NSF study to look at controlling mole cricket population

Published: Jul 28, 2010 11:00:00 AM
Media Contact: Sally Credille, src0007@auburn.edu, 334-844-3447

Prabhakar Clement, Arthur H. Feagin professor in Auburn University's Department of Civil Engineering, recently received a National Science Foundation award totaling more than $220,000 for the project "Development of Biopores in the Subsurface by Burrowing Organisms and their Impacts on Infiltration, Runoff and Contaminant Transport Characteristics." Clement, who is co-principal investigator for the research, will be working with Navin Twarakavi, faculty member in Auburn's Department of Agronomy and Soils, and David Held, faculty member in Auburn's Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology.

The three-year project is the first multi-disciplinary effort to study biopore development by mole crickets and their effects on storage, transport, infiltration and runoff processes. The team hopes to provide new insights into the behavior of the crickets, which are the primary pest of recreational and pasture turf grass in the Southeast, as well as develop more efficient pesticide delivery strategies for controlling them.

Contributed by Katie Mullinax