The Association of Natural Bio-control
Producers, the national organization for
producers and suppliers of beneficial insects
and mites (http://www.anbp.org/),
established a new Liaison Council at their
2006 conference. The council will provide
advice, contribute technical expertise, and
enhance communication with the university
community. Dr. Norm Leppla was one of
the first three permanent members appointed
to the council.
Dr. Oscar Liburd gave a research seminar at
Florida A&M University in Tallahassee on
10 October. The subject was "IPM in small
fruits focusing on strawberries and grapes."
Dr. Faith Oi received the Distinguished
Achievement Award for Extension from the
Southeast Branch of the Entomological
Society of America.
Dr. James P. Cuda was a guest lecturer for
the department's Insect Community Ecology
course (ENY 6203) on 3 November. Cuda
delivered a PowerPoint presentation on
aquatic insect community ecology using
weed biological control case studies to
illustrate trophic and predator-prey
Dr. James Cuda was a guest lecturer for the
Agronomy Department's Aquatic Weed
Control course (PLS 4613) on 8 November.
Cuda provided students with an historical
perspective on successful aquatic weed
biological control programs in Florida. He
also discussed progress on classical
biological control of Brazilian peppertree,
which is often considered a semi-aquatic
Lucy Skelley (M.S., 2002) joined Dr.
Howard Frank's lab as a Biological
Scientist. Lucy will work with mole crickets
and their biological control agents. Lucy
studied under Dr. Marjorie Hoy, doing her
research on the rearing, release, and
establishment of Tamarixia radiata and
Diaphorencyrtus aligarhensis, two
parasitoids of Diaphorina citri, the Asian
citrus psyllid, in Florida. (See
m.) Lucy comes back to us from a position in
the UF Department of Medicine, where she
learned molecular biology techniques while
working on gene therapies for hypertension.
She says she is happy to be back in the
department and stated, "Although the rats
and mice in the medical labs are very nice, I
did miss the charms of my six-legged
FLORIDA Entomology and Nematology
_ 1FAS Newsletter
Bayer Environmental Science recently
announced the winner and two finalists of its
second "Young Scientist of the Year"
contest. A panel of university and industry
professionals determined the final awards.
One of the two finalists was Ph.D. student
Matthew Tarver, who is conducting
research to understand the most effective
solutions for termite control. Not only will
Matt receive a $1,000 scholarship, but
$1,000 will be donated to the general
scholarship fund at UF. The three students
received an all-expense paid trip to present
their research during PestWorld 2006, in
Grapevine, Texas, on 28 October. Matt
studies under Dr. Mike Scharf, our insect
Ryan Welch graduated from the Urban
Entomology program with an M.S., and is
now employed with McCall Services, Inc.
(Jacksonville) as a staff entomologist.
Sandra Garrett (now Sandra Rodrigues),
M.S. 2005, a Master's student of Dr. James
Maruniak joined the Ph.D. program in the
Department of Biology, University of Puerto
Rico. She is working with Dr. Adelfa
Serrano, and will be studying molecular
mechanisms of drug resistance in malaria
using the rodent malaria model.
Hoy MA. 2006. Book review of: Mites of
Greenhouses, Identification, Biology and
Control. Florida Entomologist 89: 426.
Lim UT, Hoy MA. 2006. Overwintering of
the citrus leafminer, Phyllocnistis citrella
(Lepidoptera: Gracillariidae), without
diapause in Florida. Florida Entomologist 89:
Capinera JL. (October 2006). Armyworm,
Pseudaletia unipuncta (Haworth). Featured
Creatures. EENY-394. http://creatures.ifas.
Capinera JL. (October 2006). Black
cutworm, Agrotis ipsilon (Hufnagel).
Featured Creatures. EENY-395.
Wang K-H, McSorley R, Fasulo TR.
(2006). Root-knot Nematodes as Pests of
Ornamental Plants computer-verified
training/CEU tutorial. UF/IFAS. SW-186.
Wang K-H, McSorley R, Fasulo TR.
(2006). Foliar Nematodes as Pests of
Ornamental Plants computer-verified
training/CEU tutorial. UF/IFAS. SW-187.
Howard FW. (September 2006). American
palm cixiid, Myndus crudus Van Duzee.
Featured Creatures. EENY-389.
Woodruff RE, Fasulo TR. (October 2006).
Banana root borer, Cosmopolites sordidus
(Germar). Featured Creatures. EENY-391.
a root borer.htm
Oliveira JV, Wolff JL, Garcia-Maruniak A,
Ribeiro BM, de Castro ME, de Souza ML,
Moscardi F, Maruniak JE, Zanotto PM.
(2006). Genome of the most widely used
viral biopesticide: Anticarsia gemmatalis
multiple nucleopolyhedrovirus. Journal of
General Virology 87: 3233 3250.
Daniels JC, Pence JA, Emmel TC. 2006.
Additional records of Cyclargon ammon
(Lycaenidae: Lycaeninae) in the Florida
Keys. Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society
Daniels JC, Pence JA, Emmel TC. 2006.
Notes on the ovipositional behavior of
Leptotes cassius theonus (Lycaenidae:
Lycaeninae) in the Lower Florida Keys.
Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society 60:
Daniels JC, Sanchez SJ. 2006. Blues
Revival: Can a Change in Diet and a Little
Laboratory Assistance Help a Florida
Butterfly Escape Extinction. Natural History.
Howard FW, Gallo S. (October 2006). El
cixiido americano de las palmas, Myndus
crudus Van Duzee. Featured Creatures.
Fall 2006 Seminars
This semester's seminar committee members
are graduate students Murugesan
Rangasamy, Craig Roubos, Seth Bybee,
Emily Saarinen and Amit Sethi. Seminars
are held on Thursday afternoons in room
1031. Refreshments are served at 3:45 pm,
and the seminar begins at 4:00 pm. A listing
of the seminars is in the September issue,
which is available at http://entnews.ifas.ufl.
Meetings and Presentations
Dr. Oscar Liburd and Dr. Robert McSorley
participated in the annual Organic Field day
on 20 September, in Citra, Florida. Dr.
Liburd gave a presentation "Ecological
management of insect pests on organic
farms." Dr. McSorley's presentation was
"Ecological management of nematodes on
Graduate student Matthew Lehnert gave an
oral presentation at the Sigma Xi meeting in
Detroit, Michigan, on 4 November. His topic
was "The ecology and population biology of
the Homerus swallowtail, Papilio
(=Pterourus) homers (Lepidoptera:
Papilionidae), in the Cockpit Country,
Jamaica." Matt studies under Dr. Thomas
Matt Lehnert then gave a similar
presentation on 13 November, at the North
American Butterfly Association meeting in
West Palm Beach. His presentation was,
once again, "The ecology and population
biology of the Homerus swallowtail, Papilio
(=Pterourus) homers in the Cockpit
Country, Jamaica," but also included details
on his current research studying tiger
swallowtail, Papilio (Pterourus) glaucus
populations in Florida.
Dr. Jim Maruniak participated in the
XXXIX Annual Meeting of the Society for
Invertebrate Pathology (SIP), held in Wuhan,
China from 27 August 1 September. This
was his second year as the Chair of the
Virology Division. He moderated several of
the virology presentations, symposia as well
as the General Virology Division meeting.
Dr. Jim Maruniak is participating in the 55th
annual meeting of the American Society of
Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH) in
Atlanta, Georgia, 12-16 November.
Ph.D. student Leslie Rios is also
participating in the ASTMH meeting,
presenting the poster "Preliminary data from
mosquito collections obtained from horse-
baited and light traps located on a West Nile
virus (WNV) endemic farm in Florida" by
Leslie Rios, Maureen Long, Dr. James
Maruniak, Sarah Beachboard, MaryAnn
Dixon and Dr. Jonathan Day.
Dr. Jaret Daniels gave a seminar,
"Conservation Strategies for the Miami
Blue," for the Department of Wildlife
Ecology and Conservation, University of
Florida, Gainesville on 25 September.
Dr. Jaret Daniels gave two presentations,
"Florida's Fantastic Butterflies" and
"Butterfly Gardening 101," for the inaugural
Florida Butterfly Festival held at the
Museum of Natural History, University of
Florida, Gainesville on 14-15 October. Total
festival attendance exceeded 7,500 visitors.
Dr. James P. Cuda was an invited speaker at
the Florida Association of Science Teachers
Annual Conference held in Gainesville,
12-14 October. Cuda participated in a
workshop "Silent Invaders: A True Story
About Native, Non-native and Invasive
Plants in Florida". He gave a hands-on
presentation about equipment and procedures
used in exploratory surveys for natural
enemies of invasive plants.
Dr. James Cuda participated in the Annual
Sun-Belt Agriculture Expo held in Moultrie,
GA, 16-19 October. Cuda created a display
presentation on aquatic weed biological
control programs in Florida.
Dr. James Cuda was an invited speaker at
the 30th Annual Meeting of the Florida
Aquatic Plant Management Society held in
St. Petersburg, FL, 30 October- 2 November.
Cuda gave a PowerPoint presentation
entitled, "Update: Biological Control of
Ph.D. student Amit Sethi received the
following grants: Graduate Student Council -
$250, IFAS CALS $200, and Entomology
and Nematology $200. He will use the finds
to attend the annual meeting of the
Entomological Society of America on 10-13
December in Indianapolis.
Dr. Jaret Daniels received a $14,425 grant
from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums'
Conservation Endowment Fund for the
"Expansion of the Florida Butterfly
As seen under Publications above, the
department issued two computer-verified
training tutorials on nematodes that are pests
of ornamental plants. The tutorials were
created by Drs. Koon-Hui Wang and
Robert McSorley, nematologists; and
Thomas Fasulo, entomologist. The tutorials
discuss the biology, ecology and damage
caused by foliar and root-knot nematodes.
These tutorials were approved by Florida for
CEUs in the following pesticide applicator
categories: Demonstration & Research,
Commercial Lawn and Ornamental, Limited
Certification Commercial Landscape
Maintenance, Limited Certification Lawn
and Ornamental, Ornamental & Turf Pest
Control, and Private Applicator Agriculture
Pest Control. However, Drs. Wang and
McSorley also designed the tutorials for use
as educational tools for college-level students
and others who are studying nematodes.
The two tutorials will be sold on one CD-
ROM for $15, and are designed to be
installed on computers that run the Windows
operating system. When they become
available they will be listed on the UF/IFAS
Buggy Software Web site at http://pests.ifas.
ufl.edu/software/ under Bug Tutorials.
The October issue of the UF/IFAS
Chemically Speaking newsletter carried two
articles that should be of interest to
entomologists. One discussed a new study
that the organic insecticide Bacillus
thuringiensis requires the assistance of other
microbes to perform its insect-slaying work.
The other reported that the World Health
Organization endorsed the indoor spraying of
dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT) to
control malaria-carrying mosquitoes, thereby
reversing a 30-year policy. The issue is
available through the Pest Alert at
"If ants are such busy workers, how come
they find time to go to all the picnics ?" -
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