Surendra K. Dara

Extension Advisor, University of California Cooperative Extension

Surendra Dara is a University of California Cooperative Extension Advisor responsible for strawberry and vegetable crops in a Central Coast region.  He is an entomologist with more than 20 years of experience in IPM and microbial control.  He has worked on nearly 20 species of pests and diseases and several endemic species throughout his career.  He has published more than 300 scientific and extension publications that include 3 co-edited books, 1 co-edited special issue of a journal, 11 book chapters, and 50 peer-reviewed journal articles.  He has a strong research and extension program that develops innovative solutions and reaches out to the agricultural community throughout the region.  He is currently serving on various committees at the University of California and professional societies.  He is also an Associate Editor for the International Journal of Tropical Insect Science and the Subject Editor (Microbial Control) for the Journal of Economic Entomology.

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