WVU Extension

Daniel Frank

Daniel Frank
Daniel L. Frank
Extension Specialist, Assistant Professor
Agricultural Sciences Building
PO Box 6108
Morgantown, WV 26506
dlfrank@mail.wvu.edu
Phone: 304-293-8835
Fax: 304-293-6954


Area of Expertise
  • Entomology
  • Integrated Pest Management
  • Insect-plant interactions
  • Program Responsibilities
  • Conduct applied entomological research in response to local and state needs
  • Develop, implement, and evaluate statewide educational/informational programs in entomology to include pest identification and control, integrated pest management, and pesticide safety and education.
  • Teach undergraduate courses in insect pest management for the Davis College of Agriculture

  • Education
    Ph.D. Virginia Tech. 2009
    Master of Science. University of Florida. 2004
    Bachelor of Science. Utah State University. 2001

    Selected Publications
  • Hibbard, B. E., D. L. Frank, R. Kurtz, E. Boudreau, and J. F. Odhiambo. 2011. Mortality impact of Bt transgenic maize roots expressing eCry3.1Ab, mCry3A, and eCry3.1Ab plus mCry3A on western corn rootworm larvae in the field. Journal of Economic Entomology. 104: 1584-1591.
  • Frank, D. L., A. Zhang, T. C. Leskey, and J. C. Bergh. 2011. Electrophysiological response of female dogwood borer (Lepidoptera: Sesiidae) to volatile compounds from apple trees. Journal of Entomological Science. 46: 204-215.
  • Frank, D. L., C. C. Brewster, T. C. Leskey, and J. C. Bergh. 2011. Factors influencing the temporal and spatial patterns of dogwood borer (Lepidoptera: Sesiidae) infestations in newly planted apple orchards. Environmental Entomology. 40: 173-183.
  • Frank, D. L., T. C. Leskey, and J. C. Bergh. 2010. Morphological characterization of the antennal sensilla of the dogwood borer (Lepidoptera: Sesiidae). Annals of the Entomological Society of America. 103: 993-1002.
  • Frank, D. L., T. C. Leskey, and J. C. Bergh. 2010. Development of a rearing methodology for the dogwood borer (Lepidoptera: Sesiidae). Annals of the Entomological Society of America. 103: 50-56.
  • Frank, D. L., T. C. Leskey, and J. C. Bergh. 2009. Post-mating behavior of female dogwood borer (Lepidoptera: Sesiidae) in apple orchards. Environmental Entomology. 38: 1219-1225.
  • Liburd, O.E. and D. L. Frank. 2007. A review of synthetic and living mulches for control of homopteran pests (aphids and whiteflies) and diseases in vegetables. In: G. Saxena and K. G. Mukerji, editors, Management of Nematode and Insect-Borne Plant Diseases. 22 pp. Haworth Press Inc. Binghamton, NY USA.
  • Frank, D. L. and O. E. Liburd. 2005. Effects of living and synthetic mulch on the population of whiteflies and aphids, their associated natural enemies, and insect-transmitted plant diseases in zucchini. Environmental Entomology. 34: 857-865.

  • Selected Presentations
  • Current understanding of laboratory selection to transgenic Bt corn by western corn rootworm. Entomological Society of America Conference. 2011. Reno, NV.
  • Unraveling the semiochemical mediated oviposition behavior of female dogwood borer (Lepidoptera: Sesiidae). Entomological Society of America Conference. 2009. Indianapolis, IN.
  • A mass rearing method for the dogwood borer. Entomological Society of America, Eastern Branch Conference. 2009. Harrisburg, PA.
  • Spatial and temporal dynamics of dogwood borer infestation in a West Virginia and Virginia apple orchard. Frank, D. L., T. C. Leskey and J. C. Bergh. 84th Annual Cumberland-Shenandoah Fruit Workers Conference. 2008. Winchester, VA.
  • Electrophysiological response of the dogwood borer, Synanthedon scitula (Lepidoptera: Sesiidae), to apple tissue volatiles. Entomological Society of America Conference. 2007. San Diego, CA.
  • Behavior of mated female dogwood borer in apple planted on size-controlling rootstock. Entomological Society of America Conference. 2006. Indianapolis, IN.
  • Toward the development of an attractant for female dogwood borer. 82nd Annual Cumberland-Shenandoah Fruit Workers Conference. 2006. Winchester, VA.
  • Effects of living and synthetic mulches on the population dynamics of homopteran pests and zucchini marketable yield. Entomological Society of America Conference. 2004. Salt Lake City, UT.

  • Awards/ Recognition

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