Dr. Wim van Herk

Research Scientist
  • Integrated pest management
  • Field vegetable entomology
  • Insect behaviour
  • Toxicology

Current research and/or projects

Development of IPM tools and strategies for the management of wireworms and click beetles, western corn rootworm, and cabbage root maggots

Professional activities / interests

  • Insect behaviour and ecology
  • Integrated pest management
  • Field vegetable entomology
  • Toxicology, ecotoxicology, environmental protection

Key publications

  1. Catton H, van Herk W, Saguez J and Svendsen E (2021) Guide to pest wireworms in Canadian
    Prairie field crop production. Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada.

    2021 - View publication details

  2. Drahun, I., Wiebe, K.F., Koloski, C.W., van Herk, W.G., Cassone, B.J. (2021). Genetic structure and population demographics of Hypnoidus bicolor (Coleoptera: Elateridae) in the Canadian Prairies. Pest Management Science, [online] 77(5), 2282-2291. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ps.6255

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  3. Andrews, K.R., Gerritsen, A., Rashed, A., Crowder, D.W., Rondon, S.I., van Herk, W.G., Vernon, R., Wanner, K.W., Wilson, C.M., New, D.D., Fagnan, M.W., Hohenlohe, P.A., Hunter, S.S. (2020). Wireworm (Coleoptera: Elateridae) genomic analysis reveals putative cryptic species, population structure, and adaptation to pest control. Communications Biology, [online] 3(1), http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s42003-020-01169-9

    2020 - View publication details

  4. Otani, J., Mori, B., van Herk, W. 2020. Insects in Grass and Clover Crops. 2020 Canadian Forage Seed Conference, Edmonton, Alberta, February 25, 2020.

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  5. Kabaluk T, Douglas H, van Herk W (2018) Flight status of invasive European Elateridae in southwestern British Columbia. 58th Western Committee on crop pests. Loydminster AB. Oral presentation.

    2018 - View publication details

  6. Vernon, R., van Herk, W. (2017). Wireworm and Flea Beetle IPM in Potatoes in Canada: Implications for Managing Emergent Problems in Europe. Potato Research, [online] 60(3-4), 269-285. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11540-018-9355-6

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  7. Vernon, R.S., van Herk, W.G., Clodius, M., Tolman, J. (2016). Companion planting attract-and-kill method for wireworm management in potatoes. Journal of Pest Science, [online] 89(2), 375-389. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10340-015-0707-6

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  8. G van Herk, W., Vernon, R.S., Vojtko, B., Snow, S., Fortier, J., Fortin, C. (2015). Contact behaviour and mortality of wireworms exposed to six classes of insecticide applied to wheat seed. Journal of Pest Science, [online] 88(4), 717-739. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10340-015-0697-4

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  9. Van Herk, W.G., Vernon, R.S., Cronin, E.M.L., Gaimari, S.D. (2015). Predation of Thereva nobilitata (Fabricius) (Diptera: Therevidae) on Agriotes obscurus L. (Coleoptera: Elateridae). Journal of Applied Entomology, [online] 139(1-2), 154-157. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jen.12162

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  10. Vernon, R.S., Blackshaw, R.P., van Herk, W.G., Clodius, M. (2014). Mass trapping wild Agriotes obscurus and Agriotes lineatus males with pheromone traps in a permanent grassland population reservoir. Agricultural and Forest Entomology, [online] 16(3), 227-239. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/afe.12058

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  11. Vernon, R.S., van Herk, W.G., Blackshaw, R.P., Shimizu, Y., Clodius, M. (2014). Mark-recapture of Agriotes obscurus and Agriotes lineatus with dense arrays of pheromone traps in an undisturbed grassland population reservoir. Agricultural and Forest Entomology, [online] 16(3), 217-226. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/afe.12045

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  12. Vernon, R.S., van Herk, W.G., Tanaka, J.A. (2014). Blending of pheromone lures for two exotic European pest elaterid beetles. Journal of Pest Science, [online] 87(4), 619-627. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10340-014-0596-0

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  13. Vernon, R.S., van Herk, W.G. (2013). Physical exclusion of adult click beetles from wheat with an exclusion trench. Journal of Pest Science, [online] 86(1), 77-83. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10340-012-0472-8

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  14. van Herk, W.G., Vernon, R.S., McGinnis, S. (2013). Response of the dusky wireworm, Agriotes obscurus (Coleoptera: Elateridae), to residual levels of bifenthrin in field soil. Journal of Pest Science, [online] 86(1), 125-136. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10340-011-0386-x

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  15. van Herk, W.G., Vernon, R.S. (2013). Categorization and numerical assessment of wireworm mobility over time following exposure to bifenthrin. Journal of Pest Science, [online] 86(1), 115-123. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10340-011-0381-2

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  16. van Herk, W.G., Vernon, R.S. (2013). Wireworm damage to wheat seedlings: Effect of temperature and wireworm state. Journal of Pest Science, [online] 86(1), 63-75. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10340-012-0461-y

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  17. Benefer, C.M., van Herk, W.G., Ellis, J.S., Blackshaw, R.P., Vernon, R.S., Knight, M.E. (2013). The molecular identification and genetic diversity of economically important wireworm species (Coleoptera: Elateridae) in Canada. Journal of Pest Science, [online] 86(1), 19-27. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10340-012-0454-x

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  18. Vernon, R.S., van Herk, W.G., Clodius, M., Harding, C. (2013). Crop protection and mortality of Agriotes obscurus wireworms with blended insecticidal wheat seed treatments. Journal of Pest Science, [online] 86(1), 137-150. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10340-011-0392-z

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  19. Van Herk, W.G., Vernon, R.S., Harding, C., Roitberg, B.D., Gries, G. (2010). Possible aversion learning in the Pacific Coast wireworm. Physiological Entomology, [online] 35(1), 19-28. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-3032.2009.00705.x

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  20. Vernon, R.S., Van Herk, W., Tolman, J., Saavedra, H.O., Clodius, M., Gage, B. (2008). Transitional sublethal and lethal effects of insecticides after dermal exposures to five economic species of wireworms (coleoptera: Elateridae). Journal of Economic Entomology, [online] 101(2), 365-374. http://dx.doi.org/10.1603/0022-0493(2008)101[365:TSALEO]2.0.CO;2

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