New Texas AgriLife Extension entomologist named for Amarillo area
Texas AgriLife Extension Service has named Dr. Edsel "Ed" D. Bynum Jr. to the position of entomology specialist in Amarillo, effective Jan. 1.
"We are thrilled to have someone with Ed's background join the Extension entomology specialist group," said Dr. Chris Sansone, associate department head for AgriLife Extension entomology.
"Many times we hire new employees directly out of school, and it takes a year or two for them to get adjusted to the job," Sansone said. "Ed will be able to hit the ground running and help producers in the Panhandle immediately."
Bynum has served as the integrated pest management agent for Nolan, Mitchell, Scurry and Jones counties since 2005.
"This is an opportunity for me to get back to working primarily with grain crops insect pests," Bynum said. "And, as the entomology specialist, I am looking forward to assisting producers with their insect pest problems."
Bynum earned a bachelor's degree in animal production, a master's degree in entomology and a doctorate in agronomy from Texas Tech University.
He was a research assistant from 1974 to 1976 at Texas Tech University prior to joining Texas AgriLife Research. He served as a Technician I from 1976 to 1977 and a research associate from 1977 to 1987 at the Lubbock center working primarily with grain crops.
From 1999 to 2003 he was an assistant research scientist with AgriLife Research at Lubbock. In 2004, he moved to Dallas where he was a senior research associate with AgriLife Research and evaluated cotton breeding lines for resistance to fleahoppers.
"This position gives me an opportunity to do applied research on the insect problems that producers have in that area," he said. "The insects will be different from those I worked with as an integrated pest management agent, but not from what I dealt with as a researcher. I worked with a lot of the same grain insects I will be dealing with up there."
During his career, Bynum has worked extensively with pests such as the sunflower moth, Russian wheat aphid, greenbug, southwestern corn borer, two-spotted spider mite, Banks grass mite, corn earworm, fall armyworm and cotton fleahopper.
He is a member of the Entomological Society of America. His recognitions include: Donald Ashdown Endowed Scholarship by Texas Tech's department of plant and soil science; West Texas Agricultural Chemical Institute Scholarship; Meritorious Award for Technical Staff Support from Texas A&M's entomology department; Research Support-Off Campus Award from Texas A&M; and an award for Outstanding Contributions to the Agricultural Chemicals Industry of West Texas by the West Texas Agricultural Chemicals Institute.