U I ES I T of E n t m o o g a n 9 *t o o
See Professor Emeritus Dr. Malcolm T.
Sanford in Greetings! at the Acrosstown
Repertory Theater http://acrosstown.org/.
This is a show about the season and
transformation. An article on the play is at
Graduate student Jim Dunford successfully
defended his dissertation "The genus
Speyeria and the Speyeria atlantis/hesperis
complex: species and subspecies accounts,
systematics, and biogeography (Lepidoptera:
Nymphalidae)" on 19 November. He is now
Ph.D. student Matt Tarver was recently
selected as the 2007 William L. Nutting
Award recipient. Matt is a member Dr. Mike
Scharf's insect toxicology laboratory. This
Award honors the late Bill Nutting, an
outstanding termite biologist who made
major contributions to termite biology, both
through his own research and mentoring of
students. It is given to the International
Union for the Study of Social Insects (IUSSI)
student member who shows a distinguished
record of research in the area of basic termite
biology. Tarver will receive a plaque and a
$1,000 research grant at the IUSSI business
meeting at the 2007 Entomological Society
of America (ESA) meeting in San Diego.
Dr. Dan Sonke, formerly a DPM student
assigned to our department, served on a
committee that reviewed the Department of
Energy Office of Biomass Programs'
Multi-year Plan. This agency encourages
development of renewable fuels from
biological sources. Sonke represented the
concerns of agriculture and the environment.
Juneau KJ, Kaufman PE. (2007). Little
blue cattle louse, Solenopotes capillatus
(Enderlein). Featured Creatures. EENY-422.
ue cattle louse.htm
Medal J, Bojorquez G, Bustamante N.
2007. Biological Control of Weeds in
Latin-America: Current status. In
Proceedings XXVIII National Meeting of the
Weed Science Society. Mazatlan, Sinaloa,
Mexico. Asomecima/Universidad Autonoma
Medal J, Bojorquez G. 2007. Biological
Control of Aquatic Weeds in Latin-America.
In Workshop: Update on Weed Management.
Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico. Asomecima/
Universidad Autonoma de Sinaloa.
Lietze V-U, Geden CJ, Blackburn P,
Boucias DG. 2007. Effects of salivary gland
hypertrophy virus on reproductive behavior
of the house fly, Musca domestic. Applied
and Environmental Microbiology 73:
Taheri J, Kaufman PE, Slansky F. (2007).
Tree squirrel bot fly, Cuterebra emasculator
Fitch. Featured Creatures. EENY-401.
Fraulo AB, Liburd OE. 2007. Biological
control of twospotted spider mite,
Tetranychus urticae Koch, with predatory
mite, Neoseiulus californicus, in
strawberries. Exp. Appl. Acarol. 43:
Nyoike TW, Liburd OE, Akad F, Polston
JE. 2007. Don't crumple under whitefly
pressure! Reflective mulch, imidacloprid can
help control a new whitefly-transmitted
disease. Citrus and Vegetable Magazine 72:
Scharf ME, Zhou X, Schwinghammer MA.
(2008). Applications of RNA interference in
functional genomics studies of a social
insect. In Barik S. (ed.) Methods in
Molecular Biology vol. 442: RNAi Design
and Application, pp. 205-229. Humana Press,
Svenson GJ, Branham MA. 2007.
PHOTININI LeConte, 1881 (Insecta,
Coleoptera) and PHOTININAE Giglio-Tos,
1919 (Insecta, Mantodea): proposed
resolution of homonymy between family
group names. Bulletin of Zoological
Nomenclature 64: 1-9.
Stelinski LL. 2007. On the physiological and
behavioral mechanisms of pheromone-based
mating disruption. Pesticides 3-4: 27-32.
Meetings and Presentations
Dr. Julio Medal gave the invited opening
talk at the 28th Mexican Weed Science
Society Annual Meeting/4th International
Symposium of Aquatic Weeds held in
Mazatlan, Mexico, 14-16 November.
Medal's presentation "Biological Control of
Invasive Weeds in Latin-America" was
co-authored by Nikary Bustamante. Medal
and Bustamante also gave two invited talks
at the Workshop on Update of Weed
Management held in Mazatlan on November
12-13. Bustamante spoke on "Biological
Control of Aquatic Weeds in
Latin-America," while Medal's presentation
was "Biological Control of Terrestrial
Weeds." After the meetings, they spent four
days conducting field explorations for
potential biocontrol agents of Solanum
tampicense, an invasive weed in Florida.
Dr. James P. Cuda attended the Everglades
Cooperative Invasive Species Management
Area (CISMA) Steering Committee Meeting
held in West Palm Beach, Florida, 6
November. The purpose of the meeting was
to develop a blueprint for management of
invasive species impacting the Florida
Everglades during FY2008.
Dr. James Cuda was invited to participate in
the Tropical and Subtropical Agricultural
Research (TSTAR-Caribbean) Workshop,
"Winning the War on Invasive Species," held
in Miami, FL, 7-9 November. Cuda spoke on
the "Establishment of the University of
Florida's Invasive Species Coordinating
Dr. James Cuda was invited to participate in
the Florida Master Naturalist Training
Program focusing on invasive plant pests in
Florida's natural areas, in Haines City, FL,
on 9 November. Cuda delivered two
presentations "The Importance of Invasive
Species to Florida's Natural Areas" and
"Non-native Plants: It's an Invasion!"
Dr. James Cuda attended a UF/IFAS
Invasive Plant Working Group meeting held
in Gainesville, FL, 20 November.
Participants discussed the IFAS Assessment
of Non-native Plants in Florida's Natural
and to review the status of potentially
invasive plant species that being considered
for use as biofuels in Florida.
Drs. James Cuda and Marc Branham
attended the "NSF Training Grants
Workshop" that was sponsored by the Office
of Research, University of Florida.
Ph.D. student Hardev Sandhu received a
$200 UF/IFAS travel grant to attend the ESA
meeting in San Diego, California. His paper
is "Effect of temperature on the life cycle of
lesser cornstalk borer, Elasmopalpus
lignosellus (Zeller) on sugarcane."
An online auction cost a bidder $40,800 to
have the Minerva owl butterfly named after
the late Margery Minerva Blythe Kitzmiller
of Ohio. The scientific name of the butterfly
is now Opsiphanes blythekitzmillerae. See
more details at http://www.cnn.com/2007/
TECH/science/11/23/butterfly. name. ap/index
The annual meeting of the ESA's
Southeastern Branch is scheduled for 2-5
March 2008 in Jacksonville, Florida.
Abstracts are due by 30 November.
Fifty-three students attended the 20th annual
UF/IFAS School of Structural Fumigation,
held 12-16 November in Fort Lauderdale.
Students came from as far away as Japan,
Australia, and Trinidad to attend this unique
classroom, workshop, and field instructional
program. Fifteen of the 16 students who
applied for operator certification in the
Florida fumigation category passed the
rigorous 200 question exam. Drs. Rudolf
Scheffrahn and Nan-Yao Su coordinate the
school with support from numerous industry
and state agencies volunteers.
Our aim: to tackle houseflies cycle
Measure their pleasure
Requite their appetite
Splurge their urge
Find the dish they wish
The whiff they sniff
The wall they crawl
We're none too soon!
If we're to have a million
Nay, a trillion
Healthy, happy houseflies
Here by June!
- Hope Stoddard author
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