March 2000 Entomology and Nematology News
Entomology and Nematology Student Organization
A University of Florida Publication
Friday, March 31, 2000
9:00am in Room 1031
"Eastern Subterranean Termite (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae) Tunneling Into Soil Treated With Non-repellent
Clint D. McFarland
Tuesday, April 18, 2000
8:30am in Room 1031
"Survival of the Asian Citrus Psylla, Diaphorina citri Kuwayama (Homoptera: Psyllidae) and its Two
Parasitoids, Tamarixia radiata Waterson (Hymenoptera:Eulophidae) and Diaphorencyrtus aligarhensis
Shafee, Alam and Agarwal (Hymenoptera: Encrytidae) Under Different Relative Humidities at 25 degrees
C and 30 degrees C"
ENY 6822C MOLECULAR BIOLOGY TECHNIQUES
SUMMER A 2000 (May 15th to June 23rd)
This will be a hands-on laboratory course. It targets Entomology and Nematology graduate students
interested in learning, understanding and applying molecular biology techniques for their own research
projects. The students will extract the DNA that will be used for further experiments. Maintenance of an
adequate laboratory notebook, oral presentation of a project using the techniques learned, attendance and
active participation in every aspect of the course will be the major criteria for grades.
Instructors: Dr. James Maruniak and Dr. Alejandra Garcia Maruniak
Meeting time: M, T, W, Th, and F
From 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon (1st through 3rd period)
Location: Entomology and Nematology Department Room 3130
Prerequisites: Any basic course in genetics, biochemistry or molecular biology
Enrollment limited to 8 students Contact Dr. Jim Maruniak or Dr. Ale Garcia Maruniak (392-1901 ext.
203 or 148)
Make plans to attend this years Graduate Student Appreciation Breakfast on April 10, 2000 in Room 1031.
Breakfast will be available beginning at 9:15 am, and recognition of graduate students will begin at 9:45
am. If the nine o'clock hour is too early, breakfast will be available until 11:00 am or until the food sources
are depleted by the ravenous early birds.
NEWS FROM SEB
by Mike Patnaude
Dr. Lloyd presented a talk on fireflies. About two minutes before his talk his fishing pole lights worked
perfectly including his backup. Halfway into his talk he picked one up and nothing. He turned to the
backup and nothing. He improvised wonderfully by grabbing a penlight and proceeded to display the
firefly signals. As soon as he left the room, both lights worked again. Murphy's law. However the story
isn't finished. The next speaker started his talk and proceeded to advance to the next slide. He sheepishly
looked around and exclaimed "Where is the projector remote?" Apparently as part of a sinister plan, Dr.
Lloyd scurried off with the remote in an evil plot to sabotage the organization he loves so much. He was
chased down the hall and, when caught, tried to pin the blame on one of the news people who was helping
him carry his equipment out. Before you could say firefly, the remote was back in the hands of the next
speaker and he continued.
Our department sent two teams out this year; Dr. Zenger (coach for both) Team A (Phillip Lake
(Captain), Yasmin Cardoza, Richard Pluke, Michael Patnaude and Jade Williams (Alternate)) and
Team B (Dina Richman (Captain), Thomas Merritt, Cynthia Tucker, Dave Almquist and David
Serrano (Alternate)). The competition was tough but in the final round Arkansas and Team A battled for
the first slot. Team A put up a good fight but in the end Arkansas pulled ahead. The good news is that
Team A and Arkansas will be sent to the ESA meeting in Montreal to compete. So Team A has their foot
in the door and will get a rematch to show them what we are made of.
The Linnaean team A would like to give a special thanks to our former coach, Dr. Christopher Tipping.
Although we did not place last year, we remembered his teachings and that gave us the extra inspiration we
The competition was a lot tougher this year. First place went to Florida A&M for a frontal shot of a
treehopper. Second place went to Auburn for a shot of two dung beetles rolling a ball of their favorite stuff.
UF couldn't leave without something and as a result Michael Patnaude took third for a damselfly sitting
on a flower with it's molt in the water.
As a side note, the best "trophy" went to Michael Patnaude (in his own opinion) for his photo of a questing
female Ixodes scapularis entitled "Tick on a stick", which another professor asked if he could use in a med/
vet book he is publishing next year.
Mary Donohue successfully defended her thesis (Elicitors of corn seedling volatiles from tissues of
Schistocerca americana (Drury)and Spodoptera exigua (Hubner)) on March 14. She will continue her
studies in Entomology at Colorado State University, focusing on IPM and pests of wheat.
Debra Boyd, laboratory technician, received a 2000 UF/IFAS Superior Accomplishment Award in the
category of USPS Scientific/Technical. The prize consists of a $100 check, a certificate and a
commemorative coffee mug set. She may now compete for campus-wide recognition in her category. Good
Dr. Tom Sanford was awarded a Fulbright lecturing grant to Ecuador from May through September 2000.
He plans to be involved in the teaching of entomology and beekeeping at the Pontificia Universidad
CatF31ica del Ecuador (PUCE) http://www.puce.edu.ec/, cooperating with Dr. Giovanni Onore of that
faculty. "The Fulbright Program, recognized as the U.S. government's flagship program in international
educational exchange, was proposed to the U.S. Congress in 1945 by then freshman Senator J. William
Fulbright of Arkansas. Senator Fulbright viewed the proposed program as a much-needed vehicle for
promoting "mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other
countries of the world." The program would provide grantees and their hosts the opportunity to better
comprehend the institutions, cultures and societies of other parts of the world. Congress approved J.
William Fulbright's vision and the program signed into law by President Truman in 1946".
The University of Florida had six Fulbright grants awarded in 1999 and three in 1998.
Dr. Laura Ortega of the Colegio de Postgraduados, Vera Cruz, Mexico is a visiting scientist at the Gulf
Coast Research & Education Center. Besides learning about the IPM and production practices of Florida
vegetables, Dr. Ortega is evaluating commercial products and chemical components for repellency to the
silverleafwhitefly. She will be returning to Mexico in late April.
UES and ENSO joined forces to represent the department at the 2000 Kanapaha Spring Garden Festival.
Our booth won first place in the Best Informational Booth competition for the second year in a row! The
booth contained an assortment of live insects so both children and adults could get up close and personal
with a few of our invertebrate "friends". Thank you to everyone who volunteered his or her time, as our
award would not have been possible without your commitment.
to those students and members of the faculty and staff for their help in making the "Insect Encounter" a
huge success. The exhibit, presented at the State Fair on February 22 in Tampa, represented concerted the
efforts of USDA, APHIS, ARS-MAVERL, Florida Department of Agriculture, DPI and the Florida
Mosquito Control Association. The exhibit was well received, thanks in large part to the time and effort of
the following people:
LUNCHTIME MOVIE (sponsored by ENSO)
Bring your lunch and join us to watch some insect films. Free popcorn will be provided. April 7th: Woman
in the Dunes (1964) Drama. A Japanese entomologist finds himself held prisoner in a sandpit with an
alluring woman who expects him to work at her side. To his surprise, the scientist develops an intense
bond with his female companion and resigns himself to an eternity of hypnotic routine. A surreal allegory
reflecting man's grim fate, adapted from the acclaimed existentialist novel by Kobo Abe. The movie will
start at 12:30 PM. Location to be announced.
Thank you to everyone who helped with the booth at the Kanapaha Spring Garden Festival! ENSO and
UES worked together at manning the booth for the weekend. For the second year in a row, the department
took first place out of all the informational booths present.
Our ENSO carwash, held Saturday March 25th, was a wonderful success, not to mention fun at the same
time. We made $300 and could have made at least double that, but our poor crew just tuckered out. We
look forward to holding another car wash in the summer (hint, hint) and hope to see everybody there.
Thank you to the faculty that brought their cars and supported us! And thank you to the 8 or 9 ENSO
members that made it possible, you guys were terrific.
ENSO elections are coming up at the next meeting on April 19th at 5:15 pm in room 1031. Nominations
were submitted at the last meeting, but we will accept nominations for the positions of ENSO president,
vice president, secretary and treasurer until Wednesday April 5th by 5 pm. Send them to Kathryn Jones,
the ENSO secretary.
Don't forget the Faculty/Staff/Student Spring picnic at Lake Wauberg starting at 10 AM this Saturday,
April 1st. Remember all are welcome, friends and family. Remember to enter the park, each car must have
at least one Gator One ID. Come and enjoy the food and fun, and don't forget your sunscreen!
ENSO is putting together a team to participate in the MS Walk 2000 on April 15th. We need walkers or
runners to help form our team to walk or run a 5k. Registration begins at 8am, the walk begins at 9am and
lunch will be provided by Dominoes at 10am.
Much funding is needed for Multiple Sclerosis research so please participate if you can. If you are unable
to participate please pledge money with one of the participants. A sign up list will be placed with Nancy in
the office please write your email address and MAILING address so pledge materials can be sent to you
and Katie Barbara can register you so you won't have to.
We have certainly had a lot going on in the past month! Our most exciting event was the Kanapaha Spring
Festival which both UES and ENSO participated. We all had a great time and we want to thank all of the
faculty, staff and students that came out to ensure the booth's success!
Last month we attended the annual FPCA Ant Symposium in Orlando. This conference brings some of the
top researchers in to talk and give updates on the newest research concerning pest ant species. Several
members of UES attended the conference where we introduced our new product line. It turned out to be a
great success not only for selling but also for meeting industry professionals.
Our interviews with Western Pest Control were some of the most important things this month. Tom
Walters, Regional Manager for this company, came to our department to interview graduating students for
a possible job in Ft. Lauderdale. This was a great opportunity for everyone to gain interviewing experience
as well as a possible job in the industry. We routinely have industry professionals approach our club with
an expressed interest to hire our students. Our next round of interviewing is with Clegg Pest Control out of
Raleigh, NC. Also in March, we had two $500 scholarships that were awarded. These scholarships were
based solely on the participant's resume posted on our website. We'd like to congratulate Jason Stanley and
Russ Horton on the great jobs they did with their resumes!
Our monthly social is coming up on March 31st and will be held at the ABD rotator lounge. As usual, all
members are invited and guests are $5. So if you're not a member, I suggest you start getting involved
For the month of April, we also have quite a bit coming up. Graduating students will be interviewing with
Clegg Pest Control on April 4. Our trip to visit Bayer Corporation is on April 7-8 and we will also be
attending the annual CPCO convention in Ft. Lauderdale on April 24-27. If you are at all interested in
going to great events like those mentioned above, please get yourself involved! Our next meeting will be
on April 12 at 6:30pm in the courtyard. We all hope to see you there!
Michael Patnaude's photo of Psorophoraferox in flight is displayed on the cover of the current winter
1999 issue of "Wing Beats", a publication of the American Mosquito Control Association by the Florida
Mosquito Control Association.
Phillip Lake presented the talk "Aspects of the Biology of the Neonate Larva of Pheropsophus
aequinoctialis" in the Student Symposium on Immature Insects at the ESA's Southeastern Branch Meeting
in Mobile, AL.
Andy Rasmussen recently traveled to Mobile, Alabama for the Southeastern Branch meeting of the
Entomological Society of America. There he presented a talk titled "EPT Fauna of Florida: Biodiversity
and Spatial Distribution" as part of a symposium on insect conservation in the southeastern US.
Thomas Fasulo was a plenary speaker at the 4th Annual Southeast Regional Public Health and Vector
Management Conference that was held in Panama City, FL on February 22-24, 2000.
Dr.Jerry Butler and Dr. Gene Geberg attended the American Mosquito Control Meetings at Atlantic
City NJ March 11 to 16th.
Dr. Julio Medal was invited to attend the international workshop on the 'Biological Control of Tropical
Weeds' held in Brisbane, Australia from March 13 to 25 March, 2000. Medal provided the participants an
overview of the biological research activities with Tropical Soda Apple in Florida and in South America.
He is now organizing the first Latino-American short-course (one-week) on 'Biological Control of Weeds'
that will be held in September, 2001 in Nicaragua in cooperation with the Universidad Nacional Agraria.
Dr. James P. Cuda participated in the UF/IFAS Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants Research and
Extension Review- 2000 held at the Reitz Union, 7 March. Cuda presented the paper, "Using CLIMEX and
FAWN for Predicting Establishment of a Biological Control Agent for Brazilian Peppertree." The paper
was co-authored by Howard Beck and Nan Lin, UF/IFAS Office of Information Technologes.
Dr. James P. Cuda attended 64th Annual Meeting of the Florida Academy of Sciences held in Melbourne,
Florida, 9-11 March. Cuda presented the paper,"Predicting the Potential Distribution in Florida of a
Classical Biological Control Agent of Brazilian Peppertree, Schinus terebinthifolius."
Dr. James P. Cuda was an invited speaker at the Annual Spring Plant Fair sponsored by the
Environmental Horticulture Graduate Student Association, Fifield Hall, on 18 March. Cuda gave a
presentation entitled, "Biocontrol Fever: Catch It!"
Dr. James P. Cuda attended the workshop "Surveillance and Reconnaissance Flights for Invasive Plants"
on 23 March. The workshop was held at the South Florida Water Management District Headquarters in
West Palm Beach.
Last November, the Florida Pest Control Association (FPCA) asked Tom Fasulo to give a presentation on
pesticides for Core CEU training. Figuring that at worse it would be in the evening during the week, Tom
agreed. Next time Tom will ask for more specifics before agreeing to anything. The presentation was not
only on Saturday, February 26, but was also in Ocala. However, he took along a dozen of the new insect
key chains that ENSO is selling and the pesticide applicators at the meeting snapped them up. Tom then
manned the departmental booth at the FPCA Ant Management conference in Orlando on March 17th. At
least this meeting was on a Friday. Then he cooperated with Howard Frank on a display at the UF
Turfgrass Day on March 24th emphasizing Frank's research on mole crickets and their joint turfgrass insect
pest software publications. Turfgrass managers from around the state comprised the audience at this event.
Cuda, J.P., B.R. Coon, J.L. Gillmore, and T.D. Center. 1999. Preliminary report on the biology of a
hydrilla tip mining midge (Diptera: Chironomidae). Aquatics 21: 15-18.
Cuda, J.P., J.H. Pedrosa-Macedo and M.D. Vitorino. 2000. Predicting the Potential Distribution in
Florida of a Classical Biological Control Agent of Brazilian Peppertree, Schinus terebinthifolius. Florida
Scientist 63, Supplement 1: 5 (Abstract).
Dr. John Strayer, when visiting his "retirement home" in North Carolina, reports that he sometimes meets
with local Cooperative Service Extension agents who tell him that they access the information in Featured
Creatures to help them in their state.
The UF Entomology and Nematology Department and the USDA have added files on the following
organisms to the Featured Creatures WWW site at: http://creatures.ifas.ufl.edu/
Sourakov, A., and E. Mitchell. Wasp parasitoid, Cotesia marginiventris (Cresson).
Sourakov, A., and E. Mitchell. Wasp parasitoid, Diadegma insulare (Cresson).
Sourakov, A., and E. Mitchell. Wasp parasitoid, Meteorus autographae Muesebek.
Capinera, J.L. Imported cabbageworm, Pieris rapae (Linnaeus)
To save space in the newsletter, the citations for Featured Creatures are not listed exactly as they should be
referenced in a list of publications. The complete citation is: Author(s). (dateof publication). Title. UF/
IFAS Featured Creatures. EENY- ##. URL
There have been some changes in the computer-verified CEU/Training software tutorials developed by
members of this department. All UF computer-verified tutorials authorized for Commercial Core re-
certification by the state of Florida are also authorized for General Studies/Core CEUs. All Commercial
Lawn and Ornamental tutorials are also authorized for Ornamental and Lawn, Limited Lawn and
Ornamental and Limited Lawn Maintenance CEUs. The "attendance forms" distributed with the software
packages do not reflect this, but this has been approved by the state of Florida. However, the "attendance
forms" available on the Buggy Software WWW site in PDF format under CEU Tutorials reflect this.
The Buggy Software site is available at http://pests.ifas.ufl.edu/software
SOFTWARE TUTORIALS CEU CATEGORIES
The UF computer-verified training tutorials on Beneficial Insects #1 and Beneficial Insects #2 are now
approved for three new categories: Private Agricultural Applicator, Agricultural Row Crop and
Agricultural Tree Crop. These two are also approved for Commercial L&O, O&T, Limited L&O, and
Limited Lawn Maintenance. Beneficial Insects #2 was just developed and should be available for use in
May. Two tutorials approved for the Commercial Termite category, Eastern Subterranean Termite and
Wood-Destroying Insects, were also just approved for the Wood Treatment category.
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March 2000. Updated May 2003.
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