Ian Scott

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Research Scientist

Entomology; Insecticide Toxicology; Chemical Ecology; Plant-Insect Interaction; Biopesticide Discovery and Development; Invertebrate Biodiversity 

Current research and/or projects

  1. Development of regional management strategies and decision making tools for control of the Colorado potato beetle / PI – C. Moffat (Summerland) / Canadian Agri-Science Cluster for Horticulture 3 / 2018-23;
  2. Generate and evaluate integrated pest management tools for wireworm control in potatoes in Canada / PI – C. Noronha (Charlottetown) / Canadian Agri-Science Cluster for Horticulture 3 /  2018-23;
  3. Establishing a Living Laboratory to address persistent agri-environmen​tal challenges in the Lake Erie basin / PI – P. Joose / Living Laboratories Initiative: Biodiversity Objective B1 / 2020-22;
  4. Genomics-based environmentally friendly technologies for control of the high-risk pest in agriculture (G-PEST) / PI - V. Grbic (Western University) / Ontario Research Fund, Ministry of Research / 2017-22.

Research and/or project statements

My research is in the areas of insecticide resistance, biopesticide discovery, plant-insect interactions, and chemical ecology. My recent research studied the effects of plant-derived metabolites on pest insects of vegetable and field crops. My current projects focus on: 1) surveys and mechanisms of pesticide resistance in Colorado potato beetles and two-spotted spider mites in order to provide improved resistance detection; and 2) the use of cover crops to manage wireworm and the effects of cover crops on soil invertebrate biodiversity.

Education and awards

PhD, Biology Department, University of Ottawa, 2004

MSc, Environmental Biology, University of Guelph, 1994

BSc, Honors Biology, University of Guelph, 1988

Key publications

  1. MacKinnon. L. 2021 Colorado Potato Beetle Insecticide Resistance Monitoring Results. Update from PEI Department of Agriculture, for Prince Edward Island Potato News. Jan/Feb 2022. Volume 23 Issue 1. https://peipotatoagronomy.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/pnv23n1.pdf

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  2. Moffat, C., I. Scott, S. Hann. 2021. Controlling Colorado Potato Beetles. SpudSmart Innovation Webinar Series, November 30, 2021. https://spudsmart.com/controlling-colorado-potato-beetles-on-your-farm-a-spud-smart-roundtable-webinar-podcast/

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  3. Bacque, T., C. Moffat, I. Scott. Colorado Potato Beetles are a Mile-High Headache. SpudSmart Magazine. August 9, 2021. https://spudsmart.com/colorado-potato-beetles-are-a-mile-high-headache/

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  4. Grbic, V., I.M. Scott, T. Baute, D. Lizotte. 2021. Survey of pesticide resistance in spider mite populations. Oral presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Ontario Soybean and Canola Committee, February 26, 2021. Virtual presentation.

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  5. Scott, I.M., Hatten, G., Tuncer, Y., Clarke, V.C., Jurcic, K., Yeung, K.K.C. (2021). Proteomic analyses detect higher expression of c-type lectins in imidacloprid-resistant colorado potato beetle leptinotarsa decemlineata say. Insects, [online] 11(1), 1-16. http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/insects12010003

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  6. Shah, R., Al-Sadi, A.M., Scott, I.M., AlRaeesi, A., AlJahdhami, A.A. (2020). Insecticide resistance monitoring in whitefly (Bemisia tabaci) (Hemiptera: Aleyrodidae) in Oman. Journal of Asia Pacific Entomology, [online] 23(4), 1248-1254. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.aspen.2020.09.018

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  7. Wang, Z., Cáceres, L.A., Hossain, M.M., Abdallah, S.B., Ogbeide, O., Yao, Z., Renaud, J.B., Scott, I.M. (2019). The Antioxidant and Enzyme Inhibitory Activity of Balsam Fir (Abies balsamea (L.) Mill.) Bark Solvent Extracts and Pyrolysis Oil. Waste Biomass Valorization, [online] 10(11), 3295-3306. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12649-018-00551-3

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  8. Scott, I.M., Zhu, H., Schieck, K., Follick, A., Reynolds, L.B., Menassa, R. (2019). Non-target effects of hyperthermostable α-amylase transgenic Nicotiana tabacum in the laboratory and the field. Frontiers in Plant Science, [online] 10 http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fpls.2019.00878

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  9. Ben-Abdallah, S., Cáceres, L.A., Wang, Z., Renaud, B.J., Lachâal, M., Karray-Bouraoui, N., Hannoufa, A., Scott, I.M. (2019). Host plant defenses of black (Solanum nigrum L.) and red nightshade (Solanum villosum Mill.) against specialist Solanaceae herbivore Leptinotarsa decemlineata (Say). Archives of Insect Biochemistry and Physiology, [online] 101(2), http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/arch.21550

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  10. Bohorquez Ruiz, Y.L., Scott, I.M., McNeil, J.N. (2019). The Buckwheat Effect: A Biopesticide for Wireworm?. Journal of Economic Entomology, [online] 112(2), 625-632. http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jee/toy366

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  11. Krolikowski, S., L. Chen, T. McDowell, J. Renaud, S. Dhaubhadel, I. Scott. 2018. Isoflavonoid levels in soybean (Glycine max) cultivars and associated anti-herbivore activity. Poster presentation at the Canadian Society of Plant Biologists Eastern General Meeting, November 24, 2018, London, ON.

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  12. Scott, I.M., A. Hannoufa, S. Hughes, W. Laur, T. McDowell and J. Renaud. 2018. Using transgenic plants as greenhouse trap crops: prospects and lessons learned. Platform presentation at the Joint Meeting of the Entomological Societies of America, Canada and British Columbia, Vancouver B.C., Nov. 11-14, 2018.

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  13. Scott, I., S. Dhaubhadel, L. Chen, K. Drew, T. McDowell, J. Renaud. 2018. Soybean Glycine max cultivars display different host resistance to Tetranychus urticae. Platform presentation at the 10th Spider Mite Genome Meeting, Logrono, La Rioja, Spain, November 5-8, 2018.

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  14. Krolikowski, S., Y. Bohorquez, J. Renaud, T. McDowell, I.M. Scott. 2018. The effects of wireworm Limonius agonus feeding on buckwheat roots. Poster presentation at the Ontario Pest Management Conference, November 6, 2018, Guelph, ON.

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  15. Donly, C., Kaplanoglu, E., Ludba, K.K., Kolotilin, I., Menassa, R., and Scott, I.M. (2018) Effects of RNA interference on greenhouse whitefly (Trialeurodes vaporariorum). Insect Biotech Conference, St. Catharines, Ontario.

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  16. Scott, I.M. 2018. Insecticide resistance and the Colorado potato beetle. Invited presentation for the Biochemistry Department, Universite de Moncton, Moncton NB, April 27, 2018.

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  17. Scott, I.M. 2018. Survey of susceptibility to registered and new insecticides in Canadian Colorado potato beetle (CPB), Leptinotarsa decemlineata Say, populations. Report for Bayer CropScience Canada. March 5, 2018. Pp. 1-10.

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  18. Scott, I.M. 2018. Slowing down the treadmill: How to manage insecticide resistance in Ontario vegetable pests. Invited presentation at the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention, Niagara Falls, ON, February 22, 2018.

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  19. Scott, I.M. 2018. Determination of Susceptibility to Seven Insecticides Registered in Canada for the Control of the Colorado Potato Beetle (CPB), Leptinotarsa decemlineata Say. Report for the Canadian Horticulture Council and AAFC Agri-Innovation Program funded project J-001677. February 13, 2018. Pp 12.

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  20. Kaplanoglu, E., Chapman, P., Scott, I.M., Donly, C. (2017). Overexpression of a cytochrome P450 and a UDP-glycosyltransferase is associated with imidacloprid resistance in the Colorado potato beetle, Leptinotarsa decemlineata. Scientific Reports, [online] 7(1), http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41598-017-01961-4

    2017 - View publication details

Research facility

1391 Sandford Street
London, ON N5V 4T3


Adjunct - Department of Biology, Western University, London, ON

Editorial Board Member and Guest Editor - Journal "Insects"