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April 12th, 2018

Dr. Alain Robert, from the “Institut de Recherche pour le Developement” (IRD, Paris, France) was visiting the Chouvenc Lab throughout March to provide his expertise in identifying and quantifying the sex pheromones of invasive termite species.

ABOVE: Dr. Alain Robert, from the Institut de Recherche pour le Developement in Paris, France, was visiting the Chouvenc Lab in March to provide his expertise in identifying and quantifying sex pheromones of invasive termite species. Dr. Robert (left) and Dr. Chouvenc (right) are trapping termite alates during dispersal flight of Coptotermes gestroi (Asian subterranean termites) in residential Ft Lauderdale, on March 19th.

Faculty and Staff News

A note from Dr. Siegfried

In the last year, our department and a number of our faculty, students and staff have been recognized for their achievements. The list of significant awards continues to grow, and I believe strongly that our department possesses some of the best and brightest entomologists and nematologists in the world. Across the board, I have been extremely pleased with the dedication of everyone that makes this a great place to work and learn, and it is gratifying to see people being recognized for their accomplishments.  Importantly, these recognitions are happening because of our dedication to research, education and extension missions and to a strong balance of our programs. As a department, we must remain committed to this balance and continue to garner support and recognition for all that we do.

A big part of finding this balance is the recognition that our department is comprised of faculty from Pensacola to Homestead and housed at 11 different Research and Education Centers. Our Center faculty contribute significantly to all three departmental missions and are integral to our success. As I traveled around the state for annual evaluations, I was reminded (not that it is easy to forget) that our department is large and diverse! Although the drive gets a little tedious, it is always a pleasure to see the facilities and meet with our faculty and to recognize the diversity of the state’s agricultural and natural resources and the programs that our department administers.  

Another part of our success is the wealth of recent hires combined with experienced and successful faculty. A quick count indicates that approximately 26 of our faculty are assistant or new associate professors. These numbers suggest strongly that we have a balance of youth and experience with new faculty bringing fresh ideas and perspectives on our disciplines and experienced faculty that understand our history and problems facing our state. As I approach completing my third year as chair, I am more and more convinced that balance among our missions and among our faculty is critical to continued success. While we don’t all have the same responsibilities and experience, I hope that we can all share a commitment to finding balance across our missions.   

Thank you for all you do,
~Dr. Blair Siegfried

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Want to support the UF Entomology & Nematology Department? Consider making an online gift today! Questions can be directed to Christy Chiarelli at (352) 392-1975 or ccw@ufl.edu.

Dr. Oscar Liburd was sworn in as the 2018-2019 President of the Southeastern Branch (SEB) of the Entomological Society of America at the SEB annual meeting in Orlando.

In February, Dr. Jiri Hulcr and Dr. Andrea Lucky were funded by the Israel Taxonomic Initiative to lead a week-long workshop on bark and ambrosia beetle taxonomy and systematics at the Faculty of Agriculture at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Rehovot. The course was filled to capacity with 25 participants from diverse backgrounds, including students, foresters, taxonomists, biosecurity professionals and members of the ministry of the environment.

The trip included the opportunity to visit forests, avocado groves, nursery facilities, an inspection station at the port of Haifa and the soon-to-open Israel Museum of Natural History. One exciting finding was the discovery of a species of Fig Bark Beetle (Cryphalus dilutus) previously unrecorded in Israel, which is a known problematic pest of figs and mangoes elsewhere. This new record (a new genus for Israel) in an otherwise very well documented country was a highlight!

Course participants learning about beetles affecting avocadoes

ABOVE: Left: Course participants learning about beetles affecting avocadoes. Middle: Lab facilities at the Faculty of Agriculture at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Rehovot. Right: In the field with coleopterist Dr. Leonid Friedman, staff at the entomology collection in the faculty of Biology at Tel Aviv University.

The Office of Faculty Development and Teaching Excellence is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2018 Online Education Excellence Awards. The 2018 Student Engagement winner is Dr. Andrea Lucky, for her course ENY2040, The Insects. The award will be presented by Dr. Andrew McCollough at the 2018 Interface on April 19th in the Presidents Ballroom of Emerson Alumni Hall. 

Dr. Norman C. Leppla recently was awarded a plaque in appreciation for continued support of the Sysco Sustainable/IPM Program at the 9th International IPM Symposium in Baltimore, MD. Initiated in 2004, the Sysco Sustainable Agriculture Integrated Pest Management Program is a worldwide initiative conducted in partnership with 74 Sysco Brand processed fruit and vegetable suppliers at 180 processing locations. It is designed to protect ecologically sensitive areas; improve air, water and soil quality; reduce, reuse and recycle resources; conserve energy; and promote the responsible use of agricultural inputs. The Sysco IPM program involves more than 40 basic and specialty crops produced by 7,000 plus growers on more than a million acres.

Dr. James P. Cuda received his Lifetime Achievement Award plaque from the Friends of IPM at the ESA-SEB awards luncheon, March 6th. Dr. Cuda attended the annual Fulbright Scholars Reception held at the Earl and Christy Powell University House on March 12th.

Dr. Bryony Bonning’s lab welcomes postdocs Dr. Ya Guo from Northwest A&F University, PRC, and Dr. Suresh Panneerselvam from Ajou University

ABOVE: Dr. Bryony Bonning’s lab welcomes postdocs Dr. Ya Guo from  Northwest A&F University, PRC, and Dr. Suresh Panneerselvam from Ajou University, South Korea. Dr. Guo is working on honey bee viruses, and Dr. Panneerselvam is working on the construction of a pesticidal protein database and development of an improved classification algorithm. From left to right: Dr. Biviana Flores-Escobar, Dr. Mariah Kemmerer, Dr. Ya Guo, Dr. Bryony Bonning, Dr. Pavan Kuman, Dr. Emiliano Canton, Dr. Suyog Kuwar, Dr. Suresh Panneerselvam, and Dr. Ruchir Mishra.

Student and Alumni News

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The Entomology Club has been selected as this year’s UF Club of the Year! The presentation of the award will be at the CALS Scholarship and Awards Banquet on April 19th.Oliver Keller, a graduate student in the department, won a shared first place in the UF Elegance of Science Contest for his picture of a bess beetle with its offspring from Guatemala. Bess beetles display subsocial behaviors and produce sounds to relay different behavioral context. The specimens were collected during a research trip to Guatemala in 2016.Oliver (and other winners) were recognized during an award ceremony at Marston Science Library on April 3rd, where he and others presented the science behind the images in a series of short talks.

Congratulations to Patricia Prade, Ph.D. candidate at the UF/IFAS/Indian River Research and Education Center, on winning second place in the student competition at the Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council’s annual meeting. Patricia’s paper was titled “Cold tolerance of Calophya latiforceps and Calophya terebinthifolii adults, potential biological control agents of Brazilian peppertree.” Patricia is working in Dr. Carey Minteer’s lab and is supervised by both Dr. Minteer and Dr. Jim Cuda. Ms. Prade, successfully completed her Ph.D. qualifying examination on March 26th.

Ms. Rachel Watson, a USP undergraduate student in the laboratory of Dr. James P. Cuda, won 1st place for the Undergraduate Student Poster Competition held at the recent ESA-SEB Annual Meeting held in Orlando, FL,  4-7 March. The title of the poster was “ Improvements to hydrilla tip mining midge rearing: oviposition requirements”, and was co-authored by former USP student Ms. Julie Baniszewski, and Dr. James P. Cuda and Dr. Emma N. I. Weeks. Her work and WSSA research grant were featured in the April 9th edition of the Independent Alligator

Emily Gaskin, an undergraduate working in Dr. Carey Minteer’s lab, presented “The air potato leaf beetle: Poster child for biological control outreach” at the Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council’s annual meeting in Melbourne on April 5, 2018.

In March, three members of the Miller Lab (Daniela Gomez, Ebony Taylor, and Dieu Tran) presented their research at the University of Florida Undergraduate Research Symposium. Daniela gave a poster presentation titled, “Is male testes size affected by female presence and quality.” Ebony gave a presentation titled, “Males with continuous access to females have relatively smaller testes.” Finally, Dieu presented on, “Long-term sperm storage in the cactus-feeding bug, Narnia femorata (Hemiptera: Coreidae).”

Larissa Laforest, an undergraduate researcher in both the Miller and Dale labs, presented her research at the 2018 University of Florida Undergraduate Research Symposium. Larissa is investigating the consequences of a host parasite interaction on body size in a novel range.

Emerging Scholar Chriselle Tiu and Undergraduate Scholar Linda Dao from the DiGennaro Lab presented their work at the Undergraduate Research Symposium

ABOVE: Emerging Scholar Chriselle Tiu and Undergraduate Scholar Linda Dao from the DiGennaro Lab presented their work at the Undergraduate Research Symposium March 22nd. Linda Dao has accepted a PhD research assistantship in the Horticultural Department here at UF, starting this fall.

Lindsy Iglesias, Ph.D. candidate in Oscar Liburd’s lab, presented her Ph.D. Exit Seminar on March 28th. Her dissertation is titled “Studies on the behavior and ecology of Drosophila suzukii (Diptera: Drosophilidae) and development of IPM strategies in berry crops”.

Lorena Lopez, Ph.D. student in Oscar Liburd’s lab, was selected to present her research on companion planting in squash for insect pest management at the SARE Our Farms, Our Future Conference in St. Louis, Missouri, April 3-5. Lorena was selected to receive a full scholarship for the conference hosted by SARE every 10 years.

Simon Yeboah, Ph.D. student in Oscar Liburd’s lab, was awarded the First Place Spring 2018 ENSO Graduate Student Travel Grant. Simon will use his funds to travel to the International Symposium on Fruit Flies of Economic Importance in Tapachula, Chiapas, Mexico.

Elizette Rodriguez and Ebony Taylor, two undergraduates from Dr. Christine Miller’s lab, were accepted into the Organization for Tropical Studies, Research Experience for Undergraduates program. Elizette and Ebony will be heading to Costa Rica this summer to investigate the behavior and kinematics of leaf cutter ants. Additionally, two more undergraduate students from the Miller Lab, Daniela Gomez and Sarah Haley Lenga, were accepted into prestigious research programs offered through the University of Florida (UF) this past month. Daniela Gomez was accepted into UF’s McNair Scholars Program and Sarah Haley Lenga was accepted into UF’s University Scholars Program. Daniela and Sarah will be investigating factors that affect reproductive success in leaf-footed bugs.

U.S. Navy entomologist Lieutenant Commander Dr. James Dunford, was recently selected as the 2017 Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center’s enterprise-wide Junior Officer of the Year. Dr. Dunford earned his master's degree in entomology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his Ph.D. at the University of Florida. Dunford has been stationed at the Center since 2015, where he is Head of the Preventive Medicine Program and Policy Support Department and Disease Vector Component Manager of the Forward Deployable Preventive Medicine Unit.

The University of Florida Society for Viral Studies (Virology Club) took a Spring Break trip to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Fort Collins, Colorado. Nineteen students and their advisor, Dr. Jim Maruniak, participated in tours of the research facilities including the Biosafety Level 2 labs in which diseases of mosquitoes and ticks were being researched. We also were able to view the insectory and see rearing of different stages of the mosquitoes and ticks. The tour was headed by Dr. Ben Beard, Ph.D. 1988, Entomology & Nematology Department. Dr. Beard is the Chief of the Bacterial Diseases Branch at the Division of Vector-‐Borne Diseases within the National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases at CDC.

We were able to talk to a number of researchers who discussed their current research projects and possible careers with the CDC. Additionally, the students and Maruniak went to the Anschutz Medical School at the University of Colorado in Denver. Several faculty and graduate students presented their research on viruses that they are performing research with. We also got a tour of the campus research and medical school. Another tour included the Museum of Nature and Science in Denver where beautiful butterfly and insect collections are displayed.

BugFest 2018 was an IncrediBUG event to conclude BugWeek here on campus. The rain did not keep the crowds away, and the UF Entomology and Nematology Department welcomed 403 guests to the BugFest Open House 2018. Participants had the opportunity to learn about plant and insect interactions from DPM student, Matt Borden, entomophagy from Dr. Rebecca Baldwin, and insecticide resistance from Dr. Blair Siegfried. Insects from around the world were on display, and participants could interact with the UF Arthropod Petting Zoo. Entomology Club members posed at the photo booth with cockroach, spider, and fly costumes. 

Besides free cotton candy, families could participate in a cricket spitting competition, cockroach races, identification of aquatic insects, make clothespin grasshoppers, learn how to collect insects at night, and could even paint an ecoart bookmarker using house fly maggots. The Florida Museum of Natural History and IFAS Communications sponsored an insect themed scavenger hunt at the museum. BugFest was sponsored by the UF Entomology Club. The Entomology Club had 40 volunteers participate in BugFest. Partner clubs for BugFest included the UF Beekeeping club, ENSO, The Urban Entomological Society (UES), and the DPM Student Organization. Special thanks to Kay Weigel, Suzy Rodriguez, the Kaufman Lab, the Urban Entomology Lab, and Hogtown Reptiles for their help in the event.

Entomology was well represented at the 2018 Undergraduate Research Symposium on March 22 in the J. Wayne Reitz Union Grand Ballroom.

ABOVE: Entomology was well represented at the 2018 Undergraduate Research Symposium on March 22 in the J. Wayne Reitz Union Grand Ballroom. Three students from Andrea Lucky's lab presented posters: Katie Carroll, Sara Alvarez and Nathan Duerr. Nate's project was a combined art-science project that illustrated the evolution of ants, or the ant tree of life, as a mobile sculpture.  

Lab News

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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.

Dr. Joe Cicero took these pictures of moths on a silverbell plant (Halesia sp.) at Torreya State Park

ABOVE: Dr. Joe Cicero took these pictures of moths on a silverbell plant (Halesia sp.) at Torreya State Park. They are the southern longhorn moth, Adela caeruleella.  This species is Florida’s only known representative of the family Adelidae. In females, the basal half of the antennae are thickened because they are covered with dark scales.  Males have extremely long antennae without the thickened base.   

Need insect images? You can go to this direct link, pictures are copyrighted material and intended for official UF use only, log onto the website using your Gatorlink credentials.

Lyle Buss is the UF/IFAS 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. Billy Crow.


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Allan SA, Gillett-Kaufman JL. 2018. Attraction of thrips (Thysanoptera) to colored sticky traps in a Florida olive grove. Florida Entomologist 101: 61-68.

Chouvenc T, Foley J. 2018. Coptotermes gestroi (Wasmann) (Blattodea [Isoptera]: Rhinotermitidae), a threat to the southeastern Florida urban tree canopy. Florida Entomologist 101: 79-90.

Chouvenc T, Scheffrahn RH, Warner J. 2018. Establishment of Alluaud’s little yellow ant, Plagiolepis alluaudi Emery (Hymenoptera: Formicidae: Formicinae): First continental New World record. Florida Entomologist 101: 138-140.

Cuda JP, Gillmore JL, Garcete-Barrett BR. 2018.  Effect of plant sex (dioecism) on the performance of Apocnemidophorus pipitzi (Coleoptera: Curculionidae), a stem boring weevil of Brazilian peppertree, Schinus terebinthifolia. Florida Entomologist 101: 135-137.

Langdon KW, Schumann R, Stelinski LL, Rogers ME. 2018. Influence of tree size and application rate on expression of thiamethoxam in citrus and its efficacy against Diaphorina citri (Hemiptera: Leviidae). Journal of Economic Entomology 111: 770-779.

Menocal O, Kendra PE, Montgomery WS, Crane JH, Carrillo D. 2018. Vertical distribution and daily flight periodicity of ambrosia beetles (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) in Florida avocado orchards affected by laurel wilt. Journal of Economic Entomology DOI: 10.1093/jee/toy044

Minteer CR, Smith MC, Lake EC, Pokorny E. 2018. Teaching complex ecological concepts through a demonstration garden: Biodiversity, invasive species, and conservation in practice. American Biology Teacher 80: 346-352.

Mitchell A, Berro A, Cuda JP, Weeks ENI. 2018. Impact of food deprivation on hydrilla tip mining midge survival and subsequent development. Florida Entomologist 101: 74-78.

Renkema JM, Iglesias LE, Bonneau P, Liburd OE. 2018. Trapping system comparisons for and factors affecting populations of Drosophila suzukii and Zaprionus indianus in winter-grown strawberry. Pest Management Science DOI: 10.1002/ps.4904.

Royauté R, Wilson ES, Helm BR, Mallinger RE, Prasifka J, Greenlee KJ, Bowsher JH. 2018. Phenotypic integration in an extended phenotype: Among individual variation in nest building traits of the alfalfa leafcutting bee (Megachile rotundata). Journal of Evolutionary Biology DOI: 10.1111/jeb.13259.

The article below by Isaiah Hoyer, recent graduate of the Burkett-Cadena lab, was selected as having high impact and will be recognized at the 11th Annual UF/IFAS FAES Research Awards Ceremony on Thursday, May 17th, 2018.

Full citation: Hoyer IJ, Blosser EM, Acevedo C, Thompson AC, Reeves LE, Burkett-Cadena ND. 2017. Mammal decline, linked to invasive Burmese python, shifts host use of vector mosquito towards reservoir hosts of a zoonotic disease. Biology Letters 1;13(10):20170353.

New on Featured Creatures:

Tomato hornworm, Manduca quinquemaculata (Haworth). Authors: Morgan A. Byron and Jennifer L. Gillett-Kaufman.

Dark southern drywood termite, Kalotermes approximatus Snyder. Authors: Joseph F. Velenovsky and Rudolf H. Scheffrahn.

Armed spiders, Phoneutria Perty. Authors: Lawrence E. Reeves and Jennifer L. Gillett-Kaufman.

Dimorphic jumper, Maevia inclemens (Walckenaer, 1837). Authors: Laurel Lietzenmayer and Lisa Taylor.

Do you have a favorite creature? Learn how to make it into a Featured Creatures!

Meetings and Presentations

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Dr. Andrea Lucky was an invited speaker at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology, where she participated in the micro-CT symposium "Advances in imaging, quantifying, and understanding the evolution of ant phenotypes", March 26-28, in Okinawa, Japan.

http://entnemdept.ifas.ufl.edu/news/2010-2012/images/divider.jpgDr. Elena Rhodes, biological scientist in Oscar Liburd’s Lab, spoke to Extension agents about the major pests that affect organic strawberries, including mites, SWD and seed bugs, at the Strawberry Research Assessment on March 15th at the Plant Science Research and Education Unit in Citra, FL.

Simon Yeboah, Ph.D. student in Oscar Liburd’s Lab, gave a talk titled “Comparison of Scentry lures with standard food-based lures for monitoring Caribbean fruit fly, Anastrepha suspensa Loew, (Diptera: Tephritidae) in tropical fruit orchards” at the SEB Meeting in Orlando. Co-Authors: Dr. Norman Leppla, Dr. Nancy D. Epsky, Dr. Daniel Carrillo and Dr. Oscar Liburd.

Maricé Lopez-Laurenti, M.S. student in Oscar Liburd’s Lab, gave a talk titled “Adopting integrated pest management strategies against major above and below ground pests of organic squash” at the SEB meeting in Orlando.

Christopher Crockett, Ph.D. student in Oscar Liburd’s Lab, gave a talk titled “Satellites, cell phones, and strawberries: A process model for capturing local agricultural data to improve pest scouting in Florida strawberries” at the SEB meeting in Orlando. Co-Authors: Dr. Oscar Liburd, Dr. Amr Abd-Elrahman and Dr. Justin Renkema.

Dr. Janine Spies, post-doctoral researcher in Oscar Liburd’s Lab, gave a talk titled “Evaluating the effect of bioinsecticides on Drosophila suzukii and their natural enemies in organic blueberry production” at the SEB meeting in Orlando. Co-Authors: Dr. Oscar Liburd.

Dr. Elena Rhodes, biological scientist in Oscar Liburd’s Lab “The effect of cover crop and variety on twospotted spider mites, Tetranychus urticae, and its natural enemies in organic strawberries” at the SEB meeting in Orlando. Co-Authors: Dr. Xin Zhao and Dr. Oscar Liburd.

Dr. Nupur Sarkar, post-doctoral researcher in Oscar Liburd’s Lab, gave a talk titled “Roselle plant extract as an oviposition and feeding deterrent for Plutella xylostella, a major insect pest of cabbage” with co-authors Zulaikha Mazlan and Oscar Liburd, and a poster presentation titled “Temporal variation of antioxidant enzyme profile in Solena amplexicaulis plants infected by Aulacophora foveicollis” with co-authors Dr. Amarnath Karmakar, Dr. Oscar Liburd and Dr. Anandamay Barik at the SEB meeting in Orlando.

Dr. Oscar Liburd gave at talk titled “Using sampling techniques and site specific tactics to manage key pests in berry crops at the SEB meeting in Orlando.

Christopher Crockett, Ph.D. student in Oscar Liburd’s Lab, was invited to give a keynote webinar titled “Precision agriculture and ground truthing using spectral signatures” for Malvern Panalytical’s Spring Webinar series.

http://entnemdept.ifas.ufl.edu/news/2010-2012/images/divider.jpgDr. Adam Dale gave a webinar presentation to the U.S. Golf Course Association about new approaches for integrated pest management of insects and mites on golf courses on March 2nd.

Dr. Adam Dale and Dr. Catharine Mannion organized and moderated the Turf and Ornamental Entomology Symposium at the ESA Southeastern Branch meeting in Orlando, FL on March 7th, which featured several presentations by UF/IFAS Entomology and Nematology faculty, staff, and students, as well as professionals from throughout the southeastern U.S.

Dr. Adam Dale gave a presentation about the ecology of exotic mole crickets and their introduced parasitic nematode at the ESA Southeastern Branch meeting in Orlando, FL on March 7th.

Dr. Nicole Benda, Post-doc and Lab Manager in The Dale Lab, gave a presentation about developing resistant genotypes of St. Augustinegrass to the southern chinch bug at the ESA Southeastern Branch meeting in Orlando, FL on March 7th.

Rebecca Perry, Lab Technician in The Dale Lab, gave a presentation about the benefits associated with creating wildflower habitats on golf courses in Florida at the ESA Southeastern Branch meeting in Orlando, FL on March 7th.

Matt Borden, DPM student and M.S. student in The Dale Lab, presented a poster about the effects of residential development and soil mitigation strategies on arthropod communities and ecosystem services at the ESA Southeastern Branch meeting in Orlando, FL on March 7th.

Dr. Adam Dale gave a presentation at the 2018 Urban Landscape Summit on March 14th hosted by the UF/IFAS Center for Landscape Conservation and Ecology about the conservation and pest control benefits of creating wildflower habitats on FL golf courses.

Ethan Doherty, M.S. student in The Dale Lab, presented a poster about the effects of manipulating St. Augustinegrass diversity on fall armyworm fitness at the 2018 Urban Landscape Summit on March 14th.

Brianna Whitman, M.S. student in The Dale Lab, presented a poster about the effects of increasing St. Augustinegrass diversity on southern chinch bug and lawn quality at the 2018 Urban Landscape Summit on March 14th.

Dr. Adam Dale presented research and new pest control recommendations for Florida turfgrasses at the South Florida Turfgrass Field Day and Expo in Ft. Lauderdale, FL on March 22nd.

On March 21st through the 23rd, Dr. Adam Dale, Dr. Chris Marble (Environmental Horticulture), and Dr. Shad Ali (Plant Pathology) taught the Masters of Lawn and Ornamental to 23 landscape management professionals at Pest Management University at MREC in Apopka, FL.

Last month Dr. Paula-Moraes organized and speak in the symposium section of the International IPM Symposium in Baltimore-

ABOVE: Last month Dr. Paula-Moraes organized and spoke in the symposium section of the International IPM Symposium in Baltimore-MD: Managing the former allopatric Helicoverpa zea and H. armigera in the Americas:  Experience and challenges going forward. The Symposium had the participation of representatives from South U.S, Dr. Dominic Reisig – NCSU, North U.S, Dr. Bill Hutchison – UMN, and South America, Dr. Daniel Sosa-Gomes - Embrapa Soybean. The discussion in the symposium was focus on the current geographic distribution of the Helicoverpa armigera, challenges to manage resistant populations of H. zea to Cry1Ac, and the possible impact of hybrids between H. armigera and H. zea for IPM and IRM.

Dr. Paula-Moraes was invited to speak in the symposium: Knowledge and tools to combat western bean cutworm: An emergent and adaptive pest in North American maize. She presented updates in the development of dynamic Economic Injury Levels and Economic Thresholds as a function of larval survival, corn market value, and management cost.

Dr. Paula-Moraes presented the topic: Identifying and timing control of Lepidoptera species to reduce pesticide applications. She provided to the farmers an opportunity to do an exercise to identify and categorize the economic importance of different insect pest associated with field crops, in the region of Florida Panhandle.

Latisa Ledbetter-Kish, a Technician of the Paula-Moraes Entomology Lab participated at Milton High School Career Day. One hundred sixty-eight students attended her presentation about the UF Entomology and Nematology program. She encouraged students to start exploring resources such as the Florida Bug Club and Featured Creatures, or projects such as Backyard Bark Beetles and School of Ants. She also shared research of Dr. Silvana Paula-Moraes is conducting in Agricultural Row Crops at WFREC and the many job descriptions available in Entomology.

Dr. Paula-Moraes presented and participated in the event and presented the following topic: Caterpillars in crops. During the event, the farmers were surveyed about their knowledge of the phenology of occurrence of pests associated with cotton and recognition of the transgenic technologies available to manage caterpillars. This activity is part of the 2017 NIFA CPPM/EIP that has the objective to provide specific information to deliver IPM/IRM recommendations in cotton to producers in the Florida Panhandle.

http://entnemdept.ifas.ufl.edu/news/2010-2012/images/divider.jpgOn March 6th, Dr. Billy Crow presented “Turfgrass nematicides: The Florida Experience” at the New England Regional Turfgrass Turfgrass Conference in Providence Rhode Island.

On March 22nd, Dr. Billy Crow showed off his ongoing nematode management research in South Florida at the South Florida Turfgrass Field Day and Expo at the Ft. Lauderdale REC.

http://entnemdept.ifas.ufl.edu/news/2010-2012/images/divider.jpgDr. Rachel Mallinger was invited to give a seminar entitled “Conserving Wild Bees and Pollination Services in Rural and Urban Landscapes” at the Albuquerque Botanic Gardens in Albuquerque, New Mexico on March 28th as part of New Mexico State University’s seminar series on beneficial insects.

Dr. Rachel Mallinger presented two talks on wild bee biology and identification, and on pollination conservation, at the Panhandle Bee College on March 23rd.

http://entnemdept.ifas.ufl.edu/news/2010-2012/images/divider.jpgDr. James P. Cuda as well as four current and former students from his laboratory were invited speakers for the S1058 symposium titled “Biocontrol in the southeast: from weed to arthropod pests” held at the 92nd Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Branch of the ESA in Orlando, FL, 4-7 March. Authors/Titles of the presentations were:

Cuda JP, Orseolia javanica (Diptera: Cecidomyiidae), a candidate biological control agent for the invasive cogongrass, Imperata cylindrica.

Kariuki EM, Cuda JP, Hight S, Hix RL, Gillett-Kaufman JL, Gettys L. Foraging depth of Cricotopus lebetis Sublette larvae.

Prade P, Minteer C, Cuda JP. Update on the progress of the Brazilian peppertree biological control program in Florida.

Weeks E, Watson R, Mitchell A, Kariuki EM, Miller N, Berro AM, Cuda JP. Mass rearing of the hydrilla tip mining midge, Cricotopus lebetis: challenges and solutions.

Ms. Rachel Watson, a USP undergraduate student in the laboratories of Cuda and Dr. Carey R. Minteer, presented a poster on her research at the Spring Undergraduate Research Symposium held at the Reitz Union, 22 March. The poster, which was titled  “Oviposition preferences and development of Calophya sp. on male and female Brazilian peppertree plants” was co-authored by Dr. Cuda and Dr. Minteer and also Ms. Patricia Prade.

Dr. James P. Cuda attended the 9th International IPM Symposium “Improving Health, Environment and Global Sustainability”  held in Baltimore, MD, 19-22 March. Cuda presented a poster titled “An innovative IPM solution for management of the invasive aquatic weed hydrilla” that was co-authored by Dr. Emma N.I. Weeks, Dr. Jennifer L. Gillett-Kaufman, Dr. Mark V. Hoyer and Dr. Mark A. Jackson.  

http://entnemdept.ifas.ufl.edu/news/2010-2012/images/divider.jpgDr. Thomas Chouvenc was invited to give a lecture on subterranean termites at the University of California Riverside 27th Pest Management Conference, Riverside CA, on March 21st.


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From the Outreach Coordinator

Here are our events from March:

  • March 3rd – Agricultural State Fair – Clancy Short and Dr. Jennifer Weeks
  • March 5th – Girl Scout Troop – Dr. Jennifer Weeks
  • March 10th/11th – Marion County Master Gardener Spring Festival – Constance Darrisaw
  • March 13th – Manatee County Middle School – Dr. Rebecca Baldwin, Melody Bloch, Laurel Lietzenmayer
  • March 15th – Belleview Public Library – Constance Darrisaw, Laurel Lietzenmayer
  • March 22nd – East Marion STEAM Showcase – Simon Yeboah
  • March 23rd – Homeschooling Group – Clancy Short, Dylan Tussey
  • March 30th – Sigma Alpha Professional Agricultural Sorority – Marice Lopez

Upcoming Events:

  • April 16th – Classical Conversations
  • April 20th – Cornerstone Academy
  • April 21st – Earth Day Festival
  • April 23rd – Ambleside School of Ocala
  • May 5th – Learning Gate BioBlitz
  • May 11th – Littlewood Elementary
  • June 7th – Archer Branch Library

Undergraduate student, Constance Darrisaw, showing off a Chaco golden knee tarantula to some young visitors at the Belleview Public Library.

Undergraduate student, Constance Darrisaw, showing off a Chaco golden knee tarantula to some young visitors at the Belleview Public Library.

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.

If you have any questions, please email me.

Thank you — Laurel Lietzenmayer, Outreach Coordinator.

If you would like to schedule an event or have any outreach questions, go to the Outreach pages on our Bug Club website and contact us.

Getting social!

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.


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Kristen Bowers, a Ph.D. student in Dr. Carey Minteer’s lab, has been awarded a $2,000 grant from the Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council’s Julia Morton Invasive Plant Research Grant Program to investigate priority effects with biological control agents of Brazilian peppertree.


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FES Honors and Awards 2018

The Honors and Awards Committee are requesting nominations for 2018 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

Winners will be announced at the 2018 Annual Meeting. Each nomination should be accompanied with a justification narrative that will be read at the awards luncheon.

Nomination deadline is June 20th, 2018.

You can see previous winners at http://www.flaentsoc.org/honors-awards-tributes.html

Nominations should be sent to

Jawwad Qureshi [Chair, Honors and Awards Committee]
University of Florida, IFAS
Indian River Research and Education Center
Fort Pierce, FL 34945
Ph: 772-577-7339
Fax: 772-468-5668
E-mail: jawwadq@ufl.edu

http://entnemdept.ifas.ufl.edu/news/2010-2012/images/divider.jpgWant to stay up to date? Check out our website home page for a link to our Google calendar.

About this Newsletter

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Dr. Jennifer Gillett-Kaufman is the newsletter editor and does the HTML coding. Issues usually are published by mid-month. Submit items for an issue by the seventh of that month.

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Special thanks to Haleigh Ray and Nancy Sanders, who reviewed the newsletter for errors, and to Jane Medley and Don Wasik, who built the web page design.

Give Back
Want to support the UF Entomology & Nematology Department? Consider making an online gift today! Questions can be directed to Christy Chiarelli at (352) 392-1975 or ccw@ufl.edu.