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. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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. Journal of Economic Entomology, [online] 101(2), 375-383. http://dx.doi.org/10.1603/0022-0493(2008)101[375:MOAWAO]2.0.CO;2

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  8. 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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  9. 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. Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata, [online] 126(3), 228-232. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1570-7458.2007.00658.x

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

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  11. 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. Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata, [online] 125(2), 111-117. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1570-7458.2007.00600.x

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