Meet the Faculty

Jaime C. Pinero, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
212 Allen Hall
Jefferson City, MO 65101
(573) 681-5522


  • Ph.D. Entomology(University of Massachusetts)
  • B.S. Agronomy (Veracruz, Mexico)

Research Focus

  • Insect Sensory Ecology and Behavior
  • Integrated Pest Management
  • Development of push-pull and attract-and-kill pest management strategies

Jaime Piñero is an Assistant Professor / State Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Specialist with an appointment that combines research, extension, and teaching. He also holds an adjunct appointment at University of Missouri, Department of Plant Sciences. After earning his Ph.D. in Entomology (in 2005) under the supervision of the late Dr. Ronald Prokopy, a world’s expert in insect behavior and one of the pioneers of apple IPM in the US, Dr. Piñero conducted a Post-Doctoral stay (2005-2007) at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich. From 2007 to 2010 he worked as a Research Associate for the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

His research interests include insect sensory ecology (focus: vision/olfaction) and behavior, IPM (including Area-Wide IPM) and the use of this information to develop attract-and-kill systems and other behaviorally-based, sustainable, and organic-compatible pest management methods for improved production of fruits and vegetables.

Dr. Piñero has received various national and international (Mexico) awards and has served as peer-reviewer of scientific papers (> 45) for 16 scientific journals and also in review panels of grant proposals submitted to USDA NIFA, USDA Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE), the United States – Israel Binational Agricultural Research and Development Fund, and the National Center of Science and Technology Evaluation of the Republic of Kazakhstan. His publication record includes 42 peer-reviewed articles, 22 grower-oriented articles and 4 book chapters.

Recent Publications (2009-2011)

  • Vargas, R.I., Leblanc, L., Putoa, R., and Piñero, J.C. Displacement within a group of Bactrocera spp. fruit flies (Diptera: Tephritidae) and suppressive effects of two introduced natural enemies, Fopius arisanus (Sonan) and Diachasmimorpha longicaudata (Ashmead) (Hymenoptera: Braconidae), in Tahiti. Biological Control (in press).
  • Piñero, J.C., Souder, S.K., Gomez, L.E., Mau, R.F.L., and Vargas, R.I. 2011. Response of female Mediterranean fruit fly, Ceratitis capitata (Wiedemann), (Diptera: Tephritidae) to a spinosad bait / polymer matrix mixture with extended residual effect in Hawaii. Journal of Economic Entomology (in press).
  • LeBlanc, L., Vargas, R.I., Mackey, B., Putoa, R., and Piñero, J.C. 2011. Evaluation of cue-Lure and methyl eugenol solid lure and insecticide dispensers for fruit fly (Diptera: Tephritidae) monitoring and control in Tahiti. Florida Entomologist 94: 510-516.
  • Piñero, J.C., Agnello, A.M., Tuttle, A., Leskey, T.C., Faubert, H., Koehler, G., Los, L., Morin, G., Leahy, K., Cooley, D.R., and Prokopy, R.J. 2011. Effectiveness of odor-baited trap trees for plum curculio (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) monitoring in commercial apple orchards in the Northeast. Journal of Economic Entomology 104: 1613-1621.
  • Piñero, J.C., Mau, R.F.L., and Vargas, R.I. 2011. A comparative assessment of the response of three fruit fly species (Diptera: Tephritidae) to a spinosad-based bait: Effect of ammonium acetate, female age, and protein hunger. Bulletin of Entomological Research 101: 373-381.
  • Vargas, R.I., Piñero, J.C., Jang, E.B., Mau, R.F.L., Stark, J.D., Gomez, L., Stoltman, L., and Mafra-Neto, A. 2010. Response of Melon Fly (Diptera: Tephritidae) to Weathered SPLAT-Spinosad-Cue-Lure. Journal of Economic Entomology 103: 1594-1602.
  • Piñero, J.C., Mau, R.F.L., and Vargas, R.I. 2010. Comparison of rain-fast bait stations versus foliar bait sprays for control of oriental fruit fly, Bactrocera dorsalis (Hendel), in papaya orchards in Hawaii. Journal of Insect Science 10:157, available online:
  • Vargas, R.I., J.C. Piñero, R.F.L. Mau, E.B. Jang, L. M. Klungness, D.O. McInnis, E.B. Harris, G.T. McQuate, R.C. Bautista, and L. Wong. 2010. Area-wide suppression of Mediterranean fruit fly, Ceratitis capitata, and Oriental fruit fly, Bactrocera dorsalis, in Kamuela, Hawaii. Journal of Insect Science 10:135, available online:
  • Vargas, R.I., Mau, R.F.L., Stark, J.D., Piñero, J.C., Leblanc, L., and Souder, S.K. 2010. Evaluation of Methyl Eugenol and Cue-Lure Traps with Solid Lure and Insecticide Dispensers for Fruit Fly Monitoring and Male Annihilation in the Hawaii Area-Wide Pest Management Program. Journal of Economic Entomology 103: 409-415.
  • Vargas, R.I., Piñero, J.C., Jacome, I., Revis, H.C. and Prokopy, R.J. 2009. Effectiveness of GF-120 Fruit Fly Bait spray against different ages of melon fly (Diptera: Tephritidae) females when applied to border crops of various widths. Proceedings of the Hawaiian Entomological Society 41: 15-23.
  • Piñero, J.C., Mau, R.F.L., McQuate, G.T., and Vargas, R.I. 2009. Novel bait stations for attract-and-kill of pestiferous fruit flies. Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata 133: 208-216.
  • Piñero, J.C., Mau, R.F.L. and Vargas, R.I. 2009. Managing oriental fruit fly, Bactrocera dorsalis (Diptera: Tephritidae), using spinosad-based protein bait sprays in papaya orchards in Hawaii. Journal of Economic Entomology 102: 1123-1132.
  • Vargas, R.I., Piñero, J.C., Mau, R.F.L., Stark, J.D., Hertlein, M., Mafra-Neto, A., Coler, R and Getchell, A. 2009. Attraction and mortality of oriental fruit flies (Diptera: Tephritidae) to SPLAT-MAT- methyl eugenol with spinosad. Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata 131: 286-293.
  • Piñero, J.C and Dorn, S.2009. Response of female oriental fruit moth to volatiles from apple and peach trees at three phenological stages. Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata 131: 67-74.
  • Vargas, R.I., Burns, R.E., Mau, R.F.L., Stark, J.D. Cook, P., and Piñero, J.C. 2009. Captures in methyl eugenol and cue-lure detection traps with and without insecticides and with a Farma Tech solid lure and insecticide dispenser. Journal of Economic Entomology 102: 552-557.