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Dr. James Nation, Professor Emeritus,
released the second edition of his book,
Insect Physiology and Biochemistry. The
new edition has an additional four chapters,
for a total of 19. Two entirely new chapters,
Diapause and Immunity, were not in the first
edition, and Flight and Vision were each
expanded to a chapter. Sections of other
chapters were updated with more recent
references, so that now there are between
1800 to 1900 references in the new edition.
In addition, there are seven pages of color
illustrations in the middle of the book. You
can purchase this edition, through the For-
Sale Publication page of our Department's
Web site at http://pests.ifas.ufl.edu/forsale/.
Dr. James P. Cuda and his research program
on biological control of the aquatic weed
Hygrophilapolysperma were featured on
Osceola County's Hydrilla & Hygrophila
Demonstration Project's webpage at
ip.html. Ph.D. student Abhishek
Mukherjee, of Cuda's lab, co-authored the
Dr. James Cuda and his former student Dr.
Scotty Long ('04) were recognized for their
contribution to a U.S. Patent for "Effective
Biorational Control of Pests" at the inaugural
FAES Research Awards Ceremony held at
the Harn Museum, 4 April.
Dr. James Cuda was elected by the Faculty
Senate to serve on the University's Lakes,
Vegetation and Landscaping Committee. The
Committee is responsible for actions that
affect the use of University lakes, including
guidelines for use of such lakes in order to
preserve their ecological integrity and
research capabilities, and the management
and well being of natural areas containing
non-domesticated plants and animals.
Dr. James Cuda was recently selected for
inclusion in the 2009 edition of Who's Who
Dr. James Cuda was featured in an article
on invasive plant research in the 18 March
issue of the Alligator, a UF student-owned
Dr. Xuguo (Joe) Zhou, a senior biological
scientist in Dr. Mike Scharf's insect
toxicology laboratory, accepted a position as
Assistant Professor in Insect Genomics at the
University of Kentucky. Joe joined the
department in 2004 and was a very
productive researcher. During his time at UF,
Joe published ten high-impact papers on
termite biochemistry, molecular biology and
genomics, and contributed to new levels of
understanding in the areas of termite
cellulose digestion and caste differentiation.
Not only was he a great colleague in the
toxicology laboratory, but his knowledge and
outgoing personality was welcome
throughout the department. Joe will be
missed very much and we wish him the best.
Megan Magee, an undergraduate major in
entomology, was selected for the 2008-2009
College of Agricultural and Life Sciences
Ambassador Team. Students appointed to the
Team must first demonstrate outstanding
achievement in academics and student
leadership. These students create awareness
of academic programs and career
opportunities in food, agriculture and natural
resources among students, teachers, advisors
and the general public by speaking to high
schools, community colleges and civic
organizations within Florida, and at national
Michael Bentley, of Dr. Phil Kaufman's
lab, graduated with a M.S. this month. Mike
leaves behind him a highly successful tour
as the Coordinator of the department's
Outreach Program, under Dr. Jamie Ellis.
Mike accepted a position with FloridaCare
Pest Management in St. Petersburg, FL,
owned by Joe Jonovich ('05).
Ph.D. student Christian Salcedo received a
$3,650 Smithsonian Short-term Fellowship.
The award will partially cover his research
and travel expenses during his three month
stay (July-September 2008) at a field station
of the Smithsonian Tropical Research
Institute in the Panamanian rain forest.
Gomez C, Mizell RF. (2008). Cypress twig
gall midge, Taxodiomyia cupressiananassa
(Osten Sacken). Featured Creatures. EENY-
Gomez C, Mizell RF. (2008). Green stink
bug, Acrosternum hilare (Say). Featured
Creatures. EENY-431. http://creatures.ifas.
Gomez C, Mizell RF. (2008). Black stink
bug, Proxys punctulatus (Palisot). Featured
Creatures. EENY-432. http://creatures.ifas.
Brito JA, Stanley JD, Kaur R, Cetintas R,
Di Vito M, Thies JA, Dickson DW. 2008.
Effects of the Mi-1, N and Tabasco genes on
infection and reproduction of Meloidogyne
mayaguensis on tomato and pepper
genotypes. J. of Nematology 39: 327-332.
Nation JL. 2008. Insect Physiology and
Biochemistry. CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL.
Iponga DM, Cuda JP, Milton SJ, Richardson
DM. 2008. Megastigmus wasp damage to
Schinus molle (Peruvian pepper tree) seeds
across a rainfall gradient in South Africa:
Implications for invasiveness. African
Entomology 16: 127-131.
Mukherjee A, Cuda JP, Overholt WA,
Ellison C. 2008. Biological control of
Hygrophilapolysperma: Searching for
natural enemies in India first trip report.
Aquatics 30: 20-22.
Cuda JP, Buss LJ. 2008. A new candidate
for biological control of Brazilian peppertree,
Schinus terebinthifolius (Anacardiaeceae).
FANREP Newsletter 4(1): 8.
Boyd BM, Daniels JC, Austin GT. 2008.
Predaceous behavior by Helicoverpa zea
(Boddie) (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae:
Heliothinae). Journal of Insect Behavior
Meetings and Presentations
Dr. Marjorie Hoy traveled to Riverside,
California to present an invited seminar on 5
May, "Genome analyses of the predatory
mite Metaseiulus occidentalis: mitey small
and mitey large."
Drs. Marjorie Hoy and A. Jeyaprakash
traveled to Kansas City, 11-13 April, to
attend the Second Annual Arthropod
Genomics Symposium. They presented a
poster at the session and attended workshops
on genome analysis methods.
Dr. James Cuda gave an invited talk at the
inaugural Native Plant Community
Restoration and Management Workshop, in
Lakeland, FL, 2-3 April. Cuda's presentation
was "Biological control of invasive plants in
Florida's upland and freshwater ecosystems."
The workshop was co-sponsored by the
Florida Institute of Phosphate Research and
Dr. James Cuda attended the 23rd Annual
Symposium of the Florida Exotic Pest Plant
Council in Jacksonville, FL, 21-24 April.
Cuda gave the invited oral presentation
"Apocnemidophorus pipitzi (Coleoptera:
Curculionidae), a new candidate for
biological control of Brazilian peppertree,
Schinus terebinthifolius (Anacardiaceae):
preliminary results on it biology and host
range." The paper was co-authored by Judy
Gillmore and Dr. Julio Medal. Cuda also
co-authored a presentation by Ph.D. student
Veronica Manrique on "Effect of host plant
genotypes on the performance of
Peintilphiihi1 il,' ichini, an approved
biological control agent of Brazilian
peppertree in Florida."
Dr. Jaret Daniels and Ph.D. student Emily
Saarinen presented the poster "Comparing
wild and captive populations: Genetic
implications for maximizing potential
reintroduction success," at the First
International Wildlife Reintroduction
Conference, 14-16 April, 2008, in Chicago.
Ph.D. student Delano Lewis received the
following grants to attend Forum Herbulot
2008 in Munich, Germany: Graduate Student
Council ($250), IFAS Travel Grant ($200),
Office of Research Travel Grant ($300).
Drs. James Cuda and William Overholt
received a $30,000 grant from the Florida
Department of Environmental Protection to
continue their research on classical biological
control of the aquatic weed Hyrophila
polysperma in India.
Dr. Jaret Daniels received a $13,500 award
from the Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission for "Conservation
and Field Surveys of the Endangered Miami
Blue Butterfly, Cyclargus thomasi
bethunebakeri (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae)."
The 91st Annual Meeting of the Florida
Entomological Society is scheduled for 13-
16 July, 2008, at the Jupiter Beach Resort &
Spa in Jupiter Beach, Florida. Information on
registration, and submitting papers,
presentations and posters is available on its
Web site at http://www.flaentsoc.org/
annual08.htm. For highlights on planned
symposiums and awards, see the extended
article in this newsletter's online version.
The ABC's of Entomology CD-ROM is
now available! This curriculum was reviewed
and approved at local, state and national
levels. Designed to increase appreciation for
insects, dispelling misconceptions about
them, and decrease general fear by providing
opportunities for youth to interact with
insects in a non-threatening way. It was
developed by Alison Neeley (M.S.'02), and
reviewed by Drs. Don Hall, John Capinera,
and John Zenger of our department; and Deb
DePiatro and Betty Camp Dunckle of the
Florida Museum of Natural History. It is now
available through our department For-Sale
Publications page at http://pests.ifas.ufl.edu/
forsale/. For details, see the extended article
in this newsletter's online version.
Plan to attend the annual Butterfly Fest at
the Florida Museum of Natural History
(FMNH), on 18-19 October, 2008. Over
6,700 visitors enjoyed the 2007 Butterfly
In addition to far-off places, the staff of the
FMNH McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and
butterflies/) have been surveying our local
Paynes Prairie State Park. They estimate that
eventually over 1,500 Lepidopteran species
will be identified. If that sounds like a lot,
then consider this, over 1,200 Lepidopteran
species (95% moths) have been collected
from a single backyard in Gainesville.
McGuire Center post-doctoral researcher
Andrew Warren and coauthors Kim Davis,
Jonathan Pelham and Mike Strangeland
are developing a Butterflies of America Web
site to provide comprehensive coverage of all
species, from Alaska to Panama. Already,
over 12,000 images are posted to the site at
authors request your help in providing
images of butterflies and larval host plants, as
well as information and references.
The firefly's flame is something for which
science has no name.
I can think of nothing eerier,
Than flying around with an unidentified
on a person's posterier.
- Ogden Nash (1902 1971)
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