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Lowery, Tom, Ph.D.

Research Scientist

Contact Information:

4200 Highway 97
Box 5000
Summerland, British Columbia V0H 1Z0
Telephone: 250-404-3324
Fax: 250-494-0755
Email: tom.lowery@agr.gc.ca

Areas of Expertise:

  • Development of integrated and sustainable management programs for insect and mite pests of grape.
  • Epidemiology and management of insect-borne plant viruses; mainly focussing on aphid-transmission, host range and management of plum pox virus and blueberryscorch virus, and studies of leafhopper-borne phytoplasma diseases of grapevines.
  • Studies of aphid biology, behaviour, and methods of control.

Current Projects:

  • Aphid transmission and host range of PPV
  • Altered groundcover management for the control of grape pests and improved fruit quality.
  • Evaluation of reduced-risk materials for peaches and grapes.
  • Monitoring for grape phytoplasmas and potential leafhopper vectors.

Affiliations:

  • Member Research and Development Committee, BC Grape Growers' Association
  • Member of the BC Interior Minor Use Committee
  • Member of the BC, Ontario, and AAFC Grape Phytoplasma Working Groups.
  • Member Ontario PPV Task Force

Research publications

2015

2014

2013

2011

2010

2009

Other science related publications

2015

  • Lowery, D.T. (2015). "Insect and Mite Pests of Grape. (Available on the BC Wine Grape Council website at www.bcwgc.org)", - Best Practices Guide for Grapes for British Columbia Growers, British Columbia Ministry of Agriculture and Lands and British Columbia Wine Grape Council, Chapter 5.3, pp. 27 pages.

2014

  • Lowery, D.T., Weis, M.M., DeLury, N.C., and Buchler, H. (2014). "Insect and Mite Pests of Grapes in British Columbia. (6 pages, 38 colour plates with text). (Available at www.bcwgc.org).", published by British Columbia Wine Grape Council, Peachland, BC, Canada.

2013

  • Stobbs, L.W., Hunter, D.M., Samara, R., Lowery, T., Lowery, D.T., and Sanfaçon, H. (2013). "Progress in Epidemiological Research on Plum Pox Virus.", The Tender Fruit Grape Vine (for Commercial Fruit Growers), 17(5), pp. 5-6. (Newsletter)

2012

  • Lowery, D.T., Johnson, T.S., Cossentine, J.E., and Cory, J. (2012). "Cool caterpillars: Low temperature biological control of a climbing cutworm.", Entomological Society of America (ESA) 60th Annual Meeting, Knoxville Convention Centre, Knoxville, TN, USA, November 11-14, 2012, VP34. (Poster)
  • Lowery, D.T., Stobbs, L.W., Vickers, P.M., Bittner, L.A., and Greig, N. (2012). "Factors Affecting the Detection, Transmission and Management of Plum Pox Virus.", Canadian Phytopathological Society (CPS) 83rd Annual Meeting and International PPV Meeting, Marriott Gateway On The Falls, Niagara Falls, ON, Canada, June 24-27, 2012. (Presentation)
  • Olivier, C.Y., Saguez, J., Galka, B., Stobbs, L.W., Lowery, D.T., and Vincent, C. (2012). "Prevalence of phytoplasma diseases in Canadian vineyards.", 24th International Congress of Entomology (ICE 2012) and International Organization for Biological Control (IOBC) Global Symposium, Daegu, South Korea, August 19-25, 2012, PS4TH066. (Poster)

2011

  • Erlandson, M.A., Maghodia, A.B., Cossentine, J.E., Lowery, D.T., and Theilmann, D.A. (2011). "Genome structure of a nucleopolyhedrovirus infecting Abagrotis reedi, a cutworm pest of vineyards.", 44th Annual Meeting of the Society for Invertebrate Pathology, Halifax, NS, Canada, August 7-11, 2011. (Poster)
  • Johnson, S., Lowery, D.T., Cory, J.S., and Cossentine, J.E. (2011). "Mycosis at cool temperatures: the susceptibility of the temperate grape cutworm Abagrotis orbis to entomopathogenic fungi.", 44th Annual Meeting of the Society for Invertebrate Pathology, Halifax, NS, Canada, August 7-11, 2011. (Poster)
  • Johnson, S., Lowery, D.T., Cory, J.S., and Cossentine, J.E. (2011). "Mycosis at cool temperatures: the susceptibility of the temperate grape cutworm Abagrotis orbis to entomopathogenic fungi.", Entomological Society of British Columbia 2011 Annual General Meeting, Abbotsford, BC, Canada, October 14, 2011.
  • Lowery, D.T. (2011). "Benefits of Native Vegetation for BC Vineyards.", Ecosystem Management for Sustainable Viticulture, Environmental Farm Plan and Okanagan Similkameen Conservation Alliance, Penticton, BC, Canada, February 16, 2011. (Presentation)
  • Lowery, D.T. (2011). "Developing a Sustainable Pest Management Program for BC Grapes.", Cool Climate and Oenology Centre Speakers' Series, Brock University, St. Catharines, ON, Canada, April 5, 2011. (Presentation)
  • Lowery, D.T. (2011). "Managing Cutworm Pests of Grapes: from the Ground up.", Entomological Society of Canada 61st and Acadian Entomological Society 71st joint Annual Meeting, Westin Nova Scotian Hotel, Halifax, NS, Canada, November 6-9, 2011.
  • Smirle, M.J., Zurowski, C.L., Lowery, D.T., and Mostafa, A.M. (2011). "Response to Insecticides of Cutworm Pests of Grapes.", Entomological Society of Canada 61st and Acadian Entomological Society 71st joint Annual Meeting, Westin Nova Scotian Hotel, Halifax, NS, Canada, November 6-9, 2011.

2010

  • Olivier, C.Y., Galka, B., Saguez, J., Lasnier, J., Vincent, C., Stobbs, L.W., and Lowery, D.T. (2010). "Why phytoplasma infection in leafhopper population is only correlated with grapevine yellow incidence in vineyards from Québec?", 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.
  • Olivier, C.Y., Galka, B., Saguez, J., Vincent, C., Lowery, D.T., Stobbs, L.W., Whybourne, K.J., Bittner, L.A., Xiansheng, C., Lasnier, J., and Floate, K.D. (2010). "Les jaunisses à phytoplasmes dans les vignobles Canadiens: état de l’art.", VII Conférence Internationale Francophone d'Entomologie (CIFE 2010), Louvain la Neuve, Belgium, July 5-10, 2010.
  • Olivier, C.Y., Galka, B., Saguez, J., Vincent, C., Lowery, D.T., Stobbs, L.W., Whybourne, K.J., Bittner, L.A., and Xiansheng, C. (2010). "Les jaunisses à phytoplasmes dans les vignobles Canadiens - Passés, présents et futurs projets de recherche.", VII Conférence Internationale Francophone d'Entomologie (CIFE 2010), Louvain la Neuve, Belgium, July 5-10, 2010.
  • Olivier, C.Y., Galka, B., Saguez, J., Vincent, C., Lowery, D.T., Stobbs, L.W., Whybourne, K.J., Bittner, L.A., and Xiansheng, C. (2010). "Les jaunisses à phytoplasmes dans les vignobles canadiens - Passés, présents et futurs projets de recherche.", Entomologie faunistique, 63(3), pp. 87-90.

2009

  • Stobbs, L.W., Whybourne, K.J., Olivier, C.Y., and Lowery, D.T. (2009). Increasing Incidence of X-Disease in Ontario., Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA), Toronto, ON, Canada.
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