Andrei Alyokhin

Andrei4-150x150Professor of Applied Entomology

Degree: Ph. D. 1999 University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Phone: 207.581.2977 / 207.581.2551
Website: www.potatobeetle.org/Alyokhin
Email: alyokhin@maine.edu
Location: 315 E Deering Hall / 100B Murray Hall

Research Topic:
Applied insect ecology, evolution, insect behavior, and integrated pest management.

Research Program: Presently, humans posses a vast arsenal of different pest control techniques, ranging from synthetic insecticides to natural enemies, and from transgenic plants to quarantine regulations. What is lacking, however, is a good understanding of the ecological consequences of their implementation for both target and non-target organisms. When a particular action is taken, whether it is an insecticide application, planting of a transgenic cultivar, or release of a biological control agent, it is imperative that we can forecast the sequence(s) of events it might trigger. Limited-scale toxicological and host-range assays, still commonly used for decision-making, often do not reflect actual developments in the field. Therefore, a more sophisticated approach, which takes into account an intricate web of cause-and-effect events within a given ecosystem, is required to achieve a long-term success both in pest control, as well as in conservation of beneficial organisms. Most ecological systems are very complex, and their good understanding is extremely difficult. However, sustainable development of the human civilization is hardly possible without such an understanding. As a scientist, I hope that my research will contribute to building a knowledge-based foundation for predicting effects of human intervention in insect communities. I am also interested in more theoretical investigations of factors responsible for growth and diversity of insect populations.

Publications:

Alyokhin, A., D. Mota-Sanchez, M. Baker, W. E. Snyder, S. Menasha, M. Whalon, G. Dively, and W. F. Moarsi. 2015. Red Queen on a potato field: IPM vs. chemical dependency in Colorado potato beetle control. Pest Management Science 71: 343-356.

Chen, J., A. Alyokhin, D. Mota-Sanchez, M. Baker and M. Whalon. 2014. Variation in fitness among geographically isolated Colorado potato beetle (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) populations. Annals of the Entomological Society of America 107: 128-135.

Leppanen, C., A. Alyokhin, and S. Gross. 2012. Competition for aphid prey between different lady beetle species in a laboratory arena. Psyche: A Journal of Entomology 2012: Article ID 890327, 9 pp. <doi:10.1155/2012/890327>

Alyokhin, A. 2011. Scant evidence supports EPA’s pyramided Bt corn refuge size of 5%. Nature Biotechnology 29: 577–578.

Alyokhin, A. 2011. Non-natives: put biodiversity at risk. Nature 475: 36.

Alyokhin, A., F. A. Drummond, G. Sewell, and R. H. Storch. 2011. Differential effects of weather and natural enemies on coexisting aphid populations. Environmental Entomology 40: 570-580.

Alyokhin, A., J. Makatiani, and K. Takasu. 2010. Insecticide odour interference with food-searching behaviour of Microplitis croceipes (Hymenoptera: Braconidae) in a laboratory arena. Biocontrol Science and Technology 20: 317-329.

Finlayson, C. J., A. V. Alyokhin, and E. W. Porter. 2009. Interactions of native and non-native lady beetle species (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae) with aphid-tending ants in laboratory arenas. Environmental Entomology 38: 846-855.

Alyokhin, A., M. Baker, D. Mota-Sanchez, G. Dively, and E. Grafius. 2008. Colorado potato beetle resistance to insecticides. American Journal of Potato Research 85: 395–413. (Invited review article).