10/18/96 Entomology and Nematology News Vol. 2, No. 2
A University of Florida Publication
Marco A. Toapanta received the Police Service Award from the hands of the Chief of the Police Department
of the University of Florida in a ceremony celebrated at the Ham Museum. Marco received this award for
his exceptional dedication to the betterment of life within the University community.
FACULTY, STAFF AND STUDENTS NEWS
Divina Amalin's research was cited in The IPM Practitioner (IPMP) September 1996 issue. It was under the
Conference Notes section entitled "Spiders for Leafminer Biocontrol."
Pauline Lawrence was an invited speaker in a symposium entitled "Biochemical and Physiological
Interactions Between Parasitoids and their Hosts," held at the XX International Congress of Entomology in
Florence, Italy in August.
Pauline Lawrence was recently appointed for a three to five year term as a panel member for the National
Science Foundation, Washington D.C. in Ethnology and Neuroscience.
Tom Fasulo will be traveling from October 21st until November 4th. The first week is a meeting of the
Southeast Pesticide Applicator Trainer's at West Palm Beach. There he will demonstrate software he
developed in cooperation with other members of this department (see below), and with Dr. Norm Nesheim
of the Pesticide Information Office. This software allows certified pesticide applicators to earn CEUs in the
CORE category at their place of work. The following week Tom will go to the annual meetings of the
National Pest Control Association in San Diego. Several companies and associations will be demonstrating
and selling software packages developed in his lab. These software packages were developed in cooperation
with members of this dept., including Phil Koehler, Gene Gerberg, Dini Miller, Jane Medley, Jim Castner,
Pat Hope, and Tom's OPS crew: Dan Nichols, Nathan Nipper, Homero Calderon, Everett Yang, and Matt
Dr. James P. Cuda attended the Annual Meeting of the Florida Aquatic Plant Management Society. The
conference was held at the Sheraton Harbor Place in Ft. Myers, 8-10 October. Dr. Cuda presented a paper
entitled "Hydrellia pakistanae is Alive and Well at Rodman Reservoir." This insect is a leaf-mining fly
introduced from India in 1987 to control hydrilla.
Don Dickson attended the northeastern regional Nematology meeting in Ithaca, NY 3-4 October. Dr.
Dickson is a member of the committee participating in the biological control portion of the project.
Bon voyage to Regina Cameiro. Regina leaves for Brazil next week after spending over one year working in
Dr. Dickson's lab as a visiting scientist.
Dr. M.T. Sanford has been invited to attend the Eleventh Brazilian Beekeepers Congress in Piaui state
Brazil. The event will take place in Teresina. Dr. Sanford will present papers on honey bee nutrition and the
effect of the Digital Information Revolution on beekeeping.
ENSO BULLETIN BOARD
We are in the process of updating the ENSO bulletin board located outside the teaching labs. Anyone with
photographs of students involved in any of ENSO's activities who would like to donate them to the new
ENSO board, please contact Denise Johanowicz.
FROM THE PRESIDENT
As part of his duty as President of our prestigious Ent/Nem Student Organization (ENSO), Clay Scherer
would like faculty and students to know about The Florida Academy of Sciences. This society was founded
in 1936 and promotes all fields of science from Anthropology to Zoology. The society publishes a quarterly
journal titled The Florida Scientist. It is Clay's opinion that this journal should become familiar to everyone
in the Department. Regular membership is $25 and $10 for students. For those interested: The Florida
Scientist, Dr. Dean F. Martin-Editor, Dept. Chemistry, University of South Florida, Ph (813) 631-4121, e-
mail: Martin@chuma.cas.usf.edu. You can also ask Clay if you need more information.
NEW DEPARTMENTAL COMMITTEES
A new committee structure is being implemented for the Department's teaching program. Undergraduate
and Graduate Committees have been elected, and the graduate and undergraduate coordinator will be
selected for a two-year term from the committee members. Present Undergraduate Committee: V. Gupta, F.
Slansky, J. Lloyd, J. Butler, J. Strayer D. Hall, T. Weissling. The following students were elected to
represent the undergraduate students : Melissa Lilvoir and Hazel Levy. Present Graduate Committee: P.
Lawrence, F. Slansky, J. Maruniak, G. Smart, H. McAuslane, G. Hall, L. Duncan. The following students
were elected to represent the graduate students: Dini Miller, Clay Scherer and Enrique Perez. The Graduate
Committee will plan recruitment and retention efforts, course and curriculum review and improvement,
scholarships and records, and graduate students admission.
Harrison, J.F.; Fewell, J.H.; Roberts, S.P.; Hall, H.G. 1996. Achievement of thermal stability by varying
metabolic heat production in flying honeybees. Science 274:88-90.
Moraes, R.R. and Maruniak, J.E. Detection and identification of multiple baculoviruses using the
polimerase chain reaction (PCR) and restriction endonuclease analysis. Journal of Virological Methods.
NEW SUBTERRANEAN TERMITE
A new subterranean termite, Coptotermes havilandi, has been discovered in Miami. And it's the first record
of this species in the continental United States. What makes it even more interesting is that this species is
considered to have just as much damaging potential as the Formosan subterranean termite. N.-Y. Su, R. H.
Scheffrahn, and T. Weissling, entomologists at UF's research center at Ft. Lauderdale, have posted a file to
Pest Alert at http://PestAlert,ifas.ufl.edu/.
IAEA CONSULTANTS MEETING
Marjorie A. Hoy attended the International Atomic Energy Association's (IAEA) Consultants Meeting on
Transgenic Arthropods in Vienna, September-October 2, 1996. The group was excited that the
Mediterranean fruit fly had been genetically transformed with a white gene using a transposable element
called Minos. This success encouraged the group to believe that genetic transformation of arthropods other
than Drosophila can be routinely achieved for both research and applied applications. The group discussed
potential risk issues of transgenic arthropods, including the inadvisability of inserting pesticide resistance
genes into the Medfly or other pest species.
The group recommended that neutral marker DNA sequences be introduced into insects used in ongoing
sterile insect release (SIR) programs. Such a molecular marker would enable sterile released and endemic
fertile insects to be distinguished readily and would be beneficial in operational SIR programs. Because the
released flies would be sterile as they could not transmit the transgene to the endemic population and the
risks associated with release of a transgenic arthropod would be minimized.
During Spring Semester 1997, Marjorie A. Hoy will teach a new course, "Introduction to Agricultural
Acarology." This 3-unit course is open to both graduate and undergraduate students and will be taught on
Wednesday from 10:40 11:30 AM and Fridays 9:35 11:30 AM. The course will provide an introduction
to the biology, ecology, behavior, and genetics of mites of agricultural importance. Students will learn how
pest mites are managed in a variety of crops, and the focus will be on managing mites within an IPM
system. The course is numbered ENY 4905 for undergraduates and 6905 for graduate students. Course
prerequisite: an introductory course in entomology or invertebrate zoology.
Books and journals have been inventoried in the reading room. A hard copy list of this information will be
placed in the reading room. There are over 1600 books presently located in the reading room. Journal
holdings are being completed and will be available soon. A reminder: Books and journals are to remain in
the reading room at all times. Please do not remove them.
The department has two HP LaserJet II printers available. One still works, but is noisy and is in need of
servicing. The second is not currently working and needs immediate servicing. Estimated cost to get either
of these working well again is about $200. If you are interested, please contact Steve Lasley.
ASM SE BRANCH MEETING
The annual meeting of the Southeastern Branch of the American Society for Microbiology will be held
November 7-9 at the Radisson Hotel in Gainesville. Invited speakers are Dr. James Maruniak and Dr. Drion
Boucias. Scientific posters will be presented by Rejane de Moraes and Alejandra Garcia Maruniak. For the
nematologists there will be a poster in fluorescent characterization of proteins involved in the attachment of
Pateruria penetrans to root knot nematodes, this work was done by Dr. Dickson in conjunction with the
In 1992, Drs. Phil Koehler, Gene Gerberg, and Tom Fasulo developed a 60 MB hypertext Knowledgebase
on urban pests for Whitmire Research Laboratories of St. Louis. Tom Fasulo and Dan Nichols have
completed a major revision of this program. Thousands of links to definitions and graphics are available,
and the program was upgraded from DOS to Windows. The commercial version is being sold and the UF/
IFAS version will be available in November.
BLOOD DONOR HONOR ROLL
Civitan included the following people from the department in their Honor Roll: Laura Betch, Homero
Calderon, Lloyd Davis Jr., Don Dickson, Thomas Fasulo, John Foltz, Judy Gillmore, Robin Goodson,
Stanley King, James Nation, Hussein Sanchez-Arroyo, and Janel Smith.
The next newsletter will be published Friday, November 15. Deadline for contributions is Monday,
Editor: Enrique Perez
This version of the newsletter is published for the Web by Tim McCoy.
October 1996. Revised March 2003.
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