Florida nematologists cooperated to write a comprehensive obituary for Dr. A. Charles Tarjan, who died
in late January. Please see Charles Tarjan.pdf.
Dr. Joseph Funderburk, of the North Florida Research and Education Center in Quincy, was named the
UF/IFAS International Fellow for 2008. See http://emr.ifas.ufl.edu/inside ifas/2009/005.html for details.
Dr. James P. Cuda participated in a two-day workshop that addressed UF's role in sustainability in
academic programs, internal and external communication, and interdisciplinary research. The purpose of
the workshop, held on 23-24 February at the Reitz Union, was to develop and provide feedback on a draft
Thomas Fasulo gave a 2-hour presentation on "Insects and History" to 51 education students in Dr.
Rebecca Baldwin's Life Science (ENY 3007C) class.
Dr. Dorota Porazinska was featured in an IFAS news release regarding her paper on Computer-assisted
genetic analysis for identifying nematodes. The paper was published was published online this month in
the journal Molecular Ecology Resources. See the news release at http://news.ifas.ufl.edu/story.aspx?
Pfiester M, Kaufman PE. (2009). Rat-tailed maggot, Eristalis tenax (Linnaeus) Featured Creatures.
EENY-445. http://entomology.ifas.ufl.edu/creatures/livestock/rat-tailed maggot.htm
Frank JH, Leppla NC, Sprenkel RK, Blount AC, Mizell III RF. (2009). Larra bicolor Fabricius
(Hymenoptera: Crabronidae): its distribution throughout Florida. Insecta Mundi 0063: 1-5. http://fulltextl0.
Tarver MR, Schmelz EA, Rocca JR, Scharf ME. 2009. Effects of soldier-derived terpenes on soldier
caste differentiation in the termite Reticulitermesflavipes. Journal of Chemical Ecology 35: 256-264.
Arthurs SP, McKenzie CL, Chen J, Dogramaci M, Brennan M, Houben K, Osborne LS. 2009.
Evaluation ofNeoseiulus cucumeris and Amblyseius swirskii (Acari: Phytoseiidae) as biological control
agents of chilli thrips, Scirtothrips dorsalis (Thysanoptera: Thripidae), on pepper. Biological Control 49:
91-96. (Abstract: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/i.biocontrol.2009.01.002)
Halbert SE, Corsini D, Wiebe M, Vaughn SF. 2009. Plant-derived compounds and extracts with potential
as aphid repellents. Annals of Applied Biology 154: 303-307.
Wenninger EJ, Stelinski LL, Hall DG. 2009. The roles of olfactory cues, visual cues, and mating status in
orientation ofDiaphorina citri Kuwayama (Hemiptera: Psyllidae) to four different host plants.
Environmental Entomology 38: 225-234.
Stelinski LL, Il'Ichev AL, Gut LJ. 2009. Efficacy and release rate of reservoir pheromone dispensers for
simultaneous mating disruption of codling moth and oriental fruit moth (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae). Journal
of Economic Entomology 102: 315-323.
Jeyaprakash A, Hoy MA. 2009. The nuclear genome of the phytoseiid Metaseiulus occidentalis (Acari:
Phytoseiidae) is among the smallest known in arthropods. Experimental & Applied Acrology 47: 263-273.
Meetings and Presentations
During 9-13 February, Dr. James P. Cuda and three of his students participated in a joint Annual Meeting
of the Weed Science Society and Southern Weed Science Society held in Orlando, Florida. Cuda organized
a tour of local weed biological control projects (hydrilla and tropical soda apple) for the International
Bioherbicide Group, and moderated an oral paper session on weed biological control. Abhishek
Mukherjee received an award for the Ph.D. paper competition for his simulated herbivory research on the
aquatic weed hygrophila, and Tobias Schmid, a Howard Hughes Medical Institute undergraduate student,
presented a poster on his research project investigating biocontrol of fluridone-resistent hydrilla.
Dr. James P. Cuda participated in an Extension In-service training and planning session dealing with
"Climate Change: What Does it Mean for Florida?" The two-day workshop was held in Plant City, Florida,
during 18-20 February.
Know Your Termites
During 22-26 June 2009, entomology faculty at the Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center will
present the Termite Biology and Control course.
The course runs from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm for all five days. Instructors include Drs. Rudolf Scheffrahn,
Nan-Yao Su, and William Kern, Jr., who have a combined 60 years experience in termite research,
teaching, and extension. Topics covered will include anatomy, taxonomy, evolution, ecology,
identification, and physiology of the major termite families. Management strategies will be covered for
subterranean and drywood termites. Identification laboratories and field trips are included. There are no
prerequisites for the course, but an introductory course in entomology is strongly recommended.
The couse objectives include:
Generate excitement for one of the great insect orders on earth.
Understand the unique behavior, morphology, and physiology of termites.
Identify all major families of termites and important pest species.
Learn a range of techniques used to manage or eliminate pest species.
Selected readings and references will be available on the first day of class.
For registration information contact Janet Miranda at (954) 577-6371 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Florida State Fair Insects as Food
The Florida Entomological Society (FES) sponsored Insect Encounters at the State Fair in Tampa, FL,
during 6-16 February 2009. Various local entomological organizations had booths: the University of
Florida Entomology and Nematology Department, the Florida Department of Agriculture Division of
Plant Industry, the USDA Center for Medical and Veterinary Entomology, The McGuire Center for
Lepidoptera, the Florida Pest Management Association, etc. Displays included arthropod collections,
entomophagy (insects as food), honey production in Florida, fire ants management, termite farms and
State Fair officials estimate that approximately 65,000 individuals visited the Agriculture Hall of Fame
building where Insect Encounters was housed. Dr. Rebecca Baldwin of our department helped coordinate
the event and she provided a PDF file showing the booths and some of the volunteers. See 2009 State Fair.
pdf. The FES Education and Outreach committee is responsible for requesting educational booth
participants for Insect Encounters. If you have suggestions, or if you know any group or organization that
would be interested, please contact her.
Jane Medley, Nick Hostettler and Dr. Rebecca Baldwin went down to Tampa to set up the exhibit on
February 5th, and Nick brought everything back on the 17th.
Departmental faculty, staff and students who participated during the Fair were: Eddie Atkinson, Dr.
Rebecca Baldwin, Dr. Eileen Buss, Sharon Clemmensen, Dr. Jim Cuda, Dan Fitzpatrick, Jason
Graham (2 days), Craig Littauer, Jane Medley, Thomson Paris, Dr. Roberto Pereira, Rosana
Serikawa (2 days), Will Sanders, Shine Taylor (2 days), Matt Thom, Anthony Vaudo, Catherine
Westbrook, and Catherine Zettel. Things can get a little hectic at times, especially if you are at the booth
by yourself. However, if you did not volunteer this year, just ask any of those who did how much fun they
had, and you will be sorry you missed it.
Gene therapy is not new. Braconid wasps perfected it 100 million years ago. See http://www.sciencedaily.
com/releases/2009/02/090216100425.htm for details.
If a butterfly was just identified as a new species because it has a mustache, then what does that say about
men with beards? See http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/02/090220192951.htm for details.
How mosquitoes survive a dengue virus infection by mounting an immediate, potent immune response
may lead the way to developing a means to prevent the disease in humans. See http://www.sciencedaily.
com/releases/2009/02/090212210708.htm for details.
Is it time to change your aftershave? Female moths can discern a male's ancestry, age and possibly
reproductive fitness from his smell. See http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/03/090302213820.htm
Wasps like coffee.
Dorothy Aldis (1896-1966),
a children's literature author and poet.
Many comic Web sites limit the length of time a panel appears to just 30 days. Others may require you to
register to view previous panels, which you may not wish to do. In either case, the sooner you visit the site,
the greater chance you have to view the following:
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