Jaime C. Pinero, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor/State IPM Specialist
Vegetable Integrated Pest Management
Cooperative Research and Extension
Lincoln University of Missouri

  • Phone: (573) 681 - 5522
  • Fax: (573) 681 - 5313
  • Email: PineroJ@LincolnU.edu
  • Address: 212 Allen Hall, 820 Chestnut St., Jefferson City, Missouri 65102


  • Ph.D. 2005 University of Massachusetts at Amherst
  • Year-long Statistical Methods course 1999 University of Veracruz, Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico
  • B.Sc. 1992 University of Veracruz, Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico

Research Interests

  • Integrated Pest Management (including Area-Wide IPM)
  • Insect sensory ecology (focus: vision/olfaction) and behavior
  • Insect-Plant Interactions, development of attract-and-kill systems and other behaviorally-based, sustainable, and organic-compatible pest management methods for improved production of fruits and vegetables

Current Research Projects

  • Development of push-pull strategies for cucumber beetles and squash bugs in cucurbits
  • Evaluation of host plant volatiles and pheromones for pest monitoring and control
  • Visual/chemical ecology of key insect pests and their natural enemies
  • Trap cropping for effective insect pest management in Solanaceous and Cole crops
  • Attract-and-kill approaches for insect pest control

Ongoing Collaborations

Dr. Roger I. Vargas (USDA ARS, Hilo, Hawaii): Attract-and-kill IPM tools for management of invasive tephritid fruit flies
Dr. Tom Coudron (USDA ARS, Columbia, MO): Behavior and orientation mechanisms of spined soldier bug, Podisus maculiventris

Recent Publications

LeBlanc, L., Vargas, R.I., Mackey, B., Putoa, R., and Piñero, J.C. Evaluation of cue-Lure and methyl eugenol solid lure and insecticide dispensers for fruit fly (Diptera: Tephritidae) monitoring and control in Tahiti. Florida Entomologist (in press).
Piñero, J.C., Souder, S.K., Gomez, L.E., Mau, R.F.L., and Vargas, R.I. 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).
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. Effectiveness of odor-baited trap trees for plum curculio (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) monitoring in commercial apple orchards in the Northeast. Journal of Economic Entomology (in press).
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 (FIRST VIEW: doi:10.1017/S0007485310000386).
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: insectscience.org/10.157.
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: insectscience.org/10.135.

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. Performance of methyl eugenol and cue-lure detection traps with and without insecticides, with a reduced risk insecticide, and with a Farma Tech solid lure and insecticide dispenser for captures of oriental and melon Fruit Flies (Diptera: Tephritidae). Journal of Economic Entomology 102: 552-557.