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Michael E Gray
Title: Professional Scientist
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University of Illinios, Crop Sciences
Urbana, IL 61801
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Address mailcode: 046
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Location: UIUC
Phone: 217-333-6652
Fax: 217-333-5245

Dr. Michael Gray is a Professor of Agricultural Entomology with a 75% extension and 25% research appointment. His primary extension responsibilities include advising producers throughout Illinois of potential economic insect infestations to field and forage crops and offering effective management recommendations. Dr. Gray also serves as Co-Director of the North Central Region IPM Center.

Dr. Gray has conducted numerous participatory on-farm research projects since the early 1990s and his findings have led to reductions in soil insecticide use for the management of corn rootworms, arguably the most important insect pest complex of maize throughout the Corn Belt. His current research thrusts are focused on improving our fundamental understanding of the mechanisms behind the collapse of crop rotation as a viable pest management strategy for the western corn rootworm.
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Recent Recognitions:

2002 Senior Faculty Award for Excellence in Extension, College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, Funk Awards Banquet, University of Illinois

2003 Team Award for Excellence, Western Corn Rootworm Strategic Pest Management Team, College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, Mark R. Band, Michael E. Gray, Scott A. Isard, E. Levine, H.A. Lewin, L. Liu, D.W. Onstad, S.T. Ratcliffe, H.M. Robertson, and J.L. Spencer, Funk Awards Banquet, University of Illinois
Professional affiliations:
Entomological Society of America
American Association of University Professors
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Most Recent:

Rondon, S.I., and M.E. Gray. 2003. Captures of western corn rootworm (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) adults with Pherocon AM and vial traps in four crops in east central Illinois. J. Econ. Entomol. 96(3): 737-747.

Onstad, D.W., D.W. Crowder, S.A. Isard, E. Levine, J.L. Spencer, M.E. O
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Professional society involvement and activities:
Scientific Program Co-Chair, National ESA Meeting, San Diego, California, 2001

President, North Central Branch, ESA, 2002-03

Co-editor for the Postmarked: Extension, USA Column, American Entomologist
Education: B.A. - University of Northern Iowa, 1977
M.S. - Iowa State University, 1982
Ph.D. - Iowa State University, 1986
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