassiana for the suppression of glassy-winged sharpshooter, Homalodisca coagulata." Journal of Entomological Science 42: 56-65.
  • Ariori, S.; Dara, S. (2007). "Predation of Neozygites tanajoae-infected cassava green mites by Typhlodromalus aripo (Acari: Phytoseiidae)." Agriculturae Conspectus Scientificus 72: 169-172.
  • Ariori, S.; Dara, S. (2007). Predation of Neozygites tanajoae-infected cassava green mites. Within-plant distribution of Pandora neoaphidis (Zygomycetes: Entomophthorales) in populations of red morph of Myzus nicotianae (Homoptera: Aphididae) on flue-cured tobacco. Journal Agricultural and Urban Entomology.S. Dara and P. Semtner. 23: 56-65.
  • Dara, S.; Semtner, P. (2007). "Within-plant distribution of Pandora neoaphidis (Zygomycetes: Entomophthorales) in populations of red morph of Myzus nicotianae (Homoptera: Aphididae) on flue-cured tobacco." Journal of Agricultural and Urban Entomology 23: 65-76.
  • McGuire, M.; Leland, J., et al. (2006). "Effect of different isolates of Beauveria bassiana on field populations of Lygus spp." Biological Control 38: 390-396.
  • Dara, S.; Semtner, P. (2006). "Introducing Pandora neoaphidis (Zygomycetes: Entomophthorales) into populations of Myzus persicae ss. nicotianae (Homoptera: Aphididae) on flue-cured tobacco." Journal of Agricultural and Urban Entomology 22: 173-180.
  • Hountondji, F.; Lomer, C., et al. (2002). "Field evaluation of Brazilian isolates of Neozygites floridana (Entomophthorales: Neozygitaceae) for the microbial control of cassava green mite in Benin, West Africa." Biocontrol Science and Technology 12: 361-370.
  • Dara, S. K.; Hountondji, F. (2001). "Effects of formulated imidacloprid on two mite pathogens, Neozygites floridana (Zygomycotina: Zygomycetes) and Hirsutella thompsonii (Deuteromycotina: Hyphomycetes)." Insect Science and its Application 21: 133-138.
  • Dara, S. K.; Semtner, P. (2001). "Incidence of Pandora neoaphidis (Zygomycetes: Entomophthorales) in the Myzus persicae (Sulzer) complex (Homoptera: Aphididae) on three species of Brassica in the fall and winter." Journal of Entomological Science 36: 152-161.
  • Dara, S. K.; Semtner, P. (1998). "Influence of temperature and substrate type on the devleopmental morphilogy of Pandora neoaphidis (Zygomycetes: Entomophthoraceae), a pathogen of the tobacco aphid (Homoptera: Aphididae)." Journal of Invertebrate Pathology 72: 112-118.
  • Semtner, P.; Tilson, W., et al. (1998). "Performance of the tobacco aphid, Myzus nicotianae Blackman (Homoptera: Aphididae) on various host plants." Journal of Entomological Science 33: 180-195.
  • Kumar, D. ; Prasad, V. , et al. (1992). "Age-specific fertility-tables of Spodoptera litura Fabr. on castor, blackgram, and chilli." Journal of Applied Zoological Researches 3: 132-134.
  • Dara, S. K. (1991). Age-specific life-table, fertility-table and stable age-dsitribution of Spodoptera litura F. on some food plants. Department of Entomology, Agriculture College-Bapatla, Andhra Pradesh Agricultural University.: 75.

Non-Peer Reviewed

  • Dara, S.K. (2017) Utilizing recycled food waste-based liquid compost: sustainable nutrient management option in strawberry.
  • Dara, S.K. (2016). A new psyllid pest on ornamental trees in California.
  • Dara, S.K. (2016) Collaborative effort cuts labor costs in strawberries.
  • Dara, S. K. (2016) Detection and Reduction of miticide resistance in twospotted spider mite, Tetranychus urticae.
  • Chitambar, J; Scheck, H., et al. (2016). Downy mildew on ice plants in California.
  • Chitambar, J.; Scheck, H., et al. (2016). Downy mildew on ice plants in California.
  • Dara, S. K. (2016) Driscoll's Plantel Nurseries, and Solex collaboration leads to the first mechanical strawberry transplanter.
  • Dara, S. K. (2016). "Effect of various fungicides on the pathogenicity of Beauveria bassisana."
  • Dara, S. K. (2016) Endophytic Beauveria bassiana negatively impacts green peach aphids on strawberries.
  • Hodel, D. R.; Henrich, J. G., et al. (2016) Erythrina stem or twig borer: a new and potentially devastating pest of coral trees in California.
  • Pathak, T.; Dara, Surendra K, et al. (2016) Evaluating Correlations and development of meteorology-based yield forecasting model for strawberry.
  • Dara, S. K. (2016). "Exotic weeping fig thrips, Gynaikothrips uzeli in California and a review of its biology and management options."
  • Hodel, D. R.; Arakelian, G., et al. (2016) Ficus leaf-rolling psyllid, Trioza brevigenae: a new pest of Ficus microcarpa in southern California.
  • Dara, Surendra K. (2016) First field study evaluating the impact of the entomopathogenic fungus Beauveria bassiana on strawberry plant growth and yield.
  • Dara, S. K.; Dara, S. S., et al. (2016) First report for three entomopathogenic fungi offering protection against the plant pathogen, Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. vasinfectum.
  • Dara, S. K.; Dara, S. S. R., et al. (2016) First Report of entomopathogenic fungi, Beauveria bassiana, Isaria fumosorosea, and Metarhizium brunneum promoting the growth and health of cabbage plants growing under water stress.
  • Dara, Surendra K. (2016) Impact of entomopathogenic fungi and beneficial microbes on strawberry growth, health, and yield. Strawberries and Vegetables
  • Dara, Surendra K. (2016) Improving strawberry yield with a recycled food waste-based liquid compost. Strawberries and Vegetables
  • Dara, S. K.; Dara, S., et al. (2016). "Improving the compatibility of fungicides used isn strawberries and the entomopathogenic fungus, Beauveria Bassiana with increasing application intervals."
  • Dara, S. K. (2016) Lygus bug management during and at the end of strawberry production.
  • Dara, S. K. (2016) Managing green peach aphid in celeriac with chemical pesticides.
  • Dara, S.K. (2016). Mechanical transplanter by Driscoll’s, Plantel Nurseries, and Solex is a major improvement to the strawberry production technology.
  • Dara, S.K. (2016) New Mechanical Strawberry Transplanter Wows.
  • Dara, S. K. (2016) New organic-approved formulations of the entomopathogenic fungus, Beauveria bassiana.
  • Scheck, H.; Chitambaar, J., et al. (2016) Reporting downy mildew of ice plants in California.
  • Dara, S. K. (2016) Strawberry and vegetable crops extension program and its impact in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties.
  • Dara, S.K. (2015). An update on the zoophytophagous tomato bug.
  • Dara, S. K.; .S.R., Sam, et al. (2015) Compatibility of fungicides with Beauveria bassiana. Annual meetings of the Society for Invertebrate Pathology, (Oral).
  • Dara, S.K. (2015). Conserving irrigation water in strawberries with micro-sprinklers.
  • 27. Dara, S. K; Dara, S. R. (2015) Entomopathogenic fungus Beauveria bassiana endophytically colonizes strawberry plants.
  • Dara, S. K. (2015). "Impact of the entomopathogenic fungus, Beauveria bassiana on the growth and yield of strawberries."
  • Dara, S. K. (2015). Importance of entomopathogenic fungi in strawberry and vegetable pest management in California. VIII International IPM Symposium. Salt Lake City, Utah,
  • Dara, S. K. (2015) Increasing risk of lygus bug damage to celery on the Central Coast.
  • Dara, S. K. (2015). Integrating chemical and non-chemical solutions for managing lygus bug in California strawberries. CAPCA's (California Association of Pest Control Advisers) Adviser Magazine.
  • Dara, S. K. (2015). Integrating chemical, botanical, and microbial solutions for managing strawberry pests. North American Strawberry Symposium. Ventura, CA,
  • Dara, S. K. (2015) IPM information app from University of California about strawberry pests and diseases.
  • Godfrey, L.; Pierce, T., et al. (2015). Management of late-season infestations of cotton aphids and sweet potato whiteflies in Pima cotton in the San Joaquin Valley. Beltwide Cotton Conference.
  • Dara, S.K. (2015) New app helps strawberry growers manage pests.
  • Dara, S. K. (2015) New invasive pest, the ficus eye-spot midge, Horidiplosis ficifolii in California.
  • Dara, S. K. (2015) OMRI certification of the organic biopesticide-Mycotrol-O expires.
  • Dara, S.K. (2015). Producing with the seal of IPM is a practical and sustainable strategy for agriculture.
  • Dara, S. K. (2015) Reporting the occurrence of rice root aphid and honeysuckle aphid and their management in organic celery.
  • Dara, S.K. (2015). Role of lygus bug and other factors in strawberry fruit deformity.
  • 26. Dara, S. K.; R, Dara S. (2015) Soil application of the entomopathogenic fungus Metarhizium brunneum protects strawberry plants from spider mite damage.
  • Dara, S.K. (2015). Strawberry IPM study 2015: Managing insect pests with chemical, botanical, microbial, and mechanical control options.
  • Dara, S. K. (2014). "A beneficial fungus promoting strawberry plant growth and health." Vegetables West 18(7): 18-19.
  • Dara, S. K. (2014). Bagrada bug distribution and damage in California. Santa Barbara Agricultural Commission's Newsletter.
  • Dara, S. K. (2014). Bagrada bug is present in nearly half of California. Superior Soil Newsletter.
  • Dara, S. K. (2014). Beauveria bassiana and California strawberries: endophytic, mycorrhizal, and entomopathogenic interactions. Annual Meetings of the Society for Invertebrate Pathology. Mainz, Germany,
  • Dara, S. K. (2014). Beauveria bassiana as a key player in strawberry IPM in California. Annual Meetings of the Entomological Society of America. Portland, OR,
  • Dara, S. K. (2014). Biological, botanical, and microbial control of spider mites on strawberries. Spider Mite Management Workshop. Salinas,
  • Dara, S. K. (2014). Bragada bug continues to spread in California, in Pests in the Urban Landscape.
  • Dara, S. K. (2014). Bragada bug distribution in California.
  • Dara, S. K.; Dara, S., et al. (2014). Can entomopathogenic fungus, Beauveria bassiana be used for pest management when fungicides are used for disease management?
  • Dara, S. K. (2014). Comparing lygus bug and natural enemy populations in organic and conventional strawberry fields in Santa Maria.
  • Dara, S.; Dara, S., et al. (2014). Compatibility of the enetomopathogenic fungus, Beauveria bassiana with fungicides. Santa Barbara Agricultural Commission's Newsletter.
  • Dara, S. K. (2014). Current distribution of Bagrada bug in California.
  • Dara, S. K. (2014). Current status of the invasive Bagrada bug in California: geographic distribution and affected host plants.
  • Dara, S. K. (2014). Developed the IPMInfo smartphone application for iOS devices about strawberry and diseases available for update by the end of 2014.
  • Dara, S. K. (2014) Efficacy of botanical, chemical, and microbial pesticides on twospotted spider mites and their impact on predatory mites.
  • Dara, S. K.; Dara, S., et al. (2014). Entomopathogenic fungi as plant growth enhancers. Annual Meetings of the Society for Invertebrate Pathology. Mainz, Germany,
  • Dara, S. K. (2014). Entomopathogenic fungi for managing pests and promoting plant health. Workshop at the Department of Entomology and Nematology. Davis, CA, University of California, Davis.
  • Dara, S. K. (2014). "Greenhouse whitefly, western flower thrips, and strawberry aphid as vectors of the viral disease, pallidosis-related decline of strawberry in California."
  • Dara, S. K. (2014). Impact of current drought and recommendations for strawberries and vegetables.
  • Dara, S. K. (2014). Impact of the entomopathogenic fungs, Beauveria bassiana on promoting strawberry plant growth.
  • Dara, S.; Dara, S., et al. (2014). Improving the compatibility of a fungus-based biopesticide with fungicides. Ventura Farm Bureau Newsletter.
  • Dara, S. K. (2014). Integrated pest management: Examples of pest management in California strawberries utilizing multiple tools. IV World Congress of Agriculture. Changchun, China,
  • Dara, S.; Dara, S., et al. (2014). Interaction between insect pathogenic Beauveria bassiana and three strawberry fungicides. Santa Barbara Agricultural Commission's Newsletter.
  • Dara, S. K. (2014). Lygus bug and natural enemy populations in organic and conventional strawberry fields in Santa Maria. Ventura Farm Bureau Newsletter.
  • Dara, S. K. (2014). Lygus bug biology and damage in strawberries.
  • (2014). Lygus bug management in strawberries.
  • Dara, S. K. (2014). Lygus bug monitoring and treatment thresholds in strawberries.
  • Dara, S. K. (2014). Managing spider mites in California strawberries.
  • Dara, S. K. (2014). "Managing spider mites in California strawberries." Vegetables West 18(6): 12-13.
  • Dara, S. K. (2014). Managing spider mites in strawberieswith chemical, botanical, and microbial pesticides. Annual Meetings of the Entomological Society of America. Portland, OR,
  • Richardson, J.; Castro, B., et al. (2014). Managing sucking insect pests in western vegetables with Closer insecticide. Annual Meeting of the Entomological Socieety of America-Pacific Branch. Tucson, Arizona,
  • Dara, S. K. (2014). New invasive thrips pest in Santa Barbara County. Santa Barbara Agricultural Commission's Newsletter.
  • Hodel, D.; Ohara, L., et al. (2014). New pest of Ficus benjamina discovered in California. Western Arborist. 40: 50-52.
  • Dara, S. K. (2014). Observations on some behaviors of the Bagrada bug.
  • Dara, S.; Dara, S., et al. (2014). Optimal time intervals for using insect pathogenic Beauveria bassiana with fungicides. Central Coast Agriculture Highlights.
  • Muramoto, J.; Shennan, C., et al. (2014). Optimizing anaerobic soild disinfectation for California strawberries. 8th International Symposium on Chemical and Non-chemical Soil and Substrate Disinfestation. Torino, Italy,
  • Dara, S. K. (2014). Pesticide use in California strawberries.
  • Dara, S. (2014). Posts of Facebook. Strawberriesvegetables. 105 as of December 18, 2014 (90 between October 2012 and September 2014)
  • Dara, S. (2014). Posts on Tumblr. berriesnveggies. 8 as of December 18, 2014 (5 between October 2012 and September 2014)
  • Dara, S. (2014). Predatory mites for managing spider mites on strawberrries.
  • Dara, S. (2014). Response of predatory mites to chemical, botanical, and microbial miticides in strawberries.
  • Dara, S. (2014). Seasonal occurrence of lygus bug in organic and conventional strawberries.
  • Dara, S. K. (2014) Spotted lanternfly - a new threat to grapes, stone fruit? Western Farm Press
  • Dara, S. (2014). Spottted lanternfly (Lycorma deliatula) is a new invasive pest in the United States.
  • Dara, S.K. (2014). Strawberry IPM Study 2014: Managing insect pests with chemical, botanical, microbial, and other pesticides.
  • Dara, S. (2014). The role of Cooperative Extension in facing new challenges in strawberry and vegetable entomology on the California Central Coast. Annual Meetings of the Entomological Society of America. Tucson, Arizona,
  • Dara, S. (2014). Tomato bugs could be a problem in small farms and home gardens.
  • Dara, S. (2014). Tweets on Twitter. @calveggies. 85 as of December 18, 2014 (60 between October 2012 and September 2014)
  • Dara, S. (2014). Tweets on Twitter. @calstrawberries. 113 as of December 18, 2014 (75 between October 2012 and September 2014)
  • Dara, S. (2014). UC Strawberry Improvement releases three new cultivars. Central Coast Agriculture Highlights.
  • Dara, S. (2014). UCCE Agricultural Innovations Conference for growers and PCAs to be held in Santa Maria. Central Coast Agriculture Highlights.
  • (2014). Voraz plaga ataca huertos y jardines.
  • Dara, S. (2014). Weeping fig thrips, Gynaikothrips uzeli found in California.
  • Dara, S. (2013). An update on the Bagrada bug.
  • Dara, S. K.; Dara, S. (2013). Bagrada bug host preference: Crucifers and green beans.
  • Dara, S. K. (2013) Bagrada bug marching north in California Crops. Western Farm Press
  • Dara, S.K. (2013) Bagrada bug on the move in California. Growing Produce
  • Dara, S. (2013). Bagrada bug update: bioassays and a short video.
  • (2013). Bagrada bug-Biology, Damage and Control.
  • Dara, S. K.; Dara, S. (2013). Compatibility of the entomopathogenic fungus, Beauveria bassiana with some fungicides commony used in strawberries.
  • Dara, S. (2013). Diagnose pallidosis. American Vegetable Grower.
  • Dara, S. (2013). Entomopathgenic fungus, Beauveria bassiana promotes strawberry plant growth and health.
  • Dara, S. (2013). Entomopathogenic fungi for managing the invasive Bagrada bug, Bagrada hilaris. Annual Meetings of the Society for Invertebrate Pathology. Pittsburgh, PA,
  • Dara, S.; Dara, S., et al. (2013). Exploring the potential of Beauveria bassiana and azadirachtin for managing strawberry pests. 2nd International Strawberry Congress, Antwerp.
  • Dara, S.; Dara, S. (2013). Feeding behavior and host preference of a Bagrada bug. Central Coast Agriculture Highlights.
  • Dara, S. (2013). Field trials for managing aphids on broccoli and western flower thrips on lettuce. CAPCA's (California Association of Pest Control Advisers) Adviser Magazine.: 29-32.
  • Dara, S. (2013) Growers should be on lookout for Bagrada bug. Western Farm Press
  • Dara, S. (2013). Highlights from the annual Santa Maria vegetable meeting. Central Coast Agriculture Highlights.
  • Dara, S. (2013). Improving strawberry IPM in California with botanical and microbial pesticides. International Strawberry Congress. Antwerp, Belgium,
  • Dara, S. (2013). Increased risk of whiteflies to starwberries as a pest and a vector of the viral disease, pallidosis-related decline.
  • Dara, S. (2013). Insect pathogenic fungi doing more than pest control. Central Coast Agriculture Highlights.
  • Martin, T.; Palumbo, J., et al. (2013). Learning more about Bagrada bug management in cole crops. CAPCA's (California Association of Pest Control Advisers) Adviser Magazine.
  • Dara, S. (2013). Low temperatures injury to strawberries.
  • Dara, S. K. (2013) Managing aphids on broccoli and thrips on lettuce with chemical and microbial control options.
  • Dara, S. (2013). Managing strawberry and vegetable pests in the Santa Maria Valley with the entomopathogenic fungus, Beauveria bassiana. Agriculture and Natural Resources Statewide Conference. Burbank,
  • Dara, S. (2013). Managing strawberry pests with chemical, botanical, and microbial pesticides.
  • Dara, S. (2013). Managing western flower thrips on lettuce and aphids on broccoli: potential of microbial control with the entomopathogenic fungus, Beauveria bassiana in vegetable IPM. Entomological Society of America-Pacific Branch meetings. Lake Tahoe,
  • Dara, S. (2013). Manejo integrado de plagas (IPM). Manual de produccion de fresa.
  • (2013). Manual de produccion de fresa.S. Dara, M. Bolda, M. Sanchez and K. Peterson. Cachuma Resource Conservation District.
  • Dara, S. (2013). Microbial control as an important component of strawberry IPM. CAPCA's (California Association of Pest Control Advisers) Adviser Magazine.: 29-32.
  • Dara, S. (2013). New strawberry IPM studies with chemical, botanical, and microbial solutions. CAPCA's (California Association of Pest Control Advisers) Adviser Magazine.: 34-37.
  • Dara, S. (2013). New technologies for improving strawberry plant health and yield. Strawberry Field Day. Santa Maria,
  • Dara, S. (2013). Outreach and organic solutions for the invasive Bagrada bug, Bagrada hilaris. Symposium talk. Annual Meetings of the Entomological Society of America. Austin, TX,
  • Dara, S. K. (2013) Pallidosis-related decline confirmed in strawberries. Western Farm Press
  • Dara, S. (2013) Pallidosis-related decline disease in strawberries. Western Farm Press
  • (2013). Pallidosis-related decline of strawberries.
  • Dara, S. (2013). Pallidosis-related decline of strawberries. Western Fruit Grower.
  • Dara, S. (2013). Possible pallidosis-related decline of strawberries in Santa Maria.
  • Dara, S. (2013) Possible pallidosis-related strawberry decline in Santa Maria. Western Farm Press
  • Dara, S. (2013). Progress in the microbial control of strawberry and vegetable pests: research and extension efforts in California Central Coast. Annual Meetings of the Society for Invertebrate Pathology. Pittsburgh, PA,
  • Dara, S. (2013). Role of microbial control in strawberry and vegetable pest management in coastal California. Fourth International Symposium on Biological Control of Arthropods. Pucón, Chile,
  • (2013). Spanish strawberry manual. Cachuma Resource Conservation District.
  • Dara, S. (2013). Spider mite damage causes unique foliar discoloration in Benicia variety.
  • Dara, S. (2013). Spider mites and their management (in English and Spanish). Field Day for Hispanic Growers. Guadalupe,
  • Dara, S.K. (2013) Strawberry IPM study 2012: Managing insect pests with chemical, botanical, and microbial pesticides.
  • Dara, S.K. (2013). Strawberry IPM Study 2013: Managing insect pests with chemical, botanical and microbial pesticides.
  • Dara, S. (2013). Strawberry IPM: botanical and microbial options. Central Coast Agriculture Highlights.
  • Dara, S. (2013) Understand the viral disease pallidosis-related decline in strawberries. Growing Produce
  • Dara, S. (2013). Update on strawberry pallidosis-related decline and a short video.
  • Dara, S. (2013). Viral disease pallidosis-related decline confirmed in strawberries.
  • Dara, S. (2013). Whiteflies and their management (in English and Spanish). Field Day for Hispanic Growers. Guadalupe,
  • Dara, S. (2013). Whiteflies and their management (in English and Spanish). Strawberry Field Day. Santa Maria,
  • Dara, S. (2013). Whiteflies becoming a concern for the strawberry growers.
  • Dara, S. (2013). Whiteflies impact strawberries as a pest and a disease vector. Central Coast Agriculture Highlights.
  • Dara, S. (2013). Year-round strawberry IPM program. Central Coast Agriculture Highlights.
  • Dara, S. (2012). A brief review of strawberry powdery mildew and its management. CAPCA's (California Association of Pest Control Advisers) Adviser Magazine,
  • Dara, S. (2012). Asian citrus psyllid found in San Luis Obispo County.
  • Dara, S. (2012). Asian citrus psyllid in Santa Maria.
  • Dara, S. (2012). Avoiding fumigant injury to strawberry plants.
  • Dara, S. (2012) Bagrada bug in Santa Barbara county. Western Farm Press
  • Dara, S. (2012). Bagrada bug is now in Santa Barbara County.
  • Dara, S. (2012). California strawberrries: among the best in the world. Agrozona Magazine. Bulgaria,
  • Dara, S. (2012). Can Beauveria bassiana be a part of IPM for California Central Coast. International Congress on Invertebrate Pathology and Microbial Control. Buenos Aires, Argentina,
  • Dara, S. (2012). Chemical and microbial control options for managing strawberry and lettuce pests. Knoxville, TN,
  • Dara, S. (2012). Exotic Bagrada bug in Santa Barbara and San Luis Opisbo Counties. Central Coast Agriculture Highlights.
  • Dara, S. (2012) False chinch bug migration from weeds to strawberries. Western Farm Press
  • Dara, S. (2012). False chinch bug migration from weeds to strawberries.
  • Dara, S. (2012). Integrating microbial control into strawberry and lettuce pest management. International Symposium on Insects. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia,
  • Dara, S. (2012). Label amendment approved for Rimon 0.83.
  • Dara, S. (2012). Lygus bug handout. Strawberry Pest Management Workshop for Hispanic Growers. Guadalupe,
  • Dara, S. (2012). Managing lygus bugs in strawberries and the potential of microbial control. Third International Symposium on Lygus. Scottsdale, AZ,
  • Dara, S. (2012). Microbial control in strawberry IPM. 7th International IPM Symposium. Memphis, TN,
  • Dara, S. (2012). Our new enemy, Bagrada bug. Santa Barbara Agriculture Commissioner Newsletter.
  • Bethke, J.; Osborne, L., et al. (2012). Proactive approach to the invasion of the European pepper moth, Duponchelia fovealis Zeller (Lepidoptera: Crambidae). Annual Meeting of the Pacific Branch, Entomological Society. Portland, OR,
  • Dara, S. (2012). Role of modern communication tools and social media in extension education. International Symposium on Insects. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia,
  • Dara, S. (2012). Salinity in strawberries. Central Coast Agriculture Highlights.
  • Dara, S. (2012). Salt injury in strawberries.
  • Dara, S. (2012). Spider mite handout. Strawberry Pest Managment Workshop for Hispanic Growers. Guadalupe,
  • Dara, S. (2012) Spotted wing drosophila in Santa Maria strawberries. Western Farm Press
  • Dara, S. (2012). Spotted wing drosophila in Santa Maria strawberries.
  • Dara, S. (2012). Strawberry pest management update. Annual Santa Maria Strawberry Field Day.
  • Dara, S. (2012). Strawberry production, IPM, and postharvest handling manual. In Albanian for Kosova farmers.
  • Dara, S. (2012). Update on the Bagrada bug as it moves up to San Luis Obispo County.
  • Dara, S. (2012). What we need to know about the polyphagous pest, the European pepper moth. CAPCA's (California Association of Pest Control Advisers) Adviser Magazine.
  • Dara, S. (2011). Asian citrus psyllids threat to Santa Barbara County.
  • Dara, S. (2011). Bagrada bug invasion in southern California and Arizona. CAPCA's (California Association of Pest Control Advisers) Adviser Magazine.
  • Dara, S. (2011). Bagrada bug: an exotic pest in southern California.
  • Dara, S. (2011). Brown marmorated stink bug in San Luis Obispo County.
  • Dara, S. (2011) California concerns grow over stink bug threat. Western Farm Press
  • Dara, S. (2011). Carpet beetles.
  • Dara, S. (2011). Casebearer moth infestation on Manzanita.
  • Dara, S. (2011) Degree-days for timing treatment decisions for lygus in strawberries. Western Farm Press
  • Dara, S. (2011). Degree-days for timing treatment decisions for lygus in strawberries.
  • Dara, S. (2011) Downy mildew of basil can cause serious damage. Western Farm Press
  • Dara, S. (2011). Downy mildew of basil. Central Coast Agriculture Highlights.
  • Dara, S. (2011). Entomopathogens in small fruits IPM. Annual meetings of the Society for Invertebrate Pathology. Halifax, Canada,
  • Dara, S. (2011) European pepper moth widspread in California. Western Farm Press
  • Dara, S. (2011). European pepper moth: A pest of many host plants.
  • Dara, S. (2011). Exploring the potential of an entomopathogenic fungus for strawberry pest management. CAPCA's (California Association of Pest Control Advisers) Adviser Magazine.
  • Dara, S. (2011). Exploring the potential of the entomopathogenic fungus, Beauveria bassiana for strawberry pest management. Agriculture and Natural Resources Sustainable Food Systems Conference. Davis,
  • Dara, S. K.; Cabrera, B. (2011). Fruit fly and fungus gnat damage to strawberry fruits.
  • Dara, S. (2011). Grass bug infestation.
  • Natwick, E.; Palumbo, J., et al. (2011). Integrated pest management practices in Arizona and California to control the invasive stink bug, Bagrada hilaris (Burmeister). Entomological Society of America Pacific Branch meetings. Waikoloa, Hawaii, USA,
  • Dara, S. (2011). Japanese dodder: an exotic and noxious weed found in the Santa Barbara County. Central Coast Agriculture Highlights.
  • Dara, S. (2011) LBAM a major threat to California agriculture. Western Farm Press
  • Dara, S. (2011) Lewis mite: a potential pest of strawberries and raspberries. Western Farm Press
  • Dara, S. (2011). Lewis mite: a potential pest of strawberries and raspberries.
  • Dara, S. (2011). Light brown apple moth found in Santa Barbara County.
  • Dara, S. K. (2011). Manual of strawberry production and integrated pest management (Producerea căpşunilor şi managementul integrat al daăunătorilor). In Romanian Seminar and Field Day. Chisinau, Moldova,
  • Dara, S. (2011). Microbial control potential in strawberry pest management. Annual Meetings of the Entomological Society of America. Reno, NV,
  • Dara, S. (2011) New name for strawberry powdery mildew pathogen. Western Farm Press
  • Dara, S. (2011). New name for strawberry powdery mildew pathogen. Central Coast Agriculture Highlights.
  • Dara, S. (2011). Potential of the entomopathogenic fungus, Beauveria bassiana for managing arthropod pests on strawberries. North American Strawberry Symposium/North Amercian Strawberry Growers Association Conference. Tampa, Florida, USA,
  • Dara, S. K. (2011). Spotted snake millipedes in zucchini.
  • Dara, S. K. (2011). Strawberry IPM and potential for microbial control. CAPCA (California Association of Pest Control Advisers) Continuing Education Meeting.
  • Dara, S. (2011). Strawberry pest management issues. Annual Santa Maria Strawberry Field Day.
  • Dara, S. K. (2011). Two species of fly larvae in young starwberry fields. Santa Barbara Coast Agriculture Commissioner's Newsletter.
  • Dara, S. K. (2011). Twospotted spider mite and Lewis mite: A comparison.
  • Dara, S. K. (2011). Update on 2011 insecticide trial and managing western flower thrips on lettuce. Central Coast Agriculture Highlights.
  • Dara, S. (2010). Arthropod pest-plant interactions I: Herbivores, herbivore-induced plant volatiles and natural enemies. Central Coast Agriculture Highlights.
  • Natwick, E.; Henderson, D., et al. (2010). Bagrada hilaris (Burmeister): a new invasive stink bug in California and Arizona. Entomological Society of America South Western Branch meeting. Cancun, Mexico,
  • Dara, S. (2010). Central Coast strawberry advisors visit nurseries. Central Coast Agriculture Highlights.
  • Bi, J; Dara, S., et al. (2010). Development of an area-wide lygus bug monitoring program for the Central Coast and Santa Maria valley. Central Coast Agriculture Highlights.
  • Dara, S. (2010). Endophytic colonization of entomopathogenic fungi in strawberry plants. 43rd Annual meetings of the Society for Invertebrate Pathology. Trabzon, Turkey,
  • Dara, S. (2010). From the lab to the field: entomopathogens, their success, and limitations for widespread use. Biopesticides and Emerging Trends Conference. Hisar, India,
  • Dara, S. (2010). Irrigation in Strawberries: Disease and Pest Management Perspective. Strawberry Irrigation Field Day. Santa Maria,
  • Dara, S. (2010) Lygus bug and its management in strawberries. UCCE Website
  • Dara, S. (2010). Maggots and fungus gnat larvae in strawberry fields.
  • Dara, S. (2010). Maggots in young strawberry fields.
  • Natwick, E.; Palumbo, J., et al. (2010). New invasive stink bug in California and Arizona, Bagrada hilaris (Burmeister). Annual meetings of the Entomological Society of America. San Diego, CA, USA,
  • Bi, J; Bolda, M., et al. (2010). Population dynamics and developmental biology of lygus bugs in strawberries and the trap crop alfalfa. Monterey County Crop Notes.
  • Dara, S. (2010) Spider mites and their management in strawberries. UCCE Website
  • Dara, S. (2010) Spotted snake millipede. UCCE Website
  • Dara, S. (2010). Update on microbial control of arthropod pests of strawberries. Strawberry Production and Pest Management Meeting. Santa Maria,
  • Smith, R.; Dara, S. (2009) 2009 table beet weed control trials. UCCE Website
  • Dara, S. (2009). Arthropod pests of strawberry nurseries. First Annual Strawberry Transplant Production Meeting. Watsonville,
  • Dara, S. (2009). Cultural practices for reducing pest and diesease pressure in vegetables. California Plant and Soil Conference, California Chapter of the American Society of Agronomy, Fresno, CA, USA.
  • Dara, S. (2009). Lygus bug and its management in strawberries. Strawberry Workshop. Santa Maria,
  • Dara, S. (2009). Lygus bug and mites on strawberries. Central Coast Agriculture Highlights.
  • Dara, S. (2009). Mites and lygus bug on strawberries. Annual Santa Maria Strawberry Field Day.
  • Dara, S. (2009). Spider mites and their management on strawberries. Strawberry Workshop. Santa Maria,
  • Dara, S. (2007). Laboratory evaluation of fungus Hirsutella thompsonii (Deuteromycotina: Hyphomycetes) for the control of the cassava green mite, Mononychellus tanajoa (Acari: Tetranychidae). BioNotes.: 18-19.
  • Dara, S.; Prasad, V. (2007). Population dynamics of Spodoptera litura on some host plants in the aboratory studies. BioNotes.: 51.
  • Dara, S. (2006). Effect of mite density on the infection by Neozygites tanajoae (Zygomycetes: Entomophthorales) in laboratory assays. BioNotes.: 46.
  • Dara, S.; McGuire, M., et al. (2006). Evaluation and molecular characterization of Beauveria bassiana for the control of glassy-winged sharpshooter, Homalodisca coagulata (Homoptera: Cicadellidae). Pierce’s Disease Research Symposium. Wuhan, China,
  • Dara, S.; McGuire, M.R., et al. (2005). Comparison of Galleria baiting and soil plating methods for isolating soilborne pathogens from the habitats of glassy-winged sharpshooter, Homalodisca coagulata (Homoptera: Cicadellidae), in California. 38th Annual meetings of the Society for Invertebrate Pathology. Anchorage, Alaska,
  • Dara, S.; McGuire, M., et al. (2005). Evaluation of some fungal pathogens for the control of glassy-winged sharpshooter, Homalodisca coagulata (Homoptera: Cicadellidae) with entomopathogenic fungi. Pierce's Disease Research Symposium, San Diego, CA, USA.
  • Dara, S.; McGuire, M.R., et al. (2005). Evaluation of some fungal pathogens for the control of glassy-winged sharpshooter, Homalodisca coagulata (Homoptera: Cicadellidae). Pierce's Disease Research Symposium. San Diego, CA, USA,
  • Dara, S.; McGuire, M., et al. (2005). Evaluation of some hyphomycetous fungi for the control of glassy-winged sharpshooter, Homalodisca coagulata (Homoptera: Cicadellidae). 38th Annual meetings of the Society for Invertebrate Pathology. Anchorage, Alaska,
  • Dara, S.; McGuire, M., et al. (2004). Microbial control of glassy-winged sharpshooter Homalodisca coagulata (Homoptera: Cicadellidae) with entomopathogenic fungi. Pierce's Disease Research Symposium, Coronado, CA, USA.
  • Dara, S. K.; Cole, B., et al. (2003). Isolating soilborne entomopathogenic fungi from a desert-like habitat of western harvester ant, Pogonomyrmex occidentalis (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) in Colorado. 36th Annual Meeting of the Society for Invertebrate Pathology. Burlington, Vermont, USA,
  • Ariori, S.; Dara, S. K. (2001). Feeding preference of Typhlodromalus aripo (Acari: Phytoseiidae) for Mononychellus tanajoa (Acari: Tetranychidae) infected by Neozygites floridana (Zygomycetes: Entomophthorales). 7th Triennial symposium of the International Society for Tropical Root Corps-Africa Branch, Cotonou, Benin.
  • Dara, S. K.; Lorner, C., et al. (2001). Release of the entomopathogenic fungus, Neozygites floridana (Zygomycetes: Entomophthorales) for control of the cassava green mite, Mononychellus tanajoa (Acari: Tetranychidae): an in vivo approach. 7th Triennial symposium of the International Society for Tropical Root Crops-Africa Branch, Cotonou, Benin.
  • Dara, S. K.; Lorner, C., et al. (2001). Seasonal incidence of two fungal pathogens, Neozygites floridana (Zygomycotina: Zygomycetes) and Hirsutella thompsonii (Deuteromycotina: Hyphomycetes), in mite populations on cassava in Benin. 7th Triennial Symposium of the International Society for Tropical Root Crops-Africa Branch, Cotonou, Benin.
  • Ariori, S.; Dara, S. (1998). Feeding preference of Typhlodromalus aripo (Acari: Phytoseiidae) for Mononychellus tanajoa (Acari: Tetranychidae) infected by Neozygites floridana (Zygomycetes: Entomophthorales). 7th Triennial symposium of the International Society for Tropical Root Crops-Africa Branch. Cotonou, Benin,
  • Dara, S. K.; Hountondji, F.C.C., et al. (1998). Fungal pathogens of mites on cassava: Field and laboratory studies. VII Triennial symposium of the International Society for Tropical Root Crops-Africa Branch. Sappora, Japan,
  • Lorner, C.J.; Agnassim, B., et al. (1998). IITA’s microbial control program. VII International Colloquium on Invertebrate Pathology and Microbial Control. Sapporo, Japan,
  • Dara, S. K.; Hountondji, F., et al. (1998). Influence of imidacloprid on the germination of Neozygites floridana (Zygomycotina: Zygomycetes) and Hirsutella thompsonii (Deuteromycotina: Hyphomycetes). VII Internatioanl Colloquium on Invertebrate Pathology and Microbial Control. Sapporo, Japan,
  • Dara, S. K.; Lorner, C., et al. (1998). Lutte microbiologique contre l’acarien vert du manioc: Une approche de lâcher expérimentaux de champignons pathogènes et la participation des paysans. ‘Gestion biologique des nuisible: Pour une stratégie Africaine intégrée en matière d’introduction et de gestion des agents de lutte biologique’, organized by IITA and CPI-OUA. Lomé, Republic of Togo,
  • Dara, S. K. (1998). Lutte microbiologique contre l'acariens du manioc. International Institute of Tropical Agriculture.
  • Dara, S. K. (1998). Microbial control of mites on cassava. International Institute of Tropical Agriculture.
  • Dara, S. K.; Lorner, C., et al. (1998). Releasing the entomopathogenic fungus, Neozygites floridana for cassava green mite control: an in vivo approach. 7th Triennial symposium of the International Society for Tropical Root Crops-Africa Branch. 7th Triennial symposium of the International Society for Tropical Root Crops-Africa Branch. Cotonou, Benin,
  • Dara, S. K.; Semtner, P. (1998). Seasonal incidence of Pandora neoaphidis (Zygomycotina: Entomophthorales) in Myzus nicotianae (Homoptera: Aphididae) on flue-cured tobacco. British Mycological Society’s International Symposium on The future of fungi in the control of pests, weeds and diseases. Southampton, United Kingdom,
  • Dara, S. K.; Lorner, C.J., et al. (1998). Seasonal incidence of two fungal pathogens, Neozygites floridana (Zygomycotina: Zygomycetes) and Hirsutella thompsonii (Deuteromycotina: Hyphomycetes), in mite populations on cassava in Benin. 7th Triennial symposium of the International Society for Tropical Root Crops-Africa Branch. Cotonou, Benin,
  • Dara, S. K.; Semtner, P.J. (1998). The occurrence of Pandora neoaphidis (Zygomycotina: Entomophthorales) in Myzus nicotianae (Homoptera: Aphididae) on flue-cured tobacco in Virginia. VII International Colloquium on Invertebrate Pathology and Microbial Control. Sapporo, Japan,
  • Dara, S. K.; Lorner, C.J., et al. (1997). Neozygites floridana infecting the cassava green mite, Mononychellus tanajoa: An overview of field and laboratory studies. 30th Annual meetings of the Society for Invertebrate Pathology. Banff, Canada,
  • Semtner, P.; Dara, S. K., et al. (1996). Aphid control on tobacco with Mycotrol, 1995. Arthropod Management Test: 308.
  • Dara, S. K.; Semtner, P. (1996). Developmental morphology of the entomophthoralean Pandora neoaphidis: influence of temperature and substrate type. 29th Annual meetings of the Society for Invertebrate Pathology. Cordoba, Spain,
  • Semtner, P.; Dara, S. K., et al. (1996). Insect control on flue-cured tobacco with systemic insecticides. Arthropod Management Tests: 306-308.
  • Semtner, P.; Dara, S. K., et al. (1996). Tobacco aphid control on burley tobacco with transplant water and foliar treatments. Arthropod Management Tests: 312.
  • Semtner, P.J.; Dara, S. K., et al. (1996). Tobacco insect control on flue-cured tobacco with foliar insecticides, 1995. Arthropod Management Tests: 310-311.
  • Semtner, P.J.; Dara, S. K., et al. (1996). Tobacco insect control on flue-cured tobacco with solid insecticides applied to fumigated soil. Arthropod Management Tests: 311.
  • Dara, S. K.; Semtner, P. (1995). Pandora neoaphidis as a fungal pathogen for the control of tobacco aphid, Myzus nicotianae: Seasonal incidence on tobacco and alternate winter hosts. 28th Annual meetings of the Society for Invertebrate Pathology. Ithaca, New York,
  • Dara, S. K.; Semtner, P. (1995). Research on Pandora neoaphidis, a fungal pathogen of the tobacco aphid, Myzus nicotianae, in Virginia. 36th Tobacco Workers' Conference. Tampa, Florida,
  • Semtner, P.; Dara, S. K., et al. (1995). Tobacco aphid control on flue-cured tobacco with foliar insecticides, 1994. Arthropod Management Tests: 263-264.

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