Dr Jhalendra Rijal
3800 Cornucopia Way
Suite A (Corner of Service and Crows Landing)
Modesto, CA 95358
Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Statewide Program
San Joaquin County
Fruit & Nut Research and Information Center
Dr. Jhalendra Rijal joined UCCE in 2015 as an Area Integrated Pest Management Advisor. Rijal’s interest is to work on pest monitoring, insect abundance and spatial distribution, insect behavior and chemical ecology, and application of these ecological principles into pest management to attain a sustainable production system. Rijal focuses on pest problems on major agricultural crops that includes tree nuts, tree fruits, and other specialty crops in the area.
Prior to joining UCCE, Rijal was a Postdoctoral Scholar in the Department of Entomology and Nematology at UC Davis. There, Rijal was working on two different collaborative research projects in peppermint and cool-season vegetable crops. The goals of these projects were to 1) understand the behavior and biology of the target pests, and 2) find the better pest management alternatives by evaluating environmentally-benign biopesticides and reduced-risk pesticides, embracing the concept of IPM. Rijal's doctoral work at Virginia Tech was related to: 1) chemical ecology and food finding behavior of larval grape root borer; 2) development of spatial-distribution based sampling plan for grape root borer in vineyard system. Rijal has received at least eight awards including 'Friends of IPM' regional award by Southern Regional IPM based on his PhD work, and a national award from the President of Nepal for his outstanding performance in Master's Degree.
SpecialtyEntomology, insect pest management, insect spatial distribution and quantitative sampling, insect behavior and chemical ecology
Areas of Expertise (click to see all ANR academics with this expertise)
- Fruit and Nut Crop - General
- Tree Fruits - General
- Grapes - General
- Vegetable Crops - General
- Plant Protection
- Insects, Mites, and Other Arthropods Affecting Plants
- Biological Control of Pests Affecting Plants
- Integrated Pest Management Systems
- Beneficial Insects
- Pest Management/Diseases
- Endemic Species
- Sustainable Natural Ecosystems
- Endemic and Invasive Pests and Diseases
- Safe and Secure Food Supplies
- Sustainable Food Systems
- Rijal, J. P.; R. Wilson, and L. D. Godfrey (2016). "Characterization of spatial distribution of Tetranychus urticae in peppermint in California and implication for improving sampling plan." Exp. Appl. Acarol 68(2): 155-171.
- Rijal, J. P. and J. C. Bergh (2016). "Food-finding capability of grape root borer (Lepidoptera: Sesiidae) neonates in soil column bioassays." J. Entomol. Sci 51(1): 54-68.
Rijal, J. P., C. C. Brewster, and J. C. Bergh. (2014). Effects of biotic and abiotic factors on grape root borer (Lepidoptera: Sesiidae) infestations in commercial vineyards in Virginia. Environ. Entomol. 43: 1198-1208.
Rijal, J. P., C. C. Brewster, and J. C. Bergh. (2014). Spatial distribution of grape root borer (Lepidoptera: Sesiidae) infestations in Virginia vineyards and implications for sampling. Environ. Entomol. 43: 716-728.
Gresham, S. D., J. P. Rijal, L. C. Vieira, and J. Bova. (2014). What is the best individual solution to meeting the world’s growing energy demand? Solar energy technologies [ESA Student Debate-2012]. In: J. L. Peterson and C. Minteer (eds.). Student’s perspectives on scientific tools to solve global issues. Am. Entomol. 60: 212-222.
Rijal, J. P., A. Zhang, and J. C. Bergh. (2013). Behavioral response of grape root borer (Lepidopetera: Sesiidae) neonates to grape root volatiles. Environ. Entomol. 42: 1338-1347.
Subedi, S., Y. D. GC, R. B. Thapa, and J. P. Rijal. (2009). Rice weevil (Sitophilus oryzae L.) host preference of selected stored grains in Chitwan, Nepal. J. Inst. Agric. Anim. Sci. 30: 151-158.
Rijal, J. P., Y. D. GC, R. B. Thapa, and L. N. Kafle. (2008). Comparative efficacy of insect pathogenic fungi (Metarhizium anisopliae and Beauveria bassiana) to Helicoverpa armigera in chickpea under field condition of Nepal. Formosan Entomol. 28: 249-258.
Rijal, J. P., Y. D. G.C., and R. B. Thapa. (2008). Yield loss assessment and monitoring of Helicoverpa armigera Hubner in chickpea under Chitwan condition. J. Plant Prot. Soc. Nepal. 1: 90-98.
Rijal, J. P., Y. D. GC, R. B. Thapa, and L. N. Kafle. (2008). Virulence of native isolates of Metarhizium anisopliae and Beauveria bassiana against Helicoverpa armigera in Nepal. Formosan Entomol. 28: 21-29.
Rawat, P. R., Y. D. GC, R. B. Thapa, and J. P. Rijal. (2008). Evaluation of entomopathogenic fungi with other pesticides against mustard aphid, Lipaphis erysimi (Kalt.) under field condition of Chitwan, Nepal. Proceedings of Workshop of Plant Protection Society of Nepal. 25-26 July, 2008, Kathmandu, Nepal.
Rijal, J. P., R. K. Malla, S. Tiwari, P. R. Rawat, and Y. D. GC. (2006). A preliminary study on the practices of insect pest management at Sukranagar VDC, Chitwan. pp 297-307. In: G. K. KC, S. Pokhrel, N. S. Upadhaya, S. P. Marahatta, B. D. Bhandari (eds.). Proceedings of a National Workshop on Integrated Pest Management. Plant Protection Society of Nepal. 25-26 August, 2006, Kathmandu, Nepal.
McGowen, S. (2016). Safe use and handling of pesticides for commercial vegetable growers in Nepal. Editor: Rijal, J. P.
Rijal, J. P. (2016). Sampling and management of spider mites in almonds. Pacific Nut Producer Newsletter Vol. 22, No. 6 (June).
Rijal, J. P. (2016). Research to better understand spider mite migration timing. Nuts 'n' Bolts section, Pacific Nut Producer Newsletter Vol. 22, No. 6 (June).
Rijal, J. P. (2016). Summary of insect monitoring in nut and fruit crops: summer update. The Scoop (of fruit and nuts in Stanislaus County). Vol 22.1 (July).
Rijal, J. P. (2016). Taking nut samples at harvest for insect damage evaluation. Field Notes Newsletter. August 2016
Rijal, J. P. (2016). IPM of Spider mites in almonds: exploring the new sampling techniques. CAPCA Adviser. August 2016.
Rijal, J. P. (2016). Spider mites in almonds: monitoring and management. Field Notes Newsletter. May 2016
- Rijal, J.P. (2016). "Brown Marmorated Stink Bug(BMSB)and its spread in California." Field Notes Newsletter February
- Rijal, J.P. (2016). "Monitoring and management of San Jose scale and other insect pests during the dormant season." The Almond Doctor
Rijal, J. P. (2016). Spotted Wing Drosophila in California Cherries: understanding the issue and options for management. California Fresh Fruit 33(2): pp. 8-9.
Rijal, J. P. (2015). New IPM Advisor: introduction. Field Notes Newsletter, August-2015
- Rijal, J. P. (2015). Obscure mealybug found on almond trees for first time in California. Entomology Today Blog, Entomol. Soc. Am.
- Rijal, J.P. (2015). "Role of Winter Sanitation for Navel Orangeworm Management." The Almond Doctor
Rijal, J. P. (2015). Spotted wing Drosophila in California cherries. Field Notes Newsletter-November 2015.
- Rijal, J. P. (2012). "Out of site, out of mind: Grape root borer infestation in Virginia vineyards." The Grape Press 28(2)
- Rijal, J. P. (2008). "Pheromone trap: An effective monitoring tool for Chickpea pod borer." SAARC AgriNews 2(1): 9p.
- Rijal, J. P. (2006). "Pathogenic fungi combat against chickpea pod borer in Nepal." SAIC Newsletter 16(3): 7-8.
ANR Workgroup Associations
- Entomology - Chair
- Almond - Member
- Integrated Grape Production - Member
- Pest Management in ANR - Member
- Plant Pathology - Member
- Vegetable Crops - Member
- Walnut - Member