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George Mbata, PhD

Entomology Research Professor

(478) 825-6550


Research Area: Food Safety, Plant Biotechnology

Research Interests:
  • Peanut IPM projects in the state of Georgia
  • Whitefly studies in Central Georgia
  • Evaluation of non-insecticidal tools for the management of pest populations.
  • Evaluation of the impact of parasitoids on insect pest populations
  • Evaluation of the efficacy of entomopathogenic nematodes and fungi as insect pest management tools.
  • Study insect semiochemicals and their deployment in insect pest management for monitoring insect populations

Doctor of Philosophy: Entomology - University of Ibadan, Nigeria (1982)

Recent Publications/Presentations:

Recent Referred Journal Articles

Li, Y., Mbata, GN., Simmons, A., Punnuri, S., 2022.  Susceptibility of snap bean cultivars to the sweetpotato whitefly, Bemisia tabaci, in the southern United States. Crop Protection 159 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cropro.2022.106022

Li , Y., Mbata, G. N., Shapiro-Ilan, D.I. 2021. Laboratory virulence of entomopathogenic nematodes to sweetpotato whitefly, Bemisia tabaci. J. Nematology. DOI: 1031307/Jofnem-2021-096 Vol. 53

Mbata, G. N., Warsi, S., Payton, M. 2021. Influence of temperature and photoperiod on the fecundity of Habrobracon hebetor Say (Hymenoptera: Braconidae) and on the paralysis of host larvae, Plodia interpunctella (Hübner) (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae). Insects 12, 753. https://doi.org/10.3390/insects12080753

Mbata, G. N., Toews, M. D. 2021. Recent advances in postharvest pest biology and management. Insects 12, 543. https://doi.org/10.3390/insects12060543

Li, Y., Mbata, GN., Punnuri, S., Simmons, A., Shapiro-Ilan, D.I. 2021. Bemisia tabaci on Vegetables in the Southern United States: Incidence, impact, and management. Insects: 12, 198

Langsi, J. D., Nukenine, E. N., Oumarou, K. M., Moktar, H., Fokunang, C.N., Mbata, G. N. 2020. Evaluation of the Insecticidal Activities of α-Pinene and 3-Carene on Sitophilus zeamais Motschulsky (Coleoptera: Curculionidae). Insects 11, 540.     doi:10.3390/insects11080540

Bosomtwe, A., Enoch Adjei Osekre, E. A., Opit, G., Mbata, G., Nsiah, E. P. 2019. Evaluation of plastic and steel bins for protection of stored maize against insect infestation in Ghana. J. Global Agric. Ecol. 9, 30-42

Ramakuwela, T., Hatting, J. Bock, C., Vega, F.E., Lenny Wells, L., Mbata, G.N., Shapiro-Ilan, D.I. 2019. Establishment of Beauveria bassiana as a fungal endophyte in pecan (Carya illinoinensis) seedlings and its virulence against pecan insect pests. Biological Control, 140: (2020) 104102

Mbata, G.N., Shapiro-Ilan, D.I, Alborn, I., Strand, M.R. 2019. Preferential infectivity of entomopathogenic nematodes in an envenomed host. Int. J. Parasitology. Int. J. Parasitology 49, 737-745.

Mbata, G. and Warsi, S. 2019. Habrobracon hebetor and Pteromalus cerealellae as tools in Post-Harvest Integrated Pest Management. Insects 2019, 10, (85) 1-12 (doi:10.3390/insects10040085).

Bosomtwe, A., Danso, J. K., Osekre, E. A., Opit, G. P., Mbata, G., Armstrong, P., Arthur, F. H.,Campbell, J., Manu, N., McNeill, S.G. 2019. Effectiveness of the Solar Biomass Hybrid Dryer for Drying and Disinfestation of    Maize. J. Stored Prod. Res. 83, 66-72

Danso, J. Osekre, E., Opit, G. Arthur, F., Campbell, J., Mbata, G., Manu, N. Armstrong, P. and McNeill, S. 2019. Impact of storage structures on moisture content, insect pests and mycotoxin levels of maize in Ghana. J. Stored Prod. Res. 81, 114-120.

Manu, N., Osekre, E. A., Opit, G. P., Arthur, F. H., Mbata, G., Armstrong, P., Danso, J. K., McNeill, S.G., Campbell, J. 2019. Moisture content, insect pests and mycotoxin levels of maize on farms in Tamale environs in the Northern Region of Ghana. J. Stored Prod. Res. 80, 10-21.

Mbata, G., C. Ivey and D. Shapiro-Ilan. 2018. The potential for using entomopathogenic nematodes and fungi in the management of the maize weevil, Sitophilus zeamais (Motschulsky) (Coleoptera: Curculionidae). Biol. Control. 125, 39-43.

Warsi, S. and Mbata G. 2018. Impact of peanut depth and container size on the parasitism of diapausing and nondiapausing larvae of Indian meal moth (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae) by Habrobracon hebetor (Hymenoptera: Braconidae). Environ. Entomol. 47, 1226-1232

Warsi, S., Mbata, G. and Payton, M. 2018. Improvement of reproductive performance of Habrobracon hebetor: Consideration of diapausing and non-diapausing larvae of Plodia interpunctella. Biol. Control 118, 32-36.

N. Manu, Osekre, E.A., Opit, G.P., Campbell J.F., Arthur, F.H., Mbata, G. N, Armstrong, P.R., Danso, J.K. (2018). Population dynamics of stored maize insect pests in warehouses in two districts of Ghana. J. Stored Prod. Res. 76, 102-110.

Danson, J., Osekre, Opit, G. P., E., Manu, N., Armstrong, P., Arthur, F.H., Campbell J.F., Mbata, G. N., McNeil, S. G.  (2018). Post-harvest insect infestation and mycotoxin levels in maize markets in the Middle Belt of Ghana. J. Stored Prod. Res. 77, 9-15.

Danson, J., Osekre, E., Manu, N., Opit, G. P., Armstrong, P., Arthur, F.H., Mbata, G. (2017). Moisture content, insect pests and mycotoxin levels of maize at harvest and post-harvest in the Middle Belt of Ghana. J. Stored Prod. Res. 74, 46 – 55.

Mbata, G. N., Eason, J., Payton, M., and Davis, M. (2017). Putative Host Volatiles used by Habrobracon hebetor (Hymenoptera: Braconidae) to Locate Larvae of Plodia interpunctella (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae). J. Insect Behav. 30, 287-299