Longtime Michigan State University professor Lawrence “Larry” Gut died Sept. 6 in Wenatchee, Washington, where he had recently moved with his wife, Kathleen, to retire near family and friends, according to a Michigan State University news release.
Gut joined MSU’s department of entomology in 1997. During his career, he developed a deep understanding of the biology of insect pests that threaten tree fruit crops and applied that knowledge to reduce their economic impact. His research into insect behavior and ecology made him an internationally recognized expert on integrated pest management in tree fruit, according to the news release.
Some of Gut’s most impactful studies focused on codling moth, a key pest of global apple and pear production. His work led to many of the applied insights that allowed for sustainable management of codling moth using its sex pheromone. His advice was sought by researchers, extension colleagues and fruit growers across the globe.
Gut also served as associate chair of MSU’s department of entomology, chaired the promotion committee of MSU’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, and served on external advisory boards. His service was recognized earlier this year when he received MSU’s William J. Beal Outstanding Faculty Award. He also received the Distinguished Service Award from the Michigan State Horticultural Society and was honored by the Entomological Society of America with its Excellence in IPM Award, according to the news release.
—by Matt Milkovich