Pereira
Contact:

PO Box 110620
Building 970, Natural Area Dr.
Gainesville, FL 32611

(352) 392-2485
rpereira@ufl.edu

Roberto M. Pereira
Associate Research Scientist

Profile

Entomologist with B.S. degree in agronomy, M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in entomology, >30 years of experience in insect control, >25 years of experience in social insects, control of urban and public health pests, with focus on microbe/insect interactions, and microbial control of insects. Experienced in coordination of large research/demonstration programs in integrated management of fire ants, and development of public health pests. Experience in coordination of large research/extension programs, commercial-scale production and formulation of entomopathogens as biopesticides against insect pests, basic and applied research on insect diseases.

Recent Accomplishments

  • >73 peer-reviewed publications, and 20 book chapters.
  • 7 patents on control of fire ants and other insect pests.
  • Coordination of the Deployed War-Fighter Protection (DWFP)research program, a US Department of Defense-sponsored USDA-ARS research project (approx. US$ 1.5 million/year).
  • Coordination of USDA areawide project on integrated management of fire ants (approx. US$ 1 million/year), and development of educational materials on fire ant biological control.
  • 2006 USDA-ARS Technology Transfer Award for fire ant areawide project.
  • 2006 Federal Laboratory Consortium Southeast Region Honorable Mention for Excellence in Technology Transfer.
  • 2005 Achievement Award for Team Research from the Florida Entomological Society for research on first fire ant virus.
  • Development of dual-action (insect and plant pathogen) control using entomopathogenic fungus Beauveria bassiana.
  • Development of Beauveria bassiana as a biocontrol agent for fire ants and other pest ants.
  • Discovery of 3 new fire ant diseases in Florida.
  • Establishment of decapitating flies (Pseudacteon curvatus) in western and eastern Tennessee.
  • Participation in the planning retreat for the Federal Interagency Committee on Invasive Terrestrial Animals and Pathogens (ITAP).
  • Participation in the USDA-ARS Workshop on Critical Issues in Biological Control.
  • Participation in grants and contracts totalling >$2,000,000.

Education

  • 1991 Ph.D., Entomology, Universityof Florida, Gainesville, FL Dissertation: "Evaluation of theEntomopathogenic Fungus Beauveria bassiana on the Red Imported Fire Ant,Solenopsis invicta"
  • 1987 M.S., Entomology, CornellUniversity, Ithaca, NY. Thesis: "Dry Mycelium Formulations ofEntomopathogenic Fungi, Metarhizium anisopliae and Beauveria bassiana,with Inclusion of Ultraviolet-Radiation Protectants".
  • 1981 B.S., Agronomy("Engenheiro Agronomo"), Escola Superior de Agricultura "Luizde Queiroz" (ESALQ), Univ. de Sao Paulo, Piracicaba, Brazil.Internship, Entomology Dept.: Microbial Control of Pests. (Scholarshipfrom Abbott Laboratories). Period: Feb. 1980 - Dec. 1981. Internship,Genetics Dept.: Sugarcane Cytology. Period: Dec. 1979 - Jan. 1980.

Other Special Training

  • 2006 Florida Mosquito Control Association 2006 Dodd Plenary Short Courses. Ocala, FL.
  • 2004 Success-Oriented Supervision - 2-credit correspondence course - USDA Graduate School.
  • 1994 Biotechnology Training Program, Interdisciplinary Center for Biotechnology Research, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL.
  • 1993 Good Laboratory Practice Standards Training Session, Entomological Society of America & Society of Quality Assurance, Indianapolis, IN.
  • 1981 Sterility in Pharmaceutical and Food Industries and in Medical Facilities, Centro Latino Americano de Capacitacion Y Desarollo de Empresas, Sao Paulo, SP, Brazil.

Employment

  • 2007 - Present. Associate Research Scientist - Entomology & Nematology Dept., University of Florida, Gainesville, FL.
  • 2001- 2007 Entomologist - Center for Medical, Agricultural and Medical Entomology, USDA- Agricultural Research Service, Gainesville, FL.
  • 2006-2007: Coordinator of project "Deployed War-Fighter Protection Research Program".
  • 2001-2005: Coordinator of project "Areawide Suppression of Fire Ants in Pastures".
  • 1997 - 2001 Assistant Professor - Dept. of Entomology & Plant Pathology, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN.
  • 1993 - 1997 Assistant Scientist (nontenure faculty)- Entomology & Nematology Dept., University of Florida, Gainesville, FL.
  • 1991 - 1993 Postdoctoral Research Associate - Entomology & Nematology Dept., University of Florida, Gainesville, FL. 1987 - 1991 Graduate Research Assistant - Entomology & Nematology Dept., University of Florida, Gainesville FL.
  • 1985 - 1987 Graduate Research Assistant - Boyce Thompson Institute / Dept. of Entomology, Cornell University, Ithaca NY.
  • 1984 Research Intern - Entomology Section of the Brazilian National Rice and Bean Research Center / EMBRAPA, Brazil.
  • 1981- 1984 Director - Biomax Microbial Insecticide Laboratory - Labormax Produtos Quimicos Ltda., Brazil.
  • 1978-1979 Instructor: Lessa S.A Ingles para Brasileiros, Escolas Roosevelt, Escolas Fisk.

Consultations

  • 1995 Costa Nursery, Goulds, FL - For production and application of microbial agents for control of pests on ornamental plants.
  • 1994 EMBRAPA-CPACT (Brazilian Agricultural Research System - Research Center for Temperate Climate) - Development of microbial control of fruit flies and other pests.
  • 1994 EMBRAPA-CENARGEN (National Center for Genetic Resources)- Review of project on microbial control of grasshoppers.
  • 1994 EMBRAPA-CNPMF (National Center for Research on Cassava and Fruit Crops)- Review of project on biological control of whiteflies and other pests.

Research and/or Scholarly Publications

Articles in Refereed Journals

Pereira, R. M. A. S. Taylor, M. P. Lehnert, and P. G. Koehler. 2013. Potential population growth and harmful effects on humans from bed bug populations exposed to different feeding regimes. Med. Vet. Entomol. 27:147-155.

Bayer B. E., R. M. Pereira, and P. G. Koehler. 2012. Differential consumption of baits by pest blattid and blattellid cockroaches and resulting direct and secondary effects. Entomol. Experim. Appl. 145: 250-259.

Diclaro, J. W., L. W. Cohnsteadt, R. M. Pereira, S. A. Allan, and P. G. Koehler. 2012. Behavioral and physiological response of Musca domestica L. to colored visual targets. J. Med. Entomol. 49: 94-100.

Fan, Y., R. M. Pereira, E. Kilic, G. Casella, and N. O. Keyhani. 2012. Pyrokinin β-neuropeptide affects necrophoretic behavior in fire ants (S. invicta), and expression of β-NP in a mycoinsecticide augments its virulence. PLoS ONE 7(1): e26924. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0026924.

Diclaro, J. W., J. C. Hertz, Ryan M. Welch, P. G. Koehler, and R. M. Pereira. 2012. Integration of fly baits, traps, and cords to kill house flies (Diptera: Muscidae) and reduce annoyance. J. Entomol. Sci. 47: 56-64.

Chaskopoulou A., M. D. Latham, R. M. Pereira, R. Connelly, J. A. S. Bonds, P. G. Koehler. 2011. Efficacy of aerial ultra-low volume applications of two novel water-based formulations of unzynergized pyrethroids against riceland mosquitoes in Greece. J. Am. Mosq. Control Assoc. 27: 414–422.

Hertz, J. C., R. M. Pereira, and P. G. Koehler. 2011. House fly (Diptera: Muscidae) resting preference on various cords and potential of fipronil- or indoxacarb- impregnation on cords for fly control. J. Entomol. Sci. 46: 325-334.

Valles, S. M., J. J. Becnel, and R. M. Pereira. 2011. Kneallhazia carolinensae sp. nov., a microsporidian pathogen of the thief ant, Solenopsis carolinensis. J. Invertebr. Pathol. 108: 59-62.

Diclaro, J. W., M. S. Lehnert, M. A. Mitola, R. M. Pereira, and P. G. Koehler. 2011. A case study of Megaselia scalaris (Diptera: Phoridae) causing ocular myiasis in a western hognose snake. J. Med. Entomol. 48: 934-936.

Lehnert, M. P., R. M. Pereira, P. G. Koehler, W. Walker, and M. S. Lehnert. 2011. Control of Cimex lectularius using heat combined with dichlorvos resin strips. Med. Vet. Entomol. 25: 460–464.

Tucker, C. L., P. G. Koehler, and R. M. Pereira. 2011. Ability of Reticulitermes flavipes (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae) castes to forage through cracks. Sociobiology 57: 79-92.

Mankin, R. W., R. D. Hodges, H. T.Nagle, C. Schal, R. M. Pereira, and P. G. Koehler. 2010. Acoustic indicatorsfor targeted detection of stored product and urban insect pests by inexpensive infrared,acoustic, and vibrational detection of movement. J. Econ. Entomol. 103: 1636-1646.

Pfiester, M., P. G. Koehler, and R. M. Pereira. 2009.Sexual conflict to the extreme: Traumatic insemination in bed bugs. Am.Entomol. 55: 244-249.

Chaskopoulou, A., R. M. Pereira, M. E. Scharf, and P. G.Koehler. 2009. Vapor Toxicity of Three Prototype Volatile InsecticidalCompounds to House Fly (Diptera: Muscidae)J. Med. Entomol. 46: 1400-1406.

Smith, J. A., M. E. Scharf, R. M. Pereira, and P. G. Koehler.2009. pH optimization of gut cellulase and xylanase activities from the Easternsubterranean termite, Reticulitermes flavipes (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae).Sociobiology.54: 199-210.

Pereira, R. M., P. G. Koehler, M. Pfiester and W. Walker.2009. Lethal effects of heat and use of localized heat treatment for control ofbed bug infestations. J. Econ. Entomol. 102: 1182-1188.

Pfiester, M., R. M. Pereira, and P. G. Koehler. 2009.Efffect of population structure and size on aggregation behavior of the bed bugCimex lectularius L. J. Med. Entomol. 46: 1015-1020.

Smith, J. A., M. E. Scharf, R. M. Pereira, and P. G.Koehler. 2009. Changes in Reticulitermes flavipes gut cellulolytic activitiesin response to hardwood, softwood and cellulose diets. J. Entomol. Sci. 44:256-263.

Smith, J. A., M. E. Scharf, R. M. Pereira, and P. G.Koehler. 2009. Comparisons of gut carbohydrolase activity patterns inReticulitermes flavipes and Coptotermes formosanus [Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae]workers and soldiers. Sociobiology. 53:113-124.

Chaskopoulou, A., S. Nguyen, R. M. Pereira, M. E. Scharf,and P. G. Koehler. 2009. Toxicities of 31 volatile low molecular weightcompounds against Aedes aegypti and Culex quinquefasciatus. J. Med. Entomol.46: 328-334.

Smith, J. A., R. M. Pereira, and P. G. Koehler. 2008.Relative repellency and lethality of the neonicotinoids thiamethoxam andacetamiprid and an acetamiprid/bifenthrin combination to Reticulitermesflavipes termites. J. Econ. Entomol. 101: 1881-1887.

Leckie, B. M., B. H. Ownley, R.M. Pereira, W. E.Klingeman, and C. J. Jones. 2008. Effects of Beauveria bassiana(Balsamo)Vuillemin mycelia and metabolites incorporated into synthetic diets onlarval Helicoverpa zea. Biocontrol Sci. Technol.18: 697-710.

Valles S. M., C. A. Strong, W. Hunter, D. Phat, R. M.Pereira, D. H. Oi, and D. F. Williams. 2008. Expressed sequence tags from thered imported fire ant, Solenopsis invicta: Annotation and utilization fordiscovery of viruses. J. Invertebr. Pathol. 99: 74-81.

Pfiester M., P. G. Koehler, and R. M. Pereira. 2008.Ability of bed bug detecting canines to locate live common bed bugs and viablebed bug eggs (Cimex lectularius). J. Econ. Entomol. 101: 1389-1396.

Baldwin, R. W., P. G. Koehler, and R. M. Pereira. 2008. Toxicityof fatty acid salts to German and American cockroaches. J. Econ. Entomol. 101:1384-1388.

Ownley B. H., M. R. Griffin, W. E. Klingeman, K. D.Gwinn, J. K. Moulton, and R. M. Pereira. 2008. Beauveria bassiana: endophyticcolonization and plant disease control. J. Invertebr. Pathol. 98: 267-270.

Baldwin, R. W., P. G. Koehler, R. M. Pereira, and F. M.Oi. 2008. Public perceptions of pest problems. American Entomol. 54: 73-79.

McManamy, K., P. G. Koehler, D. D. Branscome, and R. M.Pereira. 2008. Wood moisture content affects the survival of easternsubterranean termites (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae), under saturated relativehumidity conditions. Sociobiology 52: 145-156.

Tucker, C. L., P. G. Koehler, and R. M. Pereira. 2008.Development of a method to evaluate the effects of eastern subterranean termitedamage to the thermal properties of building construction materials (Isoptera:Rhinotermitidae). Sociobiology 51: 589-600.

Oi, D. H. D. F. Williams, R. M. Pereira, P. M. Horton, T.S. Davis, A. H. Hyder, H. T. Bolton, B. C. Zeichner, S. D. Porter, A. L. Hoch,M. L. Boswell, and G. Williams. 2008. Combining biological and chemicalcontrols for the management of red imported fire ants (Hymenoptera:Formicidae). Am. Entomol. 54: 46-55.

Pridgeon, J. W., R. M. Pereira, L. Zhao, J. J. Becnel, G.G. Clark, D. A. Strickman, & K. J. Linthicum. 2008. Susceptibility of Aedesaegypti, Culex quinquefasciatus Say, and Anopheles quadrimaculatus Say to 19pesticides with different modes of action. J. Med. Entomol. 45: 82-87.

Valles S. M., C. A. Strong, D. H. Oi, S. D. Porter, R. M.Pereira, R. K. Vander Meer, Y. Hashimoto, L. M. Hooper-Bui, H. Sanchez-Arroyo,T. Davis, V. Karpakakunjarum, K. M. Vail, L. C. Graham, J. A. Briano, L. A.Calcaterra, L. E. Gilbert, K. Ward, and D. C. Thompson. 2007. Host Specificity,Distribution, and Phenology of Solenopsis invicta Virus. J. Invertebr. Pathol.96:18-27.

Pridgeon, J. W., K. M. Meepagala, J. J. Becnel, G. G.Clark, R. M. Pereira, & K. J. Linthicum. 2007. Structure-Activity Relationshipsof 33 Piperidines as Toxicants against Female Adults of Aedes aegypti (Diptera:Culicidae). J. Med. Entomol. 44: 263-269.

Pereira, R. M. & S. D. Porter. 2006. Range expansionof the fire ant decapitating fly, Pseudacteon tricuspis, eight to nine yearsafter Releases in north Florida. Fla. Entomol. 89: 536-538.

Valles, S. M. & R. M. Pereira. 2005. Developmentalexpression of a transferrin in the red imported fire ant, Solenopsis invicta.Fla. Entomol. 88: 541-543.

Valles, S. M. & R. M. Pereira. 2005. Solenopsisinvicta transferrin: cDNA cloning, gene architecture, and up-regulation inresponse to Beauveria bassiana infection. Gene 358: 60-66.

Pereira, R. M. 2004. Occurrence of Myrmicinosporidiumdurum in Solenopsis invicta and Other New Host Ants in Eastern United States.J. Invertebr. Pathol. 86: 38-44.

Valles, S., C. Strong, P. Dang, W. Hunter, R. Pereira, D.Oi, A. Shapiro & D. Williams. 2004. A picorna-like virus from the redimported fire ant, Solenopsis invicta: initial discovery, genome sequence, andcharacterization. Virology 328: 151-157.

Vogt, J. T., D. A. Streett, R. M. Pereira, & A.-M. A.Callcott. 2004. Mississippi areawide fire ant suppression program: uniqueaspects of working with black and hybrid imported fire ants. J. Agric. UrbanEntomol. 20:105-111.

Oi, D. H., S. M. Valles & R. M. Pereira. 2004.Prevalence of Thelohania solenopsae (Microsporidia: Thelohaniidae)infection inmonogyne and polygyne red imported fire ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae).Environ. Entomol. 33: 340-345.

Pereira, R. M. 2003. Areawide Suppression of Fire AntPopulations in Pastures: Project Update. J. Agric. Urban Entomol. 20:123-130.

Valles, S. M. & R. M. Pereira. 2003. Use of ribosomalDNA sequence to characterize and detect a neogregarine pathogen of Solenopsisinvicta (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). J. Invertebr. Pathol. 84: 114-118.

Graham, L. C., S. D. Porter, R. M. Pereira, H. D. Dorough& A. T. Kelley. 2003. Field releases of the decapitating fly Pseudacteoncurvatus (Diptera: Phoridae)for control of imported fire ants (Hymenoptera:Formicidae)in Alabama, Florida, and Tennessee. Fla. Entomol. 86: 334-339.

Williams, D.F., D.H. Oi, S.D. Porter, R.M. Pereira &J.A. Briano. 2003. Biological control of imported fire ants (Hymenoptera:Formicidae). Am. Entomol. 49: 144-155.

Valles, S. M. & R. M. Pereira. 2003. Hydramethylnonpotentiation in Solenopsis invicta by infection with the microsporidian,Thelohania solenopsae. Biological Control. 27: 95-99.

Pereira, R. M., D. F. Williams, J. J. Becnel & D. H.Oi. 2002. Yellow head disease caused by a newly discovered Mattesia sp. inpopulations of the red imported fire ant, Solenopsis invicta. J. Invertebr.Pathol. 81: 45-48.

James, S. S., R. M. Pereira, K. M. Vail & B. H.Ownley. 2002. Survival of imported fire ant species subjected to freezing andnear-freezing temperatures. Environ. Entomol. 31: 127-133.

Alves, S. B., L. A. Alves, R. B. Lopes, R. M. Pereira& S. A. Vieira. 2002. Potential of some Metarhizium anisopliae isolates forcontrol of Culex quinquefasciatus. J. Appl. Entomol. 126: 504-509.

Alves, S. B., L. S. Rossi, R. B. Lopes, M. A. Tamai &R. M. Pereira. 2002. Beauveria bassiana yeast phase on agar medium and itspathogenicity against Diatraea saccharalis (Lepidoptera: Crambidae)andTetranychus urticae (Acari: Tetranychidae). J. Invertebr. Pathol. 81: 70-77.

Moino Jr., A., S. B. Alves, R. B. Lopes, P. M. O. J.Neves, R. M. Pereira, & S. A. Vieira. 2002. External development of theentomopathogenic fungi Beauveria bassiana and Metarhizium anisopliae on thesubterranean termite Heterotermes tenuis. Scientia Agricola 59: 267-273.

Broza, M., R. M. Pereira & J. L. Stimac. 2001. Thenonsusceptibility of soil Collembola to insect pathogens and their potential asscavengers of microbial pesticides. Pedobiologia 45: 523-534.

Batista Filho, A., S. B. Alves, N. T. Augusto, R. M.Pereira & L. F. A. Alves. 2001. Stability and persistence of formulationscontaining Anticarsia gemmatalis Nuclear Polyhedrosis Virus (AgMNPV). Neotrop.Entomol. 30: 411-416.

Giustolin, T. A., J. D. Vendramim, S. B. Alves, S. A.Vieira & R. M. Pereira. 2001. Susceptibility of Tuta absoluta(Meyrick)(Lep., Gelechiidae)reared on two species of Lycopersicon to Bacillusthuringiensis var. kurstaki. J. Appl. Entomol. 125: 551-556.

Elliott, M., E. Des Jardin, W. Batson, Jr., J. Caceres,P. Brannen, C. Howell, M. Benson, K. Conway, C. Rothrock, R. Schneider, B.Ownley, C. Canaday, A. Keinath, D. Huber, D. Sumner, C. Motsenbocker, P.Thaxton, M. Cubeta, P. Adams, P. Backman, J. Fejardo, M. Newman, and R.Pereira. 2001. Viability and stability of biological control agents used fordisease management on cotton and snap bean seeds. Pest Manag. Sci. 57: 695-706.

Sieglaff, D. H., R. M. Pereira & J. L. Capinera.1998. Microbial control of Schistocerca americana (Orthoptera: Acrididae)byMetarhizium flavoviride (Deuteromycotina): instar dependent mortality andefficacy of ultra low volume application under greenhouse conditions. J. Econ.Entomol. 91: 76-85.

Moino, Jr., A., S. B. Alves & R. M. Pereira. 1998.Efficacy of Beauveria bassiana (Balsamo)Vuillemin isolates for control ofstored grain pests. J. Appl. Entomol. 122: 301-305.

Pereira, R. M. & J. L. Stimac. 1997. Biocontroloptions for urban pest ants. J. Agric. Entomol. 14: 231-248.

Sieglaff, D. H., R. M. Pereira & J. L. Capinera.1997. Pathogenicity of Beauveria bassiana and Metarhizium flavoviride(Deuteromycotina)to Schistocerca americana (Orthoptera: Acrididae). J. Econ.Entomol. 90: 1539-1545.

Alves, L. F. A., S. B. Alves, R. M. Pereira & D. M.F. Capalbo. 1997. Production of Bacillus thuringiensis Berliner var. kurstakigrown in alternative media. Biocontrol Sci. Technol. 7: 377-383.

Almeida, J. E. M., S. B. Alves & R. M. Pereira. 1997.Selection of Beauveria spp. isolates for control of the termite Heterotermestenuis (Hagen, 1958). J. Appl. Entomol. 121: 539- 544.

Alves, S. B., R. M. Pereira, J. L. Stimac & S. A.Vieira. 1996. Delayed germination of Beauveria bassiana conidia after prolongedstorage at low, above freezing temperatures. Biocontrol Sci. Technol. 6:575-581.

Alves, S. B., L. C. Marchini, R. M. Pereira & L. L.Baumgratz. 1996. Effects of some insect pathogens on the africanized honey bee,Apis mellifera. J. Appl. Entomol. 120: 559-564.

Alves, S. B., J. E. M. Almeida, A. Moino Jr., J. L.Stimac & R. M. Pereira. 1995. Use of Metarhizium anisopliae and Beauveriabassiana for control of Cornitermes cumulans (Kollar, 1832)in pastures. (Uso deMetarhizium anisopliae e Beauveria bassiana no controle de Cornitermes cumulans(Kollar, 1832)em pastagens). Ecossistema 20: 50-57. (In Portuguese).

Oi, D. H., R. M. Pereira, J. L. Stimac & L. A. Wood.1994. Field applications of Beauveria bassiana for control of the red importedfire ant (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). J. Econ. Entomol. 87: 623-630.

Pereira, R. M., J. L. Stimac & S. B. Alves. 1993.Soil antagonism affecting the dose-response of workers of the red imported fireant, Solenopsis invicta, to Beauveria bassiana conidia. J. Invertebr. Pathol.61: 156-161.

Pereira, R. M., S. B. Alves & J. L. Stimac. 1993.Growth of Beauveria bassiana in fire ant nest soil with amendments. J.Invertebr. Pathol. 62: 9-14.

Oi, D. H. & R. M. Pereira. 1993. Ant behavior andmicrobial pathogens. Fla. Entomol. 76: 63-74.

Stimac, J. L., R. M. Pereira, S. B. Alves & L. A.Wood. 1993. Mortality in laboratory colonies of Solenopsis invicta Buren(Hymenoptera: Formicidae)treated with Beauveria bassiana (Balsamo)Vuillemin(Deuteromycetes). J. Econ. Entomol. 86: 1083-1087.

Stimac, J. L., R. M. Pereira, S. B. Alves & L. A.Wood. 1993. Beauveria bassiana (Balsamo)Vuillemin (Deuteromycetes)applied tolaboratory colonies of Solenopsis invicta Buren (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)insoil. J. Econ. Entomol. 86: 348-352.

Pereira, R. M. & J. L. Stimac. 1992. Transmission ofBeauveria bassiana within artificial nests of Solenopsis invicta (Hymenoptera:Formicidae)in the laboratory. Environ. Entomol. 21: 1427-1432.

Pereira, R. M. & D. W. Roberts. 1991. Alginate andcornstarch formulations of entomopathogenic fungi, Beauveria bassiana and Metarhiziumanisopliae. J. Econ. Entomol. 84: 1657-1661.

Alves, S. B., J. L. Stimac & R. M. Pereira. 1991.Effects of extracts of Solenopsis spp. and Diatraea saccharalis on the fungiBeauveria bassiana and Metarhizium anisopliae. (Efeitos de extratos de Solenopsisspp. e Diatraea saccharalis sobre os fungos Beauveria bassiana e Metarhiziumanisopliae). Ecossistema 16: 54-59. (In Portuguese).

Pereira, R. M. & D. W. Roberts. 1990. Dry myceliumpreparations of entomopathogenic fungi, Metarhizium anisopliae and Beauveriabassiana. J. Invertebr. Pathol. 56: 39-46.

Alves, S. B. & R. M. Pereira. 1989. Production ofMetarhizium anisopliae (Metsch.)Sorok. and Beauveria bassiana (Bals.)Vuill. intrays. (Producao do Metarhizium anisopliae (Metsch.)Sorok e Beauveria bassiana(Bals.)Vuill. em bandejas). Ecossistema 14: 188- 192. (In Portuguese).

Alves, S. B., S. Silveira Neto, R. M. Pereira & N.Macedo. 1987. Study of formulations of Metarhizium anisopliae (Metsch.)Sorok.under different storage conditions. (Estudo de formulacoes do Metarhiziumanisopliae (Metsch.)Sorok. em diferentes condicoes de armazenamento).Ecossistema 12: 78-87. (In Portuguese).

Daoust, R. A. & R. M. Pereira. 1986. Survival ofBeauveria bassiana conidia on the cadavers of cowpea pests stored outdoors andin the laboratory in Brazil. Environ. Entomol. 15: 642-647.

Daoust, R. A. & R. M. Pereira. 1986. Stability ofentomopathogenic fungi Beauveria bassiana and Metarhizium anisopliae onbeetle-attracting tubers and cowpea foliage in Brazil. Environ. Entomol. 15:1237-1243.

Alves, S. B., L. A. S. Melo & R. M. Pereira. 1981.Control of sugar cane borer, Diatraea saccharalis (Fabr. 1794)(Lep.,Pyralidae)with Bacillus thuringiensis Berliner, in a bait formulation.(Controle da broca-da-cana, Diatraea saccharalis (Fabr. 1794)(Lep.,Pyralidae)com Bacillus thuringiensis Berliner, na forma de isca). Ecossistema6: 105- 112. (In Portuguese).

Patents

Diclaro J. W., R. M. Pereira, J. C. Hertz, and P. G.Koehler. 2010. Fly attractant system with toxicant-treated cords. International Patent WO/2010/118024.

Valles, Steven M., R. M. Pereira, W. B. Hunter, D. H. Oi,C. A. Strong, P. M. Dang, David F. Williams. 2008. Solenopsis invicta Viruses.US 7,332,176 Bl.

Stimac, J. L. & R. M. Pereira. 2006. Methods andformulations for control of pests. U.S. Patent RE38,958.

Stimac, J. L. & R. M. Pereira. 2005. Methods andformulations for control of pests. European Patent EP 0 751 710 B1.

Stimac, J. L. & R. M. Pereira. 2001. Methods andformulations for control of pests. U.S. Patent 6,254,864.

Stimac, J. L. & R. M. Pereira. 1997. Controllingcockroaches, carpenter ants, and pharaoh ants using strains of Beauveriabassiana. U.S. Patent 5,683,689.

Stimac, J. L. & R. M. Pereira. 1995. Methods andformulations for control of insect pests. World Patent WO 95/25430.

Book Chapters

Bennett W. Jordan, Barbara E. Bayer,Philip G. Koehler and Roberto M. Pereira. 2013. Bait evaluation methodsfor urban pest management, pp. 445-469. In: S. Trdan (ed.), Insecticides -Development of Safer and More Effective Technologies. InTech,DOI: 10.5772/53421. Available from: http://www.intechopen.com/books/insecticides-development-of-safer-and-more-effective-technologies/bait-evaluation-methods-for-urban-pest-management.

Koehler, P. G., C. L. Tucker, and R. M. Pereira. 2008.Thermal damage to construction materials by termites (Isoptera), pp. 23-28. In:W. H. Robinson and D. Bajomi (eds.), Proceedings of the Sixth InternationalConference on Urban Pests. OOK-Press, Hungary.

Alves, S. B., R. B. Lopes, R. M. Pereira, and M. A.Tamai. 2008. Microbial control in Latin America, pp. 21-48. In: S. B. Alves andR. B. Lopes (eds.), Controle Microbiano de Pragas na America Latina: Avancos eDesafios. FEALQ, Piracicaba, Brazil. (In Portuguese).

Milner, R. & R. M. Pereira 2007. Microbial control ofurban pests - cockroaches, ants and termites, pp. 695-711. In: L. A. Lacey andK. H. Kaya (eds.), Field manual of microbial control of insects, 2nd Ed.Springer, Dordrecht, The Netherlands.

Vander Meer, R. K., R. M. Pereira, S. D. Porter, S. M.Valles, & D. H. Oi. 2007. Area-wide suppression of invasive fire antpopulations, pp. 487-496. In: M.J.B. Vreysen, A.S. Robinson and J. Hendrichs(eds.), Area-Wide Control of Insect Pests: From Research to Field Implementation,Springer, Dordrecht, The Netherlands. (in press).

Ownley, B. H., R. M. Pereira, W. E. Klingeman, III, N. B.Quigley & B. M. Leckie. 2004. Beauveria bassiana, a dual purpose biocontrolorganism with activity against insect pests and plant pathogens, pp. 255-269.In: R.T. Lartey and A.J. Caesar (eds.), Emerging Concepts in Plant HealthManagement, Research Signpost, T.C., Kerala, India.

Leite, L. G., S. B. Alves and R. M. Pereira. 2003.Microbial Insecticides, [Insecticidas Microbianos], pp.115-155. In: G. S.Aguayo and R. H. Gallo (eds.), Bases para el Manejo Racional de Insecticidas.Universidad de Conception/Fundacion para la Innovacion Agraria (FIA), Chillan.(In Spanish).

Alves, S. B., R. M. Pereira, R. B. Lopes and M. A. Tamai.2002. Use of Entomopathogenic Fungi in Latin America, pp. 193-211. In: R. K.Upadhyay (ed.), Advances in Microbial Control of Insect Pests. Kluwer,Dordrecht.

Jackson, T.A., S. B. Alves & R. M. Pereira. 2000.Biological control of soil-dwelling insects by pathogens and nematodes, pp.271-296. In: G.M. Gurr and S.D. Wratten (eds.), Biological Control: Measures ofSuccess. Kluwer, Dordrecht.

Milner, R. & R. M. Pereira 2000. Microbial control ofurban pests - cockroaches, ants and termites, pp. 721-740. In: L. A. Lacey andK. H. Kaya (eds.), Field manual of microbial control of insects. Kluwer,Dordrecht.

Pereira, R. M., S. B. Alves & P. R. Reis. 1998.Safety in the use of entomopathogens, [Seguranca no emprego deentomopatogenos], pp. 171-194. In: S. B. Alves (ed.), Controle Microbiano deInsetos. FEALQ, Piracicaba, Brazil. (In Portuguese).

Pereira, R. M., S. B. Alves & D. R. Sosa-Gomez. 1998.Use of entomopathogens in the integrated pest management [Utilizacao deentomopatogenos no manejo integrado de pragas], pp. 1097-1118. In: S. B. Alves(ed.), Controle Microbiano de Insetos. FEALQ, Piracicaba, Brazil. (InPortuguese).

Pereira, R. M. & S. B. Alves. 1998. Production ofentomopathogenic protozoa, [Producao de protozoarios entomopatogenicos], pp.907-916. In: S. B. Alves (ed.), Controle Microbiano de Insetos. FEALQ,Piracicaba, Brazil. (In Portuguese).

Alves, S. B. & R. M. Pereira. 1998. Physiologicaldisturbs caused by entomopathogens, [Disturbios Fisiologicos provocados porentomopatogenos], pp. 39-54. In: S. B. Alves (ed.), Controle Microbiano deInsetos. FEALQ, Piracicaba, Brazil. (In Portuguese).

Alves, S. B. & R. M. Pereira. 1998. Production ofentomopathogenic fungi, [Producao de fungos entomopatogenicos], pp. 845-869.In: S. B. Alves (ed.), Controle Microbiano de Insetos. FEALQ, Piracicaba,Brazil. (In Portuguese).

Alves, S. B., R. M. Pereira, J. E. M. Almeida & A. J.Laranjeiro. 1998. Equipment for application of microbial insecticides[Equipamentos para aplicacao de inseticidas microbianos], pp. 269-287. In: S.B. Alves (ed.), Controle Microbiano de Insetos. FEALQ, Piracicaba, Brazil. (InPortuguese).

Batista Filho, A., S. B. Alves, L. F. A. Alves, R. M.Pereira & N. T. Augusto. 1998. Formulation of entomopathogens, [Formulacaode entomopatogenos], pp. 917-965. In: S. B. Alves (ed.), Controle Microbiano deInsetos. FEALQ, Piracicaba, Brazil. (In Portuguese).

Sosa-Gomez, D. R., R. M. Pereira & S. B. Alves. 1998.Environmental impact of entomopathogens, [Impacto ambiental deentomopatogenos], pp. 1075-1095. In: S. B. Alves (ed.), Controle Microbiano deInsetos. FEALQ, Piracicaba, Brazil. (In Portuguese).

Non-Refereed Publications

Cuda, J. P., A. S. Brammer, R. M. Pereira, & M.Broza. 2004. Interference of natural regulation of the aquatic weed mosquitofern (Azolla caroliniana)by the red imported fire ant. Aquatics 26: 20-26.

Croker, J. L., K. M. Vail, & R. M. Pereira, (eds.).2000. Proceedings of the 2000 Imported Fire Ant Conference. University ofTennessee, Chattanooga, 173 pp.

Shamiyeh, N. B., R. M. Pereira, R. A. Straw, and R. A.Follum & C. W. Meister. 1999. Control of wireworms in potatoes, 1998.Arthropod Management Tests 24: E78

Papers or Abstracts in Conference Proceedings

a) International Meetings

Pereira, R. M. and P. G. Koehler. 2011. Use of heat,volatile insecticide, and monitoring tools to control bed bugs (Heteroptera:Cimicidae), pp. 325-330. In: W. H. Robinson and A. E. C Campos (eds.),Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Urban Pests. InstituteBiológico, São Paulo, Brazil.

Koehler, P. G., R. M. Pereira, and B. W. Jordan. 2011.New techniques for subterranean termite control, pp. 335-338. In: W. H.Robinson and A. E. C Campos (eds.), Proceedings of the 7th InternationalConference on Urban Pests. Institute Biológico, São Paulo, Brazil.

Larrick, S., P. G. Koehler, and R. M.Pereira. 2011. Spatial distribution and density of Nylanderia pubens (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) on urban lots, pp.51-54. In: W. H. Robinson and A. E. C Campos (eds.), Proceedings of the 7thInternational Conference on Urban Pests. Institute Biológico, São Paulo,Brazil.

Pereira, R. M. 1996. Ant control using entomopathogens.In: V SICONBIOL - Simposio de Controle Biologico, Anais: Conferencias ePalestras, pp. 374-381. EMBRAPA/CNPSo, Foz do Iguacu, Brazil.

Pereira, R. M. 1994. Production and formulation ofentomopathogenic fungi. In: IV SICONBIOL - Simposio de Controle Biologico,Anais: Conferencias e Mesas Redondas, pp. 177-178. EMBRAPA/CNPACT, Gramado,Brazil.

Pereira, R. M., J. L. Stimac & S. B. Alves. 1993.Germination and penetration of Beauveria bassiana on red imported fire antworkers, Solenopsis invicta. (Germinacao e penetracao de Beauveria bassiana emoperarias de formiga lava-pe, Solenopsis invicta). In: Resumos do 14° CongressoBrasileiro de Entomologia, p. 366. SEB, Piracicaba, Brazil. (In Portuguese).

Pereira, R. M. & J. L. Stimac. 1990. Lethalconcentrations of Beauveria bassiana conidia against fire ants, Solenopsisinvicta, under different bioassay conditions. In: Vth International Colloquiumon Invertebrate Pathology and Microbial Control: Proceedings and Abstracts, p.332. SIP, Adelaide, Australia.

Stimac, J. L., R. M. Pereira, S. B. Alves & L. A.Wood. 1990. Field evaluation of a Brazilian strain of Beauveria bassiana forcontrol of the red imported fire ant, Solenopsis invicta, in Florida. In: VthInternational Colloquium on Invertebrate Pathology and Microbial Control:Proceedings and Abstracts, p. 337. SIP, Adelaide. Australia.

Alves, S. B., L. C. Marchini, J. L. Stimac, R. M. Pereira & L. L. Baumgratz. 1990. Effects of some insect pathogens against theafricanized honeybee, Apis mellifera. In: Vth International Colloquium onInvertebrate Pathology and Microbial Control: Proceedings and Abstracts, p.403. SIP, Adelaide, Australia.

b) Domestic Meetings

Linthicum, K., S. A. Allan, D. R. Barnard, J. J. Becnel,U. R. Bernier, S. C. Britch, G. G. Clark, M. F. Cooperband, C. J. Geden, J. AHogsette, Jr., D. L. Kline, R. M.Pereira, J. W. Pridgeon, B. P. Quinn, J. F.Reinert, C. H. Welch, L. Zhao. 2007. Mosquito and Fly Control Research by theUSDA-ARS Center for Medical, Agriculture and Veterinary Entomology (CMAVE)inthe Deployed War-Fighter Protection (DWFP)Program. California Mosquito andVector Control Association Proceedings.

Pereira, R. M., D. F. Williams, T. S. Davis, D. H. Oi, H.T. Bolton, P. M. Horton, H. G. Williams. 2005. Imported fire ants and theirmanagement. In: Proceedings of the 1st Quail Management Shortcourse, p. 49-67.Arcadia, FL.

Pereira, R. M. & S. D. Porter. 2005. Use of baits forevaluation of fire ant populations in the USDA areawide project. In:Proceedings of the 2005 Annual Red Imported Fire Ant Conference, p. 121-122.Gulfport, MS.

S. Valles & R. M. Pereira. 2005. Up-regulation of atransferrin gene in response to fungal infection in Solenopsis invicta. In:Proceedings of the 2005 Annual Red Imported Fire Ant Conference, p. 83.Gulfport, MS.

Parkman, P., K. Vail, T. Rashid, J. Oliver, R. M.Pereira, S. D. Porter, M. Shires, G. Haun, S. Powell, L. G. Thead, & J. T.Vogt. 2005. Establishment and spread of Pseudacteon curvatus in Tennessee. In:Proceedings of the 2005 Annual Red Imported Fire Ant Conference, p. 111-112.Gulfport, MS.

Pereira, R. M. 2004. Areawide fire ant suppression inFlorida. In: Proceedings of the 2004 Annual Imported Fire Ant Conference, p.109. Baton Rouge, LA.

Pereira, R. M. 2004. Myrmicinosporidum durum: a new fireant pathogen. In: Proceedings of the 2004 Annual Imported Fire Ant Conference,p. 148-149. Baton Rouge, LA.

Pereira, R. M., D. F. Williams, J. J. Becnel & D. H.Oi. 2002. Yellow head disease caused by a newly discovered Mattesia sp. inpopulations of the red imported fire ant, Solenopsis invicta. In: Proceedingsof the 2002 Imported Fire Ant Conference, p. 23-24. Athens, GA.

Pereira, R. M. 2002. Areawide suppression of fire antpopulations in pastures: project overview. In: Proceedings of the 2002 ImportedFire Ant Conference, p. 27-28. Athens, GA.

James, S. S., R. M. Pereira & K. M. Vail. 2001. Coldresistance among imported fire ant. In: Proceedings of the 2001 Annual ImportedFire Ant Research Conference, p. 172-175. San Antonio, TX.

James, S. S., R. M. Pereira & K. M. Vail. 2000. Coldtolerance in imported fire ant. In: Proceedings of the 2000 Imported Fire AntConference, p. 15. Chattanooga, TN.

Ownley, B. H., D. G. Bishop, & R. M. Pereira. 2000.Biocontrol of Rhizoctonia damping-off of tomato with Beauveria bassiana.Phytopathology 90: S58.

Elliott, M., E. Des Jardin, W. Batson, Jr., J. Caceres,P. Brannen, C. Howell, M. Benson, K. Conway, C. Rothrock, R. Schneider, B.Ownley, C. Canaday, A. Keinath, D. Huber, D. Sumner, C. Motsenbocker, P.Thaxton, M. Cubeta, P. Adams, P. Backman, J. Fejardo, M. Newman, and R.Pereira. 2000. Tracking biological control agents on cotton seed from deliveryto planting. In: D. M. Huber (ed.), Biocontrol in a New Millennium: Buildingfor the Future on Past Experience, Proceedings of the Joint Regional BiologicalControl Conference, p. 65-74. Estes Park Center, CO.

Pereira, R. M., K. M. Vail & C. M. Mannion. 1999.Biocontrol of fire ants in Tennessee: an update. In: The Firefly, Proc. of the1999 (26th)Annual Meeting of the Tennessee Entomological Society, p. 14-16.TES, Nashville.

James, S. S., R. M. Pereira & K. M. Vail. 1999. Coldtolerance in imported fire ant species, Solenopsis richteri, S. invicta, andtheir hybrid. In: The Firefly, Proc. of the 1999 (26th)Annual Meeting of theTennessee Entomological Society, p. 4-5. TES, Nashville.

Pereira, R. M. & K. M. Vail. 1998. Thelohaniasolenopsae: introduction of a biological control agent against fire ants inTennessee. In: The Firefly, Proc. of the 1998 (25th)Annual Meeting of theTennessee Entomological Society, p. 13. TES, McMinnville.

Moughler, G. B., J. F. Grant, R. M. Pereira & P. L.Lambdin. 1998. Die gypsy moth die: the search for entomopathogenic fungi ineastern Tennessee. In: The Firefly, Proc. of the 1998 (25th)Annual Meeting ofthe Tennessee Entomological Society, p. 7-8. TES, McMinnville.

Pereira, R. M. 1997. The entomopathogenic fungus Pandoraneoaphidis in populations of the tobacco aphid, Myzuz nicotianae, inGreenville, TN. In: The Firefly, Proc. of the 1997 (24th)Annual Meeting of theTennessee Entomological Society, p. 13-14. TES, Nashville.

Stimac, J. L., R. M. Pereira & L. A. Wood. 1997.Development of a microbial pesticide bait for Solenopsis invicta. In:Proceedings of the 1997 Imported Fire Ant Research Conference, p. 61-68.Gainesville, FL.

Participation in Professional Societies and Groups

  • Entomological Society of America, 1985-Present.
  • Florida Entomological Society, 1987-Present.
  • Sociedade Entomologica do Brasil, 1995-Present.

Honors

  • USDA-ARS Technology Transfer Award - USDA-ARS 2006.
  • Honorable Mention for Excellence in Technology Transfer - Federal Laboratory Consortium Southeast Region 2006.
  • Achievement Award for Team Research - Florida Entomological Society 2005.

Language Skills

  • Portuguese - native language, read, write, understand, speak fluently.
  • English - read, write, understand, speak fluently.
  • Spanish - read, understand.
  • French - limited reading and understanding.