Tropical Fruit Entomology Lab
Our research program is in the area of tropical fruit entomology and acarology. Efforts involve extensive field studies to identify critical problems and employ current technologies to increase our fundamental and applied knowledge of biological and environmental processes that affect the abundance and spread of plant-associated pest and beneficial arthropods in tropical/subtropical fruit crop systems. The Tropical Fruit Entomology Lab's research program is based on strong collaborations to address complex problems with a multidisciplinary approach and to develop sustainable and biologically-based pest management systems for the tropical fruit crop industry.
The extension programs utilize science-based information generated by the research program to educate tropical fruit growers on integrated pest management practices and invasive species preparedness. The goal of the program is to increase the sustainability, profitability, and competitiveness of the tropical fruit industry in South Florida. This goal is achieved by working in collaboration with state and county agents, Extension faculty, tropical fruit producers, grower associations, and regulatory agencies to identify and address key pest issues affecting the tropical fruit industry.
The training and education of the next generation of scientists in the field of entomology and acarology are extremely important. The goal is to help form professionals with special skills that allow them to enter a challenging and competitive job market. The Tropical Fruit Entomology program contributes to the training of Ph.D. and MS students, postdocs, undergraduate students, visiting scientist, and interns.
Additionally, Dr. Carillo is a guest lecturer for the entomology section at the "Tropical Fruit Production & Research (HOS5555) course discussing entomology research and implementation of integrated pest management plans against major pests of tropical fruits.