Extension (100%): Mountain Conifer Integrated Pest
- Providing support to the North Carolina Cooperative
Extension agents with responsibilities for mountain
conifers, primarily Christmas trees.
- Developing scouting techniques and economic thresholds
for insects, mites, and diseases of Christmas trees
and commercially grown ornamental conifers.
- Determining least-toxic pesticides and lowest
rates for pest control.
- Increasing the awareness of the benefits of IPM
and facilitating its implementation by identifying
and responding to clientele needs, and developing
education programs and materials.
- Assessing the adoption and impact of IPM to producers
of mountain conifers.
- Promoting the safe use of pesticides among Christmas
tree growers and their farm workers.
- Providing educational opportunities for those
seeking to get their NC pesticide license in forestry.
Current Projects: 2011-2012
- Continue to evaluate controls for elongate hemlock
scale in Fraser fir Christmas trees.
- Assess control
practices of multiple pests in Christmas trees
to reduce insecticide use.
- Develop recommendations
for high-quality organic grown Christmas trees.
the feasibility of IPM-labeling for Christmas tree
- Promote farm pesticide safety to farm workers and educate workers in scouting techniques and IPM.
B.S. University of Illinois
M.S. North Carolina State University
Ph.D. North Carolina State University
Jill R. Sidebottom graduated with a B.S.(1981) in
Ornamental Horticulture from the University of Illinois.
She received her M.S. (1984) and Ph.D. (1988) from
North Carolina State University in Plant Pathology.
Her master's thesis was on the interaction of soil
type and soil matric potential on sporangium production
and infection of tobacco by Pytophthoraparasitica var.
nicotianae, the causal agent of black shank. Her
doctorial thesis was on the use of cultural practices
to enhance partial-resistance in peanut cultivars
to Clindrocladium crotalariae, the causal
agent of black rot in peanuts. Since 1988 she has
been working with IPM on Christmas tree farms in
western North Carolina.
Horticultural Crops Research & Extension Center
455 Research Drive
Mills River, NC 28759
Phone: 828-684-3562 ~ Fax: 828-684-8715
Maintained by: Bryan A. Konsler
Updated March 14, 2011