Kennedy, George, G.

William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor of Agriculture

Program area: 

Ecology and Management of Insect Pests Affecting Agricultural Crops


Research Annex West, Ligon Rd.

Box 7613, NCSU, Raleigh, NC USA 27695-7630


B.S. Oregon State University (1970)
Ph.D. Cornell University (1974)


Research in my program focuses on understanding the ecology and life systems of arthropods affecting agricultural crops and applying that understanding to improve the effectiveness and sustainability of arthropod management in vegetable crops. We study fundamental interactions and processes that influence pest status, population dynamics and the insect/crop interactions that result in damage. We apply the resulting information in combination with new technologies to enhance IPM. Areas of emphasis include insect-plant interactions, resistance management, landscape scale population dynamics, and epidemiology and management of insect transmitted plant viruses. Current research projects focus on understanding the determinants of tospovirus transmission by thrips in relation to epidemiology and management of Tomato spotted wilt virus and on the development of reduced risk arthropod management systems for fruiting vegetables. These efforts include both field and laboratory research and collaborations with faculty in Entomology, Horticulture and Plant Pathology at NCSU and colleagues at other institutions. We also work closely with extension colleagues, growers and the agribusiness community to facilitate implementation of new pest management practices.


ENT 762 Insect Pest Management in Agricultural Crops

ENT 601V/801V Seminar in Insect Plant Interactions

Selected publications:
Kennedy, G.G. and N. P. Storer. 2000. Life systems of polyphagous arthropod pests in temporally unstable cropping systems. Annu. Rev. Entomol. 45: 467-493.
Kennedy, G.G. and T.B. Sutton (eds) 2000. Emerging Technologies in Integrated Pest Management: Concepts, Research, and Implementation. APS Press, St. Paul, MN 534 pp.
Kennedy, G.G. 2003. Tomato, pests, parasitoids, and predators: tritrophic interactions involving the genus Lycopersicon. Annu. Rev. Entomol 48:51-72.
Sang-Hoon, Sin. Brian C. McNulty, George G. Kennedy and James W. Moyer. 2005. Viral genetic determinants for thrips transmission of Tomato spotted wilt virus. PNAS. 102: 5168-5173.
Nault, B.A., A.M. Shelton, J.L. Gangloff-Kauffmann, M.E. Clark, J.L. Warren, J.C. Cabrera-LaRosa, and G.G. Kennedy. 2006. Reproductive strategies of onion thrips (Thysanoptera: Thripidae) in onion fields and their associations with Wolbachia, temperature and insecticide susceptibility. Environ. Entomol. 35: 1264-1271.
Myers, A., T.B. Sutton, J.A. Abad, and G.G. Kennedy. 2007. Pierce’s disease of grapevines: identification of the primary vectors in NC. Phytopathology 97: 1440-1450.
Cabrera_LaRosa, J.C. and G.G. Kennedy. 2007. Thrips tabaci and Tomato spotted wilt virus: inheritance of vector competence. Entomol. Expt. Appl. 124: 161-166.
Stumpf, C.F. and G.G. Kennedy. 2007. Effects of Tomato spotted wilt virus isolates, host plants, and temperature on survival, size and development of Frankliniella occidentalis. Entomol. Expt. et Appl. 123: 139-147.
Morsello, S. and G.G. Kennedy. 2008. Local temperature and precipitation explain variation in spring dispersal of Frankliniella fusca (Thysanoptera: Thripidae). Environ. Entomol. 37: 79-86.
Puente, M. E., Kennedy, G. G. and Gould, F. (2008) The impact of herbivore-induced plant volatiles on parasitoid foraging success: a general deterministic model. J. Chem. Ecol.34: 945-958.
Puente, M., Magori, K., Kennedy, G. G. and Gould F. (2008) Impact of herbivore-induced plant volatiles on parasitoid foraging success: a spatial simulation of the Cotesia rubecula, Pieris rapae, and Brassica oleracea system. J. Chem. Ecol.34: 959-970.
Jasrotia,P., M.R. Abney, N.B. Neergaels and G.G. Kennedy. 2008. Influence of Soil Temperature, Rainfall, and Planting and Harvest Dates on Chaetocnema confinis (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) Damage to Sweetpotato Roots. J. Econ. Entomol. 101:1238-1243.
Romeis, J., A.M. Shelton and G.G. Kennedy (eds.). 2008. Integration of Insect Resistant Genetically Modified Crops within IPM Systems. Springer, Dordrecht, 441 pp.
Morsello, S. and G.G. Kennedy. 2009. Spring temperature and precipitation affect tobacco thrips, Frankliniella fusca (Thysanoptera: Thripidae) population growth and Tomato spotted wilt virus within patches of the winter weed Stellaria media. Entomol. Expt. Appl. 130: 138-148.
Morsello, S.C., A.L.P. Beaudoin, R.L. Groves and G.G. Kennedy. 2010: The influence of temperature and precipitation on spring dispersal of Frankliniella fusca changes as the season progresses. Entomol. Expt. Appl. 134: 260-271.