John J. Brown

Specialization and Areas of Particular Interest

Insect physiologist interested in host/parasite interactions and rearing of lepidopteran hosts and their parasites, and diapause physiology. Toxicologist interested in insect growth regulators that selectively kill target pests without harming beneficial arthropods, especially in aquatic systems.


B.S. in Forestry, University of Missouri 1971
Ph.D. in Entomology, University of Missouri, 1976.


Assistant Professor, SW Missouri State Univ., (now Missouri State Univ.) 1976-1977.
Assistant Professor, Washington State University, 1977-1983
Associate Professor, Washington State University, 1984-1993
Professor, Washington State University, 1993-Present
Chair of Entomology Dept., Washington State University, 1996-2005.


1993-2002 Publications in refereed journals from Dr. Brown’s Laboratory. A list of 32 earlier publications is available upon request.

  1. Brown, J. J., M. Kiuchi, Y. Kainoh and S. Takeda. In Vitro release of ecdysteroids by an endoparasitoid, Ascogaster reticulatus Watanabe. J. Insect Physiol. 39: 229-234 1993.
  2. Brown, J. J. Insect Growth Regulators. Good Fruit Grower. 44:56-58, 1993.
  3. Kainoh, Y. and J. J. Brown. Amino acids as oviposition stimulants for the egg-larval parasitoid, Chelonus sp. near curvimaculatus (Hymenoptera:Braconidae) Biological Control. 4:22-25 1994.
  4. Brown, J. J. Effects of a nonsteroidal ecdysone agonist (Tebufenozide) on host/parasitoid interactions. Archs Insect Biochem & Physiol. 26:235-248 1994.
  5. Brown, J.J. Codling moth integrated pest management. Proc. Washington St. Hort. Assn 89:68-71 1994
  6. Friedlander, M. and J. J. Brown MimicĀ® a non-ecdysteroidal ecdysone agonist, induces spermatogenesis reinitiation in isolated abdomens of diapausing codling moth larvae, (Cydia pomonella). J. Insect Physiol. 41:403-411. 1995.
  7. Brown, J. J. and M. Friedlander Influence of parasitism on spermatogenesis in the codling moth. J. Insect Physiol. 41: 957-963 1995.
  8. Brown, J. J. The compatibility of tebufenozide with a laboratory lepidopteran host/hymenopteran parasitoid population. Biological Control 6: 96-104. 1996
  9. Gut, L. J., J. F. Brunner, Glenn Thayer and John Brown. SARE Project: production of apples without the input of broad-spectrum insecticides. Proc. Wash. State Hort. Assoc. 91: 239-241 1996.
  10. Brown, J. J. and D. Reed. Host embryonic and larval castration as a strategy for the individual castrator and the species. Chapter 8, pp 156-178 In Parasites and pathogens: Effects on Host Hormones and Behavior, (N. Beckage, Editor), Chapman & Hall, 1997.
  11. Song, M.Y. and J.J. Brown Comparative toxicity of four insecticides, including imidacloprid and tebufenozide, to four aquatic arthropods., Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 16: 2494-2500. 1997.
  12. McKillip, J. L., C. L. Small, J. Brown, J. Brunner, and K. Spence. Sporogenous midgut bacteria of the leafroller, Pandemis pyrusana (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae). Environmental Entomology 26: 1475-1481. 1997.
  13. Reed, D. and J. J. Brown Host/Parasitoid interactions: Critical timing of parasitoid-derived products. J. of Insect Physiology 44/9: 721-732 1998.
  14. Song, M.Y. and J.J. Brown Osmotic effects as a factor modifying insecticide toxicity on Aedes and Artemia. Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety 41: 195-202. 1998.
  15. DeLury, N. C., G. Gries, R. Gries, G. Judd, and J. J. Brown. Sex pheromone of Ascogaster quadridentata, a parasitoid of Cydia pomonella. J. Chemical Ecology 25:2229-2245. 1999.
  16. Epstein, D., R. Zack, J. Brunner, and J.J. Brown. Effects of broad-spectrum Insecticides on epigeal arthropod biodiversity in Pacific Northwest apple orchards. Environmental Entomology :29: 340 – 348. 2000.
  17. Epstein, D., R. Zack, J. Brunner, L. Gut, and J.J. Brown. Ground beetle activity in apple orchards under reduced pesticide management regimes. J. Biological Control 21:97-104. 2001.
  18. Pszczolkowski, M.A., L.F. Matos, S.M. Bushman, and John J. Brown. Feeding enhancements for insecticide targeting neonate lepidopteran larvae. In: Procceding of the 6th.International Symposium on Adjuvants for Agrochemicals ISAA (Ed: Ruiter, H.) ISAA 2001 Foundation, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. pp 420-424. 2001.
  19. Pszczolkowski, M., L.F.Matos, S.M.Bushman, and John J. Brown. Effects of glutamate receptor agonists and antagonists on feeding in economically important insect pest. Acta Neurobiologiae experimentalis. 61:237. 2001.
  20. Pszczolkowski M.A. and Brown J.J. Prospects of monosodium glutamate use for enhancement of pesticides toxicity against the codling moth. Phytoparasitca. 30: 243-252. 2001.
  21. Pszczolkowski, M., Matos, L., Zahand, A. and Brown, J. J. Effect of monosodium glutamate on apple leaf consumption by codling moth larvae. Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata 103:91-98. 2002.
  22. Pszczolkowski, M.A., Matos, L.F., Brown, R., and Brown, J.J. Feeding and development of codling moth larvae on apple leaves. Ann. Entomol. Soc. Am. 95:603-607. 2002.
  23. Pszczolkowski, M., Zahand, A., Bushman, S.M., and Brown, J.J. (2002b). Effects of calcium and glutamate receptor antagonists onleaf consumption by lepidopteran neonates. Pharmacology Biochemistry and Behavior (Accepted, In Press). 2002.
  24. Chen, Y. Hansen, L., and Brown, J. J. Nesting sites of carpenter ant, Camponotus vicinus (Myar)(Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Environmental Entomol. (Accepted, In Press).

Receipt of awards based on research

International Insect Biochemistry Award for the most original and important paper published in that journal during 1978. $500 prize.

Leonard Hasman Award for the outstanding Ph.D. graduate of the Department of Entomology, University of Missouri 1976. $200 prize.

Fellowship from the International Agricultural Center, Wageningen, THE NETHERLANDS. $3600. 1984

Visiting Professor at the Department of Chemistry, SUNY, Stony Brook, $7500. 1983

National Science Foundation travel grant to attend an International Endocrinology Congress in Poland. $600. 1987

Stipend ($3,000/month) from the National Institute of Sericultural and Entomological Science, Laboratory of Bioactive Substances, Tsukuba, JAPAN. 1989-90

Grants and other research support

  • Twenty research grants have been funded for a total of $900,000. The Tree Fruit Research Commission has supported our research for 10 years.
  • Washington State Water Research Center funded our research for 3 consecutive years.
  • Environmental Protection Agency rearing biocontrol agents $28,000, 1999-2000
  • SARE funding “Effects of ground cover in pear orchards (PI. D. Horton) [WSU $53,412 1999-2000
  • EPA grants 1999-2000 ($27,000)
  • ARS NationalPotato Research [PI. L. Lacy] $30,000
  • USDA/RAMP grant ($30,000/year 2000-2004.
  • US Patent No. #5,148,701 to John J. Brown, for a ‘Domestic Water Tester.

Presentations at professional meetings

a). Invited addresses – National and International:
Brown, J.J. Movement of a non-steroidal ecdysone agonist through three tropic levels: foof, host and primary parasitoid. XIth Ecdysone Workshop, Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic, July 2, 1994.
Brown, J.J. New “soft pesticides” in a triad approach to orchard integrated pest management. Pacific Entomology Conference, Honolulu, Hawaii. Feb. 16 1995.
Brown, J.J. Host castration, diapause, and ecdysteroids; Natural selection refines the host/parasitoid interaction. XX Int’l Congress of Entomol., Florence, Italy August 27, 1996
Brown, J.J. Diapause Physiology of Parasitoids Entomological Society of America National Meeting Symposium presentation. 15 December 1997.
Brown, J.J. Food Quality Protection Act and apple trade. U. of Chile, Santiago, 6 & 7 January, 1998

b). Invited addresses – Local and Regional:
Brown, J. J. “Insect Growth Regulators (IGRs): Present and Future.” Invited Symposium talk in Portland, OR, Pacific Branch Entomological Society of America, 1993.
Brown, J. J. “Host castration by egg/larval parasitoids’ invited seminar Oregon State University, May 30, 1997, Corvallis, OR.
Brown, J.J. “Urban Pest Management” keynote dinner speaker TriState PCO, Hood 1998
Brown, J. J. “The effect of US legislation the Food Quality Protection Act on international trade’ Iguass Falls, Brazil August 2000.
Brown, J. J. [Three pesticide education talks are presented each year throughout Washington]

International Teaching

Spring Semester 1990: Gave Seminar presentations at Tsukuba University, University of Kobe and Nagoya University in JAPAN
Fall Semester 1995: Taught 16 students a one-week short course at the University of Chile, Santiago, CHILE
Winter 1998: Taught 16 students a one-week short course at the University of Chile, Santiago, CHILE

Emeritus Professor & Former Chair

Department of Entomology
Washington State University
Pullman, WA 99164

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