Otani, Jennifer, M.Sc.

Pest Management Biologist


Contact Information:

PO Box 29
Beaverlodge, (Alberta) T0H 0C0
Telephone: 780-354-5132
Fax: 780-354-8171
Email: jennifer.otani@agr.gc.ca

Areas of Expertise:

  • agricultural entomology
  • canola insect pests
  • lygus bugs (heteroptera: miridae: lygus spp.) in canola
  • silvertop in fescue seed production
  • insect pests of fescue and legume seed production

Current Projects:

  • Development and implementation of monitoring technologies to determine incidence and severity of biotic stresses associated with existing and emerging crop production issues
  • Characterization of yield and quality (including food safety) losses caused by biotic stresses - (field crops other than cereal) pathology, entomology and weeds
  • Identify and quantify the environmental, biological and cultural factors that influence pest status.
  • Development of technologies and practices to manage biotic risks to crop production systems, including low input and organic production systems

Research Publications:

The links below lead to abstracts with access to full text.

2014

  • Mori, B.A., Yoder, C., Otani, J.K., and Evenden, M.L. (2014). "Relationships among male Coleophora deauratella (Lepidoptera: Coleophoridae) pheromone-baited trap capture, larval abundance, damage and flight phenology.", Agricultural and Forest Entomology. doi : 10.1111/afe.12050

2013

  • Otani, J.K. (2013). "Insect pests and beneficials within forage seed systems.", Peace Forage Agronomy Update, Rycroft, AB, Canada, April 9, 2013. (Presentation)

2011

  • Otani, J.K. and Cárcamo, H.A. (2011). "Biology and management of Lygus in canola.", Prairie Soils and Crops, 4, pp. 42-53.
  • Soroka, J.J. and Otani, J.K. (2011). "Arthropods of Legume Forage Crops.", in Floate, K.D. (ed.) - Arthropods of Canadian Grasslands. Vol. 2: Inhabitants of a Changing Landscape, Biological Survey of Canada (BSC), Chapter 10, pp. 239-264.

2010

2009

Other Science Related Publications:

2014

  • Otani, J.K., Floate, K.D., Hervet, V.A.D., Hummel, J.D., Broatch, J.S., Reid, P., Erlandson, M.A., Evenden, M.L., Meers, S., Barkley, S., Laird, R.A., Sharanowski, B., Hartley, S., and Gavloski, J.E. (2014). "Cutworm update.", Agronomy Update Conference 2006, Red Deer, AB, Canada, January 10-11, 2006, pp. 5.

2013

  • Otani, J.K. (2013). "IPM Program and Activities.", BC climate change action initiative workshops (#3), Taylor, BC, Canada, February 6, 2013. (Presentation)
  • Otani, J.K. (2013). "IPM Program and pest update for 2013.", BC Grain Producers Association AGM, Dawson Creek, BC, Canada, February 12, 2013. (Presentation)
  • Otani, J.K. (2013). "Pests and predators – avoiding friendly fire.", Peace Pest Update, Falher, AB, Canada, March 28, 2013. (Presentation)
  • Otani, J.K. (2013). "Wheat midge in northern Alberta – a research update.", Prairie Pest Monitoring Network Meeting, Saskatoon, SK, Canada, March 19, 2013.
  • Otani, J.K., O'Donovan, J.T., Yoder, C., Azooz, R.H., and Burton, S.L. (2013). Competitive contract production of forage seed in western Canada (DIAP# PRO-05147/AGR-05846). AAFC’s Developing Innovative Agri-Products Initiative. Final Report 2010-2013, April 19, 2013. (Report)
  • Otani, J.K., Olfert, O.O., Weiss, R.M., and Giffen, D.W. (2013). "Canola surveying in the Peace River region.", Joint Annual Meeting of the Entomological Societies of Ontario and Canada, Guelph, Ontario, Canada, October 20-23, 2013, pp. 63.

2012

  • Floate, K.D., Broatch, J.S., Erlandson, M.A., Evenden, M.L., Gavloski, J.E., Hartley, S., Hummel, J.D., Laird, R.A., Meers, S., Olivier, C.Y., Otani, J.K., and Sharanowski, B. (2012). "New projects for control of cutworms (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) affecting canola crops on the prairies.", Entomological Society of Canada 62nd and Entomological Society of Alberta 60th joint Annual Meeting, Coast Edmonton Plaza Hotel, Edmonton, AB, Canada, November 4-7, 2012, #61. (Abstract)
  • Mori, B.A., Evenden, M.L., Otani, J.K., and Yoder, C. (2012). "A research update on the Red clover casebearer.", The Back Forty – SARDA & AESA Newsletter, 2012(February), pp. 1 & 4.
  • Mori, B.A., Evenden, M.L., Otani, J.K., and Yoder, C. (2012). "Red clover casebearer update.", The Back Forty – SARDA & AESA Newsletter(February 2012), pp. 1-4. (Newsletter)
  • Otani, J.K. (2012). "An 2012 insect update for the Peace River region.", Alberta Canola Producers Commission’s Regional Meetings, Falher, AB, Canada, November 28, 2012. (Presentation)
  • Otani, J.K. (2012). "An 2012 insect update for the Peace River region.", Alberta Canola Producers Commission’s Regional Meetings, LaCrete, AB, Canada, November 21, 2012. (Presentation)
  • Otani, J.K. (2012). "An 2012 insect update for the Peace River region.", Alberta Canola Producers Commission’s Regional Meetings, Sexsmith, AB, Canada, November 29, 2012. (Presentation)
  • Otani, J.K. (2012). "Pest and natural enemies – up close and personal.", CanoLAB 3D Workshop, St. Albert, AB, Canada, March 5, 2012.
  • Otani, J.K. (2012). "Pest update.", Peace Region Forage Seed Association Annual Field Tour, Fort St. John, BC, Canada, July 4, 2012.
  • Otani, J.K. and Yoder, C. (2012). "Curious cutworm incidence in the Peace.", 2012 Peace Region Seed Association Production and Marketing Seminar, Fairview AB, Canada, March 15, 2012.
  • Otani, J.K. and Yoder, C. (2012). "Cutworm monitoring in the Peace River region.", Forage Agronomy Update 2012, Nisku, AB, Canada, February 8-9, 2012, pp. 10-11.
  • Otani, J.K., Meers, S., Hartley, S., Gavloski, J.E., Dosdall, L.M., Cárcamo, H.A., and Olfert, O.O. (2012). "Coordinated monitoring, forecasting and risk warning systems for field crop insects.", 24th International Congress of Entomology (ICE 2012) and International Organization for Biological Control (IOBC) Global Symposium, Daegu, South Korea, August 19-25, 2012.
  • Otani, J.K., Meers, S., Olfert, O.O., and Giffen, D.W. (2012). "What’s bugging you – an insect pest update for Alberta.", FarmTech 2012, Edmonton, AB, Canada, January 24, 2012, pp. 109-111.
  • Otani, J.K., Yoder, C., and Barbarich, J. (2012). "Cutworms in the Peace River region.", The Back Forty – SARDA & AESA Newsletter, 2012(February), pp. 11.
  • Soroka, J.J., Elliott, R.H., Otani, J.K., and Gavloski, J.E. (2012). "Changing flea beetle species – what you see isn’t what you had but does it matter?", Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture Agronomy Update 2012, Saskatoon, SK, Canada, December 14, 2012. (Presentation)
  • Soroka, J.J., Otani, J.K., Gavloski, J.E., and Elliott, R.H. (2012). "The biology and control of flea beetles in Western Canadian canola crops: Is a species shift in progress?", Entomological Society of Canada 62nd and Entomological Society of Alberta 60th joint Annual Meeting, Coast Edmonton Plaza Hotel, Edmonton, AB, Canada, November 4-7, 2012, #180. (Abstract)
  • Yoder, C., Azooz, R.H., and Otani, J.K. (2012). "Forage Seed Program Update.", Peace Region Forage Seed Association Industry Field Tour, Beaverlodge, AB, Canada, July 10, 2012.

2011

  • Evenden, M.L., Mori, B.A., Otani, J.K., and Yoder, C. (2011). "The development of pheromone-based management for the red clover casebearer in Alberta.", Peace Region Forage Seed Association AGM, Fort St. John, BC, Canada, March 22, 2011.
  • Olfert, O.O., Giffen, D.W., Hartley, S., Vadnais, M., Gavloski, J.E., Meers, S., and Otani, J.K. (2011). "The 2011 Saskatchewan and Manitoba grasshopper forecast. 2010 Crop Variety Highlights and Insect Pest Forecasts.", Saskatoon Research Centre Technical Bulletin, 2011(1), pp. 10-11.
  • Olfert, O.O., Meers, S., Gavloski, J.E., Hartley, S., Otani, J.K., and Clark, K. (2011). "Bertha armyworm in western Canada. 2010 Crop Variety Highlights and Insect Pest Forecasts.", Saskatoon Research Centre Technical Bulletin, 2011(1), pp. 8-9.
  • Olfert, O.O., Meers, S., Hartley, S., and Otani, J.K. (2011). "Cabbage seedpod weevil in Alberta and Saskatchewan for 2010. 2010 Crop Variety Highlights and Insect Pest Forecasts.", Saskatoon Research Centre Technical Bulletin, 2011(1), pp. 14-15.
  • Otani, J.K. (2011). "Barley and Bugs.", 2011 Alberta Pulse Growers Zone 4 & Barley Commission Region 6 Joint Annual Meeting, Falher, AB, Canada, November 29, 2011.
  • Otani, J.K. (2011). "Insect update.", 2011 Direct Seeding Workshop, North Peace Applied Research Association, Fairview, AB, Canada, January 12, 2011. (Presentation)
  • Otani, J.K. (2011). "Insects of 2010 and 2011.", 2011 Peace Forage Agronomy Update, Rycroft, AB, Canada, February 23, 2011. (Presentation)
  • Otani, J.K. and Yoder, C. (2011). "Coleophora deauratella in red clover.", 2011 Alberta Pest Surveillance Network Meeting, Grande Prairie, AB, March 31, 2011. (Presentation)
  • Otani, J.K. and Yoder, C. (2011). "Pest status of the red clover casebearer (Lepidoptera: Colephoridae: Colephora deauratella) in clover seed production.", Entomological Society of Canada 61st and Acadian Entomological Society 71st joint Annual Meeting, Westin Nova Scotian Hotel, Halifax, NS, Canada, November 6-9, 2011, pp. 76.
  • Soroka, J.J., Otani, J.K., and Cárcamo, H.A. (2011). "Survey to detect potential flea beetle (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) species composition shift in Canadian oilseed rape fields.", 13th International Rapeseed Congress, Prague, Czech Republic, June 5-9, 2011, Abstract P 290, pp. 465.

2009

  • Gossen, B.D., Bassendowski, K.A., Wunsch, M.J., Bergstrom, G.C., and Otani, J.K. (2009). "Diseases on alfalfa in Saskatchewan and Alberta in 2007 and 2008.", Canadian Plant Disease Survey, 89, pp. 106-107.