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Kabaluk, Todd, M.Sc.

Research Biologist, Integrated Pest Management

Contact Information:

6947 Highway 7
PO Box 1000
Agassiz, British Columbia V0M 1A0
Telephone: 604-796-6083
Email: todd.kabaluk@agr.gc.ca

Areas of Expertise:

  • Biological control of field insect pests using microbial insecticides and other bio-based materials, from discovery through to development
  • Host-pathogen ecology
  • Integrated pest management
  • Pest monitoring

Current Projects:

  • Attracting and killing click beetles (Agriotes spp.) to reduce input of soil larvae (wireworms), using pheromones and entompathogens
  • Incidence of latent Metarhizium infection of wireworms and its suppression by symbiotic bacteria
  • Development of a comprehensive approach for wireworm biocontrol
  • Predicting wireworm damage to crops
  • Efficacy and mode of action of a bio-based fertilizer with pest control properties

Affiliations:

  • President, Professional Pest Management Association of British Columbia
  • Board of Directors - Lower Mainland Horticulture Improvement Association
  • Editor - Annual Proceedings of the Growers Short Course, Pacific Agriculture Show
  • Associate Editor, Organic Agriculture - Journal of the International Society of Organic Agriculture Research

Research publications

2017

2016

  • Kabaluk, T. (2016). Autumn Activity of Adult Agriotes lineatus (Linnaeus) (Coleoptera: Elateridae) in Southwestern British Columbia, 70(3), 634-637. http://dx.doi.org/10.1649/0010-065X-70.3.634

2014

2013

  • Kabaluk, J.T., Janmaat, A., Sheedy, C., Goettel, M.S., and Noronha, C. (2013). "Agriotes spp. Wireworms and Click Beetles.", in Mason, P.G. and Gillespie, D.R. (eds.) - Biological Control Programmes in Canada 2001-2012, CABI Publishing.
  • Mason, P.G., Kabaluk, J.T., Spencer, B., and Gillespie, D.R. (2013). "Regulation of biological control in Canada.", in Mason, P.G. and Gillespie, D.R. (eds.) - Biological Control Programmes in Canada 2001-2012, CABI Publishing, pp. 1-5.

2012

  • Kabaluk, J.T., Young, B.M.S., Doreau, A.M., Mackovic, C.R. (2012). A simple computation-based approach for measuring the carbon dioxide production of respiring biological samples in passively ventilated chambers, 145(2), 175-180. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1570-7458.2012.01324.x

2009

Other science related publications

2018

  • Kabaluk, T. 2018. Met52EC for Click Beetle (Agriotes sputator) Control. Report for AAFC and Industry (Novozymes Biologicals Inc.).
  • Kabaluk, T. 2018. The Entomopathogen Metarhizium brunneum strain LRC112 for Wireworm Control in Agricultural Crops - a basis for commercializing AAFC technology through 3rd party licensing. AAFC Internal Report. 6pp.

2017

  • Kabaluk, T. 2017. Key Findings Testing Met52 and New Entomopathogenic Strains for the Biological Control of Elateridae (Wireworms and Click Beetles) and a Synopsis of Commercial Opportunities. Confidential Report for Novozymes Biologicals, Inc. 8pp.
  • Kabaluk, T. 2017. Review of Patent and Intellectual History Relating to the use of AAFC-developed Pheromone Granules for Wireworm Control. AAFC Internal Report.
  • Vickerson, A., Radley, R., Marchant, B., Kaufuss, O., Kabaluk, T. 2017. Hermetia illucens frass production and use in plant nutrition and pest management. US Patent 9844223.

2016

  • Kabaluk, J.T. and Leger, E. (2016 draft). Metarhizium brunneum as an enzootic wireworm disease and its association with a bacteria symbiont.
  • Kabaluk, T. 2016. Wireworms - know your pest to make the best control decisions. BC Organic Grower 19(3) 19-21, 30.

2015

  • Kabaluk, J.T. and Li-Leger, E. (2015). "Latent Infection of Wireworms and Its Relation to Ambient Metarhizium Levels in Soil.", 48th Annual Meeting of the Society for Invertebrate Pathology and International Congress on Invertebrate Pathology and Microbial Control, Vancouver, B.C., Canada, August 9-13, 2015. (Poster)
  • Kabaluk, J.T., Ruau, S., and Noronha, C. (2015 internal). Infection Parameters of Met52 Targeting Click Beetles (Agriotes obscurus) and the Effect of Seasonal Temperatures on Disease Development in A. obscurus, A. lineatus, and A. sputator. (Report)
  • Nam, S., Li-Leger, E., and Kabaluk, J.T. (2015 internal). A Survey of the Wireworm (Agriotes spp.) Microbiome and Associations of Symbiotic Bacteria with Metarhizium Infection. (Report)
  • Ruau, S. and Kabaluk, J.T. (2015 internal). The Effect of Seasonal Temperatures on Metarhizium LRC112 and Met52 Disease Development in Agriotes obscurus and A. lineatus Click Beetles, and a Degree-day Infection Model. (Report)
  • Wong, J. and Kabaluk, J.T. (2015 internal). Metarhizium Attract and Kill Tactic for Click Beetles - Lowest Effective Pheromone Rate. (Report)
  • Woo, J. and Kabaluk, J.T. (2015 internal). The Effect of Enterra Natural FertilizerTM on Delia radicum Reproduction. (Report)

2014

  • Kabaluk, J.T. (2014 internal). Bait ball for monitoring wireworms to predict crop damage (invention report). (Report)
  • Kabaluk, J.T. (2014 internal). Black Soldier Fly Digestate (frass) as a Wireworm Control Product. (Report)
  • Kabaluk, J.T. (2014). Pheromones for click beetles (Elateridae) formulated as granules (invention report). (Report)

2013

  • Kabaluk, J.T. (2013 internal). A New Biocompound for Wireworm Control – Preliminary Assessment of Mode of Action I. (Report)

2010

  • Anishchenko, I., Lapa, S., Cepoi, L., Voloshchuk, N., Bondar, A., Koshevskyi, I.I., Goncharenko, N., and Kabaluk, J.T. (2010). "Ukraine, Russia, and Moldava.", in Kabaluk, J.T., Svircev, A.M., Goettel, M.S., and Woo, S.G. (eds.) - The Use and Regulation of Microbial Pesticides in Representative Jurisdictions Worldwide, IOBC Global, pp. 35-41.
  • Cuddeford, V. and Kabaluk, J.T. (2010). "Alternative Regulatory Models for Microbial Pesticides.", in Kabaluk, J.T., Svircev, A.M., Goettel, M.S., and Woo, S.G. (eds.) - The Use and Regulation of Microbial Pesticides in Representative Jurisdictions Worldwide, IOBC Global, pp. 94-98.
  • Cuddeford, V. and Kabaluk, J.T. (2010). "Preface.", in Kabaluk, J.T., Svircev, A.M., Goettel, M.S., and Woo, S.G. (eds.) - The Use and Regulation of Microbial Pesticides in Representative Jurisdictions Worldwide, IOBC Global, pp. vi-vii.
  • Kabaluk, J.T., Brookes, V.R., and Svircev, A.M. (2010). "Canada.", in Kabaluk, J.T., Svircev, A.M., Goettel, M.S., and Woo, S.G. (eds.) - The Use and Regulation of Microbial Pesticides in Representative Jurisdictions Worldwide, IOBC Global, pp. 59-73.
  • Kabaluk, J.T., Svircev, A.M., Goettel, M.S., and Woo, S.G. (Eds.) (2010). The Use and Regulation of Microbial Pesticides in Representative Jurisdictions Worldwide., IOBC Global. (Book)
  • Vernon, R.S., Kabaluk, J.T., Mikitzel, L.J., and Noronha, C. (2010). "Reduced-risk Wireworm Management in Potato.", published by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC)/Agriculture et Agroalimentaire Canada (AAC), Pesticide Risk Reduction Program/Programme de réduction des risques liés aux pesticides, pp. 1-4. (Technology transfer)
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