Mario Navasero is MNH's curator for psylloids. He is a Scientist I (DOST Scientific Career System) and University Researcher II at the Crop Protection Cluster, College of Agriculture, UPLB. He finished both his MS Entomology and BS Agriculture (Entomology) from UPLB.

Navasero is a specialist on insect taxonomy, biological control, pest management, crop protection biotechnology and pest biology. His taxonomic studies focus on Philippine psylloids or jumping plant-lice, which he has described two new genera and five new species.

Mario's time as a researcher is devoted to developing integrated pest management programs for several crops, as well as on extension work. He engages on researches on biological control of insect pests using entomophagous arthropods and entomopathogens, development of other control tactics anchored on pest biology and behavior including habitat manipulation aimed at enhancing the effectiveness of natural enemies and or reducing pest population, analyses of pest outbreaks to understand what are the predisposing factors to help predict their future occurrence and manage outbreak populations, insecticide resistance management to prolong efficacy life of insecticides especially of safer chemistries and also impact assessment of genetically modified insect protected plants on arthropod communities.

He is a member of the following organisations: International Society for Southeast Asian Agricultural Sciences, National Research Council of the Philippines, Gamma Sigma Delta Honor Society for Agriculture and Related Sciences, Philippine Association of Entomologists, and Pest Management Council of the Philippines.

Navasero is a Fertilizer and Pesticide Authority-accredited researcher.

Publications

Navasero MV and Calumpang SMF. 2013. Influence of intercropping vegetable crops on the population of some arthropods associated with eggplant (Solanum melongena L.) and damage potential of eggplant fruit and shoot borer (Leucinodes orbonalis Guenee) in the presence of radish (Raphanus sativus L.). The Philippine Agricultural Scientist 96(3): 150-158.

Calumpang SMF and Navasero MV. 2013. Behavioral response of asian corn borer, Ostrinia furnacalis Guenee (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae) and common earwig [Euborelia annulipes Lucas (Dermaptera: Anisolabiidae)] to selected plants and weeds associated with sweet corn. The Philippine Agricultural Scientist 96(1): 84-90.

Navasero MV. 2012. The genus Acizzia Heslop-Harrison in the Philippines with considerations on the occurrence and host plant affinity of the three local species including one new record. The Philippine Entomologist 26(1): 93-102.

Navasero MM, Navasero MV and Candano RN. 2011. Comparative development of Spodoptera exempta (Walker) (Noctuidae, Lepidoptera) on Zea mays L. and Panicum maximum Jacq. in the Philippines with notes on its host range, larval feeding and post emergence behavior of adults. The Philippine Entomologists 25(2): 156-174.

Navasero MV. 2010. A new Paurocephaline genus and species (Hemiptera: Psylloidea: Aphalaridae) from the Philippines. The Philippine Entomologist 24(1): 18-25.

Navasero MV. 2010. Host plant index of Philippine psylloids (Hemiptera: Psylloidea). The Philippine Entomologist 24(1): 87-99.

Lit Jr IL and Navasero MV. 2010. Effectiveness of thiametoxam gel baits against the black crazy ant, Paratrechina longicornis (Latreille). The Philippine Entomologist 19(1): 77-88.

Navasero MM and Navasero MV. 2010. Biology of the black earwig Chelisoches morio (Fabricius) (Chelisochidae, Dermaptera). The Philippine Entomologists 24(2):122-136.

Navasero MV, Navasero MM, Bacud ST and Gallentes J. 2006. Manual on “Pamamahala ng Mga Peste ng Sampaguita”. CIP-UPWARD 20p.

Navasero MV and Navasero MM. 2005. Manual on “Pang-komunidad na Pag-aalaga ng Mamumulpol, Pagpaparami, Pag-iimbak, at Paggamit ng Bayrus-NPV.” UPLB-OVCRE 16p.

Navasero MM and Corpuz-Raros LA, Garcia RC and Navasero MV. 2005. Mass rearing of the two-spotted mite, Tetranychus urticae Koch, on water hyacinth. The Philippine Entomologist 19(1): 78-83.

Navasero MM and Corpuz-Raros LA, Garcia RC and Navasero MV. 2004. Mass rearing of Tetranychus truncatus Ehara (Tetranychidae: Acarina) on water hyacinth, Eichhornia crassipes L. The Philippine Entomologist 18 (2): 121-126.

Navasero MV and Navasero MM. 2003. Floral damage of Fruit and shoot borer, Leucinodes orbonalis Guenee (Pyralidae, Lepidoptera) on eggplant. Philippine Entomologists 16(1): 170-175.

Navasero MM, Rejesus BM and Navasero MV. 2003. Research Note: Refinement of the laboratory mass production technique for Orius tantillus (Motsch.) (Anthocoridae, Lepidoptera) Philippine Entomologists 16(1): 176-179.

Navasero MV and Navasero MM. 2003. Short Communication: Potential of farm-level production and utilization of Spodoptera litura Nuclear Polyhedrosis Virus. Philippine Entomologists 16(1): 180-183.

Navasero MM, Hirao GA and Navasero MV. 2002. Mass rearing of Dichromothrips corbetti (Priesner) (Thysanoptera: Thripidae) on Vanda flowers. Philippine Entomologists. 16(1): 33-41.

Navasero MV and Calilung VJ. 2001. A new genus and species of Aphalaridae (Psylloidea, Hemiptera) from Mount Makiling, Luzon Island, Philippines. The Philippine Entomologist 15(2): 232-240.

Navasero MV and Calilung VJ. 2001. The Paurocephala psylloptera-complex (Hemiptera: Psylloidea: Aphalaridae) in the Philippines with description of a new species. The Philippine Entomologist 15(1): 13-21.

Navasero MM, Hirao GA, Navasero MV and Santiago DR. 2001. Some factors affecting mass rearing of the Vanda thrips, Dicromothrips corbetti (Priesner) (Thysanoptera: Thripidae) The Philippine Entomologist 15(1): 83-90.

Santiago DR, Castillo AG, Arapan RS, Navasero MV and Eusebio JE. 2001. Efficacy of Metarhizium anisopliae (Metsch.) Sor. against the oriental migratory locust, Locusta migratoria manilensis Meyen. The Philippine Agricultural Scientists 84(1): 26-34.

Navasero MV and Calilung VJ. 2000. Phacopteron gabrieli, a new psyllid (Hemiptera: Psylloidea: Phacopteronidae) from Mount Makiling, Luzon Island, Philippines. The Philippine Entomologist 14(1): 49-52.