K-State Entomologist Earns Lifetime Achievement Award

Raymond Cloyd recognized by florists for his contributions to eliminating pests that attack horticulture crops.

Published on: Oct 11, 2011

Entomologist Raymond Cloyd is no stranger to the small and destructive.

The Kansas State University research professor has spent much of his life studying the pests that attack greenhouse and horticulture field crops.

In September, Cloyd was honored for his efforts with a lifetime achievement award during the Society of American Florists' 127th annual convention in Rancho Mirage, Calif.

Called the Alex Laurie Award for Research and Education, Cloyd's honor recognizes a person who's made broad-ranging, long-lasting contributions to floriculture.

Entomologist Raymond Cloyd
Entomologist Raymond Cloyd

Cloyd qualified in both research and education. Since 2006, he's been splitting his time between being a research professor and an Extension specialist at Kansas State University. He came there from a similar job at the University of Illinois, where he started in 2000 after earning a PhD from Purdue University.

Cloyd's consuming interests are biological pest controls and how they can best integrate with other pesticides and management techniques. His goal: Stop pests' chewing or sucking the profits from horticultural crops.

Cloyd always has multiple research projects in process. Most recently, he's been studying nature's and chemistry's potential weapons against mealybugs, thrips, slugs, whiteflies, leafminers, mites and gnats.

Plus, Cloyd endlessly looks for funding to do more. Right now, for example, he and fellow entomologist Kun Y. Zhu are using a $75,000 multi-year grant to study various mixtures' effects on pests with a segmented exoskeleton. They've got an $84,000 grant to learn about soft scales' and mealybugs' growing resistance to common greenhouse insecticides.

Yet, somehow Cloyd also maintains a full schedule of teaching and working with others -- ranging from professionals engaged in horticulture production to Kansas' multitude of Extension Master Gardeners.

That's probably why Cloyd's curriculum vita can look a lot like a lifetime's work. His single-spaced listing of work-related accomplishments through 2010 is already 75 pages long