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November 2003


Faculty News


Dr. Heather McAuslane reports that we
have 29 applicants for the Insect Toxicology
position. The search committee hopes to
report by late December on who will be
invited for interviews.

Post-Doc News

Dr. Anand B. Persad, a postdoctoral
scientist in Dr. Marjorie Hoy's laboratory
since August 2001, left for a permanent
position with Davey Tree Company in Kent,
Ohio. Dr. Persad has been ordering long
underwear for his sojourn in the frozen north.
After growing up in Trinidad and spending
over two years in Florida, he and his wife
must now adjust to a temperate climate.

Dr. Yoshi Hashimoto joined Dr. Pauline
Lawrence's lab to work on characterization
and expression of genes from the
Diachasmimorpha longicaudata
entomopoxvirus (D1EPV). Currently, he is
developing a restriction map of the D1EPV
genome.

New Teaching Lab

Work began on the new teaching lab in late
October. As of early November, the internal
walls that separate the three rooms (3117-
3118-3119) were coming down.


Room Version of Musical Chairs

Dr. Virendra Gupta, now retired, is moving
out of his labs and office (3209), but has
temporary use of 3006 for his office. At the
same time, Dr. Faith Oi will move from
3206 to Gupta's old office in 3209. Dr. Tom
Sanford (retired) used to be in 3006, but he
now uses 3207 when he is not starring in a
local drama production. The new insect
physiology position, which is currently being
advertised, is assigned 3206 as office space.

Ph.D. student Rebecca Baldwin, who
teaches ENY 3005 Principles of Entomology,
is moving from 3215 to 3212 and will share
that office with Ph.D. student Pete Coon,
who teaches ENY 3007C Life Science.

The non-tenured toxicologist position, for
which the committee is now reviewing
applications, is currently assigned office
space in 3213. And when insect taxonomist
Dr. Mark Branham reports for duty next
month, his office will be in 2005. This
requires Dr. Norm Leppla to move from
2005 to 3005.

Speaking of moving... Plans are for much or
all of Dr. Gupta's insect collection to be
given to the Division of Plant Industry
Florida State Collection of Arthropods
(FSCA) in Gainesville, as space in that
collection becomes available when FSCA


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assets are moved to the new Lepidoptera
building under construction.

Publications

Dixon WN. (August 2003). Nantucket pine
tip moth, Rhyacioniafrustrana (Comstock).
UF/IFAS Featured Creatures. EENY-304.
http://creatures.ifas.ufl.edu/trees/moths/nantu
cketpine tip_moth.htm

Halbert SE. (October 2003). Giant
sweetpotato bug, Spartocera batatas
(Fabricius). UF/IFAS Featured Creatures.
EENY-305.
http://creatures.ifas.ufl.edu/veg/leaf/
spartocera_batatas.htm

Halbert SE, Gill RJ, Nisson JN. (October
2003). Eucalyptus psyllid, Blastopsylla
occidentalis Taylor, and red gum lerp psyllid,
Glycaspis brimblecombei Moore. UF/IFAS
Featured Creatures. EENY-306.
http://creatures.ifas.ufl.edu/trees/eucalyptus_
psyllids.htm

Howard FW, Pemberton R, Hamon AB,
Hodges GS, Mannion CM, McLean D,
Wofford J. (September 2003). La escama
lobata de laca, Paratachardina lobata
(Chamberlin). UF/IFAS Featured Creatures.
EENY-309.
http://creatures.ifas.ufl.edu/om/scales/lobate_
lac_sp.htm

Hoy MA, Nguyen R. (October 2003). Citrus
leafminer parasitoid, Cirrospilus ingenuus
Gahan UF/IFAS Featured Creatures. EENY-
312.
http://creatures.ifas.ufl.edu/beneficial/cirrosp
ilus ingenuus.htm


Nickerson JC, Bloomcamp CL, Fasulo TR.
(October 2003). Ghost ant, Tapinoma
melanocephalum (Fabricius). UF/IFAS
Featured Creatures. EENY-310.
http://creatures.ifas.ufl.edu/urban/ants/ghost
ant.htm

Awards

Dr. Don Hall reports that Emily Heffernan
(M.S.) and Barry Alto (Ph.D.) were selected
by the Departmental Graduate Committee to
receive the Mulrennan Outstanding Graduate
Student Awards for the 2003-04 academic
year. Each of these awards carries a $500
cash prize. Emily is working under Dr.
Thomas Emmel on a lycaenid butterfly-ant
mutualism. Barry is working under Dr. Phil
Lounibos on the effect of Aedes mosquito
larval competition on vector competence.

In October, Pest Control Technology
(PCT), a national magazine for the urban pest
management industry, had "40 Under Forty"
as its cover article. The cover also stated,
"They're young. They're ambitious. They're
the future leaders of the pest management
industry." Two of those featured are
departmental alumni: Dan Suiter (Ph.D.)
and Jerry Gahlhoff (M.S.). Suiter is an
assistant professor in Urban Pest
Management at the University of Georgia.
Gahlhoff is national technical director for
Texas-based HomeTeam Pest Defense,
"...one of the largest and fastest-growing pest
management companies in the country,"
according to PCT.

2003-2004 Undergraduate
Scholarships


Each October, the departmental
undergraduate committee accepts









applications from our undergraduate majors
for one of nine scholarships. Our department
is fortunate to have been provided sufficient
endowed funds to permit us to supplement
the support of deserving undergraduate
maj ors.

The undergraduate committee consists of
Drs. Carl Barfield (Chair and
Undergraduate Coordinator), Heather
McAuslane, Phil Koehler, Bob McSorley,
student member Rebecca Baldwin, and ex
officio member Debbie Hall. The committee
met 31 October 2003 and allocated 11 of our
majors scholarships. We are proud to
announce the following recipients. Please
visit our departmental Web site to view their
photos and awards.

Mulrennan Scholarship: Rhiannon Lewis

Creighton Scholarships: Tracy Conklin and
Christine Lynch

Dixon Scholarship: David Melius

Murphey Memorial Scholarship: Ryan
Wagoner

Urban Entomology Scholarship: John
Whelan

Richardson Scholarships: Jason Stanley
and Mary VanDerBerg

Hetrick Scholarship: Ryan Welch and Erik
Shuping

Davis Memorial Scholarship: Barbara
Bayer-Lopez

Part of the responsibility of receiving these
scholarships is for the recipient to write to
the designated donor to inform the donor of


who they are and how they are progressing
academically. Scholarship opportunities will
be announced next in August 2004 with an
October 2004 deadline. Please join the
undergraduate committee in congratulating
these worthy recipients. Carl S. Barfield

Meetings and Presentations

During October, Dr. Anand B. Persad and
Dr. Lucia Zappala, postdoctoral scientists in
Dr. Hoy's laboratory, attended the national
Entomological Society of America (ESA)
meeting in Cincinnati. Dr. Persad presented a
poster on "High-fidelity PCR assay
discriminates between immature Lipolexis
oregmae and Lysiphlebus testaceipes within
their aphid host" coauthorss were Drs. A.
Jeyaprakash and M. Hoy). Dr. Zappala
presented a talk on "Oviposition behavior
and host discrimination by Ageniaspis
citricola, a parasitoid of the citrus leafminer,
Phyllocnistis citrella" (coauthor is Dr. Hoy).

If you missed the ESA meeting then you
missed the delicious Japanese lunch co-
hosted by Dr. Gene Gerberg, Sumitomo
Chemical and MGK which was attended by a
number of our faculty and students.

Dr. Pauline O. Lawrence presented a poster
"DLEPV homologs of the putative Vaccinia
G5R and poxvirus NPH1 and rifampicin
resistance proteins" at the ESA annual
meeting.

Oscar Hernandez (Lawrence Lab) attended
a training course (26-29 October 2003) on
HPLC technique sponsored by Perkin Elmer
Corporation in Atlanta, GA.

Kyle Hubbard (Tuskegee University),
Gerard Henry (Santa Fe Community
College) and Kathy Rocha (BS, University









of Florida) are three Research Experience for
Undergraduates (REU) students working
with Dr. Pauline Lawrence. They conducted
research on two projects (1) viral proteins
from the symbiotic entomopoxvirus (D1EPV)
of the parasitic wasp Diachamimorpha
longicaudata and PSP24, a virally induced
protein in their host, the Caribbean fruit fly
and (2) Developmental stages of Fopius
arisanus, an egg-pupal parasitoid of the
Oriental fruit fly, Bactrocera dorsalis.

Mr. Kyle Hubbard prepared a thesis entitled
"PSP24 and viral (D1EPV) proteins in tissues
of parasitized Anastrepha suspense" and was
invited to present this research in a student
competition at Tuskegee University, Fall
2003.

Ms. Kathy Rocha (Lawrance Lab) presented
a poster "Immature development of Fopius
arisanus in the oriental fruit fly, Bactrocera
dk, \i/di"' at the ESA annual meeting.

Dr. Julio Medal gave an invited lecture at
the Universidade Estadual do Centro-Oeste,
Irati campus in Parana state, Brazil, 23
October. Medal gave the two hour lecture (in
Portugues) on "An overview of biological
control of invasive plants worldwide with
emphasis in the Florida experience" to a
group of 15 undergraduate students of the
Plant Protection class in the Forestry
Department.

On 3 November, Dr. Julio Medal gave a 30
minute lecture to the Tampa Middle School
8th grade (approximately 35 students)
Science class on "Biological control of
weeds in Florida." Medal also is advising
Travis Sexton (student) on his Science Fair
Project using the first biocontrol agent (a
South American leaf beetle) released in
Florida to control tropical soda apple. Travis


is studying the effects of different densities
of the leaf beetles on defoliation and fruit
production of tropical soda apple.

On 28 October, Dr. Julio Medal attended the
tropical soda apple task force meeting at the
Florida Department of Agriculture and
Consumer Services- Division of Plant
Industry in Gainesville. Medal gave a 20
minutes presentation on "Gratiana boliviana
(Chrysomelidae), the first biocontrol agent
released in Florida to control tropical soda
apple."

On 3 November, Dr. Susan Webb, UF/IFAS
vegetable entomology extension specialist,
presented an invited talk to entomologists
and plant pathologists at Clemson University.
She spoke about her past research on the
ecology and management of aphid-vectored
viruses in cucurbits and discussed the results
of a recent survey of Florida cucurbits for
insect-vectored plant viruses.

Posters Posted

As a result of discussion at the last faculty
meeting, new posters or other displays placed
around Building 970 can be announced in
this newsletter. Please send authors) and
title to the newsletter editor. Do not forget to
include the location, else readers will have to
search the building for your display.

Hay-Roe MM. Shapiro AM, Becnel JJ,
Boucias DG. "A newly discovered
baculovirus induces reflex bleeding in the
butterfly Heliconius himera (Nymphalidae:
Heliconiinae)." Adjacent to room 3119.

Lawrence PO. "DLEPV homologs of the
putative Vaccinia G5R and poxvirus NPH1
and rifampicin resistance proteins".
Presented at the recent Entomological









Society of America (ESA) meeting. Adjacent
to 2218.

Rocha K, Mangine T, Harris EJ,
Lawrence PO. "Immature development of
Fopius arisanus in the oriental fruit fly,
Bactrocera dorsalis." Presented at the ESA
meeting. Adjacent to 2218

Persad A, Jeyaprakash A, Hoy MA.
"High-fidelity PCR assay discriminates
between immature Lipolexis scutellaris and
Lysiphlebus testaceipes within their aphid
hosts."

Arevalo A, Frank JH. "Sugar composition
in the crop contents ofLarra bicolor
(Hymenoptera: Sphecidae) captured in the
field." Presented at the ESA meeting.
Adjacent to 2312.

Big Bug Books

Are you one of over 350 authors, from 36
countries, of the Encyclopedia of
Entomology, edited by Dr. John Capinera?
It is currently in press and should be
available late Spring of 2004. The
Encyclopedia contains 2400 pages in three
volumes and will list for $495 (US) or 450
Euros. There is a pre-publication price of
$396 (US) or 360 Euros if you order before
30 April 2004. Details at
http://www.wkap.nl/prod/b/0-7923-8670-1 or
on a poster adjacent to room 3224.

Grants

The US EPA recently funded another phase
of the project "Whole-structure
decontamination of Bacillus spores by
methyl bromide fumigation" bringing total
funding of this project to $288K. In an
example of a public/private partnership, the


EPA Small Business Innovative Research
grant to Cobra Termite Control, Lauderhill
(FL), will be used to fund fumigation
research at the UF/IFAS Ft. Lauderdale
Research and Education Center and aims to
further support a patent granted to
entomologist Rudi Scheffrahn (FLREC) and
Mark Weinberg (Cobra) for use of methyl
bromide as a structural decontaminant of
anthrax spores. On 29 October, Scheffrahn
met with EPA and Homeland Security
officials, and US Army scientists at the
Army's Aberdeen Proving Grounds in
Maryland to develop a protocol for
fumigating virulent anthrax spores and
candidate surrogate spores with methyl
bromide. The Edgewood Chemical and
Biological Center (ECBC) at Aberdeen is the
US military's center for bioterrorism
research. The $160K ECBC study is to be
funded by the Technical Support Working
Group of the Office of Homeland Security.
Field testing of non-pathogenic surrogate
spores is slated to begin at FLREC in July
2004.

Dr. Pauline Lawrence received a $43,408
grant from the National Science Foundation
to study the symbiotic viruses in
Diachasmimorpha krausii, a parasitoid of the
Mediterranean fruit fly and related tephritids
and a supplement to her existing NSF grant
to support research experience for three
students in the Research Experience for
Undergraduates program.

Drs. Julio Medal and James Cuda received
a one-year $50,000 grant from the Florida
Department of Agriculture and Consumer
Services Division of Plant Industry to
initiate the mass rearing and field release of
the South American leaf-beetle Gratiana
boliviana for biocontrol of tropical soda
apple. So far, this beetle has been released in









four counties (Alachua, Hendry, Collier and
Polk) in Florida.

Fall Seminar Series

The remaining seminars are:

11/13 Dr. B. Unruh (University of Florida,
West Florida REC Jay) "The role of the
extension specialist: past, present, and
future."

11/20 Dr. L. Morrison (USDA,
Gainesville) "The island biogeography and
metapopulation dynamics of Bahamian ants."

11/27 Happy Thanksgiving. Eat all the
turkey you want, but remember you are what
you eat.

12/4 Dr. L. Duncan (University of Florida,
Citrus REC Lake Alfred) "Food webs and
the biological control of a pest-disease
complex by entomopathogenic nematodes"

Student Seminar Requirement

Faculty and students are reminded that
graduate students are required to take
seminar courses: M.S. 1 credit; Ph.D. 2
credits. Some or all of these courses have an
oral presentation requirement. Check with
Debbie Hall, Student Services Coordinator,
for scheduled Spring semester seminar
courses.

Best of the Bugs

The Cornell University Beetle Science Web
site is the latest insect- or nematode related
site to receive the UF/IFAS Department of
Entomology and Nematology Best of the
Bugs Award. This site states that, "The


abundance of beetle species and their
countless interactions with other life forms
make the study of beetles important to the
biological sciences overall." Entomologists at
Cornell developed a wonderful Web site that
allows you to better appreciate this diverse
order of insects. You can examine beetle
time lines, videos, interaction with other life,
360 degree views and carbon dust
illustrations. However, you will need both
the Flash and Quick Time plug-ins to view
the better aspects of this site. Fortunately,
links to the plug-ins are available on site. The
Best of the Bugs Web site is available at
http://pests.ifas.ufl.edu/bestbugs/.

Distance Education

Although the department has several online
and other distance education courses
available, these were developed by each
instructor with no adherence to a
department-wide standard. So a committee
was formed early in the year to develop
general guidelines. At the October faculty
meeting, Phil Koehler presented the results
of the Distance Education Committee's work
and recommended curriculum. The
committee consists of: Phil Koehler, Chair,
Rebecca Baldwin, Eileen Buss, John
Capinera, Skip Choate, Pete Coon, Debbie
Hall, Nick Hostettler, Heather McAuslane,
Jane Medley and Faith Oi.

Koehler passed out a copy of the proposed
curriculum and method of delivery of the
courses and labs. He also passed out a listing
of the different certificates to be earned, the
courses and number of credits required to
obtain these certificates and the semester in
which the course would be offered. The
department plans to implement the Distance
Education Program in January 2004.









Job Wanted

Jeff White is completing his M.S. in
December and is searching for full time
hours: "...either two part time jobs or an
internship, as long as I get 35 or more hours,
in the Gainesville area starting around
January 1st and running till April. I have
experience in bio-control, IPM, behavior and
ecology as well as the taxonomy of insects. I
would like to work in an entomological
project or a related field. If anyone is looking
for OPS workers or knows of an internship
position please contact me at 392-1901 ex.
182 or you can find me in room 2111 in the
Entomology Dept. (Dr. Liburd's lab)."

Bug Joke

Caterpallor (n.): The color you turn after
finding half a "worm" in the fruit you are
eating.

Halloween Creeps

Speaking of jokes... It is amazing what some
people will do for a little attention. :-)
Graduate students Justin Harbison, who
currently holds the department's Outreach
Assistantship, and Scott Weilman posed for
an UF/IFAS Halloween news release with a
tarantula and scorpion crawling on their
faces. See http://news.ifas.ufl.edu/ for their
photograph (dated 10/30/03). By the way, the
"Creeps" in this section title refers to the
arachnids, not Justin or Scott. :-)

Our students are very active in local outreach
programs, partially because the department
considers this effort so important that we
have designated an assistantship for that
purpose. We are also fortunate that all of the
graduate students who received this


assistantship have been very active in this
effort. However, I am sure that Justin and all
his predecessors will admit that they could
not fulfill all the requests for departmental
tours, school visits and more without the
participation of many of our other fine
students. Our thanks to all of them.

Featured Creatures

The UF/IFAS Department of Entomology
and Nematology and the FDACS Division of
Plant Industry now have over 310 UF/IFAS
publications on the Featured Creatures Web
site at http://creatures.ifas.ufl.edu/, with
more undergoing development. During
October 2003, the Featured Creatures Web
site recorded 139,055 distinct visitors and
243,958 page views.

"I am really excited to learn more about these
interesting creatures (cicada killers)...having
this file available online will be very helpful
in convincing alarmed callers that this insect
maybe ain't so bad after all. I do appreciate
your kindness writing this up for us Dr.
Stange, I promise to put it to good use!
Thanks again!!! JoAnn Hoffman, Urban
Horticulture Program Assistant, Hillsborough
County Cooperative Extension Service

New text and/or photographs were added to
the files on: white-footed ant and giant water
bugs.

During the period 1 July 30 September
2003, the most popular Featured Creatures
were (in order): brown recluse spider (GB
Edwards DPI), lovebug (HA Denmark/FW
Mead DPI); yellowjackets (EE Grissell
DPI); bed bug (SE Brooks UF); house fly (H
Sanchez-Arroyo UF); common house spider
(GB Edwards DPI); southern house spider









(GB Edwards DPI) and deer flies (JM
Squitier UF).

Bug Tutorials

The latest Bug Tutorial CEU/Training CD
(SW 170) contains two tutorials: Mole
Crickets and
Enemies of Mole Crickets and is authorized
by the Bureau of Entomology and Pest
Control and the Bureau of Compliance
Monitoring for 1 (one) CEU each in any of
the following categories:

Commercial Lawn and Ornamental,
Ornamental and Turf. Limited Lawn
Ornamental. Limited Lawn Maintenance,
Private Agricultural Applicator and
Agricultural Row Crop.

Developers are Aaron Weed and Thomas
Fasulo. Aaron Weed was a MS student under
Howard Frank, our mole cricket researcher
and biological control specialist, and
currently works in Dartmouth, MA. Details
are available on the UF/IFAS Buggy
Software Web site at
http://pests.ifas.ufl.edu/software/.

Newsletter Minutia

Thomas Fasulo is the newsletter editor.
Please send submissions to him at
fasulo@ufl.edu. Issues are published about
the middle of each month. Items for each
month's issue should be sent no later than the
10th of that month.

Printed copies are distributed only within
Building 970. A notice is sent to all those on
the UF-Bugnews-1 listserv when HTML and
PDF copies are posted on the newsletter Web
site at http://entnews.ifas.ufl.edu/, which
contains instructions for subscribing and


unsubscribing to the listserv. Andy Koehler
does the coding for the HTML version.

During September 2003, the UF/IFAS
Department of Entomology and Nematology
Newsletter Web site recorded 3,456 distinct
visitors and 4,835 page views. The newsletter
listserv contains 215 subscribers.




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