Dr. Don Hall will officially retire this month, but plans to work through early December as he is teaching a
course this semester. A reception, in room 1031, is scheduled for Monday, 23 November, at 2 p.m. to
honor his 35 years with the department.
Drs. Jamie Ellis and Mike Scharf recently presented a joint research project at the North American
Pollinator Prevention Campaign Meeting on the effects of pesticides on honey bee development. Dr. Mike
Scharf also was featured on National Public Radio, discussing their results. The project was recently
featured on the University of Florida homepage and is available at http://news.ufl.edu/2009/10/29/bee-
A recent UF/IFAS news release features Dr. Mike Scharf, who leads a team a UF researchers who are
now ready to harness a mixture of termite enzymes to produce biofuel.
Virni Mattson recently joined the department and is housed in the front office. She previously worked in
the IFAS grants office, where she worked in the pre-awards section. Her responsibilities here will be
similar: to help us get grants submitted and the funding flowing. There are major changes underway in the
grant processing arena, and having Virmi working with us will hopefully help us transition successfully.
This is something of an experiment, and we are sharing the cost with Microbiology and the Gulf Coast
Research and Education Center. So while Virmi will have considerable responsibilities outside this
department, our access to her is much improved and her workload is greatly reduced. I am hopeful that her
presence will enhance your grant efforts. Our commitment to her extends only through June, and we will
discuss the value of her association before then. Dr. John Capinera
Graduate students Teresia Nyoike, Craig Roubos and Elena Rhodes won first, second and third prize
respectively, in the Ph.D. student competition at the annual Florida Entomological Society (FES) meeting.
Dr. Oscar Liburd is the major professor for all three students.
Teresia Nyoike was one of the three recipients for the annual FES $500 scholarship for excellence in
academic performance. She also received a minigrant for $100, and a travel grant $100 to assist with
expenses to attend the 2009 FES annual meeting.
Elena Rhodes received a minigrant for $100, and a travel grant for $100 to assist with expenses to attend
the 2009 FES annual meeting
William Sanders obtained the second prize at the annual Florida Entomological Society meeting. His
major professor is Dr. Oscar Liburd.
Dr. Richard Pluke (Ph.D. '04) recently moved to Tanzania to begin duties as an environmental specialist/
project manager on an agriculture project for U.S. AID. He is based in Arusha near Mount Kilimanjaro and
welcomes any UF entomologist/nematologist who happens to be in that part of the world to drop him a line
Shaver B, Kaufman PE. (October 2009). Hide beetle, Dermestes maculatus DeGeer. Featured Creatures.
EENY-466. http://entomology.ifas.ufl.edu/creatures/misc/beetles/hide beetle.htm
Jha KV, Seal DR, Kakkar G. (October 2009). Chilli thrips, Scirtothrips dorsalis Hood. Featured
Creatures. EENY-463. http://entomologv.ifas.ufl.edu/creatures/om/thrips/chilli thrips.htm
Tartar A, Wheeler MM, Zhou X, Coy MR, Boucias DG, Scharf ME. (2009). Parallel meta-transcriptome
analyses of host and symbiont gene expression in the gut of the termite R. flavipes. Biotechnology for
Biofuels 2. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2768689/pdf/1754-6834-2-25.pdf
Fraulo AB, Cohen M, Liburd OE. 2009. Visible/Near infrared reflectance(VNIR) spectroscopy for
detecting twospotted spider mite (Acari: Tetranychidae) damage in strawberries. Environmental
Entomology 38: 137-142.
Ar6valo HA, Fraulo AB, Liburd OE. (2009). Management of flower thrips in blueberries in Florida.
Florida Entomologist, 92. http://www.fcla.edu/FlaEnt/fe92p 14.pdf
Liburd OE, Sarzynski EM, Ar6valo HA, MacKenzie K. 2009. Monitoring and emergence of flower thrips
species in rabbiteye and southern highbush blueberries. Acta Horticulturae 810: 251-258.
Schellhorn NA, Nyoike TW, Liburd OE. 2009. IPM Programs in vegetable crops in Australia and USA:
Current status and emerging trends. In Peshin R, Dhawan AK, [Eds]. pp. 571-591. Integrated Pest
Management: Innovation development Process. Springer, Netherlands.
Krewer G, Tertuliano M, Andersen P, Liburd OE, Fonsah G, Serri H, Mullinix B. 2009. Effect of mulches
on the establishment of organically grown blueberries in Georgia. Acta Horticulturae 810: 483-488.
Roubos CR, Liburd OE. 2008. Effect of trap color on captures of grape root borer (Lepidoptera: Sesiidae)
males and non-target insects. Journal of Agricultural Entomology 25: 99-109.
Watts SL, Garcia-Maruniak A, Maruniak JE. 2009. Tensaw virus genome sequence and its relation to
other Bunyaviridae. Virus Genes 39: 309-318
Stelinski LL, Zhang A, Onagbola EO, Meyer WL. 2009. Recognition of foreign oviposition marking
pheromones is context dependent and determined by preimaginal conditioning. Communicative and
Integrative Biology 2: 391-393.
Espinosa A, Bowman H, Hodges A, Hodges G. (November 2009). Boisduval scale, Diaspis boisduvalii
Signoret. Featured Creatures. EENY-467. http://entomology.ifas.ufl.edu/creatures/om/scales/
Medal J, Bustamante N, Barrera J, Avila 0, Monzon J, Cuda J. (2009). Host specificity of Anthonomus
elutus (Coleoptera: Curculionidae), a potential biological control agent of wetland nightshade (Solanaceae)
in Florida. Florida Entomolgist, 92. http://www.fcla.edu/FlaEnt/fe92p458.pdf
Meetings and Presentations
Blackberry field day at Citra: Those wonderful berries you were enjoying last summer are becoming
popular in north/central Florida. Therefore, Dr. Oscar Liburd's Small Fruit and Vegetable IPM Lab is
hosting a blackberry field day at the Plant Science Research and Education Unit in Citra on November 13,
2009, at 10 a.m. Different cultivars under different management systems will be observed and discussed in
respect of their insect problems and economic importance. Feel free to swing by to meet some growers and
Dale Greenwood representing Castel, AZ, and their water-gathering crystal 'Hydrosource'. Please contact
Dr. Elke Weibelzahl for more information. Dr. Elke Weinbelzahl
Dr. James P. Cuda was invited to participate in the 33rd Annual Meeting of the Florida Aquatic Plant
Management Society held in Daytona Beach, FL, 12-15 October. Cuda was a moderator for one of the oral
presentation sessions and also presented the paper "Biocontrol update for Florida."
Dr. James P. Cuda and Abhishek Mukherjee, a doctoral student, were invited to participate in the
inaugural International Congress on Biological Invasions (ICBI) held in Fuzhou, China, 2-6 November.
The purpose of the Congress is to be a forum on the increasing problem of invasive alien species (IAS)
worldwide, targeting the needs of IAS management at national, regional and international levels. The ICBI
provided a platform for the exchange of research and technical progress on a range of topics dealing with
IAS, including gaps between research and field application related to biosecurity, quarantine and
international trade as well as on the linkages and impact of climate change on biological invasions. Cuda
presented the paper "Exploratory surveys for natural enemies of the invasive aquatic weed Hygrophila
polysperma: preliminary results." Mukherjee's presentation was "Predicting worldwide distribution of the
invasive aquatic weed Hygrophila under current and future climatic situations." Both papers were co-
authored by Dr. William A. Overholt.
William Sanders obtained a graduate student research grant from the Sustainable Agriculture Research &
Education program for $9,434. His proposal was "The smells and sounds of a subterranean sessid: mating
disruption and acoustic detection of Vitacea polistiformes (Lepidoptera: Sessidae)."
Drs. James P. Cuda and William A. Overholt received a $37,500 grant from the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency and Osceola County (Florida) to continue research on classical biological control of the
aquatic weed dwarf hygrophila, Hygrophila polysperma Anderson.
Once again, the department plans a strong presence at the annual Ocali Country Days historical festival at
Silver River State Park in Marion County. This year at least 19 members of the department will be hosting
our booth over the six days of the festival during November 10-15. Over 9,000 visitors are expected, most
of them children (K-middle school) and teachers, and most of these are from private schools or home
schoolers, a group we do not often reach. The week days are reserved for students and their teachers
(reservations required), but the event is open to the general public on the weekend. Our dual-theme this
year is native pollinators and available entomology school curriculum assets.
Other major, upcoming outreach events include a 4-H agent training event in January, the state fair in
February, and Morningside Nature Center in April. Ben Anderson, president of our department's
undergraduate Entomology Club, reports that club is planning another "Entomology Day" at the Reitz
Union collonade in the near future. This was a big hit on campus last year.
Currently, the Outreach Committee is actively planning curriculum packages for K-12, a five-day Bug
Summer Camp for 2010, training for county agents to run their own Bug Camps, and participation in high-
school science events at UF. An outreach training event for our students, undergraduates and graduates, is
planned for December 1st from 5:00-7:00 pm. As was done last year, pizza will be served. Watch for
details via e-mail.
Thomas Fasulo and Dr. Jamie Ellis recently provided funds to purchase 24,000 "I Love Insects" stickers.
These stickers, designed by Jane Medley, are a big hit with kids, and often serve as an inducement for
them to pick up and pet our veteran outreach staff the hissing cockroaches!
Dr. William Kern, of the Fort Lauderdale REC, has generously offered to donate $500 of his IFAS for-
sale publication funds to the Outreach Committe, IF one or more other people will match that amount with
a total donation of $500. Please coordinate with Dr. Rebecca Baldwin if you are interested in helping our
outreach activities by contributing to make this matching grant possible. One needed item under
consideration by the Committee is a new outreach tent, and the $1,000 provided by this matching fund
offer could make that a reality.
The gift to the Florida Museum of Natural History of over 2 million butterfly and moth specimens, from
Dr. William and Nadine McGuire of Wayzata, Minnesota, is valued at more than $41 million. The gift,
"also includes funding for curation of the Lepidoptera collection, ongoing taxonomic and biodiversity
related research, training of scientists and publication of books and relevant papers. The gift brings the
number of specimens in UF's collection to more than 9 million, one of the world's largest." Click here for
Why fight ants when they can fight each other? At least, this is an idea from scientists who synthesized
chemicals that trigger aggression in Argentine ants. Click here for details.
Have you ever watched ants attacking an earthworm on the sidewalk? Then you should feel better about
your computer's security knowing that "computer ants" will soon be attacking "computer worms" on your
system. Click here for details.
"Breaking up may actually not be hard to do, say scientists who've found a population of tropical
butterflies that may be on its way to a split into two distinct species." Click here for details.
Why nice guys usually get the girls. Click here for details.
The Queen is dead. Long Live the Queen. Read how army ants transfer their loyalities upon the death of a
monarch. Click here for details.
It appears that a bunch of drunken fruit flies helped scientists from North Carolina State and Boston
universities find a potential drug target for alcoholism. You assignment: read the article with your
colleagues and then meet for lunch to discuss this over several pitchers of beers. Click here for details.
A flea flew by a bee. The bee
To flee the flea flew by a fly.
The fly flew high to flee the bee
Who flew to flee the flea who flew
To flee the fly who now flew by.
by Mary Ann Hoberman,
Children's Poet Laureate
There are five more stanzas, but... whew!
- from her book, The Llama Who Had No Pajama: 100 Favorite Poems
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:
So, you are going to the Entomological Society of American (ESA) meeting next month and will be
presenting your first scientific paper? Have you asked other first-timers about their experiences when
writing their paper? Click here for details.
If you have been practicing for the Linnaean Games, then you didn't receive the word. This year the ESA
will replace the Linnanean games with a new game venue. Click here for details (three panels).
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