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08/19/96 Entomology and Nematology News Vol. 1, No. 11
A University of Florida Publication
Several students were recognized at the Florida Entomological Society Annual Meeting in Clearwater
Beach, Florida. Winners of the $500 Scholarships were Juan Villanueva-Jimenez, Wendy Meyer, and Dini
Miller. Winners of the Student Paper Contest were: First Place: Robin Goodson, "Effects of Different
Hydrilla Strains on the Biology of the Biological Control Agents Hydrellia pakistannae and H. balciunasi
(Diptera: Ephydridae), Second Place: Denise Johanowicz, "Studies of Wolbachia in the predatory mite
Metaseiulus occidentalis and the twospotted spider mite Tetranychus urticae, Third Place: Dini Miller,
"Effects of Adhesive trap position on the ability to adequately estimate German cockroach Blatella
germanica population size and structure".
Ten, $100 Mini-Grants were awarded by the Florida Entomological Society. The recipients were: Denise
Johanowicz, Kevi Vulinec, Julieta Brambila Coulliette, Wayne Grush, Jaw-Ching Liu (Leo), Dini Miller,
Marco Toapanta, Dina Richman, John Petti and Andrew Rasmussen. FES also awarded Travel Grants of
$160 to Julieta Brambila Coulliette, Rejane De Moraes, Dina Richman, Tonya Van Hook and Kevi Vulinec.
BLOOD DONOR AWARD
Dr. John Foltz received a 10 galloneer donor award from CIVITAN. He made 40 donations in a period of
19 years. He advises everybody to donate blood, "it makes you stronger and eliminates the excess iron in
Miguel Quesada finished his M. S. degree under the direction of Dr. Grover Smart. The title of his thesis
was" Use of an Entomopathogenic Nematode to Control Corn Earworm, Helicoverpa zea". He is going back
to Costa Rica where he will be working on teaching and research at the University of Costa Rica.
Bob Stewart completed his Ph.D. this summer and graduated last Saturday, August 10th. On Sunday he flew
to Morocco where he has taken a position at the Casablanca American School. His address is Casablanca
American School Rue de la Mecque Lot. Ougoug, Q. Califomie Casablanca, Morocco.
FACULTY, STAFF AND STUDENTS NEWS
Homero Calderon, OPS for Thomas Fasulo, has been hired as a full time employee by GIE Publishers of
Cleveland, Ohio. GIE publishes magazines in several different industry fields, two of which are urban pest
control and lawn and ornamentals. Two of the magazines in the urban pest control field are Pest Control
Technology and Service Technician. Calderon will continue working under Fasulo's direction as Fasulo is
receiving a grant from GIE to develop six computer-verified training tutorials on pesticide use.
Christopher Tipping will present a poster session at the Annual Peanut Field Day at the North Florida
Research Center at Marianna, Florida on August 22. The title of his presentation is "A New
Entomopathogenic Nematode Found Infecting Tobacco Thrips (Frankliniellafusca). This nematode shows
potential as a biocontrol agent ofF. fusca, which is a vector of Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus.
Dr. Myoung-Rae Cho from the National Horticultural Research Institute Suwon, Korea, will return to Korea
on 17 August, after working at Dr. Dickson's lab as a visiting scientist. He worked on biocontrol of Root
Knot Nematode using Pasteuriapenetrans and screening for best host for mass production of P. penetrans.
Dini Miller is leaving this Friday to attend the XX International Congress of Entomology in Florence, Italy.
Dini will be presenting her work on trail following behavior in the German cockroach. On the way over she
will stop by Casablanca to spend a week with Bob Stewart before continuing on to the conference.
Jaw-Ching Liu (Leo) has been invited by the Pittsburgh Supercomputer Center to participate in the
Advanced Sequence Analysis Workshop, to be held from August 25 to 28.
Julieta Brambila Coulliette returned from a two-week course on biology and taxonomy of spiders in the
Highlands Biological Station, North Carolina.
Dr. Freddie Johnson is the Acting District III Extension Director. He will provide administrative support to
13 counties from the northeast coast and central Florida area.
Marjorie Hoy will attend the International Congress of Entomology in Florence, Italy, where she has
organized a symposium "Molecular Genetics and Evolution in Transgenic Arthropod Population
Dynamics". in a symposium entitled "Culture ofparasitoids in vitro" at the combined World Congress on
Tissue Culture and International meeting of Invitro biology in San Francisco, California in June. Her talk
was entitled "Influence of Host- and parasite-derived factors on the culture of insect parasites in vitro".
Debbie Matthews Lott and Dale Habeck attended the Lepidopterists Society annual meeting in June. The
meeting was hosted by the Cockrell Butterfly Center at the Houston Museum of Natural Science. John
Watts who received his M. S. in 1987 from our department is the Lepidopterist at the Butterfly Center. A
poster entitled "Pupal Morphology ofNeartic Pterophridae" was presented by D. Matthews Lott, D. Habeck
and Margo Duncan.
NEMATOLOGISTS NOW SPEAK FRENCH, HURRICANE, AND EARTHQUAKE
UF/IFAS nematologists who recently attended the Third International Nematology Congress (THINC) at
Gosier on the island of Guadeloupe, French West Indies, were treated to an excellent conference with
unexpectedly rich natural entertainment. THINC had over 450 people from 65 countries registered as full
participants, making it the largest single gathering of our small discipline that anyone could recall; families
brought total attendance to well over 600. Since the organizing committee had planned everything on a
basis of about 300-350 attendees, nearly every session was packed full, and there were little knots of worm-
herders to be seen nearly everywhere. Hurricane Bertha was aimed right at Guadeloupe, predicted to strike
the island about 7 p.m. on Sunday, July 7. At the last minute, she decided to go slightly north, so we got
some wind and water, but just enough to encourage those at the Congress to actually attend the technical
sessions rather than explore the beaches. In addition, wake-up for the sessions on Monday morning was
provided by a small earthquake, just enough to shake beds noticeably. The technical program was crammed
full of every aspect of nematology, ranging from molecular biology to classical taxonomy to nematode
control with natural products to many aspects of entomophilic nematodes. The program consisted of 27
symposia, 8 workshops, 9 discussions sessions, 3 video sessions, 3 special sessions on Russian nematology,
and 290 posters. Since there was such a large gathering ofnematologist from so many countries at the
Congress, including several retirees, the Congress provided a wonderful opportunity to greet former friends
from around the world as well as to make new ones.
Florida was well-represented at THINC with the following participants: Regina Cameiro, Don Dickson,
Larry Duncan, Bob Dunn, Robin Giblin-Davis, Tom Hewlett, Renato Inserra, David Kaplan, Bob Kinloch,
Paul Lehman, Joe Noling, Luis Payan, Jimmy Rich, Cecilia Ritzinger, Grover Smart, and Elke Weibelzahl-
The formation of an umbrella organization, an International Federation of Nematology Societies, was
approved at the Congress and that body will be responsible for organizing future International Congresses.
GRAD STUDENTS HOME PAGE
Thomas Fasulo recently gave a four hour presentation on computer software to fifteen managers of a large
national corporation who visited the department. Part of Tom's presentation was the department's WWW
home page, and all the information that Dr. Skip Choate has made available there. One of the managers
asked if any of our graduate students had home pages. So Tom showed them the list of our students on the
department's WWW site. Another one of the managers asked to see Dini Miller's page. Fortunately, Dini is
one of only three of our graduate students who have taken advantage of the opportunity to do a WWW page
on themselves. Several of the managers remarked that they have WWW access and like to look at student's
WWW pages when making hiring decisions. As you know, competition for entomology and nematology
positions is fierce. If you don't have a WWW page then you're entering the job market with one hand tied
behind your back. Why? Because a lot of departments at other universities have most, if not all, of their
students represented by a page on the WWW. Creating a WWW site is easy. Dr. Skip Choate and the ENSO
officers have a template already created for word processors.
WEED BIOCONTROL WORKSHOP
Dr. Gary Buckingham and Dr. Jim Cuda organized and participated in the first International Organization of
Biological Control, Neartic Region Section, Biocontrol of Weeds Working Group Workshop. This IOBC
meeting convened in Billings, Montana during the week of 22 July and was held in conjunction with the
USDA, ARS Weed Biological Control Workshop. The purpose of the joint meeting was to promote open
discussion on critical issues important to the future success of North American weed biological control
programs. One of the highlights of the meeting was a field trip to Lewistown, Montana, to observe the
impact of the Aphthona spp. beetles on leafy spurge, one of this country's most severe rangeland weeds. The
results were spectacular. The root-feeding larvae severely damage the weed and reduce its competitiveness
to the extent that native grasses and forbs have recovered following the release of beetles. The complex of
Aphthona beetles has been extremely effective in controlling leafy spurge on rangelands all across the Great
Plains, and represents a recent success story for our discipline. This program would not have been possible
without international and interagency cooperation, especially the efforts of Dr. Peter Harris, Agriculture
Canada, Dr. Bob Pemberton USDA/ARS, and USDA/APHIS personnel. Incidentally, Dr. Pemberton was
involved in the initial screening/releases of Aphthona beetles in Montana during the late 1980's, and is now
located at the USDA/ARS facility in Ft. Lauderdale. Congratulations, Bob!
McMichael, M. and Hall, H. G. 1996. DNA RFLPs at a highly polymorphic locus distinguish European and
African subspecies of the honey bee, Apis mellifera L. and suggest geographical origins of New World
honey bees. Molecular Ecology 5:403-416.
Johanowicz, D.J. and M. A. Hoy. 1996. Wolbachia in a predator-prey system: 16S ribosomal DNA analysis
of two phytoseiids (Acari: Phytoseiidae) and their prey (Acari:Tetranychidae). Ann. Entomol. Soc. Amer. 89
Nematologists Robert Dunn and Grover Smart of the Department of Entomology and Nematology,
University of Florida, posted a file to PEST ALERT on pesticide compatibility of beneficial nematodes. It
lists bioinsecticides, IGRs, insecticides, miticides, fungicides, herbicides, and fertilizers and their effects on
beneficial nematodes and when they can be applied in relation to applications of these nematodes.
Pest Alert is available at http://PestAlert,ifas.ufl.edu/. The Pest Alert and Florida Insect Management Guide
databases are also available on the home page (under Publications) of the University of Florida's
Department of Entomology and Nematology at: http://entnemdept.ifas.ufl.edu/.
Thomas Fasulo has hundreds of 5.25" diskettes that are FREE to whoever is willing to stop by his office and
ask for same. For those receiving this newsletter by e-mail who are in the IFAS system, just send him a
message requesting them.
A number of people have seen the movie short "Joe's Apartment." This is a movie about a guy who lives
with cockroaches who offer their support when he brings home a girl friend. For those of you who want
more, there's the Joe's Apartment WWW site at http://ioesapt.warnerbros.com/
You know those 3.5" diskettes with bad sectors that you normally throw away? Don't! Instead give them to
Tom Fasulo or put them in his mailbox. He needs them for some strange reason. This is a long-term request.
SCHMIDT BOXES FOR SALE
Thomas Fasulo has a limited quantity of handmade, wooden Schmidt boxes for sale. $10 each. Stop by his
office to see them.
A great WWW page with information and links to many other sites is http://www.pestweb.com/. The
emphasis is on urban pest control but there are links to other insect information including Tom Walker's
FES journal site, our department, IFAS, FAIRS WWW pages, plus lots of other useful info for agricultural
Drs. Phil Koehler and Jim Hoy have a WWW site on their Animal Movement Anaylsis Software. The site
was designed by Andy Miller, who worked for Thomas Fasulo, and now works for Exxon.
A hard copy of this newsletter is given to department members in Building 970 only. All others can obtain
an electronic subscription by joining the listserv.
The next newsletter will be published Monday, September 17. Deadline for contributions is Wednesday,
Editor: Enrique Perez
This version of the newsletter is published for the Web by Tim McCoy.
August 1996. Updated March 2003.
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