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Title: Entomology and nematology newsletter
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Publication Date: October 2005
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October 2005


Faculty News

We wish to extend a hearty welcome to Dr.
Cheol Song, who recently joined the insect
toxicology laboratory as a research associate.
Dr. Song is working with Dr. Mike Scharf,
and is supported as part of a three-year grant
from the Armed Forces Pest Management
Program. Dr. Song comes to UF from Kansas
State University in Manhattan, Kansas. Prior
to that, he worked at both Cornell University
and the Korean Research Institute for
Chemical Toxicology in South Korea. Cheol,
whose name translates directly to "iron," is
joined in Gainesville by his wife Meea and
two daughters, Sara and Rebecca. Dr. Mike
Scharf

Just in case you have not heard through other
channels, a 12-month, tenure-accruing
Apicultural/Youth faculty position is
available in our department. A copy of the
announcement is available from our
departmental Web site at
http://entnemdept.ifas.ufl.edu/.

Dr. Marc Branham served as an "Ask the
Experts" participant for Scientific American
Magazine. Reader submitted questions are
directed toward experts in the field who
answer questions such as, "How and why do
fireflies flash?" Answers appear on-line and
occasionally in the print edition of Scientific
American magazine.


Dr. Jimmy R. Rich, nematologist at the
North Florida REC in Quincy, and high
school student Matthew Richardson were
recently honored by the Society of
Nematologists with the Society's first ever
presentation of Outstanding Mentor and
Young Scholar Awards. The honors were in
recognition of Matthew's excellent record of
achievements at middle and high school
science fairs over a period of six years, all
involving nematodes as research topics. (For
some details, see the July 2004 issue on this
newsletter's Web site.) Matthew capped his
science fair career by winning First Place
Honors in the Botany Division at both the
Florida State Science Fair and the Intel
International Science Fair. This is an
outstanding honor and our congratulations go
to both Dr. Rich and Matt Richardson.

Dr. Ron Cave, of the Ft. Pierce REC, and
Dr. Howard Frank, Gainesville campus, are
desperately working to control the weevil
devastating Florida's rare bromeliads. Their
work is featured at http://plaza.ufl.edu/
msanford/LIFEroncave.html.

In September, Drs. James P. Cuda and
Willliam A. Overholt traveled to East
Africa to search for new natural enemies of
hydrilla and explore possibilities for
establishing collaborative linkages with
institutions in the region. Overholt and Cuda
visited East Africa (Kenya, Uganda and









Burundi). National institutions in Kenya,
Uganda and Burundi were visited and
populations of hydrilla were found in the
latter two countries. In Burundi, Overholt
and Cuda were able to rear two species of
weevils and several midges from hydrilla
collected near the capital city of Bujumbura.
Until recently, efforts to control the aquatic
weed hydrilla in Florida relied primarily on
herbicides and non-selective biological
control using the grass carp. However, during
the past five years hydrilla developed
resistance to one commonly used herbicide.
Classical biological control of hydrilla may
be the only viable solution to the hydrilla
problems in Florida.

Student News

Ph.D. student Rebecca Baldwin is the
recipient of the 2005 Nisus Annual
Scholarship. Nisus, in conjunction with the
Professional Women in Pest Management,
will award Rebecca a $2,500 scholarship,
plus $500 for travel expenses to receive the
award at the National Pest Management
Association's annual convention to be held
in October 2005, Nashville, TN. Rebecca
was selected from a field of 15 other
applicants from across the U.S. Selection
criteria included evaluating the potential
positive impact the recipient would have on
the pest control industry. This is some good
news for Rebecca, who is from Louisiana, as
the homes of her family and relatives were
devastated by Rita and Katrina.

The Smithsonian Institution launched the
Cerambycidae Holotypes Web site in August
2005. The Smithsonian currently has nearly
1,900 primary types for Cerambycidae.
Graduate student Gino Nearns developed
the Web site, prepared the on-line searchable
database, and edited many of the photos for


aesthetic Web presentation. See
http://www.elaphidion.com/.

Staff News

The following individuals received service
awards at a ceremony on 16 September: Pete
Coon, 5 years; Maria Mendes, 5 years;
Mike Sanford, 5 years; Dr. Ale Maruniak,
15 years; Raquel McTiernan, 15 years;
Pam Howell, 20 years; Frank Woods, 30
years; and Myrna Litchfield, 35 years.

Mike Sanford is editor for a new
photographic publication LIFE in the
Department. This publication is meant to be
a regular resource for photographic
information regarding the department's
mission toward education and research. It is
available at http://plaza.ufl.edu/msanford/
LIFE.html.

Alumni

If you are an alumnus of our department, you
might be interested in seeing how old or
young some of our faculty now look. Faculty
recently gathered for a meeting to discuss the
upcoming departmental review and there are
two pages of photographs of faces you might
remember at http://plaza.ufl.edu/msanford/
retreat.htm.

Publications

Micheli CJ, Nearns EH. 2005. Two new
species of Plectromerus Haldeman
(Coleoptera: Cerambycidae) from the West
Indies. Zootaxa 1028: 23-36.

Gyeltshen J, Hodges AC. (September
2005). Citrus longhorned beetle,
Anoplophora chinensis Forster. UF/IFAS









Featured Creatures. EENY-357.
http://creatures.ifas.ufl.edu/trees/beetles/citru
s_longhored_beetle.htm

Crow WT, Levin R, Halsey LA, Rich JR.
2005. First report ofMeloidogyne partityla
on pecan in Florida. Plant Disease 89:1128.

Crow WT, Lickfeldt DW, Unruh JB. 2005.
Management of sting nematode
(Belonolaimus longicaudatus) on
bermudagrass putting greens with
1,3-dichloropropene. International
Turfgrass Society Research Journal
10:734-741.

Trenholm LE, Lickfeldt DW, Crow WT.
2005. Use of 1,3-dichloropropene to reduce
irrigation requirements of sting nematode
infested bermudagrass. HortScience
40:1543-1548.

Hixson AC, Crow WT, McSorley R,
Trenholm LT. 2005. Saline irrigation affects
Belonolaimus longicaudatus and
Hoplolaimus galeatus on seashore paspalum.
Journal of Nematology 37:37-44.

Crow WT. 2005. Plant-parasitic nematodes
on golf course turf. Outlooks on Pest
Management 16:277-282.

Crow WT. (2005). Diagnosis of Trichodorus
obtusus and Paratrichodorus minor on
turfgrasses in the southeastern United States.
Plant Health Progress.http://www.plant
managementnetwork. org/sub/php/diagnostic
guide/2005/stubby/

Hixson AC, Crow WT, McSorley R,
Trenholm LT. 2004. Host status of'SeaIsle
1' seashore paspalum (Paspalum vaginatum)
to Belonolaimus longicaudatus and


Hoplolaimus galeatus. Journal of
Nematology 36:493-498.

Colbaugh PF, Crow WT. 2005. Rose
variety reaction to blackspot disease under
minimal input growing conditions, 2001.
Biological and Cultural Tests for Control of
Plant Disease 20:17.

Colbaugh PF, Crow WT. 2005. Rose
variety reaction to Altemaria petal blight
disease under minimal input growing
conditions, 2001. Biological and Cultural
Tests for Control of Plant Disease 20:18.

Colbaugh PF, Crow WT. 2005. Rose
variety reaction to powdery mildew under
minimal input growing conditions, 2001.
Biological and Cultural Tests for Control of
Plant Disease 20:19.

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, pp.
19-27.

Green JM, Scharf ME, Bennett GW.
2005. Impacts of soil moisture level on
consumption and distribution of three
sympatric subterranean termites in a
laboratory assay. Journal of Economic
Entomology 98: 933-937.

Buczkowski G, Scharf ME, Ratliff CR,
Bennett GW. 2005. Efficacy of simulated
barrier treatments against laboratory colonies
of the pharaoh ant. Journal of Economic
Entomology 98: 485-492.

Mayfield AE, Foltz JL. (September 2005).
Black turpentine beetle, Dendroctonus
terebrans (Olivier). UF/IFAS Featured









Creatures. EENY-356. http://creatures.ifas.
ufl.edu/trees/beetles/black turpentinebeetle.
htm

Kaufman PE, Reasor C, Waldron JK,
Rutz DA. 2005. Suppression of the lesser
mealworm (Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae)
using soil incorporation of poultry manure.
Journal of Economic Entomology 98:
1739-1743.

Kaufman PE, Reasor C, Waldron JK,
Rutz DA. 2005. Evaluation of a barrier to
inhibit lesser mealworm (Coleoptera:
Tenebrionidae) and Dermestidae movement
up support posts in high-rise, caged-layer
poultry facilities. Journal of Economic
Entomology 98: 1744-1749.

Howard FW, Halbert SE. (July 2005). A
flatid planthopper, Ormenaria rufifascia
(Walker). UF/IFAS Featured Creatures.
EENY-351. http://creatures.ifas.ufl.edu/
orn/palms/Ormenaria_rufifascia.htm

Howard FW, Halbert SE. (July 2005). un
salta-planta flatido en palmas, Ormenaria
rufifascia (Walker). UF/IFAS Featured
Creatures. EENY-352. http://creatures.ifas.
ufl.edu/orn/palms/ormenariarufifascia_span
ish.htm

Scoles J, Cuda JP, Overholt WA. (2005).
How scientists obtain approval to release
organisms for classical biological control of
invasive weeds. EDIS. ENY-828.
http://edis.at.ufl.edu/IN607

Hall DW. (October 2005). Bella moth,
Uietdiit ornatrix (Linnaeus). UF/IFAS
Featured Creatures. EENY-35 8.
http://creatures.ifas.ufl.edu/beneficial/leps/be
lla moth.htm


Bybee S. (August 2005). Odonata. UF/IFAS
Featured Creatures. EENY-35 5.
http://creatures.ifas.ufl.edu/misc/odonata/odo
nata.htm

Grants

Dr. Mike Scharf received a grant for
$248,500 from the U.S. Armed Forces Pest
Management Program for Deployed War
Fighter Protection. The title of Dr. Scharfs
successful proposal was "Low Molecular
Weight Insecticides for the Control of
Medically Important Dipterans."

Veronica Manrique, a Ph.D. student in Dr.
James P. Cuda's laboratory, was recently
awarded a $2,250 research grant from the
Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council to evaluate
the performance of the defoliating sawfly
Heteroperreyia hubrichi (Hymenoptera:
Pergidae) on Florida west coast, east coast,
and hybrid genotypes of Brazilian
peppertree.

Meetings and Presentations

Crow WT, Lickfeldt DE, Unruh JB. 2005.
Management of sting nematode
(Belonolaimus longicaudatus) on
bermudagrass putting greens with
1,3-dichloropropene. Paper presented at the
International Turfgrass Research Society
meeting in Wales.

Crow WT. 2005. Alternatives to Nemacur
for nematode control on golf course turf.
Invited paper at the national meeting of the
Golf Course Superintendent's Association of
America, Orlando, FL.









Crow WT. 2005. Nematode control in
established turfgrass. Invited paper at the
annual meeting of the Society of
Nematologists, Ft. Lauderdale, FL.

Luc JE, Crow WT, Giblin-Davis RM,
Sartain JB, Stimac JL. 2005. Effects of
Belonolaimus longicaudatus management
and nitrogen fertility on turf quality of golf
course fairways. Poster
presented at Society of Nematologists
meeting, Ft. Lauderdale.

McGroary PC, Crow WT. 2005. Effects of
winter overseeding on plant-parasitic
nematodes on golf courses in Florida. Poster
presented at Society of Nematologists
meeting, Ft. Lauderdale.

Levin R, Brito JA, Crow WT, Schoellhorn
RK. 2005. Host status of several perennial
ornamental plants to four root-knot nematode
species in growth room and greenhouse
experiments. Poster presented at Society of
Nematologists meeting, Ft. Lauderdale.

Entomology Seminars

A listing of topics and other information
concerning this semester's departmental
entomology seminars is available on the
newsletter Web site, in the September 2005
issue.

The Fall 2005 seminar listing for the
McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and
Biodiversity is available at http://plaza.ufl.
edu/msanford/McGuire91605.html

Featured Creatures Statistics

In August, the Featured Creatures Web site
set two new records. There were 222,172
distinct visitors and 350,390 page views.


Both records lasted forjust 30 days as
September set even higher records of
303,093 distinct visitors and over one-half
million (564,546) page views.

Bug Quote

"Fleas can be taught nearly anything that a
congressman can." Mark Twain

Bugs and Brains

Earlier this year we laid new carpeting in the
department. Now we have new, larger-than-
life back-lighted images of natural enemies
in the corridor near the computer lab. These
replace the insect and nematode images
which were there for 15 years. Due to
advances in photography over that time
period, the new images are a real treat for the
eyes. Credit for the images goes to Scott
Weihman, Lyle Buss, Dr. Skip Choate and
Dr. Khuong Nguyen. Last, but not least, is
Jane Medley who put it all together with
text and her highly respected graphical
talents.

And just in time for Halloween unnatural
enemies? Three new outreach posters aim to
inspire interest in the fascinating world of
insects among visitors to our building. Insect
World Records is across from Rm. 2003,
Scary Insects and Creepy Crawlies is
across from Rm. 3005, and They Came
from Out of Florida is next to Rm. 2106.
Additional copies of the posters are set to
visit schools and other outreach locales under
the direction of outreach coordinator Gino
Nearns. The posters were produced by Scott
Weihman and Jane Medley.

A Biological Control Brain Bowl Contest
was the final segment of an entomological









outreach program held at the Ft. Pierce IFAS
Biological Control Research and
Containment Laboratory. For details see
http://plaza.ufl.edu/msanford/lifebcbb93005.
html.

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