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Welcome to the
home page of

Daniel A. Potter

Professor of Entomology

Professor; Urban Landscape Entomology; Insect-Plant Relationships
Full Member of the Graduate Faculty
University of Kentucky


    To Contact:

    Email: dapotter@uky.edu
    Address: Department of Entomology
    S-225 Agricultural Science Bldg. - North
    University of Kentucky
    Lexington, KY 40546-0091
    Phone: Office: 859-257-7458
    Fax: 859-323-1120

    Our Vision

    • Provide research leadership for environmentally responsible solutions to insects impacting  plants in urban and suburban landscapes including lawns, golf courses, sport fields, street and shade trees, parks, pastures, nurseries, and other settings
    • Enhance basic understanding of pests and beneficial insects, their interactions with plants in urban landscapes, and their responses to anthropogenic disturbances , especially pesticide inputs
    •  Conduct hypothesis-driven innovative work in conservation biological control, eco-toxicology, urban biodiversity conservation, host plant resistance, and tri-trophic interactions using turf and landscape study systems
    • Develop future leaders in Urban Landscape Entomology through commitment to  graduate education

    We interact with professional landscape and turf managers, industry and government scientists, and the public.  Grad students gain independent research skills as well as extensive teaching, extension, and outreach experience, opening diverse career opportunities.  Nearly all of our graduates have gone on to rewarding scientific careers in academia, state or federal positions, or in industry.

    We have inordinate fondness for soil insects, especially scarab grubs, as well as Japanese beetles, caterpillars, wood borers, scale insects, leaf miners, ants, earthworms, and other invertebrates important to urban ecosystems. Another focus is on conservation of beneficial insects, including pollinators, and their ecosystem services.  New systems are readily taken on in response to students' interests and emerging pest problems.  

    On my web site you will find a brief personal biography, examples of past and present research projects, a list of selected recent publications from our lab, information about current and past graduate students, and brief descriptions of courses that I teach.

    Some Accomplishments of Students from Our Lab:

    • 40 past and present graduate students
    • Three recipients of John H. Comstock Award, ESA’s most prestigious graduate student recognition
    • Seven recipients of UK College of Agriculture Outstanding Grad Student Award
    • ESA Leadership Award in Applied Entomology, ESA President’s Prize, ESA scholarships, GCSAA Watson Fellowship, prestigious University fellowships, 18 winners in OVEA Student Paper Competition
    • Former students include 9 University faculty members; leaders in Industry, USDA, State Extension and Regulatory positions, and lawn and landscape consultants and/or business owners.  
    • >70% of the nearly 200 refereed scientific papers originating from our lab had student(s) as the primary (first) author.

    Selected Recent Publications from Our Lab [since 2008]
    ( aauthor is current or former student)
    • Seagraves BLa, Redmond CTa, Potter DA (2012)  Relative resistance or susceptibility of maple (Acer) species, hybrids, and cultivars to six arthropod pests of production nurseries. Pest Manag. Sci.  In Press.
    • Redmond CTa, Williams DW, Potter DA (2012) Comparison of scarab grub populations and associated pathogens and parasitoids in warm or cool-season in warm- or cool-season grasses used on transitional-zone golf courses.   J. Econ. Entomol. In Press.
    • Held DWa, Potter DA (2012) Prospects for managing turfgrass pests with reduced chemical inputs. Annu. Rev. Entomol. 57: 329-54.
    • Keathley CPa, Harrison RL, Potter DA (2012) Baculovirus infection of the armyworm (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) feeding on spiny- or smooth-edged grass (Festuca spp.) leaf blades.  Biol. Control 61: 147-54.
    • Keathley CPa, Potter DA (2012).  Arthropod abundance in tall fescue pastures containing novel “safe” endophytes. Ann. Appl. Biol. DOI: 10.1111/j.1439-0418.2011.01698.x
    • Larson JLa, Redmond CTa, Potter DA (2012).  Comparative impact of an anthranilic diamide and other insecticidal chemistries on beneficial invertebrates and ecosystem services in turf.  Pest Manag. Sci. 68: 740-748. 
    • Bixby-Brosi AJa, Potter DA (2011) Endophyte-mediated tritrophic interactions between a grass-feeding caterpillar and two parasitoid species with different life histories.  Arthopod-Plant Interactions 6: 27-34.
    • Bixby-Brosi AJa, Potter DA (2012) Can a chitin-synthesis-inhibiting turfgrass fungicide enhance black cutworm susceptibility to a baculovirus?  Pest Manag. Sci. 68: 324-29
    • Keathley CPa, Potter DA (2011).  Behavioral plasticity of a grass-feeding caterpillar in response to spiny or smooth-edged leaf blades.  Arthropod-Plant Interactions 5: 339-49.  
    • Condra Ja, Brady Ca, Potter DA (2010). Resistance of landscape-suitable elms to Japanese beetle, gall aphids, and leaf miners, with notes on life history of Orchestes alni and Agromyza aristata in Kentucky.  Arboric. Urban For. 36:101-09.
    • Hammons DLa, Kurtural SK, Potter DA (2010) Phenological resistance of grapes to the green June beetle, an obligate fruit-eating scarab. Ann. Appl. Biol. 156: 271-279.
    • Potter D.A. et al. (2010) Managing earthworm casts (Oligochaeta: Lumbricidae) in turfgrass using a natural byproduct of tea oil (Camellia sp.) manufacture.   Pest Manag. Sci. 66:439-46.
    • Bixby AJa, Potter D.A. (2010).  Influence of endophyte (Neotyphodium lolii) infection of perennial ryegrass on susceptibility of the black cutworm (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) to a baculovirus. Biological Control, 54: 141-146.
    • Bixby-Brosi AJa, Potter DA (2010) Evaluating a naturally-occurring baculovirus for extended biological control of the black cutworm (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) in golf course habitats. J. Econ. Entomol. 103:1555-63.
    • Vanek, SJa, Potter DA (2010) An interesting case of ant-created enemy-free space for magnolia scale (Hemiptera: Coccidae).  J. Insect Behavior 23: 389-395.
    • Vanek, SJa, Potter DA (2010) Ant-exclusion to promote biological control of soft scales (Hemiptera: Coccidae) on woody landscape plants.  Environ. Entomol. 39:1829-37. 
    • Hammons DLa, Kurtural SK, Potter DA (2010) Japanese beetle defoliation reduced primary bud cold hardiness during vineyard establishment.  Am. J. Enology and Viticulture 61:130-34.
    • Redmond CTa, Potter DA (2010) Incidence of turf-damaging white grubs and associated pathogens and parasitoids on Kentucky golf courses. Environ. Entomol. 39:1838-47.
    • Hammons DLa, Kurtural SK, Potter DA (2010) Impact of insecticide-manupulated defoliation by Japanse betle (Popillia japonica) on grapevines from vineyard establishment through production.  Pest Manag. Sci. 66: 565-571
    • Hammons DLa, Kurtural SK, Newman MC, Potter DA (2009) Invasive Japanese beetles facilitate aggregation and injury by a native scarab pest of ripening fruits. Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. 106: 3686–3691.
    • Seagraves BLa, Haynes KF, Redmond CT, Tittle S, Potter DA (2008) Seasonal biology and management of the maple shoot borer, Proteoteras aesculana (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae) in production nurseries. Pest Manag. Sci.64: 1040–1049.
    • Hammons DLa, Kurtural SK, Potter DA (2008) Japanese beetles facilitate feeding by green June beetles (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) on ripening grapes.  Environ. Entomol. 37: 608-14.
    • Potter DA, Stokes JTa, Redmond CTa, Schardl CL, Panaccione DG (2008) Contribution of ergot alkaloids to suppression of a grass-feeding caterpillar assessed with gene-knockout endophytes in perennial ryegrass. Entomol. Exp. Appl. 126: 138-147.

    Revised: 26 July 2012