James J Stapleton PhD
9240 S. Riverbend Ave.
Parlier, CA 93648
Kearney Agricultural Research & Extension Center
Ph.D., University of California, Davis
Plant/pathogen/pest relationships are complex and involve interactions among biological, chemical, and physical processes. The research and extension focus of our laboratory is on understanding and manipulating elements of these processes to produce and support appropriate pest management strategies. Our work emphasizes development and implementation of alternatives to application of pesticides, primarily using quantitative and qualitative manipulation of passive solar energy and knowledge-based utilization of organic materials and byproducts. A current focus of our laboratory deals with using integrated means of reducing reservoirs of weedy plant propagative materials in selected ecosystems. Applications of appropriate technology and sustainability issues are emphasized.
Recent Products (partial)
2014 Simmons, C.W., Claypool, J.T., Marshall, M.N., Jabusch, L.K., Reddy, A.P., Simmons, B.A., Singer, S.W., Stapleton, J.J., and VanderGheynst, J.S. Characterization of bacterial communities in solarized soil amended with lignocellulosic organic matter. Applied Soil Ecology 73:97-104.
2013 Marshall, M.N., Rumsey, T.R., Stapleton, J.J., and VanderGheynst, J.S. A predictive model for soil temperature during solarization and model validation at two California field sites. Transactions of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers 56:117-133.
2013 Simmons, C.W., Guo, H., Claypool, J.T., Marshall, M.N., Perano, K.M., Stapleton, J.J., and VanderGheynst, J.S. Managing compost stability and amendment into soil to enhance soil heating during soil solarization. Waste Management 33:1090-1096.
2012 Stapleton, J.J. Vigilance, sanitation, and spot treatment can help prevent spread of invasive weeds. CAPCA Adviser Magazine, June 2012, pp. 20-22.
2012 Gamliel, A., and Stapleton, J.J. Combining organic amendments and solarization for soil disinfestation. Pages 109-120 in: Soil Solarization: Theory and Practice. A. Gamliel and J. Katan, Eds. APS Press, St. Paul, MN.
2012 Stapleton, J.J., and Faddoul, J. Solarization for disinfesting growth substrate. Pages 207-212 in: Soil Solarization: Theory and Practice. A. Gamliel and J. Katan, Eds. APS Press, St. Paul, MN.
2012 Stapleton, J.J. Developing non-chemical pest and disease management strategies. <www.cfs.calpoly.edu/pdfs/events/PCA/Jim_Stapleton.pdf> (Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Center for Sustainability website).
2012 Stapleton, J.J. Feasibility of solar tents for inactivating weedy plant propagative material. Journal of Pest Science 85:17-21.
2012 Mitchell, J.P., Summers, C.G., Newton, A.S., and Stapleton, J.J. Economic analysis of three soil-surface practices for production of fresh-market tomato (Solanum lycopersicum L.). Journal of Crop Improvement 27:113-123.
SpecialtyIntegrated pest management; alternatives to synthetic chemical products for disease and pest control; solar energy in pest management; soil-plant ecology; pest issues in natural areas; biological, physical, and cultural management of reservoirs of weedy plant propagative materials; seed pathology; sustainable and appropriate pest management technologies
Areas of Expertise (click to see all ANR academics with this expertise)
- Almond: UC IPM Pest Management Guidelines
- Apricot: UC IPM Pest Management Guidelines
- Cucurbits: UC IPM Pest Management Guidelines
- Eggplant: UC IPM Pest Management Guidelines
- Floriculture and Ornamental Nurseries: UC IPM Pest...
- Integrated Pest Management for Floriculture and Nurseries
- Integrated Pest Management for Stone Fruits
- IPM in Practice -- Second Edition
- Mulches in California Vegetable Crop Production
- Natural Enemies Handbook: The Illustrated Guide to...
- Proceedings: Sustainable Agriculture in California—Research...
- Soil Solarization for Gardens and Landscapes: Pest Notes...
- Soil Solarization: A Nonpesticidal Method for Controlling...
- Tomato: UC IPM Pest Management Guidelines
California Agriculture Article Contributions
- Biofuels: Growing toward sustainability
- Biomass crops can be used for biological disinfestation and remediation of soils and water
- Sudex cover crops can kill and stunt subsequent tomato, lettuce and broccoli transplants through allelopathy
- Solarization and biofumigation help disinfest soil
- Leaf removal improves fungicide control of powdery mildew in SJV grapes
- IPM: Leaf removal for pest management in wine grapes
- Control of potassium deficiency syndrome in cotton by soil solarization
ANR Workgroup Associations
- Integrated Management of Soilborne Pests - Chair
- Integrated Grape Production - Member
- Nematology - Member
- Pest Management in ANR - Member