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06/29/98 Entomology and Nematology News Vol. 3, No. 9
A University of Florida Publication
Congratulations Heather McAuslane and Hans Alborn on the births of Daniel Thomas and Matthew Eric on
June 19, 1998. Dr. McAuslane was able to leave the hospital the following Monday but the boys will
probably be staying until mid-July.
Congratulations to Jessica and Stacey Barber on the birth of Madelyn Clare on May 19, 1998. Stacey is a
biological scientist working in the Nematology program of Jim Rich at the NFREC, Quincy.
Claudia Riegel has been awarded a $1000 fellowship from Sarah Bradley Tyson Memorial Fellowship
established in 1928 by Woman's National Farm and Garden Association, Inc.
Carla Cuda, daughter of Jim and Lynne Cuda, has been selected for Who's Who of American High School
Students for this academic year. Carla just completed here junior year in the International Baccalaureate
Program at Eastside High School. This is the second consecutive year that Carla has been recognized by
Kemi Mosademi, a high school student from New Orleans, Louisiana, will be spending the summer in the
laboratory of Dr. James P. Cuda. Ogine Lo, a senior from Port Orange, Florida will be working with
Thomas Powell in the Urban Entomology lab investigating the tunneling capability of Reticulitermes
flavipes in differentially compacted soils.
Kemi and Ogine are participants in the University of Florida Student Science Training Program (UF-SSTP)
which was initiated in 1959 and has over 3000 alumni. The UF-SSTP is a seven-week residential research
program designed to provide academically talented high school students with the opportunity to gain
research experience in a university environment.
IN OUR THOUGHTS
One of our Entomology undergraduate students, Caridad Lopez, was recently diagnosed with breast cancer.
Unfortunately, her doctors felt a radical mastectomy followed up with both chemo- and radiation therapy
was necessary.Caridad has already had her surgery and is about to begin therapy. Caridad has had to leave
her two OPS jobs during her recovery and could use the help of her friends in the department. If you would
like to contribute, contact Nancy Sanders at 352-392-1901 or: PO Box 110620 Bldg 970 Surge Area Dr.
Gainesville, FL 32611-110620
C. Tipping, K. B. Nguyen, J. E. Funderburk, and G. C. Smart, Jr. 1998. Thripenemafuscum n. sp.
(Tylenchida: Allantonematidae), a parasite of tobacco thrips, Frankliniellafusca (Thysanoptera). Journal of
Nematology. 30(2): 98-103.
N.E. Engelbrecht, R.P. Yeatts and F. Slansky. 1998. Palpebral myiasis causing preseptal cellulitis. Archives
of Ophthalmology 116: 684. [For the non-medically oriented, this can be loosely translated as "I think I got
a fly (larva) in my eye-- ouch!"].
Z. X. Chen, and D. W. Dickson. 1997. Effect of Ammonium Nitrate and Time of Harvest on Mass
Production of Pasteuria penetrans. Nematropica 27:53-60. (printed in 1998).
New Nematode Publication
Plant and Nematode Interactions. ASA Monograph 36. Edited by Kenneth R. Barker, Gary A. Pederson,
and Gary L. Windham. This 772 page monograph explores the general basis of nematode systematics, and
ecology, and provides specific information on the most important crop-nematode interactions. It is the most
comprehensive treatise available on these complex nematode-plant relationships. This text is available
through the American Society of Agronomy at a price of $55.00.
Marjorie Hoy, UF Entomology and Nematology Department, and Ru Nguyen, Division of Plant Industry,
FDACS have just posted a file entitled "Citrus Psylla: HERE in Florida An Action Plan" to Pest Alert.
The file includes five color photographs of the pest and its parasites, and is linked into other UF and DPI
WWW publications. In addition to Dade and Broward counties, this pest is also in the Indian River citrus
growing area. Pest Alert is available on the WWW at: http://PestAlert,ifas.ufl.edu/
It's not here in the U.S. yet, but it's probably coming. The pink hibicus mealybug is a severe pest of many
ornamental and vegetable plants in tropical and subtropical areas. A new Featured Creature on this pest,
complete with current distribution, description and life cycle, damage, biological control, what to do if and
when you find one, and selected references, accompanied by ten full color photographs has been posted on
the Featured Creatures WWW site.
Hoy, M.A., A. Hamon and R. Nguyen. (May 1998). Pink hibiscus mealybug, Maconellicoccus hirsutus
(Green). UF/IFAS Featured Creatures. EENY-29. http://creatures.ifas.ufl. edu/om/mealybug/mealybug.htm
Other recent additions to the Featured Creatures WWW site are:
Butler, J.F., J.A. Hogsette. (June 1998). Black Flies, Simulium spp. UF/IFAS Featured Creatures. EENY-
Mead, F.W. (June 1998). Asiatic Citrus Psyllid, Diaphorina citri Kuwayama. UF/IFAS Featured Creatures.
Villanueva, R. (June 1998). Tomato Hornworm, Manduca sexta, and Tobacco Hornworm, Manduca
quinquemaculata UF/IFAS Featured Creatures. EENY-31. http://creatures.ifas.ufl.edu/field/homworm.htm
Featured Creatures is located at http://creatures.ifas.ufl.edu/
The retention basin in the Natural Area Teaching Laboratory has been recontoured by Site-Tech
Construction, Inc., under a $46,900 contract. (The other four bids, which ranged from $57,000 to $102,900,
were all over the $50,000 available for the contract.)
The recontouring was the first phase of SEEP (Stormwater Ecological Enhancement Project), a plan to turn
NATL's cattail monoculture into a diversified wetlands (_five_ wetland communities) and improved
aesthetics, wildlife, and water quality. The Wetlands Club is in charge of stabilizing the site and planting the
species typical of these native communities and will probably ask for volunteer help in the near future. The
club will soon install a concrete weir to regulate the flow of water from the water-treatment forebay (north
of the dike across the basin) into the rest of the basin.
The dry weather was a godsend for bringing a bid within budget and speeding construction, but now the
Club is hoping for rains to come and help with establishing wetland plants.
The NATL Advisory Committee has placed a temporary information board at the gate to NATL. It will
explain exactly what is planned for SEEP and the rest of NATL, so that piles of clay and cut-down trees will
be placed in the context of long-range goals for making NATL better for its purpose: to teach students and
the public about ecology and biodiversity.
OUT AND ABOUT
Pauline Lawrence was an invited Rapporteur at the Fifth International Symposium on Fruit Flies of
Economic Importance, held in Penang, Malaysia June 1-5. She also presented a poster on the new Caribfly
strain of egg parasite, Biosteres arisanus, being developed in her laboratory.
In May she visited the USDA-ARS Tropical Fruit and Vegetable Laboratory in Honolulu, Hawaii for
consultation with collaborators on research of a Medfly strain of the egg parasite Biosteres arisanus.
Dr. James P. Cuda participated in two conferences during the month of June. From June 3-7, he attended the
13th Annual Conference of the Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council held in Palm Beach Gardens, and
presented the paper "Ochyromera ligustri (Coleptera: Curculionidae), an Immigrant Natural Enemy of
Chinese Privet, Ligustrum sinense (Oleaceae) in Florida".
The following week, Cuda attended the interdisciplinary conference entitled "Natural Resources Forum:
Linkages in Ecosystem Science, Management & Restoration" held at the Gainesville Radisson Hotel, June 9-
10. At this meeting, he presented the paper "Application of Plant Tissue Culture Technology for Research
on Insect Natural Enemies of Hydrilla, Hydrilla verticillata (Hydrocharitaceae)". As a member of the
steering committee for the Natural Resources Forum, he was invited to participate in a series of interviews
with the following keynote speakers: Senator Jack Latvala, Chairman, Florida Senate Committee on Natural
Resources; Bob Costanza, Director, Institute for Ecological Economics, University of Maryland (and a UF
alumnus); John Mills, Director, UF Governmental Responsibility; and Terry Rice, Affiliate Professor,
Environmental Research Programs, Florida International University.
Due to a reallocation of teaching priorities, ENY 6205 (Nutritional Ecology of Insects) will not be taught
during the Fall, 1998 semester. Instead, Frank Slansky will coteach ENY 6203 (Insect Ecology) during the
Spring, 1999 semester, along with Jon Allen and Robert McSorley.
Dr. Zhongxiao Chen (Michael) finally got settled in Wisconsin. He thanks the department for the heartfelt
send off and writes that he will definitely miss Florida. He certainly will miss Florida once the Wisconsin
winter sets in. His new address and phone number are:
Zhongxiao Chen (Michael)
271 Oakwood Ave #1
Plover, Wisconsin 54467
Tel: (715) 341-8192
For approximately the last 18 months I have had the distinct pleasure of producing the departmental
newsletter, and I am now turning it over to Michael Patnaude. I would like to take this opportunity to
acknowledge the people that made the monthly newsletter possible. Jane Medley and Flora MacColl
generously offered their assistance in teaching me the nuances of Pagemaker. Tom Fasulo was one of my
most prolific contributors and a most valued critic; together we created the listserv and WWW versions of
the newsletter. Finally, I extend my thanks to all of the people who have contributed submissions without
being badgered to do so, you have made this job an enjoyable experience.
The next newsletter will be published Thursday, July 23. Deadline for contributions is Monday, July 20.
This version of the newsletter is edited and published for the Web by Tim McCoy.
Hardcopy Editor: Tim McCoy
June 1998. Updated March 2003.
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