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University of Florida
Entomology and Nematology Newsletter

March 2006


Faculty News

Dr. Jaret C. Daniels was hired in a new,
full-time, joint position as Assistant
Professor of Entomology at UF/IFAS, and
Assistant Director of Research in the
McGuire Center at the Florida Museum of
Natural History (FLMNH), effective 27
January 2006. Daniel's primary duties
involve Lepidoptera research and insect
conservation. He has teaching and extension
duties in our department, as well as research
duties in both our department and FLMNH

Daniels has two offices: at the McGuire
Center, he is in 225 McGuire (352-392-5894,
ext.250); in the department, his office is
room 2006, (352-392-1901, ext. 121). His
UF e-mail address isjcdnls@ufl.edu.

The Florida Environment, a daily NPR
segment that airs in our state and is funded
by FloridaEnvironmentt.com, recently
featured Dr. Michael Rogers, extension
entomologist at the UF/IFAS Citrus Research
and Education Center. Rogers discussed
citrus greening and its vector, the Asian
citrus psyllid. Learn more about the disease
and psyllid at http://creatures.ifas.ufl.edu/
citrus/acpsyllid.htm and http://www.crec.ifas.
ufl.edu/CRECHOME/citrus_greening.htm.

This Florida Environment radio segment
broadcasts in the Gainesville area at
approximately 8:30 every morning. It has
featured a number of UF/IFAS
entomologists, often each for several
mornings at a time.


The following faculty were subjects of
UF/IFAS news releases since the last
newsletter:

Dr. Forrest (Bill) Howard, entomologist at
the Ft. Lauderdale REC, studies the lobate
lac scale, an exotic invader causing severe
problems with ornamentals in Florida. See
http://news.ifas.ufl.edu/story.aspx?id=1070.

Thomas Fasulo, entomologist on the
Gainesville campus, combines his knowledge
of insects and their effects on history, with
his American Civil War reenacting hobby.
http://news.ifas.ufl.edu/story.aspx?id=1069.

Dr. Walter Tabachnick and George
O'Meara, entomologists at the Medical
Entomology Laboratory in Vero Beach, were
quoted in an article celebrating the Lab's 50th
anniversary. See
http://news.ifas.ufl.edu/story.aspx?id=1063.

Drs. Harold Browning and Michael
Rogers, entomologists at the Lake Alfred
REC, and Dr. Marjorie Hoy, entomologist
on the Gainesville campus, are studying
ways to manage the Asian citrus psyllid, a
vector of citrus greening. See
http://news.ifas.ufl.edu/story.aspx?id=1058.

Dr. Joseph Noling, nematologist at the Lake
Alfred REC, helped show that methyl
bromide use on crops can be reduced by 50
percent under metalized bed covers. See
http://news.ifas.ufl.edu/story.aspx?id=1055.









Staff News

Biological scientist Jay Cee Turner and
graduate student Aimee Fraulo attended the
Strawberry Field Day at the new Gulf Coast
REC facility on 6 February. They attended
talks on strawberry genetics, irrigation and
nitrogen fertilization rates, and prevention of
nematode and insect pests on strawberries.

Student News

The graduate students in Dr. Liburd's lab
hosted a tour for the 2006 Junior Science,
Engineering and Humanities Symposium,
while Jay Cee Turner helped with setting
up and supervised. The graduate students
demonstrated insect trapping, identification
techniques and explained what their research
involved.

Aimee Fraulo spoke about the twospotted
spider mite, Elena Rhodes demonstrated
showed insect collecting and preserving
techniques, Alejandro Arevalo talked about
thrips, Craig Roubos discussed the grape
root borer, and Teresia Nyoike covered
cucurbit pests.

Alumni News

David Almquist received a B.S. in
entomology a few years ago, and his
influence is still evident in the department.
Dave was a master "artist" with our auto-
montage camera system and actually
purchased one of his own after he graduated.
A number of his images have appeared on
scientific magazine covers world-wide and
some of them are displayed in the
department. You can view them in room
3118 (Teaching Laboratory III), and on the
small bulletin board outside room 2003.


David is married to Justine and they have
two sons, Lukas (seven months) and Tyler
(12). David was the site manager at a nature
center in Connecticut for the past few years,
working with animals ranging from hissing
cockroaches to barnyard animals. He
provided educational programs, mostly for
children K-5, including insects when
appropriate. Dave is happy to report that he
is back in Florida working as an invertebrate
zoologist for the Natural Areas Inventory
(http://FNAI.org/) in Tallahassee. (Check out
his photo and job description under "Staff.")
He is responsible for gathering data related to
rare invertebrates of Florida, doing both
office and field work. He says he loves it as
he is now paid to study and collect insects.

More of David's images are available for
viewing at http://microimaginings.com/
gallery.htm. You can reach him at
daidunno@microimaginings.com.

Seminar Series Spring 2006

This semester's seminar coordinators are
Seth Bybee, James Dunford, Luis Matos,
Murugesan Rangasamy and Jennifer
Zaspel. Seminars begin at 3:45 p.m. in room
1031, Entomology and Nematology (Bldg.
970). A listing of the topics and speakers is
in the January 2006 issue, available online at
http://entnews.ifas.ufl.edu/.

McGuire Center Seminars

Seminar are held Tuesdays in room 233 on
the second floor. Lunch is served at noon and
the seminar begins at 12:15.

3/22 Susan Weller "Evolution of
Courtship and Defense Behaviors in Tiger
Moths (Lepidoptera: Arctiidae)"









3/29 Jacqueline and Lee Miller "The
Research and Field Work Continue"

Publications

Stelinski LL, Pelz-Stelinski KS, Liburd OE,
Gut LJ. 2006. Control strategies for
Rhagoletis mendax disrupt host finding and
ovipositional capability of its parasitic wasp,
Diachasma alloeum. Biological Control 36:
91-99.

Sampson JB, Rinehart TA, Liburd OE,
Stringer SJ, Spiers JM. 2006. Ecology of
Endoparasitoids (Hymenoptera) Attacking
Cranberry and Blueberry Tipworms
Dasineura oxycoccana Johnson and
Prodiplosis vaccinii (Diptera:
Cecidomyiidae). Annals of the
Entomological Society of America 99:113-
120.

Liburd OE., Arevalo HA. 2005. Insects and
mites in blueberries. In Childers NF, Lyrene
P. (ed.) Blueberry culture: a book for
growers. Horticultural Publication.
Gainesville, Florida.

Meetings and Presentations

On 11 January, Dr. Oscar Liburd was an
invited speaker at the New Jersey Blueberry
Growers Association annual meeting in
Atlantic City. His talk was "Developing
integrated management techniques for thrips
and gall midge in northern highbush
blueberries."

Dr. Oscar Liburd was an invited speaker at
the Southeastern Regional Fruit and
Vegetable meeting in Savannah Georgia. His
talk was "Pest management techniques for
detecting blueberry gall midge in southern
highbush and rabbiteye blueberries."


We had more participants at the annual ESA
meeting last year than was previously
reported:

Graduate student Elena Rhodes gave a talk
on "Comparison of single and combination
treatments of P. persimilis, N. californicus,
and Acramite for control of twospotted
spider mites in Florida strawberries."

H. Alejandro Arevalo and Craig Roubos
participated in the PhD. graduate student
paper competition. Arevalo's talk was
"Damage description and economic injury
level for Frankliniella bispinosa
(Thysanoptera: Thripidae) infesting
Rabbbiteye blueberries." Roubos spoke on
"Controlling cranberry tipworm (Diptera:
Cecidomyiidae) in Rabbiteye blueberries:
evaluating reduced-risk insecticides and
susceptibility of selected cultivars."

Undergraduate Research Mentoring

At an upcoming faculty meeting, I will seek
your approval of a proposal to make one of
our newest courses required for some of our
undergraduate majors. Last summer, we
instituted a new ENY 4905 course called
"Undergraduate Research Mentoring." The
fundamental idea was to associate
undergraduates with members of our faculty
to learn about research in a teaching,
mentoring format. Faculty were to teach
aspects of observation, hypothesis
formulation, design of experiments, data
collection and analysis and conclusions. To
date, Drs. Hahn, Scharf, Kaufman, Lawrence,
and Cuda have accepted such students. The
word I get from these faculty is that it has
been a productive experience.

We have six degree tracks for our
undergraduates. One, basic science, is









designed for students who wish to attend
Graduate School in science following
completion of the B.S. in entomology. For
this particular group of students, an
undergraduate research mentoring experience
would be not only good, but critical to their
future success. I would like you to consider
making this course required for students in
the basic science track. It would count as
three of the 18 hours they must complete for
the major.

There is a caveat to this proposal. This will
not work unless a wider array of our faculty
buy into the research mentoring course and
agree to host some of our undergraduates in
this learning experience. Please understand
this is not to be viewed as provision of free
labor for enhancement of your research. The
entire idea is to actively teach an
undergraduate how to conduct research.

More at an upcoming faculty meeting. Dr.
Carl S. Barfield, Undergraduate Coordinator

LIFE in the Department

The March 3rd issue covers monarch pupation
and video; Yankees, Confederates and
Insects; Bugology at the Florida State Fair;
50 years of Florida medical entomology; the
"evil weevil" in Florida; and insect
identification workshops.

The February 17th issue covers the state-wide
School IPM working group, air potatoes,
UF/IFASpeakers, a parasitoid of the Asian
citrus psyllid, and recent departmental tours
for high school science students and their
teachers.

Mike Sanford edits this photographic
journal of our department, located at
http://life.ifas.ufl.edu/LIFEhomepage.html.


Pests Popular in Polk

The Extension Bookstore let us know that the
Polk County (Florida) School Board
purchased 90 copies (30 of each) of the three
Vegetable Pests Images CDs in January. We
can only surmise that the Ag teachers in that
county now have an additional educational
tool. Details on these three CDs are available
at http://pests.ifas.ufl.edu/software/
det veggies.htm.

Bug Quote

"The butterfly's attractiveness derives not
only from colors and symmetry: deeper
motives contribute to it. We would not think
them so beautiful if they did not fly, or if
they flew straight and briskly like bees, or if
they stung, or above all if they did not enact
the perturbing mystery of metamorphosis:
the latter assumes in our eyes the value of a
badly decoded message, a symbol, a sign." -
Primo Levi (1919-1987 Italian chemist and
author)

Newsletter Minutia

Thomas Fasulo is the newsletter editor. You
can send news to him at fasulo@ufl.edu.
Issues are published the middle of each
month. Submit items for an issue by the 7th of
that month.

Printed copies are distributed only within
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has instructions for subscribing and
unsubscribing. Pam Howell and Nancy
Sanders review the newsletter for errors and
prepare the print version for distribution.




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