At the recent faculty meeting, Dr. John
Capinera reported that Dr. Phil Kaufman
accepted the veterinary entomology position
and plans to arrive in May. Also, Dr. Fred
Fishel of the University of Missouri accepted
the Pesticide Information Coordinator
position and will start in about March-April.
Dr. Fishel is a weed scientist and, while he
will be affiliated with agronomy, this
position impacts our disciplines as well.
First license plates, then furniture, and now
insects... Dr. Lance Osborne worked with
the Seminole County (Florida) Correctional
Facility to create a program whereby inmates
raise beneficial arthropods that attack insect
pests or feed on troublesome weeds in
Florida. Raising these beneficial, many of
which are not being raised by commercial
enterprises, results in income and new,
marketable skills for the inmates as well as
numerous benefits for growers and
consumers. See http://extlab7.entnem.ufl.
edu/PestAlert/seminole.htm for details.
Dr. Marjorie Hoy received the Outstanding
Scientist award for 2004 from the
International Organization for Biological
Control (IOBC) at the Entomological Society
of America (ESA) meeting, in Salt Lake City
last month, where Dr. Richard T. Roush,
Dr. Hoy's first Ph.D. student, reviewed her
career; a reception followed the IOBC
meeting and symposium.
Dr. Marc Branham attended the Annual
Meeting of the Entomological Collections
Network, in Salt Lake City last month, and
will be co-organizing next year's meeting in
Ft. Lauderdale, FL, with Drs. Paul Goldstein
and Jackie Miller (of the UF/IFAS McGuire
Pi Chi Omega elected Dr. Gene Gerberg to
an Honorary Membership in October. Pi Chi
Omega is a professional fraternity devoted to
the advancement of structural pest control.
Dr. Joseph Noling, a nematologist at the
UF/IFAS Citrus Research and Education
Center, was recently awarded the 2004
Florida Strawberry Growers Association
Public Service Award. The award was
presented in recognition of Noling's "tireless
efforts and dedicated service to Florida's
strawberry industry." Noling is involved in
research and extension nematode programs
for fruit and vegetable crops. He conducts
research on alternatives to methyl bromide, a
fumigant that is being phased out in the U.S.,
and is often consulted for information on this
topic by government and industry groups.
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On 15 November, Ph.D. student Julieta
Brambila began working for USDA-APHIS
as Entomologist (Identifier). However,
Julieta will remain in Gainesville, in
association with the Florida State Collection
of Arthropods (FSCA). She was working for
FSCA while continuing work on her
dissertation. Until she reports a new e-mail
address, you can contact Julieta at
Graduate students Jennifer Meyer and
Jason Meyer attended the recent ESA
meeting. Jennifer presented a poster on
"P-element Mediated Transformation of
Drosophila melanogaster with the Yeast
Metallothionein Gene, CUP1, to Assess the
Potential for Genetic Improvement of
Beneficial Insects in Florida Citrus." Jason's
poster was titled "Comparison of Microbial
Endosymbionts in a Parasitoid-Host System
for Evidence of Horizontal Transfer."
Ph.D. student Cara Congdon was a
runner-up in the 2004 ESA Student Poster
Competition. Her poster title was "St.
Augustinegrass Growth Response to Three
Levels of Irrigation and Blissus insularis
Dr. Hanife Genc reports that both she and
Levent, her husband, are now assistant
professors at Canakkale Onsekiz Mart
Universitesi in Turkey. Hanife is a member
of the Plant Protection Department
(Entomology), where she teaches general
entomology courses and does research in
insect pest management. Hanife says that
their daughter Destina, who was born in the
U.S., attends the university's kindergarten
and misses Chinese food. You can reach
Hanife at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Over 120 people attended a luncheon at the
Citrus Research and Education Center in
Lake Alfred to celebrate Dr. Jim Griffiths's
90th birthday. Griffiths was a UF/IFAS
entomologist at CREC from 1946-1951. Dr.
Griffiths is still active as the managing
director of Citrus Grower Associates in
Lakeland. Friends and colleagues at the
luncheon remarked on his keen intellect and
tireless energy in representing the interests of
the Florida citrus industry on economic,
trade, environmental and other issues.
Fasulo TR. (2004). Ornamental caterpillars
- computer tutorial. Bug Tutorials.
UF/IFAS. SW 176.
Fasulo TR. (2004). Stinging caterpillars -
computer tutorial. Bug Tutorials. UF/IFAS.
Jeyaprakash A, Hoy MA. 2004. Multiple
displacement amplification in combination
with high-fidelity PCR improves detection of
bacteria from single females or eggs of
Metaseiulus occidentalis (Nesbitt) (Acari:
Phytoseiidae). Journal of Invertebrate
Fasulo TR, Kern WH, Koehler PG, Short
DE. (2004). Pests In and Around the Home.
(Version 2.0). UF/IFAS. SW-126.
Vazquez RJ, Porter SD, Briano JA. 2004.
Host specificity of a biotype of the fire ant
decapitating fly Pseudacteon curvatus
(Diptera: Phoridae) from northern Argentina.
Environmental Entomology 33:1436-1441.
Halbert SE, Manjunath KL. 2004. Asian
citrus psyllids (Sternorrhyncha: Psyllidae)
and greening disease of citrus: A literature
review and assessment of risk in Florida.
Florida Entomologist 87:330-353.
Halbert SE, Gene H, Cevik B, Brown LG,
Rosales IM, Manjunath KL, Pomerinke
M, Davison DA, Lee RF, Niblett CL. 2004.
Distribution and characterization of Citrus
tristeza virus in south Florida following
establishment of Toxoptera citricida. Plant
Halbert SE, Nfiiiez C. 2004. Distribution of
the Asian citrus psyllid, Diaphorina citri
Kuwayama (Rhynchota: Psyllidae) in the
Caribbean Basin. Florida Entomologist
Halbert SE. 2004. The genus Greenidea
(Rhynchota: Aphididae) in the United States.
Florida Entomologist 87:159-163.
Halbert SE, Hibbard KL, Voegtlin DJ.
2004. Schizaphis minute (van der Goot)
(Homoptera: Aphididae), new to the United
States. Insecta Mundi 15:56.
Halbert SE, Brambila J. 2004.
Dipsocoridae (Heteroptera) found for the
first time in Florida. Insecta Mundi 16:24.
Voegtlin DJ, Halbert SE, Qiao G.-x. 2004.
A guide to separating Aphis glycines
Matsumura and morphologically similar
species that share its hosts. Annals of the
Entomological Society of America
Nuessly G, Nagata R, Beiriger R, Scully B,
Halbert S. 2004. Aphid damaging seashore
Paspalum. Florida Turf Digest 21:24.
Halbert SE, Nuessly GS. 2004. Species
composition of Florida aphid fauna. Pages
147-150 In Simon J-C, Dedryver CA, Rispe
C, Hulle M, (Eds.), Aphids in a new
millennium. Proceedings of the VIth
International Symposium on Aphids.
Versailles, INRA Editions.
Zappala L, Hoy MA. 2004. Reproductive
strategies and parasitization behavior of
Ageniaspis citricola, a parasitoid of the citrus
leafminer Phyllocnistis citrella. Entomologia
Experimentalis et Applicata 113:135-143.
Frank FL, Liburd OE. 2004. Comparison
of living and synthetic mulches in zucchini.
Citrus and Vegetable Magazine 69:24-27.
Liburd OE, Seferina GG, Weihman SW.
(2004). Insect pests of grapes in Florida.
EDIS. ENY 713. UF/IFAS.
Liburd OE. 2004. Effectiveness of various
insecticides to control blueberry gall midge.
Berry/Vegetable Times 4 (March): 2-4.
Liburd OE, Seferina GG. 2004. Grape root
borer: Life stages and IPM strategies in
Florida. UF/IFAS Fact Sheet SP 330. 2 pp.
Liburd OE, Seferina GG. (2004). Insect
pest of grapes in the southeastern United
States. UF/IFAS Pest Alert. http://extlab7.
entnem.ufl. edu/PestAlert/insectpests_of gra
Liburd OE, Sarzynski EM, Krewer G.
2004. Results of gall midge control
experiments in Bacon Co. and recommen-
dations for control. Proceedings of the
Southeastern Regional Fruit and Vegetable
Conference. Savannah, Georgia. 5 pp.
Crow WT. (November 2004). Stubby-root
nematode, Trichodorus obtusus Cobb.
UF/IFAS Featured Creatures. EENY-340.
Crow WT. (November 2004). Stubby-root
nematode, Paratrichodorus minor (Colbran)
Siddiqi UF/IFAS Featured Creatures.
Turner JC, Buss EA. (November 2004).
Northern red-oak kermes scale, Allokermes
kingii (Cockerell). UF/IFAS Featured
Creatures. EENY-338. http://creatures.ifas.
Cuda JP, Habeck DH, Hight SD, Medal
JC, Pedrosa-Macedo JH. 2004. Brazilian
Peppertree, Schinus terebinthfolius: Sumac
Family-Anacardiaceae, pp. 439-441. In
Coombs E, Clark J, Piper G, Cofrancesco A.
(eds.), Biological Control of Invasive Plants
in the United States. Oregon State University
Press, Corvallis, OR.
Cuda JP, Coile NC, Gandolfo D, Medal
JD, Mullahey JJ. 2004. Tropical Soda
Apple, Solanum viarum: Nightshade
Family-Solanaceae, pp. 396-401. In Coombs
E, Clark J, Piper G, Cofrancesco A. (eds.),
Biological Control of Invasive Plants in the
United States. Oregon State University Press,
Hight SD, Cuda JP, Medal JC. (2004).
Brazilian Peppertree. Invasive Plants of the
Eastern United States. http://www.invasive.
Dittrich RL, Macedo JHP, Cuda JP,
Biondo AW. 2004. Brazilian peppertree
sawfly larvae toxicity in bovines. Veterinary
Pathology 41: 553.
Cuda JP, Ferriter AM, Langeland KA,
Pernas TJ, Schmitz DC. 2004. Conceptual
model of an ecologically based management
plan for Brazilian peppertree in Florida. First
National Conference on Ecosystem
Restoration: Sustainable Ecosystem
Restoration Through Integration of Science,
Planning and Policy, Program Abstracts: 96.
Howard FW, Merida MA. (December
2004). Mahogany shoot borer, Hypsipyla
grandella (Zeller). UF/IFAS Featured
Creatures. EENY-336. http://creatures.ifas.
Howard FW, Merida MA. (December
2004). El taladrador de las meliaceas,
Hypsipyla grandella (Zeller). UF/IFAS
Featured Creatures. EENY-337.
The Entomology and Nematology Student
Organization (ENSO) started an international
malaria scholarship fund to support African
graduate students studying malaria. Malaria
infects 300 to 500 million people annually
worldwide (more than live in the USA) and
kills one to two million people each year.
Africa is the hardest hit and the problem is
compounded by the spreads of AIDS. Those
in need have become heavily dependent on
money from aid organizations, if the money
reaches them at all. The fund was created to
help African students, trying to solve this
terrible problem, pursue graduate degrees in
their respective countries. The fund will
hopefully create less dependence on aid
organizations while generating well-needed
infrastructure. Contact Justin Harbison
(email@example.com), or any of the ENSO
officers for further information.
Dr. Oscar Liburd received a grant from the
University of Florida, IFAS IPM program for
$5,862 to continue his work developing a
pest management program for flower thrips
in southern highbush blueberries.
Dr. James P. Cuda received a grant for
$29,600 from the University's School of
Natural Resources and Environment Seed
Funding Grant Program to investigate the
feasibility of using the Fl sterile insect
technique for conducting field host range
testing of the torticid Episimus utilis, a leaf
defoliating caterpillar of Brazilian
peppertree. Onour E. Moeri, one of Cuda's
graduate students, is conducting the research.
Meetings and Presentations
The Biological Institute, Campinas, Sao
Paulo, Brazil invited Dr. Khuong B. Nguyen
to teach a class in Taxonomy of
Entomopathogenic Nematodes from 20 Oct.-
4 Nov. 2004. There were about 30 scientists
attending the class. All expenses of the trip
were paid by the Biological Institute.
At the ESA meeting, Dr. Marjorie A. Hoy
presented an invited talk, "Molecular and
Population Genetic Methods for Maintaining
the Quality of Mass-reared Insects" in the
program symposium "Legacy and Future of
Biotechnology in Insect Rearing."
Postdoctoral Scientist Dr. Un Taek Lim
presented a poster, "A Biological Study on
Semielacherpetiolatus, a Parasitoid of Citrus
Leafminer" at the ESA meeting.
Drs. Clay McCoy and Robin Stuart, and
Angel Hoyte and Ian Jackson hosted Dr.
Angie Rivenshield's pest management class
from Florida Southern College at the Citrus
Research and Education Center on 30 Nov.
The class viewed demonstrations of
Diaprepes root weevils, Diaprepes damage
on citrus, and learned about IPM strategies
for this pest.
Dr. Marc Branham presented a talk titled
"Rhagophthalmidae or Phengodidae -
rhagophthalmids and their larviform females"
at the ESA meeting.
Dr. Gene Gerberg helped host a Japanese
luncheon at the ESA meeting. Many of our
faculty and students enjoyed the repast.
Dr. Amanda Hodges, through the Southern
Plant Diagnostic Network (see http://spdn.
ifas.ufl.edu/index.htm), coordinated a
'Homoptera' identification workshop from
9-11 December 2004 in Gainesville, FL in
the department's new teaching lab. Eight
national specialists from Auburn University,
Central Missouri State University, FDACS-
DPI, Illinois Natural History Survey, USDA-
APHIS, and USDA-ARS led the training.
UF/IFAS alumnus Dr. Greg Evans, was one
of the specialist speakers presenting. A total
of 30 participants primarily from land grant
universities in various states or U.S.
territories including Alabama, Florida,
Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, New Jersey,
New York, South Carolina, Tennessee,
Texas, Puerto Rico, and Virginia attended.
In addition to university diagnosticians or
extension specialists in attendance, three
USDA-APHIS regional identifiers, one
industry representative, and one USDA-
CSREES representative attended. UF/IFAS
attendees included Dr. Catharine Mannion,
Dr. Bill Howard, Lyle Buss, and Holly
Glenn. Various staff provided department
coordination assistance, including Lyle Buss,
Steve Lasley, Myrna Litchfield, and Nick
Hostettler. Drs. Susan Halbert and Greg
Hodges of FDACS-DPI provided many of
the specimens for the training session.
Dr. James P. Cuda attended the Annual
Meeting of the Florida State Beekeepers held
in Chipley, FL, 11-13 November. Cuda gave
a presentation to the Board of Directors
regarding the proposed release of the
defoliating sawfly Heteroperreyia hubrichi
Malaise, a South American insect for
biological control of Brazilian peppertree.
The purpose of the presentation was an
attempt to resolve conflicts of interest
between beekeepers who value Brazilian
peppertree as a nectar/pollen source and land
managers who view the plant as a highly
Dr. James P. Cuda attended the joint 55th
Annual Meeting of the American College of
Veterinary Pathologists and 39th Annual
Meeting of the American Society of
Veterinary Clinical Pathology held in
Orlando, FL, 13-17 November. Cuda was a
co-author on a poster presentation entitled,
"Brazilian Peppertree Sawfly Larvae
Toxicity in Bovines."
Dr. James P. Cuda attended the 9th Annual
Exotic Species Workshop held in Naples, FL,
1 December. Cuda gave an invited
presentation titled, "Ecologically Based
Management of Brazilian Peppertree in
Florida: A Theoretical Approach."
Dr. James P. Cuda attended the 1st National
Conference on Ecosystem Restoration held
in Orlando, FL, 6-10 December. Cuda
presented a poster entitled, "Conceptual
Model for Ecologically Based Management
of Brazilian Peppertree in Florida."
Onour E. Moeri attended the recent ESA
and presented a poster entitled, "Application
of the Fl Sterile Insect Technique (F SIT)
for Field Host Range Testing of the South
American Leafrolling Tortricid Episimus
utilis, a Candidate for Classical Biological
Control of Brazilian peppertree." The
presentation was co-authored by Drs. James
P. Cuda, William A. Overholt, Stephanie
Bloem and James E. Carpenter.
The UF/IFAS School of Structural
Fumigation recently completed its first term
at the Fort Lauderdale Research and
Education Center after moving from Broward
Community College. Forty-four students,
half attending from outside Florida, from as
far away as Canada, Curacao, Hawaii, New
York, Panama, and Trinidad, each paid $475
to enroll in the week-long program; the only
one of its kind in the world. FLREC director
Dr. Van Waddill and assistant extension
dean Dr. Joan Dusky addressed the students
and welcomed them into the UF-IFAS
During the 15-19 November school, students
attended lectures, participated in group
workshops and demonstrations, and observed
the workings of an actual fumigation
conducted by UF graduate Jeff Edwards.
Renny Perez, a pest management
professional from Miami and the school's
director since 1994, recognized the
advantages of moving the school to UF after
16 years at BCC. The FLREC venue offers
excellent classroom and outdoor facilities
and is home to four of the school's
instructors, Drs. Brian Cabrera, Bill Kern,
Rudi Scheffrahn, and Nan-Yao Su.
Fourteen additional instructors from Dow
Chemical (Vikane manufacturer), the
fumigation industry (both practitioners and
suppliers), and regulators from FDACS,
USDA, and DOT volunteered to share their
expertise on this technically demanding
category of pest control. Students each
received a copy of the latest IFAS extension
publication, "The Florida Fumigation
Manual" by Scheffrahn, Cabrera, and Kern,
which made its debut at the school. Proceeds
from the fumigation school will go into a
scholarship fund for graduate studies in
entomology at FLREC. (Note: The above
manual will soon be available through the
"Nothing is made in vain, but the fly came
near it." Mark Twain
Hyphen or Not?
Homalodisca coagulata was commonly
called the "glassy-winged sharpshooter," but
this was not an authorized common name. In
fact, the 1987 edition of the ESA Common
Names of Insects and Related Organisms
eliminated most of the hyphens from
numerous authorized common names. So,
does that mean H. coagulata should be called
the "glassywinged sharpshooter"? You might
have made an argument for that, but not any
longer. This past summer, Dr. Chris Tipping
of the UF/IFAS North Florida REC
submitted an application to the ESA
Common Names Committee to formally call
the species "glassy-winged sharpshooter."
The application was accepted. So does this
mean hyphens are back in vogue?
This UF/IFAS Entomology and Nematology
and FDACS Division of Plant Industry Web
site is available at http://creatures.ifas.ufl.
edu/. During the last 12 months, the Featured
Creatures Web site recorded 1,382,092
distinct visitors and 2,768,572 page views.
During the recent Homoptera Workshop,
entomologists from a number of universities
(Texas A&M, Cornell, University of
Kentucky, etc.) sought out Tom Fasulo to
tell him how useful Featured Creatures was
to them, their departments and their clients.
Kentucky is developing a similar Web site
and its representative sat down with Tom to
discuss how our department created,
maintains and promotes Featured Creatures.
Recently new text and/or photographs were
added to horsehair worms.
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