With the announcement of the almost-but-
not-quite confirmation of established
populations of Africanized honey bees in
Florida, the Department has another faculty
position available. While still not "officially"
released at this time, Dr. John Capinera was
authorized to convene a search committee for
an Apicultural/Youth position. By
coincidence, we had this position high on our
priority list as a result of discussions at past
faculty meetings. The search committee
consists of the following: Chair Dr. Joy
Jordan, Family, Youth and Community
Sciences, IFAS; Jerry Hayes, FDACS-DPI;
Ray Zerba, Clay County Cooperative
Extension Service, IFAS; Carolee Howe,
Florida Farm Bureau; and Drs. Glenn Hall,
Phil Koehler, and Rebecca Baldwin (Ph.D.
student representative) of our department.
Persons interested in attending the committee
meetings should contact one of the above.
Dr. Mike Scharf is traveling to Malaysia and
Singapore during 5-20 July. While in Kuala
Lumpur, Dr. Scharf will attend the
International Pesticide Conference, as he was
invited to present a symposium paper on the
history of insecticide resistance and gel bait
resistance in the German cockroach. He will
also attend the 5th International Conference
on Urban Pests in Singapore, where he was
invited to be a plenary speaker on the
application of genomics in understanding
termite sociobiology and control. Finally, at
the end of his journey, Dr. Scharf will lecture
and present a seminar on termite genomics
research at the Science University of
Malaysia in Penang.
Dr. Malcolm T. Sanford (retired extension
specialist in apiculture) journeyed to Iraq as
part of the Agricultural Reconstruction and
Development for Iraq (ARDI) funded by
U.S. AID. During 13 days in country, Dr.
Sanford toured apiaries, talked with
beekeepers and gave seminars (Salahaddin
University). He only was only able to visit
the northern part of the country (Kurdistan),
the cities of Dahuk, Erbil and Suliamaniyha,
which are not plagued with a great number of
incidents involving insurgents. He reports
few security incidents, but traveled with
armed guard escorts. Beekeeping has been
devastated by decades of conflict, but the
Iraqi beekeeping industry appears to be
making a comeback. Challenges will be how
to re-populate the country with honey bees
with a minimum of risk of introducing
unanticipated consequences through exotic
organisms. Dr. Sanford can be reached
through his Web site at
Dr. James P. Cuda served as a host for Jean
Louis Sagliocco, a visiting scientist from the
Department of Primary Industries, Victoria,
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Australia, during the week of 4 July. Jean
Louis is conducting an exploratory survey of
natural enemies of aquatic plants in the genus
Sagittaria that are becoming invasive weeds
Dr. Oscar Liburd recently traveled to the
Caribbean islands of St. Kitts and Nevis
(May 4-13) to assist in the development of
control measures for the West Indian fruit
fly, a major pest of tropical fruits. Dr. Liburd
met with Ministers of Agriculture, Permanent
Secretaries and the Directors of Agriculture
on both islands to discuss a two-year
experimental project involving the
deployment of attract-and-kill devices to
control fruit flies. Two hundred specially
made attract-and-kill traps were delivered to
island representatives. These traps will be set
up throughout the islands at sites that have a
history of high fruit fly population. The
project is cooperating with USDA-ARS
scientists Drs. Nancy Epsky (an alumnus)
and Robert Heath who supplied the baits for
the attract-and-kill traps.
Dr. Liburd was also recently awarded tenure
at the University of Florida.
The Departmental Retreat to discuss and plan
for our upcoming review was held 28-29
June in the McGuire Center for Lepidoptera
and Biodiversity. Numerous faculty from
campus and research centers from around the
state attended. On Tuesday night, they and
many of their spouses gathered for a social
hour and dinner at the Reitz Union. The
actual review is scheduled for February
2006. For more information on the retreat
and its accomplishments, contact the co-
chairs: Drs. Norm Leppla and Walter
Matt Tarver recently joined Dr. Mike
Scharfs laboratory to pursue a Ph.D. in
termite molecular biology and toxicology.
Matt comes to Gainesville from Purdue
University, where he recently completed his
M.S. degree (spring 2005) under the
direction of Dr. Barry Pittendrigh. Matt
recently had a paper accepted for publication
by Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata
on part of his M.S. research, which used
CT-scanning to investigate internal feeding
on cowpea seeds by the cowpea bruchid.
Matt recently successfully competed in the
student paper contest at the ESA-North
Central Branch meeting in West Lafayette,
Indiana, March 2005, and served as a
member of Purdue's Linnaean team.
Welcome Matt! Dr. Mike Scharf
At that North Central Branch meeting, Matt
won First Place for Outstanding Presentation
of Entomological Research in the Student
Competition. B.S./M.S. Paper- Sections Ca,
F, Fa, and Fb. His presentation was "A look
into Seed Resistance to Cowpea Bruchids,"
by Tarver M, Shade RE, Tarver RD,
Liang Y, Krishnamurthi G, Pittendrigh
BR, Murdock LL.
Graduate students Jim Dunford and Ricky
Vazquez took first place for low team total
in the Spring 2005 DPI/USDA Golf League.
Ricky also took first place for low net
individual. They would like to report that
mole cricket damage on the greens was not
as bad as in previous years and would like to
thank all of you hard working entomologists!
Ricky Vazquez received a $1,500
scholarship from Pi Chi Omega, the
National Professional Pest Control
Fraternity, due to his outstanding academic
performance. Only four such scholarships are
available for the 2005/2006 academic year.
Receiving the scholarship entitles Ricky to
an honorary membership in the fraternity.
Mary Price, an undergraduate student
majoring in Pre-Med, is conducting a
research project related to biological control
of Brazilian peppertree in Dr. Cuda's
laboratory as part of the department's new
Undergraduate Research Program.
While not technically a member of our
department, we would certainly notice her
absence if she didn't come to work every
day. Elaine Gainey is one of two custodial
workers assigned by Physical Plant to our
building. Elaine received that unit's
Employee of the Month award for May 2005.
National Teaching Award
Ph.D. student James Dunford and Dr. Marc
Branham attended the 2005 North American
Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture
in Wooster, Ohio, in June. James received
the Graduate Student Teaching Award under
Marc's nomination and both were recognized
at the awards banquet as excerpts from
student letters of support in the nomination
packet were read. The purpose of the
NACTA Graduate Student Teaching Award
is to recognize and reward graduate students
who excel as teachers in the agricultural
disciplines. Criteria evaluated in the
nomination packet include the graduate
student's teaching philosophy; statement of
support from supervising faculty; evaluations
submitted by students, administrative
officers, and peers; a self-evaluation; and
involvement in teaching inside and outside
the classroom. Congratulations Jim!
Dr. Elzie McCord, an alumnus, is visiting
our department. He states, "I am on a grant
supported sabbatical to retool my toxicology
skills so that I can institute a toxicology
program at New College of Florida, Florida's
public honors college. I will be here until the
end of January. Currently, I am re-learning
organic chemistry in preparation for a
mass-spectrometry course that I will take in
the fall with Dr. Rick Yost at UF. When I
return, I will purchase lab equipment to
establish a state-of-the-art facility to
complement the GC-FID, GC-TC, HPLC,
and GC-MS with solid-phase microextraction
kit that was recently purchased for this
"I employed Jeff Boissoneault, a New
College advisee, to learn and to rear the fall
armyworm, so that he can coordinate that
aspect of the program when I return. Please
see my Web site at
http://www.ncf.edu/mccord/ for specific
details of my New College career. If this is
not enough or if you have additional
questions, please contact me."
Dr. McCord is currently working out of the
Toxicology Lab in our department. He can
be reached at EmcCord@mail.ifas.ufl.edu.
Dr. Elzie McCord also reports that Dr. Dini
Miller, a graduate of our department and
urban entomologist at Virginia Polytenic
Institute and State University, was recently
the featured entomologist on the program
"Buggin' with Ruud" on the Animal Planet
network, part of the Discovery Channel
David Almquist (B.S., December 2002) and
his wife Justine announce the birth of their
second son Lukas Dylan on June 28, 2005.
They are living in Connecticut where Dave is
site manager for the New Britain Youth
Museum at Hungerford Park (see http://
d.html). Dave, who displayed an exceptional
talent for using our auto-montage system as
evidenced by the framed prints of his images
around the department, has his own
auto-montage imaging system and a business
Scharf ME, Zhou X, Bennett GW. 2005.
The application of molecular genomics in
addressing long-standing questions on
termite biology. Proceedings of the 5th
International Conference on Urban Pests.
Singapore, 10-13 July 2005.
Walker TJ. 2005. The uhleri group of the
genus Amblycorypha (Orthoptera:
Tettigoniidae): extraordinarily complex
songs and new species. Journal of Orthoptera
Research 13: 169-183.
Capinera JL, Scott RD, Walker TJ. 2004.
Field Guide to Grasshoppers, Katydids, and
Crickets of the United States. Cornell
University Press: Ithaca, NY. 249 pp, 48
Walker TJ. 2004. Open access by the
article: an idea whose time has come?, an
invited contribution to Nature's Web Forum
on "Access to the literature: the debate
Walker TJ, Forrest TG, Spooner JD.
2003. The rotundifolia complex of the genus
Amblycorypha (Orthoptera: Tettigoniidae):
songs reveal new species. Annals of the
Entomological Society of America 96:
Cuda JP, Medal JC, Habeck DH,
Pedrosa-Macedo JH, Vitorino M. (2005).
Classical biological control of Brazilian
peppertree (Schinus terebinthifolius) in
Florida. EDIS. ENY-820.
Dunford JC. 2005. Chasing greater
fritillaries: the rise of Atlantis. American
Butterflies 13: 14-25.
Dunford JC, Ekin RJ. 2005. Greater
fritillaries at three localities in Humboldt
National Forest, Nevada. American
Butterflies 13: 26-32.
Gyeltshen J, Hodges AC. (June 2005).
Japanese beetle, Popilliajaponica Newman.
UF/IFAS Featured Creatures. EENY-350.
Ever seen the abbreviation of a scientific
journal and wondered what the full title was?
One of our Department's Web sites has a
very large listing of journal titles and
Graduate student Emily Saarinen received a
$250 Graduate Student Council Travel Grant,
a $200 IFAS Travel Grant, and a matching
$200 Travel Grant from the Entomology and
Nematology Department to attend the 2005
Lepidopterists' Society Meeting in Sierra
Vista, AZ. She will be presenting present a
paper on her current research involving the
Miami blue butterfly.
Drs. James P. Cuda and William A.
Overholt received $25,349 from the
Southern Region IPM Center Enhancement
Grants Program to develop and test an
integrated management plan for Brazilian
Drs. Overholt and Cuda received a $21,000
a grant from the Florida Department of
Environmental Protection, Bureau of
Invasive Plant Management (FLDEP, BIPM)
to conduct exploratory surveys for natural
enemies of the submersed aquatic weed
Hydrilla verticillata in East Africa.
Drs. Overholt and Cuda are Co-PIs on a
$23,577 research grant funded by FLDEP,
BIPM titled, "Hyperspectral Signature
Baseline for Monitoring the Biocontrol of
Schinus terebinthifollius Raddi in Florida."
The grant was awarded to Dr. Jack Jordan,
Department of Agricultural and Biological
Meeting and Presentations
Dr. James P. Cuda was an invited speaker
for the June meeting of Tampa Bay
Association of Environmental Professionals.
Cuda gave a presentation entitled
"Ecologically Based Management of
Brazilian Peppertree: A Conceptual Model."
The meeting was held in Tampa at the
Crowne Plaza Hotel, 15 June.
Dr. Cuda was invited to give a presentation
on biological control of Brazilian peppertree
at the Loxahatchee Impoundment Landscape
Assessment (LILA) Science and Outreach
Workshop held at the South Florida Water
Management District Office, West Palm
Beach, 20 June.
Dr. Marc Branham and graduate student
James Dunford presented a poster entitled
"Collections Based Teaching for Life
Sciences Courses" at the 2005 North
American Colleges and Teachers of
Agriculture conference in Wooster, Ohio.
There will be a special seminar on
Wednesday, July 20th, 3-5pm, Room 1031.
Dr. Hilali will speak on "Desert Locust: A
serious threat to agricultural production in
The following were presentations at the
Florida State Horticultural Society 118th
Annual Meeting, June 5-7, Tampa:
Childers CC, Rogers ME. "The Evaluation
of Chemical Control of the Asian Citrus
Psylla, Diaphorina citri Kuwayama
(Homoptera: Psyllidae) and Management
Approaches on Florida Citrus."
Childers CC, Stansly PA. "Thrips
(Thysanoptera: Thripidae) Species That are
Pests on Florida Grapefruit Varieties: Their
Biologies, Seasonal and Relative Abundance,
Damage to Fruit and Control."
Rogers ME, Childers CC. "Scarring
Damage on 'Murcott' Tangors Caused by the
Flower Thrips Frankliniella bispinosa
Florida Museum News
The McGuire Center for Lepidoptera Gift
Shop has or will be closed. However, you
may still find some of the butterfly-related
items for sale at the Florida Museum of
Natural History Gift Shop located at the
Late last month, Natural Curiosity, a new
exhibit, opened at the Florida Museum. This
exhibit by Florida artists has water colors and
other paintings, sculptures, jewelry, and two
exhibit cases of dozens of "insects" made
from materials found in nature. My favorites
were the walking sticks and the "big-footed
fly." It is worth a visit. T.R. Fasulo
CREC Insect Display
The UF/IFAS Citrus Research and Education
Center is currently presenting a display on
insects at the Winter Haven Public Library.
The display highlights insect specimens from
CREC entomologists, including Drs. Harold
Browning and Michael Rogers. Pictures and
additional information were contributed by
Drs. Carl Childers, Robin Stuart and Herb
Nigg. The insect display was created in
conjunction with the children's library
bug-themed summer reading program,
"What's Buzzin' at Your Library?"
Meredith J. Morton, Monica
Lewandowski and Gretchen Baut were also
involved in the display design. Dr. Rogers
presented a children's program, "The
Wonderful World of Bugs," on 9 June at the
library. Meredith J. Morton
On 23-24 June, the National Plant
Diagnostic Network (NPDN) hosted an
intensive workshop in Gainesville, FL, at the
Department of Entomology and Nematology
on the pink hibiscus mealybug,
Maconellicoccus hirsutus. Workshop topics
included field identification, control
strategies, pheromone trapping, and
taxonomic identification. Speakers at the
workshop included: Dr. Lance Osborne, of
the University of Florida/IFAS Mid-Florida
Research and Education Center; Dr. Amy
Roda with the USDA-APHIS, Center for
Plant Health Science and Technology; and
Dr. Greg Hodges with the Florida
Department of Agriculture, Division of Plant
The workshop was funded by a critical needs
USDA-CSREES grant that was a
collaborative effort between the NPDN, the
National IPM Centers, APHIS, and the
National Plant Board. Twenty participants
from multiple federal, state, and land grant
universities in the following countries or U.S.
states attended: Alabama, Arizona,
Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Florida, Georgia,
Hawaii, Mexico, Michigan, New Mexico,
Panama, Texas, Utah, and Virginia.
Dr. Amanda Hodges, Assistant Coordinator
in Entomology for the Southern Plant
Diagnostic Network, coordinated the event.
Departmental staff and faculty who provided
local assistance for the meeting in order to
ensure its success included: Lyle Buss, Dr.
Jennifer Gillett, Pam Howell, Steve Lasley,
Myrna Litchfield, and Nancy Sanders.
The computer section of the June 13th edition
of the Gainesville Sun had several insect
Web sites recommended. These included Dr.
John Foltz's Web site on insect families at
Amazing Insects, a project of the 1st through
5th grade at Ivy Hall School in Buffalo
Grove, IL. The latter was a long-time-ago
pick for our UF/IFAS Best of the Bugs site
at http://pests.ifas.ufl.edu/bestbugs/. Dr.
Foltz's site is very useful for answering those
"What does a insect look like and what
family is it in?" questions we all receive.
Termite Biodiversity Survey
During 28 May 5 June 2005, a team of Fort
Lauderdale REC-based scientists conducted a
biodiversity survey in Panama for termites
and their nematode associates. It is believed
that this is the first deliberate survey of
nematodes in termites. Faculty members
Rudi Scheffrahn and Robin Giblin-Davis
were joined by FLREC post-docs Natsumi
Kanzaki and Jan Krecek, and biologist
Vinda Maharajh. John Mangold and Jim
Chase, technical specialists with Terminix,
also participated in the extensive field survey
of coastal and montane habitats throughout
the rainforests of central Panama and the
former Canal Zone. Over 800 termite colony
samples and 200 nematode isolates yielded
numerous undescribed taxa. Only two of
some twelve soldierless termites collected
have been described. Preliminary findings
suggest that the majority of nematode species
isolated from some 20 species of termites are
also new to science.
"The first time you buy a house you see how
pretty the paint is and buy it. The second
time you look to see if the basement has
termites. It's the same with men." -
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