Juan A. Morales-Ramos

Juan A. Morales-Ramos

Dr. Morales’ main expertise is in mass production of arthropods, insect nutritional ecology and the development of rearing methods and mechanization of rearing processes for beneficial arthropods. Between 1992 and 1998, he developed mass propagation technology for the boll weevil parasitoid Catolaccus grandis. This research earned him the USDA-ARS scientist of the year award in 2002. During 1998 and 2004 he developed termite and ant baiting systems. This research earned him the USDA-ARS technology transfer award and the Federal Laboratory Consortium regional excellence in technology transfer award in 2004. Since 2004, he has developed novel rearing methods for predatory mites and other beneficial arthropods. This included new technology for separation of mealworm sizes for infection with entomopathogenic nematodes, novel methods for mass producing Tenebrio molitor, mechanized methods to pack T. molitor cadavers infected with nematodes, and mechanized methods for infecting T. molitor larvae with entomopathogenic nematodes. The work on the in-vivo production of entomopathogenic nematodes using T. molitor earn him the National Federal laboratory Consortium award of excellence in technology transfer in 2013. Dr. Morales- Ramos has produced a total of 104 publications and 12 patents; his is currently the project leader of the project titled “Mass Production of Biological Control Agents”. Dr. Morales-Ramos recently edited the book titled “Mass production of Beneficial Organisms” published in January 2014 by Elsevier.

Affiliations and Expertise

USDA-ARS, National Biological Control Laboratory, Stoneville, MS, USA