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Dr. Arturo Cocco, currently at the
Department of Plant Protection, University of
Sassari, arrives in January and will spend the
next 18 months as a postdoctoral scientist in
the laboratory of Dr. Marjorie Hoy. Dr.
Cocco has conducted research on pests of
citrus in Italy and will continue this work
here. Dr. Cocco's postdoctoral training is
funded by the government of Italy.
Dr. Raghuwinder Singh, a graduate of the
UF/IFAS Doctor of Plant Medicine program,
will leave Dr. Hoy's laboratory, where he has
been a postdoctoral scientist for the past two
years, for a new position at Louisiana State
University. Dr. Singh will diagnose plant
diseases in Lousiana.
Dr. Marjorie Hoy travels to the Republic of
Korea in late January to visit Andong
National University, where she will lecture
and visit with Dr. Un Taek Lim, a former
postdoctoral scientist in this department. Dr.
Lim currently is an assistant professor at
Andong National University.
Drs. A. Jeyaprakash and M. Hoy completed
the sequencing of the mitochondrial genome
of the predatory mite Metaseiulus
occidentalis (Acari: Phytoseiidae) and
submitted a manuscript for publication. Dr.
Jeyaprakash presented this work at an invited
talk in the Acarology Symposium, Current
Advances in Acarology: Genomic and
Proteomic Research, held during the
Entomological Society of America meetings
in December. This is the first complete
mitochondrial genome sequenced from the
family Phytoseiidae and the genome contains
many unique features.
During 7-12 November, Thomas Fasulo
spent five days at the Marion County School
District Museum and Educational Center's
annual Ocali Country Days. At this festival,
located at the Center within Silver River
State Park, the school district brings in 19th
century living historians and craftspeople to
share their knowledge and skills with 1,000
to 1,200 students, teachers and parents per
day. Fasulo appeared in his first-person
impression as an American Civil War
infantryman (three days) and officer (two
days) teaching how lice, ticks, mosquitoes
and weevils affected the lives of Civil War
soldiers and civilians.
Beginning 22 January, Dr. Roberto Pereira
(Ph.D. '91) returns to our department as an
Associate Research Scientist. The position is
90% research and 10% Extension, and is in
Dr. Phil Koehler's Urban Entomology
Laboratory. Roberto says it is wonderful to
be in a position with more research
responsibilities, and increased opportunity
for collaborative work in a greater range of
entomological research. He returns to us
from the Gainesville USDA laboratory where
he was a leader on a biological control of fire
Catherine Zettel, a new graduate student
studying under USDA's Dr. Sandra Allan,
will also work part time in our fiscal office.
You will find Catherine at the desk where we
submit time cards, orders and receipts.
The following students, listed with their
major advisors, received their degrees in
Ph.D. Dr. Alejandro Arevalo (Dr.
Liburd), Dr. Trevor Smith (Dr. Cave);
M.S. Keven Kobylinski (Dr. Rutledge-
Connelly), Sean McCann (Dr. Lord),
Robyn Raban (Dr. Lounibos).
The following new graduate students, listed
with their advisors, started this month:
Ph.D. Harsimran Gill (Dr. McSorley),
Jimmy Pitzer (Dr. Kaufman), Catherine
Westbrook (Dr. Lounibos), Abhishek
Mukherjee (Dr. Cuda);
M.S. Jason Graham (Dr. Ellis), Kevyn
Juneau, (Dr. Leppla), Andres Sandoval
(Dr. Capinera), Catherine Zettel (Dr.
Our graduate students did quite well in the
Student Competitions at the recent 2006
Entomological Society of America (ESA)
Systematics, Morphology and Evolution
(Session A3) Seth Bybee, Runner Up for
First Place in Oral Presentations, "Winging-it
through the ages: What fossils tell us about
the evolution of flight in Odonata."
Biology, Ecology, and Behavior
(Sessions Cc & Ce) Kelly Sims, Runner Up
for First Place in the Poster Display,
"Thripinemafuscum parasitism reduces both
the feeding of Frankliniellafusca on peanut
and the transmission of tomato spotted wilt
(Session Cdl) Karla Addesso, First Place in
Oral Presentations, "Isolation of oviposition
deterring compounds in the oviposition plug
of the pepper weevil, Anthonomus eugenii."
(Session Cd2) Craig Roubos, Runner Up for
First Place in the Poster Display, "Evaluation
of emergence traps for detecting blueberry
gall midge adults in a rabbiteye blueberry
(Sessions Ce & Cf) Jason Meyer, Runner
Up for First Place in Oral Presentations,
"Morphological and molecular character-
izations of a fungal pathogen attacking the
Asian citrus psyllid, Diaphorina citri."
Medical and Veterinary Entomology
(Session Dl) Erin Vrzal, Runner Up for
First Place in the Poster Display, "Nutrition
and Survival of Culex spp. on various
Crop and Urban Pest Management
(Session Fa) Murugesan Rangasamy,
Runner Up for First Place in the Poster
Display, "Oxidative responses of St.
Augustinegrasses challenged by southern
chinch bug, Blissus insularis."
(Session Fa) Amit Sethi, Runner Up for First
Place in Oral Presentations, "Biological
activity of romaine lettuce latex against
banded cucumber beetle."
(Session F2) Alejandro Arevalo, First Place
in Oral Presentations, "Field dispersion and
hot-shot formation of flower thrips,
Frankliniella spp., in early-season blueberry
(Session Fb) Thomas Chouvenc, First Place
in Oral Presentations, "Response of the
eastern subterranean termite, Reticulitermes
flavipes, to the entomopathogenous fungus
Metarhizium anisopliae in a foraging arena."
(Session Fb) Hou-Feng Li, Runner Up for
First Place in Oral Presentations, "Mouthpart
structures and tunneling behaviors of the
Formosan subterranean termite, Coptotermes
Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine for
February 2007 contains the article "100 Best
Values in Public Colleges." The University
of Florida was listed as second. Listed as
sixth best value was New College in
Sarasota, Florida. Photographs
accompanying the article showed views of
New College, including one of Dr. Elzie
McCord (Ph.D. '85) teaching a toxicology
Miller RB, Stange LA. (October 2006). An
antlion, Glenurus gratus (Say). Featured
Creatures. EENY-393. http://creatures.ifas.
Howard FW, Moore D. (November 2006).
A coconut mite, Aceria guerreronis Keifer.
Featured Creatures. EENY-398.
Sanford MT. (2006). At risk populations for
AHB: the case of Civil War. Bee Culture.
Woodruff RE. (December 2006). Clavate
tortoise beetle, Plagiometriona clavata
(Fabricius). Featured Creatures. EENY-392.
Zhou X, Song C, Grzymala TL, Oi FM,
ScharfME. 2006. Juvenile hormone and
colony conditions differentially influence
cytochrome P450 gene expression in the
termite Reticulitermesflavipes. Insect
Molecular Biology 15: 749-761.
Wang C, ScharfME, Bennett GW. 2006. A
genetic basis for resistance to gel baits,
Fipronil, and sugar-based attractants in
German cockroaches. Journal of Economic
Entomology 99: 1761-1767.
Liburd OE. 2006. Evaluation of monitoring
techniques for detecting cranberry tipworm
in rabbiteye and southern highbush
blueberries. In Lopes da Fonseca L, Munoz
FR. [eds] Proceedings of the 8th
International Symposium on Vaccinium
Culture. Acta Horticulturae 715: 503-507.
Bossin H, Furlong RD, Gillett JL, Bergoin
M, Shirk PD. 2006. Somatic transformation
efficiencies and expression patterns using the
JcDNV and piggyBac transposon gene
vectors in insects. Insect Molecular Biology.
Meetings and Presentations
Dr. Phil Kaufman presented the paper
"Evaluation ofMuscidifurax raptor and M.
raptorellus (Hymenoptera: Pteromalidae)
releases in dairy calf facilities for manage-
ment of the house fly (Diptera: Muscidae)" at
the 2006 ESA meeting. Co-authors were Dr.
Don Rutz and J. Keith Waldron.
Dr. Phil Kaufman and Dr. Tanja McKay
co-organized and moderated the 2006 ESA
Section D Symposium "Biological Control of
Dr. Marco A. Toapanta (Ph.D. 2001), Chair
of the Florida Entomological Society's
Student Activities Committee, reported that
the following graduate students were
awarded $150 travel grants to help them
attend the recent annual ESA meeting. The
recipients were Amit Sethi, Jeff Hertz, Olga
Kostromytska, Veronica Manrique,
Kashalya Amarasekare, Murugesan
Rangasamy, Kelly Sims, Teresia Nyoike,
Hou-Feng Li, Ta-I Huang, and Karla
Drs. Liburd, Weibelzahl and Arevalo
received an EPA grant for $98,000 to
investigate the frequency of inundative
releases for the predatory mite Neoseiulus
californicus and its control of twospotted
spider mites in field grown strawberries.
A proposal submitted by Drs. Mike Scharf,
Drion Boucias and Faith Oi, along with
ICBR collaborator Bill Farmerie, was
selected as the #1 ranked proposal in the
FY2007 competition of the Consortium for
Plant Biotechnology Research. The
successful proposal was entitled "Genomic
dissection of cellulose utilization in
termites". The project was approved to
receive $280,000 over 2007-08. However, no
funds are yet available due to a lack of
congressional budget approval. A related
proposal with the same title was also recently
selected as one of six IFAS top proposals in
the UF Opportunity Fund seed grant
competition. The proposal will now move on
to compete in the university-wide
competition, to take place later in January.
Spring 2007 Seminars
This semester's seminar committee members
are graduate students Seth Bybee, Amit
Sethi, Murugesan Rangasamy, Craig
Roubos, Andrew Derksen and Jen Zaspel.
Seminars are held on Thursday afternoons in
room 1031. Refreshments are served at 3:45
pm, and the seminar begins at 4:00 pm.
01/18 Sustainability: the impact of
pesticides on human health. Dr. Elizabeth
Guillette, Anthropology, UF
01/25 Evolution of moth sex pheromone
blends. Dr. Wendell Roelofs, Liberty Hyde
Bailey Professor of Insect Biochemistry,
02/01 Caste differentiation, ontogenic
potentialities and consequences of genetic
structure in Reticulitermes. Dr. Laurianne
Leniaud, Universite' de Tours France
02/08 Origins and future prospects of state
IPM programs. Dr. Norman Leppla,
Entomology and Nematology, UF
02/15 Insect herbivore-produced elicitors of
plant volatiles. Dr. Jim Tumlinson,
Entomology, Penn State University
02/22 Mating biology and behavior of the
dengue vector, Aedes aegypti. Dr. Laura
Harrington, Entomology and Nematology,
03/01 Genetics and genomics of the
Phytoseiidae, premier natural enemies of pest
mites. Dr. Marjorie Hoy, Entomology and
03/08 Switch to the dark side: the biology
of insect pathogenic algae. Dr. Drion
Boucias, Entomology and Nematology, UF
03/22 Monitoring changes in canopy
arthropod populations through time in the
western Amazon Basin. Dr. Terry Erwin,
Entomology, Smithsonian Institution
03/29 Ascertaining the transmission
mechanisms of Xylellafastidiosa by the
glassy-winged sharpshooter, and implications
for disease epidemiology. Dr. Elaine
Backus, USDA, Parlier, CA
04/05 Appropriating the signs of distress:
herbivore attraction to induced volatiles from
damaged host plants. Dr. Mark Carroll,
USDA, Gainesville, FL
04/12 Resolving taxonomic chaos in a large
group of little brown beetles (Coleoptera:
Cucujoidea). Dr. Joseph McHugh,
Entomology, University of Georgia
Thomas Fasulo provided the Marion County
School District Museum and Educational
Center, mentioned above, with over 2,000 of
the department's bookmarks for distribution
to students who attend daily classes at the
Center. These bookmarks were designed by
Jane Medley and come in two different
versions. If you sign up to work at the
department's exhibit at the State Fair in
February (see Dr. Jamie Ellis for details),
you will be distributing these bookmarks to
Fasulo also provided the Alachua County
Library system with over 2,000 of our
bookmarks and these are available at the
library check-out desks throughout the
county. Finally, Fasulo sent 400 of the
bookmarks to a colleague at the University of
Hawaii for distribution to children at the
Lanikai Public School in Kaneohe, Hawaii.
If you were one of the over 600 world-wide
subscribers to PestAlert-1 during all of 2006,
then you received well over 200 entomology,
nematology and plant pathology notices.
During 2006 the UF/IFAS Pest Alert site
recorded: 121,397 distinct visitors, 157,489
page views, and 55,691 downloads of PDF
A "distinct visitor" is someone who logs on
and is counted once, unless he or she walks
away and leaves their session inactive for 30
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"The rebels are out there thicker than fleas on
a dog's back!" An excited Union officer
used these words to report the advance of
Confederate forces at the American Civil
War Battle of Shiloh, April 6, 1862.
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