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

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

    2016 - View publication details

  3. 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), 139(1-2), 154-157. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jen.12162

    2015 - View publication details

  4. 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, 16(3), 227-239. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/afe.12058

    2014 - View publication details

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

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  6. 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, 16(3), 217-226. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/afe.12045

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  7. 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, 86(1), 125-136. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10340-011-0386-x

    2013 - View publication details

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

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  9. 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, 86(1), 19-27. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10340-012-0454-x

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  10. 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, 86(1), 137-150. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10340-011-0392-z

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

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

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

    2010 - View publication details

  14. Van Herk, W.G., Vernon, R.S., Tolman, J.H., Saavedra, H.O. (2008). Mortality of a wireworm, Agriotes obscurus (coleoptera: Elateridae), after topical application of various insecticides, 101(2), 375-383. http://dx.doi.org/10.1603/0022-0493(2008)101[375:MOAWAO]2.0.CO;2

    2008 - View publication details

  15. 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), 101(2), 365-374. http://dx.doi.org/10.1603/0022-0493(2008)101[365:TSALEO]2.0.CO;2

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  16. Van Herk, W.G., Vernon, R.S. (2008). Effect of temperature on the morbidity and recovery of the Pacific Coast wireworm, Limonius canus, following contact with tefluthrin-treated wheat seeds, 126(3), 228-232. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1570-7458.2007.00658.x

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  17. Van Herk, W.G., Vernon, R.S. (2007). Soil bioassay for studying behavioral responses of wireworms (Coleoptera: Elateridae) to insecticide-treated wheat seed, 36(6), 1441-1449. http://dx.doi.org/10.1603/0046-225X(2007)36[1441:SBFSBR]2.0.CO;2

    2007 - View publication details

  18. Van Herk, W.G., Vernon, R.S. (2007). Morbidity and recovery of the Pacific Coast wireworm, Limonius canus, following contact with tefluthrin-treated wheat seeds, 125(2), 111-117. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1570-7458.2007.00600.x

    2007 - View publication details