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. Otani, J., Weiss, R., Barkley, S., van Herk, W., Jorgensen, A., Dufton, S., Kaur, N., Anderson, N., Vankosky, M. 2024. Insect update and outlook for 2024. Canterra's Producer Information Session at the 2024 Foster's Ag-Classic AgriShow held in Grande Prairie AB on March 8, 2024. ~30 attendees.

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  2. Otani, J., van Herk, W., Jorgensen, A., Dufton, S., Anderson, N.P., Kaur, N. 2024. Subterranean Fall Larval Assessments in Creeping Red Fescue: Damage and Diversity. 2024 Peace Region Forage Seed Association Research and AGM Meeting held in Rycroft AB on March 7, 2024. ~80 attendees. Invited.

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  3. Furtado, K., van Herk, W., & M.T. Franklin. 2024. Development of new species specific wireworm identification tools to support field-based pest management decisions in Canada. Professional Pest Management Association of British Columbia Annual Meeting. Langley, British Columbia, Canada, March 1, 2024.

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  4. Otani, J., Jorgensen, A., Dufton, S., Barkley, S., Tansey, J., Gavloski, J., Weiss, R., Kaur, N., Anderson, N., Vankosky, M., van Herk, W., 2024. Insect research update and outlook for 2024: A grass seed production point of view. Foster’s Seed & Feed Producer Meeting held February 15, 2024, at Beaverlodge AB (~25 agri-industry staff, ~20 Producers). Invited.

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  5. Otani, J., Barkley, S., Vankosky, M., Tansey, J., Weiss, R., Gavloski, J., van Herk, W., Kaur, N., Anderson, N. 2024. Insect research update and outlook for 2024. Peace Agronomy Update held February 1, 2024, at Fairview AB (~25 agri-industry staff, ~20 Producers, ~8 Applied Research Association staff). Invited.

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  6. Furtado, K., van Herk, W., Gries, G., & M.T. Franklin. 2023. Molecular method for the identification of invasive and native Agriotes species (Coleoptera: Elateridae) in Canada. Western Forum Research Report BC 2023.

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  7. Furtado, K., van Herk, W., Gries, G., and M.T. Franklin. 2023. PCR-based assay for the identification of invasive and native Agriotes species (Coleoptera: Elateridae) in Canada. Annual Meeting of the Professional Pest Management Association of British Columbia. Langley, BC, Canada, February 21, 2023 (oral presentation).

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  8. Saguez J, Singleton K, van Herk W.G., Douglas H.B., Gries R., Gries G. 2022. Agriotes sputator: un nouveau venu au Québec à surveiller. Réunion annuelle de la Société d’Entomologie du Québec. Granby, Qc. 27 octobre 2022. Poster.

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  9. Catton, H., van Herk, W., Saguez, J., Schock, C., Otani, J. 2022. Prairie Pest Monitoring Network “Insect of the Week-Flat wireworm (Aeolus mellillus) - A different kind of wireworm” Webpage-bulletin, June 13, 2022 edition (Issue 6). url: https://prairiepest.ca/2022/week-6/#post_12839 (retrieved 2022Nov16).

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  10. Catton, H., van Herk, W., Saguez, J., Schock, C., Otani, J. 2022. Prairie Pest Monitoring Network “Insect of the Week-Sugarbeet wireworm (Limonius californicus) - A big pest in some fields” Webpage-bulletin, June 6, 2022 edition (Issue 5). url: https://prairiepest.ca/2022/week-5/#post_12645 (retrieved 2022Nov16).

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  11. Catton, H., van Herk, W., Saguez, J., Schock, C., Otani, J. 2022. Prairie Pest Monitoring Network “Insect of the Week-Prairie grain wireworm (Selatosomus aeripennis destructor) – The most destructive prairie pest wireworm” Webpage-bulletin, May 31, 2022 edition (Issue 4). url: https://prairiepest.ca/2022/week-4/#post_12601 (retrieved 2022Nov16).

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  12. Catton, H., van Herk, W., Saguez, J., Schock, C., Otani, J. 2022. Prairie Pest Monitoring Network “Insect of the Week-Hypnoidus bicolor – The most common prairie pest wireworm” Webpage-bulletin, May 23, 2022 edition (Issue 3). url: https://prairiepest.ca/2022/week-3/#post_12514 (retrieved 2022Nov16).

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  13. Catton, H., van Herk, W., Saguez, J., Schock, C., Svendsen, E., Otani, J. 2022. Prairie Pest Monitoring Network “Insect of the Week-New prairie wireworm field guide” Webpage-bulletin, May 16, 2022 edition (Issue 2). url: https://prairiepest.ca/2022/week-2/#post_12354 (retrieved 2022Nov16).

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  14. 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.

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  15. 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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  16. 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

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  17. 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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  18. 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.

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  19. 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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  20. 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

    2016 - View publication details