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Dr. Malcolm T. Sanford, retired extension
beekeeping specialist, participated in the
41st Reuni6n Nacional de Investigaci6n
Pecuaria in Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico,
where he presented keynote talks on
survivor honey bees and their potential in
modern apiculture and current status on the
small hive beetle, Aethina tumida (see
hivebeetle.htm). Here is Dr. Sanford's
reflection on his trip:
"I last visited Cuernavaca, just an hour and a
half south of Mexico City on Route 95, one
of Mexico's premier toll roads, in 1981. At
that time Apimondia, the world apicultural
congress, had just concluded in Acapulco
and an outfit by the name of Miel Carlota
was top dog in honey production, with tens
of thousands of colonies distributed across
the state of Morelos. Given its reputation,
Miel Carlota was a necessary stop on any
post congress tour.
Since then it has fallen on hard times and
has been subsequently sold by its German
founders and moved to Vera Cruz, where it
apparently exists primarily as a brand name.
It was a victim of two New World epidemics
of exotic organisms, the African honey bee,
followed by the Varroa bee mite in the
1990s. The offices once occupied by the
largest honey producing outfit in the world
"The African bee and Varroa mite stories
thus take on another chapter, bringing down
perhaps the world's largest beekeeping
enterprise, and changing irreversibly the
apicultural conditions in the land of the
acahual (wild sunflower). No longer can
beekeepers manipulate colonies in shirt
sleeves nor carry them on their backs as they
once did. Beekeeping still exists in the
region, but in a much different way."
Dr. Heather McAuslane reported on the
Insect/Lepidoptera Conservation position
currently open. Dr. Jaret Daniels will
interview on 14 December, present a
research seminar on the 19th and an
extension seminar on the 20th.
Dr. John Capinera reported that 12
applications were received for the
Apiculture/Youth position. That committee
will meet within the next few weeks to
select the final candidates.
Ph.D. student Matt Tarver's Masters thesis,
"Responses of cowpea bruchid,
Callosobruchus maculatus, to natural and
pyramided seed resistance," was nominated
to represent Purdue University at the
Midwestern Association of Graduate
School Distinguished Thesis Award
Ph.D. student James Dunford received the
UF College of Agricultural and Life
Sciences (CALS) Jack L. Fry Award
which recognizes excellence in teaching by
a graduate student. Jim received the award
at the CALS Scholarship and Leadership
Convocation on 7 December.
The Fort Lauderdale REC is graduating its
first Ph.D. in entomology this semester.
Newly minted Dr. John Warner, who runs
a pest control business full time, was also
the first person to obtain a M.S. at Fort
Lauderdale. The days are gone when
UF/IFAS students could attend classes only
on the Gainesville campus. Many now
attend classes on RECs across the state
where research and extension faculty in
various disciplines also hold teaching
appointments. At some RECs there are
faculty with100% teaching responsibilities.
Dr. Warner also developed a bait for the
white-footed ant that UF holds the patent on
and is seeking a commercial distributor for.
For details on Warner's research and patent
For details on the white-footed ant see the
Featured Creatures article at
-footed_ant.htm, authored by Drs. Warner,
Rudi Scheffrahn and Brian Cabrera.
Our Graduate Coordinators Office reports
that 15 graduate students are finishing their
degrees this month: 10 are receiving a M.S.:
Samuel Breaux, Sandra Garrett, Laura
Hunnicutt, Crystal Kelts, Matt Lehnert,
David Melius, Jerry Mozoruk, Justin
Saunders, Rachel Seman-Varner and
Frank Wesels; and five are receiving a
Ph.D.: Rebecca Baldwin, Jon Hamill,
James Pence, Rui Pereiram and John
Graduate student Matt Lehnert is
continuing on for a Ph.D. and will be the
T.A. coordinator for the Principles of
Entomology laboratory for the next four
Myrna Litchfield officially retired on 23
November after 35 years at UF, most of
them in our department (graduate
coordinator's office, Administrative
Assistant to the Chair). At a reception in her
honor on 15 November, Room 1031 (the
large classroom) had standing room only as
faculty, staff, students and alumni gathered
to wish her well.
Ayyamperumal Jeyaprakash, known to
most as "Dr. Jey," is on a month-long visit
to India, where he is visiting family. He will
return to the Department on December 19.
LIFE in the Department
The November 11th issue features
information on School IPM, Entomology
and Nematology scholarship winners, the
Firefly Honors course, and an update on the
February 2006 departmental review.
The November 25th issue features IPM in
Florida, Dr. Howard Frank's Tropical
Entomology course field trip to Venezuela,
insect collecting techniques for Dr. Jim
Lloyd's Firefly class, and Dr. Bill
Howard's report on hurricane Wilma's
effects on palms and the insects that prey on
Mike Sanford edits this photographic
journal of our department, located at
Bliske-Lietze V-U, Boucias DG. 2005.
Pathogenesis of Helicosporidium sp.
(Chlorophyta: Trebouxiophyceae) in
susceptible noctuid larvae. J. Invertebr.
Pathol. 90: 161-168.
Nearns EH, Branham MA. (2005) A new
species of Plectromerus Haldeman
(Coleoptera: Cerambycidae) from
Dominican amber with notes on the fossil
Plectromerus tertiarius Vitali. Zootaxa
1088: 17-24. (http://www.mapress.com/
Crow WT, Lowe T, Lickfeldt DW. 2005.
Effects of fall overseeding and nematicide
applications on populations of sting
nematode. USGA Green Section Record 43:
Goodisman MAD, Hahn DA. 2005.
Breeding system, colony structure, and
genetic differentiation in the Camponotus
festinatus species complex of carpenter ants.
Evolution 59: 2185-2199.
Medal J, Norambuena H, Gandolfo D.
(eds.). 2005. Proceedings of the Second
Latin American Workshop on Biological
Control of Weeds (In Spanish), June
7-10/2004, Montelimar, Nicaragua.
University of Florida-IFAS. Gainesville, FL.
Alto BW, Griswold MW, Lounibos LP.
2005. Habitat and sex-dependent predation
of mosquito larvae in containers. Oecologia
Conklin T, Bliske-Lietze V-U, Becnel JJ,
Boucias DG. 2005. Infectivity of two
isolates of Helicosporidium spp.
(Chlorophyta: Trebouxiophyceae) in
heterologous host insects. Florida
Entomologist 88: 431-439.
Lim UT, Zappala L, Hoy MA. 2006.
Pre-release evaluation of Semielacher
petiolatus (Hymenoptera: Eulophidae) in
quarantine for the control of citrus
leafminer: host discrimination, relative
humidity tolerance and alternative hosts.
Biological Control 36: 65-73.
Liburd OE, Arevalo HA. (2005).
Integrated strategies for controlling flower
thrips in highbush blueberries. EDIS.
Bybee S. (December 2005). Libellule et
demoiselle. UF/IFAS Featured Creatures.
Gyeltshen J, Hodges AC. (December
2005). Twobanded Japanese weevil,
Pseudocneorhinus bifasciatus (Roelofs).
UF/IFAS Featured Creatures. EENY-361.
Meetings and Presentations
Dr. Julio Medal was invited to coordinate a
"discussion table" and give a talk on
"Biological Control of Invasive Plants in
Latin America" at the XVII Latin American
Weed Science Congress held in Varadero,
Cuba, 8-11 November. During his stay in
the Carribean island, Medal also did field
explorations searching for natural enemies
(insects) of invasive plants in Florida.
Dr. Julio Medal attended an intensive
training course (14-16 November 2005) on
Biological Control in San Miguel de
Allende, Mexico, which was organized by
the Mexican Biological Control Society.
Dr. Marc Branham and graduate students
Kyle Beucke, Seth Bybee, Jim Dunford,
Gino Nearns, and Jennifer Zaspel attended
the 1st annual Phylogenetics Symposium
and Workshop held by The Ohio State
University Systematics Group. The two day
workshop was held 3-4 December on The
Ohio State University campus in Columbus,
Ohio. An international roster of today's most
prominent scientists working on
phylogenetics and evolutionary theory
spoke on current topics in cladistic analysis
and provided demonstrations of their
Fumigation School 2005
The UF/IFAS School of Structural
Fumigation completed its second term at the
Fort Lauderdale Research and Education
Center. A record forty-seven students, with
26 attending from outside Florida from as
far away as California, Hawaii, New York,
Bahamas, Canada, Japan, Puerto Rico 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 welcomed the 2005 class of
students into the UF-IFAS community.
During the school, held 14-18 November,
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 and FLREC faculty Drs.
Brian Cabrera, Bill Kern, Rudi
Scheffrahn, and Nan-Yao Su revised the
program to include an on-campus
fumigation site, updated notebooks and
exams, and an extensive "target organisms"
Fourteen additional instructors including
school co-founders Ellen Thoms and Rudy
Subieta (Dow AgroSciences), and various
other industry professionals from FLDACS,
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
(available through the UF/IFAS Bookstore),
which made its debut at the 2004 school.
Proceeds from the fumigation school go into
a scholarship fund for graduate studies in
entomology at FLREC.
Crow WT. Biological control of root-knot
nematodes on woody ornamentals. $5000
from Florida Nursery Growers and
Drs. Julio Medal and James Cuda were
awarded a three year grant for $25,000 per
year from the Florida Department of
Environmental Protection (DEP) to work on
biological control of wetland nightshade,
Solanum tampicense. This non-native weed
is originally from southern Mexico,
Carribean, and Central America. Dr. Medal
just returned from a three week trip
searching for natural enemies of this plant in
Nicaragua, Cuba, and southern Mexico.
Researcher collaborators of the Colegio de
la Frontera Sur in Tapachula, Chiapas, will
conduct additional field explorations for
natural enemies in Mexico, preliminary
host-specificity testing, and study the
biology of potential biocontrol candidates
for wetland nightshade in Florida.
Dr. Oscar Liburd and Jay Cee Turner
received a $4,000.00 gift from Valent to
conduct evaluation of reduced risk
insecticides on blackberry pests.
Gary England (Sumter County CES) and Dr.
Oscar Liburd received a grant for $5,800
from the UF IFAS/IPM program to work on
the development of an economic threshold
level for thrips in southern highbush
blueberries. This project is funded for a
Do you know the complete spelling of
Entomol. Nachr. Ber.? How about Monogr.
Ned. Entomol. Ver.? If not, then a quick
check of the Journal Titles and
Abbreviations file will provide you with it.
Dr. Skip Choate, Webmaster of our
department's site, created this file listing
hundreds of journal titles with their accepted
abbreviations. You can find it on our site
under Online Publications or at http://
In 1936, the not-quite-so-famous poet
Robert Frost wrote "Departmental," an
entertaining poem about ants and how they
dispose of their dead. Too lengthy to reprint
here, it is available at http://www.
theofficenet. com/-j ack/arts/depart.html. A
not-quite-so-valuable prize to the first
student who reports to me the very obvious
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