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Gregory Sword

Sword, Gregory
Gregory Sword
Regents Professor and Charles R. Parencia Chair in Cotton Entomology
Entomological Research Laboratory 114
(979) 862-1702
Undergraduate Education
B.S. Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, University of Arizona
Graduate Education
Ph.D. Zoology, University of Texas

Professional Summary

Gregory Sword, PhD, is a Regents Professor and Charles R. Parencia Endowed Chair in Entomology in the Texas A&M University Department of Entomology. His interdisciplinary research and teaching interests have led to advances spanning, ecology, evolution, genomics, nutrition, microbiology,and pest management. To date, he has contributed to the receipt of nearly $22 million in research funding with over $9 million going directly to his research program. His 129 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters have been cited over 6600 times. His ground-breaking research into plant-microbe interactions has spawned five US patents with novel commercial agricultural products being sold around the world. The national and international impact of Sword’s research has been recognized through the receipt of multiple awards for career achievement, innovation, environmental excellence, and integrated pest management.

Research Interests:plant-insect interactions, population genomics, phenotypic plasticity, microbial ecology, nutritional ecology, migration, integrated pest management

Selected Publications:

  1. Raszick, T.J.†, Dickens, C.M., Perkin, L.C., Suh, C.P.-C., Ruiz-Arce, R., Boratynski, T.N., Falco, M.R., Johnston, J.S. & Sword, G.A. (2021) Population genomics and phylogeography of the boll weevil, Anthonomus grandis Boheman (Coleoptera: Curculionidae), in the United States,northern Mexico, and Argentina. Evolutionary Applications. DOI: 10.1111/eva.13238
  2. Tessnow, A.E.†, Behmer, S.T. & Sword, G.A. (2021) Protein-carbohydrate regulation and nutritionally-mediated responses to Bt are affected by caterpillar population history. Pest Management Science 77:335-342. DOI: 10.1002/ps.6022
  3. *Zhou, W.†, Verma, V.C.†, Wheeler, T.A., Woodward, J.E., Starr, J.L. & Sword, G.A. (2020) Tapping into the cotton fungal phytobiome for novel nematode biological control tools. Phytobiomes Journal 4:19-26. DOI: 10.1094/PBIOMES-
    08-19-0043-SC (*Editor’s Pick)
  4. Sword, G.A., Tessnow, A.E.† & Ek-Ramos, M.J.† (2017) Endophytic fungi alter sucking bug responses to
    cotton reproductive structures. Insect Science 24:1003–1014. (Cover photo) DOI: 10.1111/1744-7917.12461
  5. Deans, C.A.†, Behmer, S.T., Tessnow, A.†, Tamez-Guerra, P., Pusztai-Carey, M. & Sword, G.A. (2017) Nutrition affects insect susceptibility to Bt toxins. Scientific Reports 7:39705. DOI: 10.1038/srep39705