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Position Title: Chair and Professor - Entomology and Nematology Department
Location: Entomology & Nematology Department
Location: Tropical Research and Education Center
Position Title: Assistant Professor of Strawberry and Small Fruit Entomology
Location: Gulf Coast Research and Education Center
Wood-boring beetles and fungi
As wood-boring beetles and fungi are increasingly impacting forest and industries in the U.S., the demand for research on these organisms is also increasing. Dr. Jiri Hulcr, the UF/IFAS Forest Entomologist, was invited on to present his lab’s research on ambrosia beetles and fungi at four Universities across the eastern U.S. On this three-week “tour,” he was hosted by entomology departments at Auburn University, University of Kentucky, University of Tennessee, and Virginia Tech. A snapshot from one stop at this can be seen on YouTube: a recorded presentation and questions session at the University of Tennessee Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology.
A successful Cornell and UF partnership
A team of researchers (Ms. Lucy Kavi, Dr. Phillip Kaufman and Dr. Jeff Scott) has recently selected a strain of house fly having some of the highest levels of resistance to the neonicotinoid insecticide imidacloprid that have ever been reported in any insect. The team's recently published study (Pestic. Biochem. Physiol. 109: 64-69) found that the 2,300-fold resistance was linked to chromosomes 3 and 4, had a significant fitness cost in the absence of resistance and was at least partly due to a change in the insecticide’s target site. There was limited cross-resistance to other insecticides, suggesting that imidacloprid might be sustainably used for house fly control if it was used in rotation with other insecticides.
Several of our faculty have recently published a book called "Pests in and around the southern home." It can be a useful reference for Master Gardeners, county extension faculty, and pest management professionals (urban and landscape), and it will be used as a textbook for an undergraduate Turf and Ornamentals Entomology course. It is a nice resource with great pictures for people in the southeastern U.S., Gulf Coast states, and the Caribbean.
Dr. Marjorie Hoy has agreed to serve on the Advisory Board of the BINGO project: Breeding Invertebrates for Next Generation BioControl, a research consortium of seven EU countries, including universities and commercial organizations involved in biological control.
A unique experience for the mosquito enthusiast – FMEL’s mosquito identification course 2014. Posted by Sean McCann on March 28, 2014, on the ESC Blog, the official blog of the Entomological Society of Canada.
Dr. James P. Cuda was featured in a newspaper article about his team's USDA-funded hydrilla IPM research and extension project. The article by staff writer Steve Reilly was titled Flies in the Florida Fight against Hydrilla.
Dr. James P. Cuda participated in the 2014 CALS Teaching Retreat held at the Emerson Alumni Hall, 18 March.
Dr. Shweta Sharma joined the laboratory of Dr. James P. Cuda. Dr. Sharma will be conducting biological and host-range studies on the Brazilian peppertree weevil Apocnemidophorus pipitzi.
Ms. Casey Parker, a graduating senior from the department, will be giving the CALS commencement speech on May 4th at 7:00 pm!
Ms. Erika Machtinger was chosen to receive one of the 2013-2014 UF Graduate Student Teaching Awards! This semester, TA award winners will be recognized in the commencement program.
We are very pleased to announce that, for the first time, UF will be part of the Annual Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) poster session on Capitol Hill, April 28-29. Our student Sabrina Leisinger was selected to present her work with Dr. Daniel Hahn, "Do modified atmospheres used in produce transportation make insect pests more resistant to irradiation as a phytosanitary treatment?"
Sabrina will participate in an evening poster session and reception where students will have the opportunity to speak directly to members of Congress and demonstrate how they have been impacted by these programs. This event is designed to help Congress learn about the importance and impact of undergraduate research programs.
Congratulations to Sabrina and Dr. Hahn for becoming part of this event!
Ms. Julie Baniszewski prepared and submitted her honor’s thesis to the CALS Honors Program. The thesis was titled "Improvements for mass rearing Cricotopus lebetis (Diptera: Chironomidae) for biocontrol of Hydrilla verticillata (Hydrocharitaceae)."
ABOVE: Dr. James P. Cuda and Dr. Emma Weeks were co-authors on a poster presentation presented by Ms. Julie Baniszewski titled "Cold tolerance: improving mass rearing of Cricotopus lebetis, the hydrilla tip miner." The poster was at the Annual UF Undergraduate Research Symposium held at the Reitz Union, 27 March.
Thank you from Cornell's Undergraduate Entomology Club
ABOVE: Kyle DeMarr, Brett Morgan, Hunter Reid, Marina Mann, and Marvelyn Barboza, members of Snodgrass and Wigglesworth: Cornell's Undergraduate Entomology Club.
The visiting Cornell undergraduates would like to thank you all for opening up the department and your labs to them. Engaging with our graduate students and faculty was extremely interesting and engaging, and it gave them a very positive first impression of the University of Florida in Gainesville. The students promise to return to Ithaca to inform other undergraduate majors of the abundance of resources offered at UF and the hospitality they received. It was a great experience for them to see the wide array of disciplines the department spans while still focusing on the central theme of innovation.
Aaron Pomerantz successfully submitted his M.S. thesis to the Graduate School March 27, 2014: Identification and Analysis of Potential Sex-determination Genes in Metaseiulus occidentalis (Acari: Phytoseiidae).
Haleigh Ray successfully submitted her M.S. thesis to the Graduate School March 26, 2014: Evaluation of the Predacious Mite Hemicheyletia wellsina (Acari: Cheyletidae) as a Predator of Arthropod Pests of Orchids.
Need to name that bug? A host of experts are available to help Floridians identify any insect or related arthropod. If a mystery creature has six or more legs, the UF Insect ID Lab is the place to call.
ABOVE: A new planthopper was recently described from cabbage palms in Florida (Halbert et al. 2014). It is Omolicna joi in the family Derbidae. Adults are found mainly in the fall (August to October) on Sabal palmetto leaves. It is widely distributed in the state from the far western Panhandle counties to as far south as Lee and Palm Beach counties.
Lyle Buss is the Insect ID Lab manager.
Think it might be a nematode problem? The Nematode Assay Laboratory serves Florida and other states by providing nematode assays and expert advice regarding nematode management.
For more information on the Nematode Assay Laboratory, please contact the lab manager Dr. Tesfa Mengistu.
Carrillo D, Hoy MA, Pena JA. 2014. Effect of Amblyseius largoensis (Acari: Phytoseiidae) on Raoiella indica (Acari: Tenuipalpidae) by predator exclusion and predator release techniques. Florida Entomologist 97: 256-261.
Crow WT, Luc JE. 2014. Field efficacy of furfural as a nematicide on turf. Journal of Nematology 46: 8-11.
Halbert SE, Wilson SW, Bextine B, Youngblood SB. 2014. Potential planthopper vectors of palm phytoplasmas in Florida with a description of a new species of the genus Omolicna (Hemiptera: Fulgoroidea). Florida Entomologist 97: 90-97.
Lapointe SL, Stelinski LL, Keathley CP, Mafra-Neto A. 2014. Intentional coverage gaps reduce cost of mating disruption for the leafminer Phyllocnistis citrella in citrus. Journal of Economic Entomology 107: 718-726.
Scheffrahn RH, Hochmair HH, Kern Jr WH, Warner J, Krecek J, Maharajh B Cabrera BJ, Hickman RB. 2014. Targeted elimination of the exotic termite, Nasutitermes corniger (Isoptera: Termitidae: Nasutitermitinae), from infested tracts in southeastern Florida. International Journal of Pest Management (ahead-of-print) 1-13. View full text DOI: 10.1080/09670874.2014.882528
Quesenberry K, Munoz P, Blount A, Kenworthy K, Crow W. 2014. Breeding forages in Florida for resistance to nematodes. Crop and Pasture Science.
New on Featured Creatures:
aster leafminer moth, Leucospilapteryx venustella (Clemens)Authors: Rodrigo Diaz, Esteban Tapia, Veronica Manrique, William A. Overholt, Biological Control Research and Containment Laboratory, University of Florida; Donald R. Davis, Department of Entomology, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution
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Dr. Marjorie Hoy and Dr. Jennifer Gillett-Kaufman contributed a presentation on the eriophyid mite involved in Rose Rosette Disease, including its biology, behavior, and potential control tactics. The workshop and in-service training was organized by Dr. Mathews Paret and took place on March 19, 2014, at NFREC-Quincy. This rose disease was recently discovered in Florida.
Dr. Billy Crow spoke at the Florida Turfgrass Association regional seminar in Ft. Myers on "Nematode Management in Florida Landscapes."
Dr. James P. Cuda attended the XIV International Symposium on the Biological Control of Weeds in Skukuza, Kruger National Park, South Africa, 2-7 March. Cuda was a co-author on two poster presentations titled “Biological Control of Solanum viarum in Florida, USA: a Successful Project,” and “Evaluation of a Gall-forming Psyllid (Calophya latiforceps) as a Biological Control Agent of Brazilian Peppertree”.
Dr. James P. Cuda was an invited speaker for one of the 2014 LAKEWATCH training sessions held in Rotunda, FL, 13 March. Cuda gave a presentation titled “Integrated Management of Hydrilla in Florida.” The presentation was co-authored by Dr. Jennifer Gillett-Kaufman, Dr. Raymond Hix, Dr. Verena Ulrike-Lietze, and Dr. Emma Weeks.
The images from Bee College 2014 are available for viewing and/or download. The links below lead to where the high resolution files are being posted temporarily so that they may be downloaded, and the web gallery. From the download page you can choose to download and save individual images or they can all be downloaded at once by saving the "archive.zip" file from atop the file list to your computer. While the gallery will likely remain posted for an indefinite amount of time, the high resolution download page and link will be removed within a matter of weeks.
From the Outreach Coordinator
The live critters are always a hit with children and adults alike. The critters are available for you to check out should you be leading an outreach event. We have doubles of our most popular critters, as well as various native insect species depending on the time of year. We have large wood and Plexiglas cages for viewing our native orb weaving spiders. There is one travel cage and one larger static cage. Please be sure to contact us and review the protocol on transporting and handling the critters if you are not already familiar with it. If you lead an outreach, be sure to fill out a documentation form so your event can be included in the newsletter and we can log all outreach events.
- Stephanie Stocks, Outreach Coordinator
- Office number 352-273-3958
We have several social media sites for the Entomology & Nematology Department. To make them easily searchable, all three (YouTube, Facebook and Twitter) have the same page name: UFEntomology. Please share these links with past students or colleagues who may have an interest in departmental activities.
Virni Mattson, our grants specialist, reports that we have so many grants to process in April that we will report our March external funding for all Entomology & Nematology faculty (in Gainesville and at RECs) next month!
Please send all submissions to:
Cindy McKenzie, Ph.D.
US Horticultural Research Laboratory / ARS-USDA
2001 South Rock Road
Fort Pierce, FL 34945
FES Honors and Awards 2014
The FES Honors and Awards Committee are requesting nominations for 2014 in the following categories:
Entomologist of the year.
Annual Achievement Award for Research
Annual Achievement Award for Extension
Annual Achievement Award for Industry
Annual Achievement Award for Teaching
Annual Achievement Award for Regulatory Entomology
Achievement Award for a Collaborative Research Team
Any other special awards
Winners will be announced at the 2014 Annual Meeting. Each nomination should be accompanied with a justification narrative that will be read at the awards luncheon.
Nomination deadline is July 1, 2014. Look at some of our previous winners.
Nominations should be sent to:
Jawwad Qureshi, Ph.D.
University of Florida, IFAS
Southwest Florida Research and Education Center
2685 SR 29 N
Immokalee, FL 34142-9515 USA
2014 Southeast Pest Management Conference
We will have:
- a full day (5 CEUs) of GHP on Monday, plus 2 CORE CEUs
- a full day (5 CEUs) of WDO on Tuesday, plus 2 CORE CEUs
- a full day (5 CEUs) of L&O on Wednesday, plus 2 CORE CEUs
- a separate 2-CEUs track on Fumigation on Tuesday
- the Canine Pest Detection Certification trials on Wednesday
We hope to see you here in Gainesville (May 4th to 7th), for the 2014 Southeast Pest Management Conference.
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