- Agronomic: potatoes
- Vegetables: beans, broccoli, cabbages, cucurbits, garlic, onions, peppers, tomatoes
- Pest Management: general pest management
Sue Smith-Heavenrich will evaluate methods for encouraging spiders through the use of mulch in potatoes and other crops. This project continues a 1994 study suggesting that mulches can encourage spider populations, which in turn may control leaf hopper populations.