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09/23/96 Entomology and Nematology News Vol. 2, No. 1.
A University of Florida Publication
Congratulations to Juan Antonio and Maria Villanueva-Jimenez for their baby boy, Juan Axel, born on
August 23. He is 18.5 inches long and weighs 5 lbs., 12 oz. Fortunately he looks a lot like his mother.
Denise Johanowicz attended The International Meeting "Symbiosis 96," held in Bar Harbor, Maine.
Participants discussed various symbioses, including Wolbachia symbionts in arthropods, aphid and termite
symbionts, bioluminescent symbionts in marine animals, symbionts of thermal vent and deep sea animals,
and other mutualistic and parasitic symbioses. She presented a poster titled "Biological and Molecular
Studies of Wolbachia Symbionts in a Mite Predator-Prey System."
Jason Byrd conducted a lecture and workshop on forensic entomology for the Internal Association for
Identification. The workshop introduced law enforcement officers, crime scene technicians, medical
examiners, and state appointed legal advisors to the use of entomology in legal investigations. The
workshop was featured on CNN's (The Cable News Network) "Headline News" as an area of biological
science newly available to law enforcement agencies.
Marjorie A. Hoy was elected a Fellow of the Entomological Society of America. The award will be
presented at the national ESA meeting in December.
Tom Walker attended the 10th International Meeting on Insect Sound and Vibration at Woods Hole, Mass.,
September 8-11, and gave a paper on "Trilling Field Crickets in a Zone of Overlap."
Marjorie A. Hoy will present an invited talk at the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Association)
consultants' meeting, "Potential Practical Application of Genetic Engineering and Molecular Biology to Aid
Genetic Control of Insect Pests," in Vienna, September 30-October 4.
J. L. Castner, J. H. Byrd, and J. F. Butler. Forensic Insect Field Identification cards. These cards help crime
scene technicians and medical examiners identify common insects found on human cadavers. This is an
effort to improve communication between forensic scientists and entomologists.
Hoy, M. A. 1996. Chapter 9. "Novel Arthropod Biological Control Agents," pp. 164-185. In: Persley, G. J.
(ed.), Biotechnology and Integrated Pest Management, CAB Int., Wallingford. Proc. of a Bellagio
Conference on Biotechnology for Integrated Pest Management, October 1993, Lake Como, Italy.
BIOCONTROL OF MESQUITE IN AUSTRALIA
Dr. James Cuda was recently contacted by CSIRO entomologist Dr. Tim Heard, of the Long Pocket Labs in
Indooroopilly, regarding an insect that Cuda studied as part of a USDA biocontrol project on weeds of
southwestern U.S. rangelands.
The insect, Mozena obtusa Uhler, is a coreid bug that feeds on the vascular tissues of developing shoot tips,
flower buds, leaves and pods of mesquite, Prosopis spp. The feeding activity of the nymphs and adults
inhibits seed production which contributes to the plant's invasiveness. The bug is now being considered as a
candidate for biocontrol of mesquite in Australia, where several species of mesquite have been introduced
without their natural enemy complex. Dr. Heard imported adults and nymphs ofM. obtusa into their
quarantine lab on August 29 to conduct host specificity tests, and requested information on rearing
The Entomology and Nematology Department welcomes the following new graduate students: Juan Alvarez
(McCoy); Janete Brito (Maruniak); Juan Huang (Nuessly/McAuslane); Carl Boohene (Lawrence); Hye Rim
(Helena) Han (Dickson); Hugo Kons (Emmel); Hussein Sanchez-Arroyo (Koehler); Pieter Van Essen
(Kline/Lemire); Xiaochun Zhang (O'Brien); Hazel Levy.
MORE ON PEST ALERT
Dr. Robert Dunn, extension nematologist at the University of Florida, recently received a number of
requests concerning that lowliest of creatures, the earthworm. To meet these requests he reviewed the
literature and compiled a list of references which he has posted to Pest Alert. The list includes UF/IFAS
extension publications, reference books, and World Wide Web sites. The list is posted under all of the crop
categories of Pest Alert.
Dr. Dunn has also issued a plea for help from county agents and master gardeners to be on the lookout for
"new nematicides" that are being offered to Florida residents. The complete text is posted under all of the
crop categories of Pest Alert.
Pest Alert is available at http://PestAlert,ifas.ufl.edu/
IV INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON ECTOPARASITES
The 4th International Symposium on Ectoparasites of Pets will be held at the University of California at
Riverside on April 6-8, 1997. For more information contact Dr. Nancy Hinkle, Dept. of Entomology, Univ.
of California, Riverside, CA, 92521
XXI INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS OF ENTOMOLOGY
The next International Congress of Entomology (XXI) will be held in Foz do Iguacu, Brazil in the year
2000. The site of the Congress, Iguacu Falls, is recognized as the most beautiful water falls in the world.
For more information contact the Committee for the Brazilian Candidacy: D.L. Gazzoni, EMBRAPA,
Ministry of Agriculture; F. Moscardi, EMBRAPA; J.R.P. Parra, USP, SEB; M.D. Tadano, COBRAFI;
Marcos Kogan, IPPC; and P.J. Oliveira. Another name provided is: Decio Luiz Gazzoni, National Soybean
Research Center, Brazilian Enterprise of Agricultural Research, P.O. Box 231, 86001-970-Londrina-PR-
BRAZIL. Phone (0044) 43-371-6213; fax (0055) 43-371-6100 and e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
(Information taken from a brochure handed out at the XX International Congress of Entomology.)
NETSCAPE'S NAVIGATOR 3.0
A number of computers in the department are still running Netscape's Navigator version 1.1. The current
version is 3.0 and it is FREE for educational users. If you are running Navigator version 1.1 you may have
trouble downloading software off the WWW, such as shareware or video card drivers, or even accessing
WWW pages that use frames. Accessing WWW sites with frames may even kick you completely out of
The Netscape home page, and site downloading the new version, is listed on the top of the Netscape
window, under Directory. If you have version 2.0, you can download version 3.0, double-click on the self-
executing file and the setup routine will guide you through the installation.
If you have version 1.1 you must do things differently. When downloading under version 2.0 you see a
sliding bar in the middle of the screen showing you the download process. When downloading under
version 1.1, you don't see the bar, but the number of bytes downloaded at the bottom of the screen. If you
have version 1.1 currently installed and you download version 3.0, you should move the self-executing file
to a separate, empty directory. After doing this, double-click on the file, it will unZIP into many files.
These files are the setup file supported by version 2.0. After unZIPing the file, double-click on the file
SETUP.EXE and Netscape will begin the install process. In both cases, when the install process asks if you
want to keep the Netscape IN file, answer YES. When the install process asks if you want to register it, you
MUST do so. It will automatically take you to Netscape's Registration screen.
Fill in the information about who you are, where you work, your e-mail address, etc. It takes about four
minutes. This registers you as a FREE user with a university. After the install process is complete, you can
delete the self-executing file or the files in the temporary directory you set up.
- Thomas Fasulo
PART TIME RESEARCH POSITION
Student needed to work 20 hours/week (flexible hours) at the USDA/ARS Center for Medical, Agricultural,
and Veterinary Entomology on the biological control of mosquitoes. Experience preferred, but
dependability and enthusiasm a must!
Opportunities for research projects and training in various aspects of mosquito biology and insect pathology
available. Starting salary: $6.17/hr; benefits include annual and sick leave. Contact: James Becnel 374-5961
or Peg Johnson 374-5963 (7 am-5 pm), USDA/ARS Center for Medical, Agricultural, and Veterinary
Entomology, 1600 SW 23rd Drive Gainesville, FL 32608.
CorelDraw 5 for Windows 3.1x and CorelDraw 6 for Windows 95 are available. Each package includes
several different applications, more than 800 fonts, and more than 20,000 clipart images and photos. They
have a suggested retail price of $695. The educational price is $139. This price is available to accredited
educational institutions, faculty, staff and post-secondary students.
BIOSIS is a publisher of biological abstracts and zoological records. It has a WWW site at http://www.
biosis.org/. This site lists reviews on biological software, and resources on taxonomy and nomenclature as
well as other materials. It earned an award as a Four-Star Magellan Site.
There will be a blood drive today at the Entomology and Nematology building from 1-4 p.m. Your efforts
can make a life saving difference to many people. Each pint of blood donated has the potential to touch up
to four lives. Please donate blood.
A hard copy of this newsletter is given to department members in Building 970 only. All others can obtain
an electronic subscription by joining the listserv.
The next newsletter will be published Tuesday, October 15. Deadline for contributions is Friday, October 11.
Editor: Enrique Perez
This version of the newsletter is published for the Web by Tim McCoy.
September 1996. Revised March 2003.
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