Thistlewood, Howard, MPM, Ph.D.

Research Scientist, Population Ecology


Contact Information:

4200 Highway 97 North
Box 5000
Summerland, British Columbia V0H 1Z0
Telephone: 250-494-6419
Fax: 250-494-0755
Email: howard.thistlewood@agr.gc.ca

Areas of Expertise:

  • Ecology and management of fruit flies, Rhagoletis species, and of Spotted Wing Drosophila, D. suzukii
  • Spatial and population ecology of insects and mites from plant to landscape levels
  • Theory and practice of mass-rearing and release of arthropods, including sterile insect release of codling moth
  • Biological control of mites (Acari) and related ecotoxicology

Current Projects:

  • Biology and Management of Spotted Wing Drosophila, Drosophila suzukii in horticulture
  • Strategies for survey and management of invasive insects in Canada : apple maggot in western North America as a model
  • Spatial analysis for pest management and sustained biodiversity on regional landscapes in high-value crops in Canada and Portugal
  • Phytosanitary protocols for exporting Canadian cherries

Affiliations:

  • Academic collaborations: University of Western Ontario; University of B.C. Okanagan; Oregon State University, USA; Washington State University, USA; University of Trás-os-Montes & Alto Douro, Portugal
  • Member, Canadian Technical Working Group for Spotted Wing Drosophila
  • Foreign Member, USDA WERA 1021 Project on Drosophila suzukii
  • AAFC Partner in Network for Biological Invasions and Dispersal Research of MITACS, a Network of Centres of Excellence (NCE) for the Mathematical Sciences

Research Publications:

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

2014

2013

  • Thistlewood, H.M.A., Bostanian, N.J., and Hardman, J.M. (2013). "European Red Mite, Panonychus ulmi (Koch), (Acari: Tetranychidae).", in Mason, P.G. and Gillespie, D.R. (eds.) - Biological Control Programmes in Canada 2001-2012, CABI Publishing, Wallingford, UK, Chapter 34, pp. 238-243.
  • Thistlewood, H.M.A., Gibson, G.A.P., Gillespie, D.R., and Fitzpatrick, S.M. (2013). "Drosophila suzukii (Matsumura), Spotted Wing Drosophila (Diptera: Drosophilidae).", in Mason, P.G. and Gillespie, D.R. (eds.) - Biological Control Programmes in Canada 2001-2012, CABI Publishing, Chapter 21, pp. 152-155.

2012

2011

2010

2009

Other Science Related Publications:

2016

  • Thistlewood, H.M.A., Gill, P., Beers, E.H., Shearer, P.W., Walsh, D., Rozema, B., Acheampong, S., Castagnoli, S., and Yee, W.L. (2016). "Overwintering and seasonal dynamics of spotted wing Drosophila, D. suzukii, in the Okanagan-Columbia River Basins, USA and Canada, 2010-2014.", 90th Annual Orchard Pest and Disease Management Conference, Washington State University, Pullman, WA, USA, pp. 7. (Abstract)

2015

  • Chamberlain, A., Lalonde, R.G., and Thistlewood, H.M.A. (2015). "The spatial and temporal distribution of spotted wing drosophila, Drosophila suzukii, and other drosophilids.", Minutes of the Western Committee on Crop Pests, Abbotsford, BC., Canada, 2015 October, Report.
  • Chamberlain, A., Lalonde, R.G., and Thistlewood, H.M.A. (2015). "The spatial and temporal distribution of total drosophilids in a cherry orchard.", Entomological Society of BC Annual Conference 2015, Kamloops, BC, Canada. (Abstract)
  • Dreves, A.J., Lee, J., Brewer, L.J., Isaacs, R., Loeb, G., and Thistlewood, H.M.A. (2015). "Noncrop Host Plants of Spotted Wing Drosophila in North America, EM 9113 (https://catalog.extension.oregonstate.edu/em9113).", published by Oregon State University, 3 pages.
  • Shearer, P.W., Beers, E.H., Thistlewood, H.M.A., and Van Steenwyk, R. (2015). "Controlling Drosophila suzukii in Western North America sweet cherries.", International Plant Protection Congress (IPPC) 2015, Berlin, Germany, August 25-27, 2015. (Abstract)
  • Thistlewood, H.M.A. (2015). "Interview: “Cherries give fruit flies a boost” (http://www.goodfruit.com/cherries-give-fruit-flies-a-boost/)", Good Fruit Grower(March 15th 2015 Issue).
  • Thistlewood, H.M.A. (2015). "Overwintering and seasonal dynamics of spotted wing Drosophila, D. suzukii – why was it so different (make that worse) in 2015 than earlier years?", Annual Research Day, BC Cherry Association, Summerland, BC, Canada, November 2015. (Presentation)
  • Thistlewood, H.M.A., Couch, P., Holden, D.G., Ingraham, A., Zilahi-Balogh, G.M.G., and Acheampong, S. (2015). "Response Planning And Surveillance Strategy For Apple Maggot", BC Minutes of the Western Committee on Crop Pests, Abbotsford, BC., Canada, 2015 October.
  • Thistlewood, H.M.A., Gill, P., Beers, E.H., Shearer, P.W., Walsh, D., Rozema, B., Acheampong, S., Castagnoli, S., and Yee, W.L. (2015). "Overwintering and seasonal dynamics of spotted wing Drosophila, D. suzukii (Diptera: Drosophilidae), on cherries and non-crop plants in British Columbia interior valleys, 2010-2014.", Entomological Society of BC Annual Conference 2015, Kamloops, BC, Canada. (Abstract)

2014

  • Thistlewood, H.M.A. (2014). "Movement of Cherry fruit flies (Rhagoletis species): what is it and why do we care?", Workshop on "Can we predict infestation of a cherry orchard by cherry fruit fly?", USDA Yakima Agricultural Research Lab., Yakima, WA, USA, May 2014, Invited presentation.
  • Thistlewood, H.M.A. (2014). Pilot Project to establish Market Access for BC Cherries to China – Verification of the ‘Brown Sugar Test’. Report to BC Cherry Association, 2014 (February), pp. 2. (Report)
  • Thistlewood, H.M.A., Acheampong, S., and Rozema, B. (2014). Seasonal timing of infestation of sweet cherries and non-crop plants by Drosophila suzukii (Diptera: Drosophilidae) in and around fruit orchards of British Columbia, 2010-2013 - Minutes of the Western Committee on Crop Pests, October 2014, Canmore, Alberta. (Report)
  • Thistlewood, H.M.A., Rozema, B., and Acheampong, S. (2014). "Seasonal timing of infestation of sweet cherries and non-crop plants by Drosophila suzukii (Diptera: Drosophilidae) in and around fruit orchards of British Columbia, 2010-2013", International Organisation for Biological Control WPRS Working Group on Integrated Plant Protection in Fruit Crops, Vienna, Austria, October 2014.
  • Thistlewood, H.M.A., Rozema, B., and Acheampong, S. (2014). "Seasonal timing of infestation of sweet cherries and non-crop plants by Drosophila suzukii (Diptera: Drosophilidae) in and around sweet cherry orchards of British Columbia, 2010-2013.", Entomology 2014: 62nd Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America, Portland, OR, USA, November 16-19, 2014, Report #0585; Presentation. (Abstract)

2013

  • Acheampong, S., Leaming, C., Thistlewood, H.M.A., Holder, D., Thurston, M., Krahn, G., and Rozema, B. (2013). "Demonstrating good stewardship when confronted by a serious invasive pest, Spotted Wing Drosophila (Drosophila suzukii) in BC interior valleys. Final Report.", Cherry Notes: Newsletter of the Okanagan Kootenay Cherry Growers Association, 2013(January), pp. 4-5. (Newsletter)
  • Acheampong, S., Thistlewood, H.M.A., Leaming, C., Holder, D., Thurston, M., Rozema, B., and Krahn, G. (2013). "Spotted Wing Drosophila in the Southern Interior Valleys of British Columbia (2010-2012).", Ontario Fruit & Vegetable Conference, Niagara Falls, ON, Canada. (Abstract)
  • Carlos, C., Goncalves, F., Sousa, S., Nobrega, M., Manso, J., Costa, J.M., Gaspar, C., Domingos, J., Silva, L.C., Fernandes, D., Val, M.C., Franco, J., Thistlewood, H.M.A., and Torres, L.M. (2013). "Success of mating disruption technique against the European grapevine moth, Lobesia botrana: a case study in the Douro Wine Region (Portugal).", International Organisation for Biological Control / WPRS Working Group on Integrated Protection and Production in Viticulture, Ascona, Switzerland, October 2013, pp. 6.

2012

  • Acheampong, S., Leaming, C., Thistlewood, H.M.A., Holder, D., Thurston, M., Krahn, G., and Rozema, B. (2012). "Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD) flies are up and about, be vigilant!", Cherry Notes: Newsletter of the Okanagan Kootenay Cherry Growers Association, 2012(June), pp. 7-8. (Newsletter)
  • Acheampong, S., Thistlewood, H.M.A., Leaming, C., Holder, D., Krahn, G., and Thurston, M. (2012). "Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD) 2012 Report.", Cherry Notes: Newsletter of the Okanagan Kootenay Cherry Growers Association, 2012(December). (Newsletter)
  • Acheampong, S., Thistlewood, H.M.A., Leaming, C., Holder, D., Krahn, G., and Thurston, M. (2012). "Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD) Update.", Cherry Notes: Newsletter of the Okanagan Kootenay Cherry Growers Association, 2012(March).
  • Brown, P.H., Shearer, P.W., Thistlewood, H.M.A., and Miller, J.C. (2012). "Pachycrepoideus vindemmiae: A potential biological control agent of spotted wing drosophilia, Drosophila suzukii.", Entomological Society of America (ESA) 60th Annual Meeting, Knoxville Convention Centre, Knoxville, TN, USA, November 11-14, 2012, #0908.
  • Carlos, C., Afonso, S., Crespi, A., Aranha, J., Thistlewood, H.M.A., and Torres, L.M. (2012). "Biodiversity of plants and arthropods in key ecological structures of vineyards of the Alto Douro region.", International Organisation for Biological Control / WPRS Working Group on Functional Biodiversity, Lleida, Spain, May 2012, pp. 4.
  • Thistlewood, H.M.A. (2012). New applications of spatial analysis for pest management and sustained biodiversity on regional landscapes in high-value crops in Canada and Portugal. OECD Fellowship Summary Report. (Report)
  • Thistlewood, H.M.A., Acheampong, S., Leaming, C., Holder, D., Krahn, G., and Thurston, M. (2012). "Spotted Wing Drosophila in the southern interior valleys of British Columbia, 2009-12.", Entomological Society of B.C. Annual Conference, Summerland, BC, Canada.
  • Thistlewood, H.M.A., Acheampong, S., Leaming, C., Holder, D., Krahn, G., and Thurston, M. (2012). "Spotted Wing Drosophila in the southern interior valleys of British Columbia.", 86th Annual Orchard Pests and Disease Management Conference, Portland, OR, USA, pp. 50. (Abstract)
  • Thistlewood, H.M.A., Shearer, P.W., Van Steenwyk, R., Walton, V., and Acheampong, S. (2012). "Drosophila suzukii (Matsumura) (Diptera: Drosophilidae), a new pest of stone fruits in western North America.", in De Cristofaro, A., Di Palma, A. , Escudero-Colomar, L.A. , Ioriatti, C., and Molinari, F. (eds.) - Proceedings of the workshop on “Sustainable protection of fruit crops in the Mediterranean area”at Vico del Gargano (Italy), September 12-17, 2010. Bulletin of the IOBC/WPRS Vol. 74, IOBC/WPRS Dijon, France, pp. 133-137.

2011

  • Acheampong, S., Leaming, C., Thistlewood, H.M.A., Thurston, M., and Holder, D. (2011). "potted Wing Drosophila (SWD) Update.", Cherry Notes: Newsletter of the Okanagan Kootenay Cherry Growers Association, 2011(June), pp. 9-10.
  • Acheampong, S., Thistlewood, H.M.A., Leaming, C., Holder, D., Krahn, G., and Thurston, M. (2011). "Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD) in the southern Interior of B.C.", Cherry Notes: Newsletter of the Okanagan Kootenay Cherry Growers Association, 2011(December), pp. 2-7.
  • Acheampong, S., Thistlewood, H.M.A., Thurston, M., Leaming, C., Holder, D., Edwards, L.M., Richardson, T., and Sinclair, B.J. (2011). "Drosophila suzukii, A New Invasive Pest of Stone Fruit and Grapes in British Columbia.", 85th Orchard Pest and Disease Management Conference, Portland, OR, USA.
  • Thistlewood, H.M.A. (2011). "Drosophila suzukii, a new pest of fruits and table grapes in interior valleys of British Columbia, 2010 – 2011.", Seminar, Superior Institute of Agriculture, Technical University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal. (Presentation)
  • Thistlewood, H.M.A. (2011). "Uso de Spintor Isco [GF-120® NF Naturalyte®] na proteção contra tefritideos na região ocidental da América do Norte.", 3rd Coloquio Nacional de Horticultura Biológica, Braga, Portugal.
  • Thistlewood, H.M.A. (2011). "Uso de Spintor Isco [GF-120® NF Naturalyte®] na proteção contra tefritideos na região ocidental da América do Norte.", 9th Encontro Nacional de Proteção Integrada, Viseu, Portugal.
  • Thistlewood, H.M.A., Acheampong, S., Leaming, C., Thurston, M., Holder, D., and Sinclair, B.J. (2011). "Spotted Wing Drosophila: first results on non-crop host plants and natural enemies in the B.C. interior.", Special Meeting for all interior fruit soft fruit and grape growers in Cawston, BC Ministry of Agriculture, Food & Fisheries, Victoria, BC, Canada, 2011. (Presentation)
  • Thistlewood, H.M.A., Acheampong, S., Leaming, C., Thurston, M., Holder, D., and Sinclair, B.J. (2011). "Spotted Wing Drosophila: first results on non-crop host plants and natural enemies in the B.C. interior.", Special Meeting for all interior fruit soft fruit and grape growers in Kelowna, BC Ministry of Agriculture, Food & Fisheries, Victoria, BC, Canada, 2011. (Presentation)
  • Thistlewood, H.M.A., Acheampong, S., Leaming, C., Thurston, M., Holder, D., and Sinclair, B.J. (2011). "Spotted Wing Drosophila: first results on non-crop host plants and natural enemies in the B.C. interior.", Special Meeting for all interior fruit soft fruit and grape growers in Oliver, BC Ministry of Agriculture, Food & Fisheries, Victoria, BC, Canada, 2011. (Presentation)
  • Thistlewood, H.M.A., Acheampong, S., Leaming, C., Thurston, M., Holder, D., and Sinclair, B.J. (2011). "Spotted Wing Drosophila: first results on non-crop host plants and natural enemies in the B.C. interior.", Special Meeting for all interior fruit soft fruit and grape growers in Summerland, BC Ministry of Agriculture, Food & Fisheries, Victoria, BC, Canada, 2011. (Presentation)
  • Thistlewood, H.M.A., Acheampong, S., Thurston, M., Leaming, C., Holder, D., Edwards, L.M., and Sinclair, B.J. (2011). "Drosophila suzukii, a new pest of stone fruits and grapes in British Columbia.", Entomological Societies of British Columbia and Canada Joint Annual Meeting, Vancouver, BC, Canada.

2010

  • Acheampong, S., Leaming, C., Thistlewood, H.M.A., Thurston, M., and Holder, D. (2010). "Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD) monitoring in the southern Interior of B.C.", Cherry Notes: Newsletter of the Okanagan Kootenay Cherry Growers Association, 2010(December), pp. 3-9. (Newsletter)
  • Acheampong, S., Thistlewood, H.M.A., Thurston, M., Leaming, C., Holder, D., Edwards, L., and Sinclair, B.J. (2010). "Drosophila suzukii, a new pest of stone fruits and grapes in British Columbia.", Entomological Society of Canada 60th and Entomological Society of British Columbia joint Annual Meeting, Coast Plaza Hotel, Vancouver, BC, Canada, October 31-November 3, 2010. (Abstract)
  • Bostanian, N.J., Lefebvre, M., and Thistlewood, H.M.A. (2010). "Toxic Effects of 'Six Reduced Risk' Insecticides to Galendromus occidentalis.", Entomological Society of Canada 60th and Entomological Society of British Columbia joint Annual Meeting, Coast Plaza Hotel, Vancouver, BC, Canada, October 31-November 3, 2010.
  • Shearer, P.W., Thistlewood, H.M.A., Van Steenwyk, R., Walton, V., and Acheampong, S. (2010). "Drosophila suzukii, a new pest of stone fruits in western North America.", IOBC/WPRS 8th International Conference on Integrated Production of Fruit Crops, Vico del Gargano, Italy, September 12-17, 2010. (Abstract)
  • Thistlewood, H.M.A. and Vogt, H. (2010). "Bait sprays and new pesticides for cherry fruit flies in western North America [Fachgesprach Kirsch Frucht Fliegen].", Journal of Cultivated Plants, 61, pp. 290-291.

2009

  • Bostanian, N.J. and Thistlewood, H.M.A. (2009). "Friend or Foe: compatibility of seven ‘reduced risk’ pesticides with the western predatory mite.", British Columbia Fruit Grower Magazine, 22-23(June).
  • Thistlewood, H.M.A. (2009). "Cherry Fruit Fly: international update and a few tips.", Cherry Notes: Newsletter of the Okanagan Kootenay Cherry Growers Association, 2009(June), pp. 8-9. (Newsletter)
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