January 2011

Faculty News

Dr. Rebecca Baldwin recently completed the UF College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) Teaching College. Each Fall, the CALS Teaching Resource Center conducts a 10-week Teachers College for faculty members selected through a nomination process. Teachers College was established in 2007 to enhance the teaching skills of newer CALS faculty members.

Dr. Gregg S. Nuessly was appointed Associate Center Director of the UF/IFAS Everglades Research and Education Center in Belle Glade.

Dr. Howard Frank reports that the Save Bromeliads Web site recorded over 500,000 page views in 2010.

Dr. Marc Branham reports that the paper "Is molecular data supplanting morphological data in modern phylogenetic studies?", by Bybee SM (Ph.D. '08), Zaspel JM (Ph.D. '08), Beucke KA (Ph.D. '09), Scott CH, Smith B (M.S. '09) and Branham MA, was one of the five most downloaded articles in the journal Systematic Entomology in 2010. It was published in Systematic Entomology 35: 2-5.

Student News

Dr. Gaurav Goyal received his Ph.D. in Entomology from UF in December 2010. His dissertation was on "Morphology, Biology and Distribution of Corn-infesting Ulidiidae." He also was one of six international students from the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) recognized each year by the International Center at the University of Florida. As such, Dr. Goyal received an Outstanding Academic Achievement Award on 17 November at the award function at the Reitz Union on the UF campus in Gainesville.

Dr. Frank Wessels also finished his Ph.D. and is now working as a research scientist in the Entomology Discovery R&D Department of Dow AgroSciences in Indianapolis, Indiana.

During 11-15 December 2010, many members of the department attended the 58th Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America (ESA) in San Diego, California.

Teresia Nyoike received second prize in the 10-minute graduate student oral paper competition for the President's Prize (subsection Horticultural IPM) at the ESA meeting.

Left to right: graduate students Margaret Paxson, Harsimran Gill, and Gaurav Goyal, as well as Wendy Hartman (not present
at the awards ceremony), were the runners-up at the ESA Student Debate on "Issues Surrounding Biodiversity Topic 3." Their topic was
"Transgenic Insecticidal Crops Will Conserve Arthropod Biodiversity." Presenting the awards is ESA President Dave Hogg (extreme right).

The students worked throughout the Fall semester to prepare to debate the PRO side of their assigned topic. As part of their successful participation,
their debate summary will be published in a future issue of American Entomologist. Dr. Gregg Nuessly served as the faculty advisor to the team.

Our department's Linnaean Games team made it to the semi-finals at Entomology 2010 in San Diego.
(Left to right are graduate students Teresia Nyoike, Harsimran Gill, Matt Thom and Ameya Gondhalekar.
Alternate member Corraine McNeill is not shown as each team only fields four members in the competition.)

Alumni News

Dr. Hardev S. Sandhu was working as a post-doctoral assistant with Dr. Gregg S. Nuessly after completing his Ph.D. in 2010. Dr. Sandhu is now working as a post-doctoral assistant with Dr. Robert A. Gilbert (Department of Agronomy, Everglades REC), managing that lab's stage III and IV sugarcane variety development program.

Dr. Seth Bybee (Ph.D. '08) received the 2010 Snodgrass Memorial Research Award by the Entomological Foundation. This national award is given for the most outstanding dissertation in the areas of arthropod morphology, systematics, taxonomy, or evolution. Dr. Bybee completed his disseration under Dr. Marc Branham.


Sourakov A, Paris T. (December 2010). Fall webworm, Hyphantria cunea (Drury). Featured Creatures. EENY-486. http://entnemdept.ifas.ufl.edu/creatures/trees/moths/fall_webworm.htm

Bibbs CS, Hodges A, Baldwin R. (December 2010). Horned passalus, Odontotaenius disjunctus (Illiger). Featured Creatures. EENY-487. http://entnemdept.ifas.ufl.edu/creatures/misc/beetles/horned_passalus.htm

Li J, Seal D. (December 2010). Leafminer parasitoids, Diglyphus spp. Featured Creatures. EENY-484. http://entnemdept.ifas.ufl.edu/creatures/beneficial/wasps/diglyphus.htm

Li H-F, Su N-Y, Wu W-J. 2010. Solving the hundred-year controversy of Coptotermes taxonomy in Taiwan. American Entomolologist 56: 222-227.

Li H-F. 2010. Kalotermitidae, Rhinotermitidae, and Termitidae. pp. 21-44. In Wu W-J, Shih H-T [editors], Introduction to Morphology and Ecology of Immature Stages of the Important Agricultural Insects on Family, Subfamily, and Species Levels. Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine, Council of Agriculture, Taipei, Taiwan. (in Chinese)

Bourguignon T, Scheffrahn RH, Krecek J, Nagy ZT, Sonet G, Roisin Y. 2010. Towards a revision of the neotropical soldierless termites (Isoptera: Termitidae): redescription of the genus Anoplotermes and description of Longustitermes, gen. nov. Invertebrate Systematics 24: 357-370.

Burnum KE, Callister SJ, Nicora CD, Purvine, SO, Hugenholtz P, Warnecke F, Scheffrahn RH, Smith RD, Lipton MS. 2010. Proteome insights into the symbiotic relationship between a captive colony of Nasutitermes corniger and its hindgut microbiome. The ISME Journal 2010: 1-4.

Gile GH, James ER, Scheffrahn RH, Carpenter KJ, Harper JT, Keeling PJ. 2010. Molecular and morphological analysis of the Calonymphidae with a description of Calonympha chia sp. nov., Snyderella kirbyi sp. nov., Snyderella swezyae sp. nov., and Snyderella yamini sp. nov. International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology doi:10.1099/ijs.0.028480-0

Hochmair H, Scheffrahn RH. 2010. Spatial association of marine dockage with land-borne infestations of invasive termites (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae: Coptotermes) in urban South Florida. Journal of Economic Entomology 103: 1338-1346.

Kanzaki N, Giblin-Davis RM, Herre EA, Scheffrahn RH, Center BJ. 2010. Pseudaphelenchus vindai n. sp. (Tylenchomorpha: Aphelenchididae) associated with termites (Termitidae) in Barro Colorado Island, Panama. Nematology 12: 905-912.

Scheffrahn RH. 2010. An extraordinary new termite (Isoptera: Termitidae: Syntermitinae: Rhynchotermes) from the pasturelands of northern Colombia. Zootaxa 2387: 63-68.

Scheffrahn RH, O’Malley RC. 2010. A new termite (Isoptera: Termitidae: Termitinae: Proboscitermes) from Tanzania. Zootaxa 2670: 52-58.

Scheffrahn RH, Huchet J-B . 2010. A new termite species (Isoptera: Termitidae: Termitinae: Amitermes) and first record of a subterranean termite from the coastal desert of South America. Zootaxa 2328: 65-68.

Warner J, Scheffrahn RH, Yang R. 2010. Arboreal bioassay for toxicity of residual and liquid bait insecticides against white-footed ants, Technomyrmex difficilis (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Sociobiology: 847-859.

Cherry R, Nuessly GS. 2010. Establishment of a new stink bug pest, Oebalus insularis (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae), in Florida rice. Florida Entomologist 93: 291-293.

Cherry R, Nuessly GS. 2010. Repellency of the biopesticide, azadirachtin, to wireworms (Coleoptera: Elateridae). Florida Entomologist 93: 52-55.

Goyal G, Nuessly GS, Steck GJ, Seal DR, Capinera JL, Boote KJ. 2010. New report of Chaetopsis massyla (Walker) (Diptera: Ulidiidae) as a primary pest of corn in Florida. Florida Entomologist 93: 198-202.

Nuessly GS, Hentz MG, Gilbert RA. 2010. Susceptibility of stage IV Canal Point (CP) sugarcane clones to yellow sugarcane aphid (Sipha flava (Forbes)) feeding damage. Journal of the American Society of Sugar Cane Technologists 30: 104-114.

Sandhu HS, Nuessly GS, Webb SE, Cherry R, Gilbert RA. 2010. Temperature-dependent development of lesser cornstalk borer, Elasmopalpus lignosellus (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae) on sugarcane under laboratory conditions. Environmental Entomology 39: 1012-1020.

Lietze V-U, Salem TZ, Prompiboon P, Boucias DG. 2011. Tissue tropism of the Musca domestica salivary gland hypertrophy virus. Virus Research 155: 20-27.

Lietze V-U, Abd-Alla AMM, Vreysen MJB, Geden CJ, Boucias DG. 2011. Salivary gland hypertrophy viruses: a novel group of insect pathogenic viruses. Annual Review of Entomology 56: 63-80.

Ali JG, Alborn HT, Stelinski LL. 2011. Herbivore- and non-induced subterranean plant signals attract both entomopathogenic and plant parasitic nematodes. Journal of Ecology 99: 26-35.

Tiwari S, Pelz-Stelinski K, Stelinski LL. 2011. Effect of Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus infection on susceptibility of Asian citrus psyllid, Diaphorina citri, to selected insecticides. Pest Management Science 67: 94-99.

Huang J, Stelinski LL, Gut LJ. 2010. Mating behaviors of Cydia pomonella (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae) as influenced by sex pheromone in electrostatic powder. Journal of Economic Entomology 103: 2100-2106.

Tiwari S, Lewis-Rosenblum H, Pelz-Stelinski K, Stelinski LL. 2010. Incidence of Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus infection in abandoned citrus occurring in proximity to commercially managed groves. Journal of Economic Entomology 103: 1972-1978.

Hanspetersen HN, McSorley R, Liburd OE. 2010. The impact of intercropping squash with non-crop vegetation borders on the above-ground arthropod community. Florida Entomologist 93: 590-608.

Rodriguez-Saona CR, Polavarapu S, Barry JD, Polk D, Jornsten R, Oudemans PV, Liburd OE. 2010. Color preference, seasonality, spatial distribution and species composition of thrips (Thysanoptera: Thripidae) in northern highbush blueberries. Crop Protection 29: 1331-1340.

Roubos CR, Liburd OE. 2010. Evaluation of emergence traps for monitoring blueberry gall midge (Diptera: Cecidomyiidae) adults and within field distribution of midge infestation. Journal of Economic Entomology 103: 1258-1267.

Roubos CR, Liburd OE. 2010. Pupation and emergence of blueberry gall midge, Dasineura oxycoccana (Diptera: Cecidomyiidae), under varying temperature conditions. Florida Entomologist 93: 283-290.

Cannings RA, Branham MA, McVickar RH. 2010. The light-producing fireflies (Coleoptera: Lampyridae) of British Columbia. Journal of the Entomological Society of British Columbia 107: 1-9.

Bocak L, Branham MA, Kundrata R. 2010. Drilidae. pp. 104-109. In Beutel RG, Leschen RAB (editors). Handbuch der Zoologie, Band IV Arthropoda: Insecta, Teilband 39, Evolution and Systematics. Walter de Gruyter, Berlin.

Branham MA. 2010. Lampyridae. pp. 141-147. In Beutel RG, Leschen RAB (editors). Handbuch der Zoologie, Band IV Arthropoda: Insecta, Teilband 39, Evolution and Systematics. Walter de Gruyter, Berlin.

Branham MA. 2010. Plastoceridae. pp. 103-104. In Beutel RG, Leschen RAB (editors). Handbuch der Zoologie, Band IV Arthropoda: Insecta, Teilband 39, Evolution and Systematics. Walter de Gruyter, Berlin.

Costa C, Vanin SA, Lawrence JF, Ide S, Branham MA. 2010. Brachypsectridae. pp. 47-54. In Beutel RG, Leschen RAB (editors). Handbuch der Zoologie, Band IV Arthropoda: Insecta, Teilband 39, Evolution and Systematics. Walter de Gruyter, Berlin.

Kawashima I, Lawrence JF, Branham MA. 2010. Rhagophthalmidae. pp. 135-140. In Beutel RG, Leschen RAB (editors). Handbuch der Zoologie, Band IV Arthropoda: Insecta, Teilband 39, Evolution and Systematics. Walter de Gruyter, Berlin.

Lawrence JF, Kawashima I, Branham MA. 2010. Elateriformia Incertae Sedis. pp. 162-177. In Beutel RG, Leschen RAB (editors). Handbuch der Zoologie, Band IV Arthropoda: Insecta, Teilband 39, Evolution and Systematics. Walter de Gruyter, Berlin.

Library Assistance

Michelle Leonard is the liaison librarian to the Department of Entomology and Nematology. She is available to help our department in various areas. As she states:

"I am happy to assist faculty, staff & students in the department (both on campus and the extension centers) with their research needs, be it literature searching, citation assistance using EndNote, and purchasing books/journals to support the department's research & curriculum needs. I created a research guide specifically for your department at http://guides.uflib.ufl.edu/entomology.

"Throughout the semester I give workshops on various topics, including graduate student orientations to the library databases, EndNote, plagiarism, copyright, open access & author rights. I hope we can work together to disseminate the rich resources offered by the library to your department." — Michelle Leonard, Science & Technology Librarian, Marston Science Library, (352) 273-2866, mleonard@uflib.ufl.edu

Summer Research for Undergraduates

This summer the Florida Agricultural Experiment Station is again sponsoring a summer research intern program. Undergraduate students (juniors and above) in the UF College of Agricultural and Life Sciences will apply to work, and they will be matched up with a research faculty member. They will work for six weeks at $560 per week funded by the Dean for Research Office. The intent of this program is to introduce undergraduates to research and future careers in science.

The letter of invitation to students, frequently asked questions, and application are at our website: http://research.ifas.ufl.edu/.

If faculty are interested in providing a professional work experience on one or more of your CRIS Project objectives, please provide a short description of the project (with the dates and location of employment) by February 11, 2011. The descriptions will be shared with students with the goal of finding a match. In addition, students often come by our office inquiring about intern opportunities; having your research description in our office makes this match-making process easier.

Please call or e-mail me with any questions about the program. Send short research descriptions by e-mail to me at: mlduryea@ufl.edu . — Mary L. Duryea, Associate Dean for Research & Associate Director, Florida Agricultural Experiment Station

Spring 2011 Entomology Seminars

We have a great list of speakers for the Spring 2011 Entomology Seminar Series. You can visit http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/seminar/ for a listing and the most up-to-date information on the seminars, as some presentation titles are not yet provided. If you wish to meet with a speaker while he or she is visiting, please let the organizer (listed for that speaker) know or send me an email. - Dr. Christine Miller

Meetings and Presentations

During 3-4 December 2010, "Termite survey at Chinese pangolin habitat in Taiwan," was presented by H.-F. Li, J.-S. Lin, Y.-C. Lan, J.-C. Pei, and N.-Y. Su at the 31st Annual Meeting of the Taiwan Entomological Society in Miaoli, Taiwan.

Dr. Christine Miller presented a talk at the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, on January 5th. She spoke on "Mate discrimination varies according to context, but in different ways for males and females." She also served as the chair of her session and as a judge for the student presentation competition.

During the ESA meeting, members of the department participated in the the following activities (presentations of papers and posters, sessions moderated, etc.):

Protect U.S. Project

Dr. Amanda Hodges announces that a train-the-trainer introductory webinar for the "Protect U.S. Community Invasive Species Network" is scheduled for Tuesday, 8 February 2011 at 3:00 p.m. ET, 2:00 p.m. CT, 1:00 p.m. MT, 12:00 p.m. PT, and 9:00 a.m. Hawaii-Aleutian time zone. This session will provide basic information on the purpose, content and direction of the Protect U.S. project. Key participants will include IPM coordinators, National Plant Diagnostic Network first detector trainers, and other extension educators from 1862, 1890 and 1994 Land Grant Institutions. The training is also appropriate for other federal and state governmental agency employees involved in invasive species detection and management.

This training is voluntary and offered at no cost to the participants. Interested individuals must register on-line at http://www.ncipmc.org/training/. Once registered, the automated system will provide updates regarding call-in information as well as access to PowerPoint slide sets and other web-based delivery tools that will be used during the training. Although some PowerPoint slide sets will be available in advance, participants should plan to have access to a high-speed internet connection during the training. Some of the web-based demonstrations will only be available through the webinar portion of the session.

If you have questions about the training, please contact Susan Ratcliffe, Director of the North Central IPM Center at 217-333-9656, via email at ipm@illinois.edu. Please share this training announcement with others within your state that would benefit from the sessions.


Drs. Dan Hahn, Art Edison (UF Medical School), David Allison (University of Alabama, Birmingham), and Ted Morgan (Kansas State University) received a National Science Foundation grant "Integrating physiological and genetic mechanisms to understand the evolution of cold tolerance." The grant was for a total of $790,000 with $440,000 alloted to Dr. Hahn. They will be studying the physiology and genetics of seasonal adaptation in Drosophila melanogaster.

Then Ph.D. student Gaurav Goyal, now Dr. Goyal, received a travel grant of $220 from the Florida Entomological Society to support his travel to the ESA meeting.

Outreach Activities

Thank you to those members and friends of the department who participated in our December outreach activities. We were able to show off our insect zoo and deliver some neat presentations to elementary school children before they were off for winter break.

  • 10 December: visitation/show at the Alachua Learning Center - Participants: Dale Halbritter, Navneet Kaur, and Jodi White
  • 14 December: visitation/show at Talbot Elementary - Participants: Dale Halbritter and Jodi White
  • 15 December: visitation/show at Talbot Elementary - Participants: Dale Halbritter, Navneet Kaur, and Jodi White
  • Here are the outreaches scheduled for January and February:

  • 26 January: 4-H Bug Club resources workshop at the UF Hilton Conference Center
  • 27 January: visitation/show at Roman Elementary for both K-2nd and 3rd-5th
  • 29 January: workshops for 4-H Junior Congress at Camp Ocala
  • 5 February: Cub Scout campout at Camp Shands
  • 10-21 February: Insect Encounters at the Florida State Fair
  • 25 February: visitation/show at Belleview Santos Elementary
  • We need volunteers for the State Fair! Please see the sign=up sheet on the window at the department's main office.

    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. If you lead an outreach, please be sure to fill out a documentation form so your event can be included in the newsletter. If you would like to schedule an event or have any outreach questions, go to the Outreach pages on our Bug Club Web site and contact us. Hope you all have a great semester! - Dale A. Halbritter, Outreach Coordinator

    Talbot Elementary: Jodi White handles the African giant millipede
    and Dale Halbritter handles the Emperor scorpion, which fluoresces under UV light.

    Departmental Vans

    The department has several vans available for general use. Personnel are reminded that when returning vans after the administrative office has closed, the vans should be locked and the keys deposited in the "mail slot" on the office door. This ensures that people who reserved the vans for the next day have immediate access to the keys. Placing the keys under the driver's seat in an unlocked van is not an acceptable substitute. The worst case scenario in this case is a stolen van to which no one has access. Keeping the keys in your pocket, lab or office until you remember to turn them in is also discourteous to others as it might affect their work schedule. Some additional guidelines are:

    The 3 Rs - Reading Room Rules

    The Reading Room Committee reminds us that no one is allowed to take materials out of the reading room, and no one is allowed to take food or drink in. You are also reminded that Reading Room users are monitored on closed-circuit TV. In addition, the Department just spent $450,000 to install one of the latest scanners that allows us to see what is hidden under your clothing. (Just kidding!) The committee requests that you tidy up after yourself before leaving the room. Those who wish to use the in-room copier should visit the stock room and obtain a PIN from Nick Hostettler.

    Scientific Positions Available

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