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Cárcamo, Héctor, Ph.D.

Research Scientist - Insect Pest Management

Contact Information:

5403 - 1 Avenue South
PO BOX 3000
Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 4B1
Telephone: 403-317-2247
Fax: 403-382-3156
Email: hector.carcamo@agr.gc.ca

Areas of Expertise:

  • insect ecology
  • integrated pest management
  • biological control
  • cultural control
  • canola insects
  • cereal insects
  • biodiversity
  • beneficial insects
  • field crop insects
  • lygus bugs
  • wheat stem sawfly
  • cabbage seedpod weevil

Current Projects:

  • Development and implementation of monitoring technologies to determine incidence and severity of biotic stresses associated with existing and emerging crop production issues
  • Identify and quantify the environmental, biological and cultural factors that influence pest status.
  • Assess the ability of crop varieties to cope with biotic agents and determine the risks to crop production.
  • Canola Production Research Phase II
  • Integrated pest management of the wheat stem sawfly to reduce business risk of sustainable cropping system in the dry prairies
  • Development of technologies and practices to manage biotic risks to crop production systems, including low input and organic production systems
  • Lethbridge Novel Trait

Affiliations:

  • Adjunct Professor, Department of Renewable Resources, University of Alberta

Research publications

2015

2014

  • Holliday, N.J., Floate, K.D., Cárcamo, H.A., Stjernberg, A., and Roughley, R.E. (2014). "Ground beetles (Coleoptera: Carabidae) of the prairie grasslands of Canada.", in Cárcamo, H. and Giberson, D. (eds.) - Arthropods of Canadian Grasslands Volume 4, Biological Survey of Canada (BSC), pp. 1-85.
  • Kher, S.V., Dosdall, L.M., Cárcamo, H.A., and El-Bouhssini, M. (2014). "Antixenosis resistance to Oulema melanopus (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) in Central Asian wheat germplasm.", Journal of Economic Entomology, 107(1), pp. 410-416. doi : 10.1603/EC13065

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

Other science related publications

2016

  • Nagalingham, T., T.F.S. Guimaraes, J. OTANI, H. Carcamo, T. Wist, J. Gavloski, A.C. Costamagna. 2016. Species composition and seasonal pattern of occurrence of flea beetles in the prairies. The 72nd Meeting of the Entomological Society of Manitoba held at Winnipeg MB from October 28-29, 2016.
  • OTANI, J., Giffen, D., Weiss, R., Carcamo, H., Hartley, S., Olfert, O. 2016. Prairie Pest Monitoring Network e-Bulletin – May 25, 2016 edition. 2016-4:1-22. http://goo.gl/lzUyrK
  • S. Kaur, J. Thomas, S. Meers, S. Chatterton, and H.A. Carcamo. 2016. Causal agents of necrotic spots on faba beans: lygus, Botrytis spp., or both? Canadian Pulse Research Workshop, Winnipeg MB, October 26 – 28, 2016. (oral presentation)
  • T.L. Willsey, S. Chatterton, J. Thomas, and H.A. Carcamo. Intra-host interactions of soil-borne pathogens and an insect herbivore in field pea. Canadian Pulse Research Workshop, Winnipeg MB, October 26 – 28, 2016. (oral presentation)

2015

  • Cárcamo, H.A. and Meers, S. (2015). "Lygus bug update.", Agronomy Update Conference 2015, Lethbridge, AB, Canada, January 20-21, 2015, Oral Presentation.
  • Cárcamo, H.A., Otani, J.K., Harker, N., Reid, P., Broatch, J.S., Meers, S., Barkley, S., and Daniels, S. (2015). "Of lygus and canola: Where is the threshold?", Entomological Society of Alberta Annual General Meeting, Jasper, AB, Canada, October 1-3, 2015.
  • Costamagna, A., Cárcamo, H.A., and Otani, J.K. (2015). "Management of flea beetles in the Canadian Prairies.", 2015 Entomological Society of America, November 8-11, 2015.
  • Fernández, D.C., Cárcamo, H.A., Herle, C.E., and Laird, R.A. (2015). "Seasonal occurrence of Lygus bugs (Hemiptera: Miridae) and their parasitoids on alfalfa fields in Southern Alberta.", Biology Graduate Students Symposium, University of Lethbridge, Lethbridge, AB, Canada, January 4, 2015. (Poster)
  • Olfert, O.O., Cárcamo, H.A., and Meers, S. (2015). "Wheat stem sawfly in Alberta in 2014. 2014 Crop Variety Highlights and Insect Pest Forecasts.", Saskatoon Research Centre Technical Bulletin, 2015(1), pp. 16-17.
  • Olfert, O.O., Meers, S., Cárcamo, H.A., and Hartley, S. (2015). "Pea leaf weevil in Alberta and Saskatchewan in 2014. 2014 Crop Variety Highlights and Insect Pest Forecasts.", Saskatoon Research Centre Technical Bulletin, 2015(1), pp. 18-19.
  • Otani, J.K., Costamagna, A., Szeitz, A., Cárcamo, H.A., and Wist, T. (2015). "Sticking with flea beetles in canola – Examining species, thresholds and beyond.", Joint Annual Meeting of the Société d’entomologie du Québec and the Entomological Society of Canad, Montreal, QC, Canada, November 8-11, 2015, pp. 20. (Poster)
  • Otani, J.K., Szeitz, A., Costamagna, A., Cárcamo, H.A., and Wist, T. (2015). "Sticking with flea beetles in canola – Examining species, thresholds and beyond.", Joint Annual Meeting of the Société d’entomologie du Québec and the Entomological Society of Canad, Montreal, QC, Canada, November 8-11, 2015, pp. 20.
  • Philip, H., Svendsen, E., Olfert, O.O., Olivier, C.Y., Cárcamo, H.A., Soroka, J.J., Otani, J.K., and Wist, T. (2015). Field Crop and Forage Pests and their Natural Enemies in Western Canada – Identification and Management Field Guide. (Report)

2014

  • Brian L. Beres, B. D. Hill, D. K. Weaver, J. J. Knodel, H. A. Cárcamo, C. J. Pozniak, K. T. Nilsen, P. B. Beauzay, P. F. Lamb, J. A. Holmes, M. L. Hofland, P. R. Miller, R. D. Cuthbert and L. E. Talbert. 2014. Variations in physiological response of solid stem spring wheat cultivars across diverse growing environments and agronomic systems, 6th International Wheat Stem Sawfly Conference, Bozeman, MT USA, April 11-12.
  • Brian L. Beres, Héctor. A. Cárcamo, J. Robert Byers, Fran R. Clarke, Yuefeng Ruan, Curtis J. Pozniak, Saikat K. Basu, and Ron M. DePauw. 2014. Host Plant Interactions between Wheat Germplasm Source and Wheat Stem Sawfly Cephus cinctus Norton (Hymenoptera: Cephidae), Joint Annual Meetings of the Canadian Societies of Agronomy and Horticultural Sciences, Lethbridge, AB, Canada, July 10-12
  • Cárcamo, H.A. (2014). "La lutte biologique à son meilleur : contrôle du criocère des céréales au moyen de la guêpe T. julis. Available in English (http://publications.gc.ca/collections/collection_2014/aac-aafc/A59-15-2014-eng.pdf) and French [http://publications.gc.ca/site/eng/469808/publication.html].", published by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. (Factsheet)
  • Cárcamo, H.A. and Hervet, V.A.D. (2014). "An overview of beneficial insects and spiders in agroecosystems - including a live display.", Field Day Oral Presentation. (Presentation)
  • Cárcamo, H.A. and Olfert, O.O. (2014). "Biological Control of invasive insect pests of cereals in the Canadian Prairies.", 37th Mexican Congress on Biological Control, Merida, México, November 6, 2014, Invited Symposium Oral Presentation.
  • Cárcamo, H.A. and Olfert, O.O. (2014). "Control biológico de insectos plagas invasivas en cereales en las Praderas Canadienses.", Simposio en México, November 14, 2014.
  • Cárcamo, H.A., Dosdall, L.M., Olfert, O.O., Meers, S., Gavloski, J.E., and Hartley, S. (2014). "Recent changes in insect communities associated with agricultural systems in the Prairies.", 2014 Joint Annual Meeting of Entomological Society of Saskatchewan and Entomological Society of Canada, Saskatoon SK, Canada, September 28-October 1, 2014, Invited Symposium.
  • Cárcamo, H.A., Dosdall, L.M., Olfert, O.O., Meers, S., Gavloski, J.E., and Hartley, S. (2014). "Recent changes in insect communities associated with agricultural systems in the Prairies.", Invited Symposium, Saskatoon, Canada, November 6, 2014, Oral Presentation.
  • Fernández, D.C., Cárcamo, H.A., Herle, C.E., and Laird, R.A. (2014). "Seasonal occurrence of Lygus bugs (Hemiptera: Miridae) and their parasitoids on alfalfa fields in Southern Alberta.", Joint Conference of NAAIC, Trifolium, & Grass Breeders, Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada, July 8-10, 2014. (Poster)
  • Fernández, D.C., Cárcamo, H.A., Laird, R.A., Mason, P.G., Otani, J.K., and Lachance, S. (2014). "Ecological interactions between lygus bugs and Peristenus: an approach in southern Alberta.", 2014 Joint Annual Meeting of Entomological Society of Saskatchewan and Entomological Society of Canada, Saskatoon SK, Canada, September 28-October 1, 2014.
  • Fernandez, C., Carcamo, H., Cárcamo, H.A., Laird, R.A., Mason, P.G., Otani, J.K., and Lachance, S. (2014). "Ecological interactions between lygus bugs and Peristenus: an approach in southern Alberta.", 2014 Joint Annual Meeting of Entomological Society of Saskatchewan and Entomological Society of Canada, Saskatoon SK, Canada, September 28-October 1, 2014, pp. 37.
  • Kheirodin, A., Cárcamo, H.A., and Costamagna, A. (2014). "Field and laboratory tests of predation on the cereal leaf beetle.", 2014 Joint Annual Meeting of Entomological Society of Saskatchewan and Entomological Society of Canada, Saskatoon SK, Canada, September 28-October 1, 2014.
  • Olfert, O.O., Cárcamo, H.A., Elliott, R.H., Gan, Y.T., McLaren, D.L., Olivier, C.Y., Otani, J.K., Peng, G., and Soroka, J.J. (2014). Detection, surveillance and management of weed, insect and disease pests that threaten the economic viability of crop production and the environmental health of prairie agro-ecosystems. Annual Report to Canola Science Cluster (4 pages). (Report)
  • Olfert, O.O., Cárcamo, H.A., and Meers, S. (2014). "Wheat stem sawfly in Alberta in 2014. 2014 Crop Variety Highlights and Insect Pest Forecasts.", Saskatoon Research Centre Technical Bulletin, 2014(1), pp. 16-17.
  • Olfert, O.O., Meers, S., Cárcamo, H.A., and Hartley, S. (2014). "Pea leaf weevil in Alberta and Saskatchewan in 2014. 2014 Crop Variety Highlights and Insect Pest Forecasts.", Saskatoon Research Centre Technical Bulletin, 2014(1), pp. 18-19.
  • St. Onge, A.J., Cárcamo, H.A., Meers, S., and Evenden, M.L. (2014). "Development of a semiochemical monitoring system for pea leaf weevil (Sitona lineatus) in Canadian field pea crops.", 2014 Joint Annual Meeting of Entomological Society of Saskatchewan and Entomological Society of Canada, Saskatoon SK, Canada, September 28-October 1, 2014, Oral Presentation.

2013

  • Cárcamo, H.A. and Otani, J.K. (2013). Refine and validate economic threshold for lygus bugs in canola production in Alberta (Project Code: PRR12-030). Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Pest Management Centre, Reduced Risk Pesticide Program, Final Report 2012-2013, March 31, 2013. (Report)
  • Cárcamo, H.A., Meers, S., Dosdall, L.M., and Olfert, O.O. (2013). Management of lygus bugs and seedpod weevil in canola at the farm level. Final Report submitted to the Canola Council of Canada for Project #2010-020 of the Canola Agronomic Research Program. (Report)
  • Olfert, O.O., Cárcamo, H.A., and Meers, S. (2013). "Wheat stem sawfly in Alberta in 2012. 2012 Crop Variety Highlights and Insect Pest Forecasts.", Saskatoon Research Centre Technical Bulletin, 2013(1), pp. 16-17.
  • Olfert, O.O., Meers, S., Cárcamo, H.A., and Hartley, S. (2013). "Pea leaf weevil in Alberta and Saskatchewan in 2012. 2012 Crop Variety Highlights and Insect Pest Forecasts.", Saskatoon Research Centre Technical Bulletin, 2013(1), pp. 18-19.

2012

  • Beres, B.L., Cárcamo, H.A., Weaver, D.K., Dosdall, L.M., Evenden, M.L., Hill, B.D., McKenzie, R.H., Yang, R.-C., and Spaner, D.M. (2012). "Integrating the building blocks of agronomy and biocontrol into an IPM strategy for wheat stem sawfly (Cephus cinctus).", Entomological Society of America (ESA) 60th Annual Meeting, Knoxville Convention Centre, Knoxville, TN, USA, November 11-14, 2012, D0471. (Poster)
  • Cárcamo, H.A. (2012). "The pea leaf weevil (Sitona lineatus L.) - an overview of recent research and knowledge gaps.", 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, #26. (Abstract)
  • Cárcamo, H.A., Herle, C.E., Broadbent, A.B., Gariepy, T.D., and Gualtieri, L. (2012). "Neo-classical biocontrol of Lygus in canola in the Canadian Prairies-treading lightly.", 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, #27. (Abstract)
  • Cárcamo, H.A., Hervet, V.A.D., Dosdall, L.M., Kher, S.V., and Chelle, C.D. (2012). "Host range assays of Tetrastichus julis - an effective biocontrol agent of cereal leaf beetle.", 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, #28. (Abstract)
  • Kher, S.V., Cárcamo, H.A., Dosdall, L.M., and Goettel, M.S. (2012). "Laboratory bioassay of Beauveria bassiana strain GHA (BotaniGardTM) efficacy on cereal leaf beetle (Oulema melanopus) and non-target effects on its parasitoid Tetrastichus julis.", 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, #97. (Abstract)
  • Kher, S.V., Dosdall, L.M., and Cárcamo, H.A. (2012). "Host-plant nutrients and plant vigor effects on spatio-temporal distribution patterns of cereal leaf beetle, Oulema melanopus (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae).", 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, #95. (Abstract)
  • Kher, S.V., Dosdall, L.M., and Cárcamo, H.A. (2012). "Understanding host-finding behaviour of cereal leaf beetle, Oulema melanopus (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) and its principal parasitoid Tetrastichus julis (Hymenoptera: Eulophidae) using olfactory bioassays.", 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, #96. (Abstract)
  • 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.

2011

  • Cárcamo, H.A. (2011 Internal). Management of lygus bugs and seedpod weevil in canola at the farm level. CARP Project # 2010-20 Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada AGR-05955; 2010 Annual Report for the Prairie Canola Agronomic Research Program of the Canola Council of Canada. (Report)
  • Cárcamo, H.A. (2011). "One shot management of lygus and seedpod weevils in canola.", Agronomy Update Conference 2011, Lethbridge, AB, Canada, January 18-19, 2011.
  • Cárcamo, H.A. and Herle, C.E. (2011). "Phenology of Lygus bugs and parasitism by Peristenus wasps in alfalfa and canola in southern Alberta.", 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. 50.
  • Cárcamo, H.A. et al. (2011). "Alberta Research Report Summaries. Minutes.", Annual Meeting 2011 Western Forum on Crop Pests, Delta Grand Okanagan Resort & Conference Centre, Kelowna, BC, Canada, October 16-18, 2011.
  • Kher, S.V., Dosdall, L.M., and Cárcamo, H.A. (2011). "Biology of the cereal leaf beetle, Oulema melanopus (coleoptera: chrysomelidae) on different cereal hosts and exploration of antibiotic characters in exotic wheat germplasm.", 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. 65.
  • Olfert, O.O., Cárcamo, H.A., and Meers, S. (2011). "Wheat stem sawfly in Alberta in 2010. 2010 Crop Variety Highlights and Insect Pest Forecasts.", Saskatoon Research Centre Technical Bulletin, 2011(1), pp. 16-17.
  • Olfert, O.O., Meers, S., Cárcamo, H.A., and Hartley, S. (2011). "Pea leaf weevil in Alberta and Saskatchewan in 2010. 2010 Crop Variety Highlights and Insect Pest Forecasts.", Saskatoon Research Centre Technical Bulletin, 2011(1), pp. 18-19.
  • Soroka, J.J., Irvine, R.B., and Cárcamo, H.A. (2011 Internal). Strategies for managing flea beetles in canola. SasKCanola Research Report CARP 2002-11. (Report)
  • 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.

2010

  • Beres, B.L., Cárcamo, H.A., Dosdall, L.M., Evenden, M.L., Yang, R.-C., McKenzie, R.H., and Spaner, D.M. (2010). "Integrating the building blocks of agronomy into an IPM strategy for wheat stem sawfly.", 2010 ASA-CSSA-SSSA International Annual Meeting, Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach, CA, USA, October 31-November 4, 2010. (Poster)
  • McKenzie, R.H. and Cárcamo, H.A. (2010). Mustard Production for Alberta. Agdex,143/20-1.

2009

  • Cárcamo, H.A. and Dosdall, L.M. (2009). "Update on the status of the cereal leaf beetle I Alberta.", Agronomy Update Conference 2009, Lethbridge, AB, Canada, January 20-21, 2009, pp. 93-95.
  • Cárcamo, H.A. and Meers, S. (2009). "The Pea Leaf Weevil - An Update.", Agronomy Update Conference 2009, Lethbridge, AB, Canada, January 20-21, 2009, pp. 87-92.
  • Cárcamo, H.A. and Olfert, O.O. (2009). "Biodiversity in Agroecosystems: New Developments and Research Needs.", Entomological Society of Alberta 57th Annual Meeting, Lakeland College, Vermilion, AB, Canada, November 5-7, 2009, pp. 9-10.
  • Cárcamo, H.A., Dosdall, L.M., McKenzie, R., Coles, K., and Meers, S. (2009 Internal). Pest Management of the Pea Leaf Weevil (PLW). Interim report for 2007-09 for the Alberta and Saskatchewan Pulse Growers, MII and ACIDF. (Report)
  • Cárcamo, H.A., Dosdall, L.M., and Olfert, O.O. (2009). "How to integrate biological control effectively in field crop IPM programs.", Entomological Society of Canada 59th and Manitoba Entomological Society Joint Annual Meeting, Winnipeg, MB, Canada, October 18-21, 2009. (Abstract)
  • Cárcamo, H.A., Herle, C.E., and Labun, T. (2009). "Effect of pea leaf weevil on pea nodulation and interactions with Thiamethoxam.", Entomological Society of Alberta 57th Annual Meeting, Lakeland College, Vermilion, AB, Canada, November 5-7, 2009. (Abstract)
  • Dosdall, L.M.Cárcamo, H.A., Olfert, O.O., Meers, S., Hartley, S., and Gavloski, J.E. (2009). "Invasions of Insects in Agroecosystems in the Western Canadian Prairies: Case Histories and Patterns.", Entomological Society of Alberta 57th Annual Meeting, Lakeland College, Vermilion, AB, Canada, November 5-7, 2009, pp. 11. (Abstract)
  • Prasad, R., Basu, S.K., Acharya, S.N., Cárcamo, H.A., and Thomas, J.E. (2009). "Potential insect pests of fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum L.).", 3rd Annual Graduate Students’ Association Multidisciplinary Graduate Research Conference, University of Lethbridge, Lethbridge, AB, Canada, March 14, 2009, pp. P6:21. (Abstract)
  • Vankosky, M.A., Cárcamo, H.A., and Dosdall, L.M. (2009). "The effects of soil nitrogen, Rhizobium inoculation and insecticide seed coatings on yield loss and nitrogen fixation in field peas under Sitona lineatus attack.", Entomological Society of Alberta 57th Annual Meeting, Lakeland College, Vermilion, AB, Canada, November 5-7, 2009, pp. 21. (Abstract)
  • Vankosky, M.A., Dosdall, L.M., and Cárcamo, H.A. (2009). "Exploiting the weakest link: identifying endemic predators and parasitoids of the pea leaf weevil (Sitona lineatus L.) in southern Alberta.", Entomological Society of Canada 59th and Manitoba Entomological Society Joint Annual Meeting, Winnipeg, MB, Canada, October 18-21, 2009, pp. 78. (Abstract)
  • Wu, X., Beres, B.L., and Cárcamo, H.A. (2009). "Does Bracon cephi reduce stem mining by wheat stem sawfly?", Entomological Society of Alberta 57th Annual Meeting, Lakeland College, Vermilion, AB, Canada, November 5-7, 2009, pp. 25.
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