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Albert (Bud) E. Mayfield, III

Albert (Bud) E. Mayfield, III
Research Entomologist
Insects, Diseases, and Invasive Plants
200 W.T. Weaver Blvd
Asheville, NC 28804-3454
United States
Current Research

Hemlock Woolly Adelgid

Integrating Biological and Chemical Control

Artificial Infestation Techniques

Hemlock Restoration

Redbay Ambrosia Beetle and Laurel Wilt

RAB Host Associations

Utilization and Location Management Strategies for Reducing Laurel Wilt Impact

Walnut Twig Beetle and Thousand Cankers Disease

Phytosanitary Treatments for Walnut Wood

Pathogenic Fungi as Potential Biological Control Agents

See more research details at my RWU page

  • SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Ph.D., Environmental and Forest Biology, 2002
  • West Virginia University, M.S., Forestry, 1997
  • Yale University, B.S., Biology, 1995
Professional Experience
  • Research entomologist,  USDA-FS-SRS,  2010 - Current
  • Forest Entomologist,  Florida Division of Forestry,  2002 - 2009
Other Publications
Research Highlights

New Insights Into Trapping the Redbay Ambrosia Beetle

Year: 2016
The redbay ambrosia beetle carries the pathogen that causes laurel wilt, a disease which has killed millions of redbay and sassafras trees in the southeastern U.S. A recent study by Forest Service scientists provides new insights into how the invasive pests responds to traps that are baited with lur...

More sunlight: a solution in the fight against an invasive tree-killing insect

Year: 2017
Eastern hemlock, a species with key ecological roles in eastern forests, is being killed throughout its range by an invasive insect, the hemlock woolly adelgid. Using artificial shade treatments on potted hemlocks, Forest Service scientists and their partners showed that elevated sunlight levels imp...

An Integrated Pest Management Strategy for Hemlock Woolly Adelgid

Year: 2020
Land managers aiming to protect hemlock trees and control hemlock woolly adelgids (HWA) have a new resource from the USDA Forest Service: a technology transfer publication with guidelines on integrating chemical and biological control of the invasive hemlock woolly adelgid. The guide synthesizes cu...

Using Predators and Chemicals together to Protect Hemlock Trees.

Year: 2015
A non-native insect, the hemlock woolly adelgid, is eliminating an ecologically important tree species, eastern hemlock, from southern Appalachian forests. Systemic insecticide applications and predator beetle releases are being combined to fight this invasive pest. In a study in northern Georgia,...