Professor Emeritus Dr. Malcolm T. Sanford
will appear as Mr. Fezziwig in the seasonal
show, A Christmas Carol, at the
Hippodrome State Theater through 22
December. For times and details see
Drs. James P. Cuda and William A.
Overholt organized a one-day retreat for UF
and USDA biological control of weeds
workers held at Florida Gulf Coast
University, Ft. Myers, FL, 14 November.
Several programmatic issues were addressed
including incorporating more basic ecology
into biological control projects, consideration
of flow-on effects and potentially toxic
natural enemies, prioritizing weed targets,
and increasing collaboration between UF and
Hope Johnson joined the Department as a
Senior Art Production Specialist. She
replaces Mike Sanford, but will be housed in
the same office as Jane Medley. Jane will
continue to concentrate on extension projects
while Hope will focus on research and
teaching. Hope comes to us from UF's
School of Fine Arts.
Katerina Simackova, a student of Vladislav
Curn, University of South Bohemia
Biotechnological Centre, Ceske Budejovice,
Czech Republic, visited our department
during 3-9 December. She worked with
Ph.D. student Jason Meyer, of Dr. Marjorie
Hoy's laboratory, on genetic analyses of
entomopathogenic fungi. She also visited
with Dr. Drion Boucias and his staff and
Amit S, McAuslane HJ, Nagata RT,
Nuessly GS. 2006. Host plant resistance in
romaine lettuce affects feeding behavior and
biology of Trichoplusia ni and Spodoptera
exigua (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae). Journal of
Economic Entomology 99: 2156 2163.
Arevalo HA, Fraulo AB, Liburd OE.
(2006). Key to the most common species of
thrips found in early-season blueberry fields
in Florida and southern Georgia. EDIS.
Medal J, Overholt W, Stansly P, Osborne
L, Roda A, Chong J, Gaskalla R, Burns E,
Hibbard K, Sellers B, Gioeli K, Munyan S,
Gandolfo D, Hight S, Cuda J. (2006).
Classical biological control of tropical soda
apple in the USA. EDIS. IN-457.
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FLORIDA Entomology and Nematology
Barrera J, Medal J, Gomez J, Sanchez D.
2006. Busqueda de enemigos naturales de
Solanum tampicense Dunal (Solanales:
Solanaceae) en la costa de Chiapas.
Presentacion del proyecto y primera lista de
insects fitofagos, pp. 69-73. In Memorias
29th Congreso Nacional de Control
Biologico. Noviembre 9-10, 2006. Sociedad
Mexicana de Control Biologico. Manzanillo,
Meetings and Presentations
Dr. Jamie Ellis, extension apiculturist, gave
a honey bee short course at the 86th annual
meeting of the Florida State Beekeepers
Association, 26 October, in Milton, FL. He
was assisted by his wife Amanda Ellis, who
is completing her Ph.D. in entomology
(University of Georgia) while working for
the Southern Plant Diagnostic Network.
Dr. Julio Medal was invited by the Mexican
Biological Control Society (MBCS) to
coordinate the symposium "Biological
Control of Weeds and Pathogens" at the 29th
National Meeting of the MBCS held 9-10
November, in Manzanillo, Colima, Mexico.
Medal gave the presentation "Biological
control of invasive plants in Latin America,"
and was also a co-author, with Dr. Juan
Barrera, of the paper "Foreign explorations
in Chiapas, Mexico, searching for potential
biological control agents of wetland
nightshade, Solanum tampicense, in Florida."
During 6-8 November, Dr. Julio Medal
attended the Mass Rearing and Field Release
of Entomophagous Workshop held in
Manzanillo, Colima, Mexico. This three-day
workshop was organized by the MBCS.
During this meeting, Medal receive an
invitation to organize a weed biocontrol
symposium to be held at the next MBCS
Annual Meeting in Merida, Yucatan, during
On 14 November, Dr. Julio Medal visited El
Colegio de Posgraduados and La
Universidad Autonoma de Chapingo,
Mexico, where he met with Dr. Esteban
Rodriguez (UF-Alumni), and Dr. Samuel
Ramirez to discuss a new cooperative
biocontrol project on biological control of
purple nutsedge, Cyperus rotundus
(Cyperaceae), one of the most troublesome
weeds in worldwide agricultural systems.
This inter-agency cooperative work will
focus on the screening (host-specificity) tests
of a weevil recently found in Mexico causing
severe feeding damage to the Cyperus tubers.
Dr. Jaret Daniels co-moderated a
symposium on the Miami blue butterfly at
the Florida Mosquito Control Association's
Annual Meeting 15 November, at
Hutchinson Island, Florida. He also gave two
presentations: "Biology of the Miami blue
butterfly and artificial rearing for
reintroduction and bioassay" (Daniels) and
"Preliminary assessment of mosquito control
spray impact on the Miami blue butterfly"
(Daniels and He Zhong).
Dr. Norm Leppla presented an invited talk
on opportunities for biological control in
areawide integrated pest management at the
recent Association of Natural Bio-control
Producer's conference at Lake Tahoe,
California. To exemplify concepts, he
selected current examples. One was our IPM
Florida-led publication of a "Grower's IPM
Guide for Florida Tomato and Pepper
Production" (http://ipm.ifas.ufl.edu/). The
Guide presents essential information for up
front planning of crops to minimize pests by
selecting the best cultural, biological and
chemical control practices for a given
Graduate student Onour Moeri gave a
presentation on "Use of the F sterile insect
technique (F 1SIT) as a tool for host range
testing in weed biological control," at a joint
meeting of the Entomological Society of
Canada and the Societe d'entomologie du
Quebec, in Montreal, Canada, 18-22
November. Co-authors were J.P. Cuda,
W.A. Overholt, S. Bloem, and J.E.
Graduate student Sean McCann received the
President's prize for best student presentation
at the Annual meeting of the Entomological
Society of Canada, in Montreal. The title was
"Senescence and physiological parameters
influence fecundity of Culex
Dr. James P. Cuda was an invited speaker
for the 11th Annual Exotic Species
Workshop for Southwest Florida held in
Naples, FL, 1 December. Cuda gave the
PowerPoint presentation '
"Update: Biological Controls of Brazilian
Pepper and Hydrilla." Cuda also participated
in a Cooperative Weed Management Area
Planning session at the Workshop.
Drs. John L. Capinera, James P. Cuda and
William A. Overholt participated in a
UF/IFAS International Partners in
Strengthening Agricultural and
Environmental Capacities through Distance
Education (SAEC-DE) workshop held in
Gainesville, 7-8 December. The purpose of
the workshop was to expand the
understanding of current and future potential
in International Distance Education
partnerships, especially in India and Africa.
Dr. Marc Branham presented a one-hour
guest lecture on "Arthropod Evolution" to
Dr. Gustav Paulay's combined "Invertebrate
Zoology" (ZOO 2203C) and "Advanced
Invertebrate Zoology" (ZOO 6927) class.
Dr. Jaret Daniels and Matthew Trager
received a $15,000 grant from the Elizabeth
Ordway Dunn Foundation for restoration of
the state-endangered Miami blue butterfly in
The Branham Lab Web site recently received
significant updating. Please see http://www.
branhamlab.com/ for an update on
adventures and explorations in insect
The cricket, there beside the fire,
Who twangs upon a tuneless lyre,
Who simply sits and stridulates
The while he loudly cogitates.
Go sing his praises, you who will;
In me he fails to rouse one thrill.
In fact, he makes my hackles twitch -
He's just a cockroach with an itch.
- Hal Borland, Outdoor Writer for the
Sunday New York Times (from 1941 until
just before his death in 1978)
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