Tree Fruit Research & Extension Center

Insect Ecology & Behavior Laboratory

Staff & Students

Ute (Kührt) Chambers

DAS Manager/Educator

Tree Fruit Research and Extension Center
1100 N Western Ave. Wenatchee, WA
Phone: 509-663-8181 ext. 290
Fax: 509-663-8714
E-mail: uchambers@wsu.edu

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Research/Professional Interests

  • Development and validation of integrated management strategies for insect and mite pests.
  • Investigation of insect behavior and how this behavior can be exploited for control strategies.
  • Impact of temperature and thermoregulation behavior on insect development and implementation in phenology models.
  • Develop and conduct outreach/extension activities for stakeholders.

Education

  • Ph.D., Applied Entomology - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich
  • M.Sc., Ecology and Zoology - Friedrich-Schiller University Jena, Germany
  • B.Sc., Biology, - Friedrich-Schiller University Jena, Germany

Recent Publications

See Ute's CV for most current listings

Hedstrom, C.S., Walton, V.M., Chambers, U. & J. Olsen. 2012. Pheromone mating disruption of filbertworm moth (Cydia latiferreana) in commercial hazelnut orchards. Acta Horticulturae (in press).

Chambers U., Petit, B. & V.P. Jones. 2011. WSU-DAS The online pest management support systems for tree fruits in Washington State. Acta Horticulturae (in press).

Jones V.P. & U. Chambers. 2011. Evaluating the US national digital forecast database for use as virtual weather stations to drive the WSU-Decision Aid System Acta Horticulturae (in press).

Chambers, U., Walton, V.W. & S.A. Mehlenbacher, 2011. Susceptibility of hazelnut cultivars to filbertworm, Cydia latiferreana. HortScience 46:1377-1380.

Chambers, U., Bruck, D. J., Olsen, J. & V. M. Walton. Behavior of over-wintering filbertworm (Cydia latiferreana) (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae) larvae and their control with Steinernema carpocapsae. Journal of Economic Entomology. 103:416-422.

Walton, V. M., Dreves, A. J., Gent, D. H., James, D. G., Martin, R. R., Chambers, U., & P. A. Skinkis, 2007. Relationship between rust mites Calepitrimerus vitis (Nalepa), bud mites Colomerus vitis (Pagenstecher) (Acari: Eriophyidae) and short shoot syndrome in Oregon vineyards. International Journal of Acarology 33: 307-318. download PDF

Kührt, U., Samietz, J. & S. Dorn, 2006. Thermal response in adult codling moths. Physiological Entomology 31: 80-88. view article

Kührt, U., Samietz, J. & S. Dorn, 2006. Effect of plant architecture and hail nets on temperature of codling moth habitats in apple orchards. Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata 118: 245-259. view article

Kührt, U., Samietz, J., Höhn, H. & S. Dorn, 2006. Modelling the phenology of codling moth: influence of habitat and thermoregulation. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment 117: 29-38. view article download PDF

Kührt, U., Samietz, J. & S. Dorn, 2006. Plant architecture, hail nets and thermal behaviour influencing developmental rate and modelling of the codling moth. Acta Horticulturae 707: 197-203. download PDF

Kührt, U., Samietz, J. & S. Dorn, 2005. Thermoregulation behaviour in codling moth larvae. Physiological Entomology 30: 54-61. view article

Tschudi-Rein, K., Brand, N., Kührt, U. & S. Dorn, 2004. First record of Hyssopus pallidus (Askew, 1964) for Switzerland (Hymenoptera: Eulophidae). Revue Suisse de Zoologie 111: 671-672.

Extension Publications

Chambers, U., Jones, V., Gadino., A., Jones, W., Mills, N. & Brunner, J. 2013. Enhancing Biocontrol. Good Fruit Grower, February 1st 2013 issue.

Chambers, U., Jones, V. & B. Petit, 2010. WSU Decision Aid System. Online video at GrowingProduce.com.

Chambers, U., Jones, V., Petit, B., Brunner, J. & G. Grove, 2010. Decision Aid System update. Good Fruit Grower, March 1st 2010 issue.

Walton, V., Chambers, U. & J. Olsen, 2009. Hazelnut pest and beneficial insects – An identification guide, Oregon State Extension Service EM 8979-E. download PDF

Walton, V. M., Chambers, U., Olsen, J. & M. Reitmajer, 2008. Hazelnut pest management news. Oregon State Extension Service Newsletter.

Reitmajer, M., Walton V. M., Skinkis, P., & U. Chambers, 2007. Seasonal Phenology and Symptoms of Rust mite infestations in Oregon vineyards. Pacific Entomology Branch Meeting, Portland, Oregon.

Walton, V. M., Chambers, U., Dreves, A. J., Bruck, D. J. & J. Olsen, 2007. Identification of Invasive and Reemerging Pests on Hazelnuts. Oregon State Extension Service. download PDF


Presentations & Outreach

January 2013 - Evaluation of environmental data used for IPM models. Chambers, U. & V. Jones. Western Orchard Pest and Diseases Management Conference, Portland, OR.

March 2012 - Evaluation of environmental data used for IPM models. Chambers, U., Jones, V. & G. Grove. ESA Pacific Branch Annual Meeting, Portland, OR.

January 2012 - Evaluation of environmental data used for IPM models. Chambers, U., Jones, V. & G. Grove. Western Orchard Pest and Diseases Management Conference, Portland, OR.

June 2011 - WSU-DAS The online pest management support system for tree fruits in Washington State. Chambers, U., Petit, B. & V.P. Jones. IX International Symposium on Modelling in Fruit Research and Orchard Management, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Canada.

December 2010 - Decision support systems as a method to enhance adoption of biological control. Chambers, U., Jones, V., Brunner, J. & B. Petit. Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America, San Diego, CA.

January 2010 - Virtual weather stations in WSU-DAS. Chambers, U., Jones, V. & G. Grove. Western Orchard Pest and Diseases Management Conference, Portland, OR.

August 2009 – Nut Growers’ Summer Tour, Corvallis, OR.

May 2009 – OSU Extension Service Hazelnut Short Course on IPM, Roseburg, OR.

February 2009. Chambers, U., Walton, V. M. & D. J. Bruck, Entomology Program Seminar, OSU Corvallis, OR. IPM of filbertworm in hazelnuts.

August 2008 – Nut Growers’ Summer Tour, Salem and Mt.Angel, OR.

June 2008 – OSU Extension Service Hazelnut Short Course on IPM, Amity and McMinneville, OR.

January 2008. Chambers, U., Walton, V. M., Bruck, D. J., & A. J. Dreves, Nut Growers’ Society Meeting, Portland, OR. Aphids in hazelnuts & Biological control of filbertworm with nematodes.

January 2008. Chambers, U., Bruck, D. J., Dreves, A. J. & V. M. Walton, Western Orchard Pest and Disease Management Conference, Portland, OR. Biological control of filbertworm with entomopathogenic nematodes.

August 2007 – Nut Growers’ Summer Tour, Newberg, OR.

March 2005. Kührt, U., Samietz, J. & S. Dorn, Swiss Entomological Society National Conference, Basel, Switzerland. Modelling the influence of plant architecture and hail nets on the phenology of the codling moth.

June 2004. Kührt, U., Samietz, J. & S. Dorn, 7th International Symposium on Computer Modelling in Fruit Research and Orchard Management, Copenhagen, Denmark. Plant architecture, hail nets and thermal behaviour influencing development rate and modelling in the codling moth.


Affiliated Projects:

Ute is the Manager for the WSU Decision Aid System

WSU Decision Aid System

Ute is also involved with research and outreach with the SCRI project: "Enhancing Western Orchard Biological Control"


 

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