Dr. Scott Salom
Dr. Salom’s research program at Virginia Tech focuses on forest entomology and biological control. In relation to global change, Dr. Salom works with non-native invasive insect and weed pests of forest ecosystems. He studies the biological systems and applies the knowledge gained toward developing tactics and strategies for management of these pests. The focus is on use of natural enemies (insects and pathogens) that are specific to the pests in their native habitat.
Dr. Salom has been working on the biological control of hemlock woolly adelgid since 1997, tree-of-heaven since 2004, and emerald ash borer since 2012. With a USDA, APHIS certified Beneficial Insects Quarantine Laboratory at Price’s Fork Research Station, he has been able to study natural enemies of these pests and assess their suitability as potential biological control agents prior to their release.
Dr. Salom is a member of the IGC IGEP and is a Professor in the Department of Entomology at Virginia Tech. He also has a courtesy appointment in the Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation at Virginia Tech. Dr. Salom has served as an Associate Editor to the journal Forest Science and was an invited review panel member for the Washington Office of the USDA Forest Service, State and Private Forestry, Forest Health Protection Unit. Dr. Salom has successfully Chaired and Co-chaired 10 Ph.D. and 5 M.S. students, and currently Chairs 1 Ph.D. and 4 M.S. students. Dr. Salom has published more than 75 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters. He has developed or co-developed online technology transfer websites that enhance the ability of resource managers and the general public to access relevant and timely information on a wide range of topics. Dr. Salom is the recipient of of the A.D. Hopkins Award for outstanding record of service to forest entomology in the southern U.S.; Distingusihed Alumni Award from the Department of Entomology, University of Arkansas; and the Award for Excellence in Applied Research from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Virginia Tech.
Dr. Salom has taught the Entomology Section of the undergraduate course, Forest and Tree Pest Management annually since 1991 and the graduate course, Biological Control of Arthropod and Weed Pests bi-annually since 2005.
Recent Relevant PublicationsDavis, G. A., S. M. Salom, C. C. Brewster, B. P. Onken, L. T. Kok. 2012. Spatiotemporal distribution of the hemlock woolly aelgid predator Laricobius nigrinus after release in eastern hemlock forests. Agric. and For. Entomol. 14: 408-418.
Havill, Nathan P., Gina Davis, David Mausel, Joanne Klein, Richard McDonald, Cera Jones, Melissa Fischer, Scott Salom, and Adalgisa Caccone. 2012. Hybridization between a native and introduced predator of Adelgidae: An unintended result of classical biological control. Biological Control. 63: 359-369.
Herrick, N. J., T. J. McAvoy, A. L. Snyder, S. M. Salom, and L. T. Kok. 2012. Host-range testing of Eucryptorrhynchus brandti (Coleoptera: Curculionidae), a candidate for biological control of tree-of-heaven, Ailanthus altissima. Environ. Entomol. 41: 118-124.
McAvoy, T. J., A. L. Snyder, S. M. Salom, and L. T. Kok. 2012. . Road survey on the invasive tree-of-heaven (Ailanthus altissima) in Virginia. Invasive Plant Science and Management. 5: 506-512.
Salom, S. M., L. T. Kok, A. B. Lamb, and C. Jubb. 2012. Laboratory rearing of Laricobius nigrinus [Coleoptera: Derodontidae], a predator of the hemlock woolly adelgid [Hemiptera: Adelgidae]. Psyche. vol. 2012, Article ID 936519, 9 pages,.
Snyder, A. L., S. M. Salom, L. T. Kok, G. J. Griffin, D. D. Davis. 2012. Assessing Eucryptorrhynchus brandti (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) as a potential carrier for Verticillium nonalfalfae (Phyllachorales) from infected Ailanthus altissima. Biocontrol Sci. & Tech. 22: 1005-1019.
Vieira, L. C., S. M. Salom and L. T. Kok. 2012. Functional and numerical response of Laricobius spp. predators (Coleoptera: Derodontidae) on hemlock woolly adelgid, Adelges tsugae (Hemiptera: Adelgidae). Biological Control. 61: 47-54.
Davis, G. A., N. P. Havill, Z. N. Adelman, A. Caccone, L. T. Kok, S. M. Salom. 2011. DNA barcodes and molecular diagnostics to distinguish between an introduced and a native Laricobius (Coleoptera: Derodontidae) species in eastern North America. Biological Control. 58: 53-59.
For a complete list of published work, please see Dr. Salom’s website.
Below, listen to Dr. Salom discuss his research on the biological control of wooly adelgids:
Saving the hemlocks from extinction – Virginia Tech from VirginiaTech on Vimeo.