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Cesar Rodriguez-Saona
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Cesar joined the Faculty members at the Marucci Blueberry and Cranberry Research and Extension Center in the Fall of 2005. His research program focuses on the development and implementation of cost-effective reduced-risk insect pest management practices for blueberries and cranberries. This is achieved through the integration of chemical, behavioral, and biological methods in insect control and a better understanding on the ecology of insect herbivores and their natural enemies.

Cesar's areas of research include insect-plant interactions, tritrophic interactions, chemical ecology, and host-plant resistance. He has investigated the role of plant volatiles in host finding by herbivores and their natural enemies. His extension program delivers pest management information to growers by conducting on-farm demonstration trials, presentations, and extension publications.

Cesar’s interest for the study of insects came at an early stage of his career. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in Biology in 1992 from the Universidad Nacional Agraria, Lima, Peru. His bachelor’s thesis investigated the life cycle, seasonal fluctuation, and parasitism rates of a then newly introduced pest, the sweetpotato whitefly Bemisia tabaci.

Soon after graduation, Cesar came to the USA to continue his studies in biological control.  In 1994, he obtained his Master’s degree at Oregon State University, where he worked on the improvement of lady beetles as biological control agents.

Cesar received his PhD in Entomology in 1999 from the University of California, Riverside.  His dissertation isolated and identified new insecticidal compounds from avocados.  Before joining Rutgers University, Cesar worked as a research entomologist (post-doc) for the USDA Cotton Research Lab., the University of Toronto, and Michigan State University.