Dr. Emma N. I. Weeks
Brown dog tick IPM
Dr. Weeks currently works on several projects related to brown dog tick IPM including alternative approaches to the use of acaricides as standalone treatments, development of monitoring tools and studies on behavior and biology. A current project is attempting to identify host location cues that ticks use to identify their dog hosts, with the aim to utilize these chemicals as lures in traps.
Research: Biopesticides for mosquito control
Methionine was identified by UF researchers to be a novel biopesticide for crop pests. Dr. Weeks has been investigating its effect on mosquito larvae and potential non-target species.
Research: Bed bug aggregation and oviposition behavior
In collaboration with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Dr. Weeks continues to work on the identification of aggregation pheromones of bed bugs. In addition, she has been investigating bed bug oviposition behavior with the view to determine the potential for behavioral manipulation of egg-laying females.
Research: Biological control of hydrilla
Dr. Weeks completes laboratory and field research on the potential biological control agent, the hydrilla tip mining midge to improve mass rearing and determine its efficacy and controlling hydrilla in water bodies. A current field study involves the incorporation of multiple techniques, including two biological control agents, to determine the most effective methods to use as part of an IPM program.