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Averill, Anne

averill photoProfessor

Entomology–insects/plants; pollination
301A Holdsworth

Primary interests

My research addresses fundamental and applied aspects of insect/plant interactions, resource partitioning in ephermeral host plant resources, insect mating, and insect chemical ecology; the health and role of native bees with a focus on pathogens, landuse, and pesticide impacts; long-term survey of native pollinators of the Northeast, with a focus on declining bumble bee species; and biology and management of cranberry pest insects. My applied research/extension long-term career goals have been to lead the transition of the MA cranberry industry to biointensive, reduced-risk management of key insect pests and to understand and protect native pollinator communities in cranberry farm systems.

Current Projects

•            Sunil Tewari, PhD  Cranberry’s compensatory response to herbivory
•            Barbara Wagner, PhD  Domestication of cranberry and its influence on plant defenses

Courses Taught

  • PLSOILIN 397K—Insect Ecology and Management (3 credits, taught every year)
  • ENT 511—Insect Behavior (3 credits, taught odd years)
  • BIO 287/NRC252—Ecology (3 credits; every Spring)


Recent Publications

Tewari, S., J.P. Buonaccorsi, and A.L. Averill. In clonal cranberry, physiological integration plays key role in the tolerance of apical meristem by feeding of tipworm larvae, Dasineura oxycoccana (Diptera: Cecidomyiidae). submitted to Environmental Entomology

Tewari, S., J.P. Buonaccorsi, and A.L. Averill. Impact of early-season apical meristem injury by gall-making tipworm, Dasineura oxycoccana (Diptera: Cecidomyiidae), on reproductive and vegetative growth of cranberry.   Economic Entomology: in press

Sandler, H.A., C.J. DeMoranville, F.A. Caruso, M.M. Sylvia, A.L. Averill, J. Vanden Heuvel. 2012. Increasing sustainability of Massachusetts cranberry production through cultural management of the vine canopy. Acta Hort. In press

Tewari, S., and A.L. Averill. 2012. Injury to apical meristem of cranberry by Dasineura oxycoccana (Diptera: Cecidomyiidae) reduces floral-units in the next growing season. J. Economic Entomology 105(4), 2012, 1366-1378

Szendrei, S., A.L. Averill, H. Alborn, C. Rodriguez-Saona. 2011.  Identification and field evaluation of semiochemically-based attractants for the cranberry weevil, Anthonomus musculus Say (Coleoptera: Curculionidae).  J. Chemical Ecology37: 387-397.

Averill, A.L. 2011. Nest location in bumble bees: effect of landscape and insecticides.  American Bee Journal 151 (12): 1187-1190

Morkeski, A., and A.L. Averill. 2010.  Wild bee status and evidence for pathogen spillover with honey bees.  American Bee Journal 150 (11): 1049-1052.

Welch, A., F. Drummond, S. Tewari,  A.L. Averill, J.P. Burand.  2009. Presence and prevalence of viruses in local and migratory honey bees (Apis mellifera) in Massachusetts.  Applied and Environmental Microbiology 75(24): 7862-7865.

Page updated: May 6, 2013