2/25/00 Entomology and Nematology News
Entomology and Nematology Student Organization
A University of Florida Publication
JUST A THOUGHT...
The most important outcome of education is to help students become independent of formal education.
- Paul E. Gray
In April 2000, Dr. Catharine Mannion will begin her work at TREC. Originally from California, she
received her BS in Biology from the University of California, Davis in 1983. She went on to receive her
MS in Entomology from North Carolina State University in 1988 where she studied the use of crop
rotation and cover crops for the management of soil insects and nematodes. In 1992, she received her Ph.D.
from University of Florida where she evaluated the use of entomopathogenic nematodes for the control of
sweetpotato weevil. Dr. Mannion was also a postdoctoral associate with the USDA in Tifton, Georgia,
working on the control of armyworms with the use of a Tachinid parasitoid.
After her stay with the USDA, Dr. Mannion worked in private industry for two years, evaluating insect
growth regulator type compounds. Currently, she is employed with the Nursery Crop Research Station at
Tennessee State University. As the primary entomologist at the research station, her responsibilities
included looking at insect pest problems in field grown nursery.
The position at TREC is a new Assistant Professor position with responsibilities in ornamental
entomology. Dr. Mannion will develop and conduct a 60% research/40% extension program on insects and
mites on landscape and nursery crops. It seems that she will have her work cut out for her, as a major
outbreak of citrus canker rages on limes in south Miami-Dade County. An estimated one thousand acres
will be destroyed in a concentrated effort to eradicate this disease. The causative pathogen may gain entry
into the leaves through mines created by the citrus leaf miner.
Please join me in welcoming Dr. Catharine Mannion to her new post!
Cliff Martin and Rob Lowen each received a John A. Mulrennan, Sr. Scholarship in the amount of $500
for outstanding MS and Ph.D. students, respectively. Recipients of the awards were determined by a vote
from the Graduate Committee, who based their decision on outstanding academic performance.
Mark Salvato's thesis, "The Factors Influencing the Declining Populations of Three Threatened
Butterflies in South Florida and the Lower Florida Keys," was chosen by the Graduate Committee as the
best thesis in the department for the 1999 year. His thesis was submitted to IFAS to be entered into
competition for the Award of Excellence for best M. S. thesis in IFAS.
William (Billy) Crow's dissertation, "Host-Parasite Relations and Management of Belonolaimus
longicuadatus on Potato and Cotton" was chosen by the Graduate Committee as the best dissertation in the
department for the 1999. His dissertation was submitted to IFAS to be entered into competition for the
Award of Excellence for the best Ph.D. dissertation in IFAS.
If Mark or Billy should win at the IFAS level, they will be entered into competition at the University level.
Juan Manuel Alvarez has been elected to Who's Who Among Students in American Universities &
Colleges edition 2000, in recognition of outstanding merit and accomplishments as a student at the
University of Florida.
Dr. Marjorie Hoy was appointed by U. S. Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman to serve on a newly
formed Advisory Committee on Biotechnology. The committee, consisting of individuals from
universities, organizations and commercial firms across the nation is authorized for two years. The first
meeting will be held in March in Washington, D.C.
At the American Mosquito Control Association annual meeting in Atlantic City in March, David Dame
will be installed as President. Currently active as immediate Past President of the Society for Vector
Ecology and having served last year as immediate Past President of the Florida Mosquito Control
Association, he continues to provide guidance to these public health oriented organizations. He and Tom
Fasulo are currently preparing a national certification manual for public health pesticide applicators, as
part of a joint UF AMCA project sponsored by a grant from the USDA.
CALL FOR ALL ABSTRACTS
Time is running out for graduate students to submit their research or creative activity for the 2000 Graduate
Student Forum! This is an excellent opportunity for students to leave the lab and share their discoveries
with the rest of UF. The deadline for submissions is March 3, 2000.
It's time to begin planning for participation in the Florida Entomological Society's annual meeting, to be
held Aug. 6-9 at the Registry Hotel in Naples, FL. Please monitor the FES website for information as the
program develops: www.flaentsoc.org
Dr. Jim Cuda attended the 40th Annual Meeting of the Weed Science Society of America held in Toronto,
Canada, 6-9 February. He presented the paper, "Growth Suppression of the Aquatic Weed Hydrilla
Induced by the Stem Tip Mining Midge Cricotopus lebetis (Diptera: Chironomidae). The paper was co-
authored by his students Pete Coon and Yen Dao.
Dr. Jim Cuda and his staff hosted a tour of the weed biological control laboratory for high school students
attending the 37th Annual Florida Junior Science, Engineering and Humanities Symposium (JSEHS) on 7
February. This three-day conference provided opportunities for high school students and their teachers to
visit UF research facilities and interact with scientists and engineers.
Dr. Jim Cuda was an invited lecturer for Dr. Howard Frank's graduate level course on biological control of
insect pests and weeds (ENY 5241) on February 15th. Dr. Cuda provided the students with an overview of
biological control programs against terrestrial weeds in Florida and discussed current issues relating to
conflicts of interest and risk assessment.
Dr. Jim Cuda was invited to attend an Invasive Plant Summit held in Palm Coast, Florida, 21-23 February.
The objective of the Summit, which was sponsored by FDEP, was to introduce new ideas and challenge
established principles pertaining to the invasive plant problem in Florida.
Powers, L.E., and R. McSorley. 2000. Ecological Principles of Agriculture. Delmar Thomson Learning,
This is an ecology textbook introducing fundamental ecological principles and covering their application in
agricultural systems. It is intended as a textbook for courses in agricultural ecology or sustainable
agriculture, or as a background reference for these subject areas. For more information and availability,
Medal, J.C., and J.P. Cuda. 2000. Biological control of some exotic weeds by means of insects. pp.75-82.
In: Proceedings of the Caribbean Basin Administrative Group Workshop on Approaches to Mitigating the
Effects of Exotic Pest on Trade and Agriculture in the Caribbean Region, 16-18 June 1999, Homestead,
FL. University of Florida-Tropical Research Education Center, Homestead.
Medal, J.C., R.A. Pitelli, A. Santana, D. Gandolfo, R. Gravena, and D.H. Habeck. 2000. Host specificity of
Metriona elatior Klug (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) a potential biological control agent of tropical soda
apple, Solanum viarum Dunal, in the USA. BioControl 45: 1-16.
Cuda, J.P. and M.C. Zeller. 1999. Ochyromera ligustri (Coleoptera: Curculionidae), an Immigrant Natural
Enemy of Chinese Privet Ligustrum sinense Lour. (Oleaceae) in Florida. In D.T. Jones and B.W. Gamble
(eds.), Proceedings of the 1998 Joint Symposium of the Florida Exotic Pest Plant council and the Florida
Native Plant Society, Palm Beach Gardens, 3-7 June 1998. pp. 357-362.
Cuda, J.P., B.R. Coon, Y. Dao, and T.D. Center. 2000. Growth suppression of the aquatic weed hydrilla
induced by the stem tip mining midge Cricotopus lebetis (Diptera: Chironomidae). WSSA ABSTRACTS
EXPANDING THE BROOD...
Lucy Skelley, graduate student, delivered a beautiful and big (8 lb. 14 oz.) baby boy named Matthew.
Lucy and Matthew are doing well and Lucy hopes to return to the Department soon, at least on a part time
Julieta Brambila has moved to Gainesville to work full time at the Florida State Collection of Arthropods,
located in the Doyle Conner Building. Julieta began her work at FSCA on January 10th. Her supervisor is
Dr. Susan Halbert.
URBAN ENTOMOLOGICAL SOCIETY
In the past few months, our club has certainly kept busy. On January 26, some of our members attended an
FPCA management workshop in order to sell publications to pest control operators and company owners.
We had a great turnout and made a lot of sales. Not only is this a great opportunity for members to learn
firsthand about the industry, but they may also meet potential employers!
Cynthia Tucker and Deanna Branscome each gave talks at the Master Gardeners meeting in Brevard
County. Cynthia Tucker, Tom Powell, Larry Jacobs and Dr. Koehler each gave termite talks to
homeowners in Jacksonville as well.
We are giving away two scholarships this semester. These scholarships are quite unique in that they are
based solely on our resumes posted online. Prospective awardees should post their resumes on our website
and the scholarship committee will judge. The internet has proven to be a valuable resource for our
organization, particularly in communicating with prospective employers. We encourage everyone to
become a member of UES and post their resumes online as well!
While our club does a lot with publication sales, travel grants and scholarships, we do know how to have
fun! We had our monthly "happy hour" at Las Margaritas, we played Putt-Putt with ENSO and we had our
meeting catered by Boston Market. Our fund-raising activities have been exceptional this year, and we are
proud to report that our members have been the primary beneficiaries of our profits! We are fortunate to
have made money by selling collections and publications and we like to let our members benefit from that.
All of our club activities include family members and children and are paid for by UES.
Due to Spring Break, our monthly meeting will be on March 15th at 6:30 p.m. in the Entomology
Courtyard. Like all UES activities, the meeting is open to family members and children, and we will be
serving dinner! We hope that everyone will come on out and learn what we are all about!
Erin Britton was just elected to the newly created position of ENSO Historian. Her immediate
responsibilities include pictorial documentation of all ENSO functions and the development of an ENSO
brochure for distribution to new and prospective students.
Come get wet and have fun raising money for ENSO! No travel grants can be awarded until we replenish
our bank account. We will be having a car wash, Saturday March 25th at Florida II Bookstore, located at
34th Street and SW 20th Ave. Meet in the Bookstore parking lot at 9:30 AM. While some members have
already volunteered to provide equipment, we encourage others to bring any car wash supplies they can
spare to support ENSO. For more information, please contact Tom Merritt.
Feel the thrill of entomology each time you use your keys! ENSO is also selling snazzy key chains of
insects preserved in acrylic. You may purchase up to two for $7 each or three or more for $6.50 each. The
proceeds go directly to ENSO's bank account. Contact Tom Merritt to purchase.
Everyone pencil in the Spring Picnic for faculty, staff, students and family to be held Saturday April 1st.
Details forthcoming. If you are interested in helping plan this exciting event, please attend the social
committee meetings every Tuesday at noon in the courtyard. If you are interested but unable to attend the
meetings, contact Phillip Lake.
Thanks to all of you who came out and helped pull potatoes for the G.E.A.R First Annual Potato Roundup.
Not only was the event of great benefit to Gainesville, but also lots of fun for all that participated.
And to let you all know, don't ever think you can't make a difference. Thanks to the efforts of Tom Merritt,
the ENSO president, in the future all student organizations will now be able to sell items at the State Fair
without paying the vendor's fee of $400-500.
The end of the school year is coming up fast, and the ENSO officers' terms are about to end. ENSO
members should consider nominations for the following positions: President, Vice President, Secretary and
Treasurer. We will take nominations at our next meeting in March. The elections will take place in April
and the old officers will step down beginning Summer A.
The next ENSO meeting will be Wednesday, March 15th at 5:15 PM in room 1031.
Our department has bravely put forward a soccer team to battle the might of the UF intramural men's'
league. We have up to now played three games and have managed to find consistent form.
Whereas the results haven't been as electrifying as we would have hoped, the team has pulled together and
produced some creditable performances. Two Sundays ago our team was up to full strength and we had a
magnificent game against "House of Pain". We were leading 2-1 at half time, thanks to goals by Aurelien
and TJ. Before full time, Russell had netted two (one being disallowed) and we had just managed to avoid
our first win c'est la guerre.
Please come and support our final game of the qualifying rounds, which we play this Sunday (2/27) at
6pm. Our opponents will be "Islam on Campus", who currently top the league table. We need all the
support (and players) we can get. For more information about practices and game times, contact Richard
Pineland burned! On Feb. 4, Alan Long (Forest Resources & Conservation), with help from his forest
management class and the Alachua County brush-fire unit, completed a controlled bum of the upland pine
in NATL's high-use area (the part of NATL that is east of the DPI compound). This pineland, previously
burned in 1996 and 1998, is now free enough of laurel oaks for volunteers to go to the next step of
accelerated restoration. Jack Putz, of the Botany Department, plans to sterilize the soil at spots scattered
throughout the area by burning stacks of logs from dead laurel oaks. These spots will be used to start
colonies of wiregrass and upland-pine forbs. He also hopes to plant grass-stage longleaf pines in these
spots. There should soon be opportunities for volunteers from this department to help Jack with the
stacking, burning, and planting.
The four explanatory poster panels on the south side of the kiosk at NATL's east entrance were installed
about 18 months ago. Jane Medley printed new panels with fresh colors to replace the old, weathered
panels. Some minor information updates have also been completed, so be sure to take a look the next time
you visit the NATL.
NATL has five plots of a little more than an acre each that will be managed continuously to show five
diverse stages of old field succession. Plot C, the southwest most of the plots is one of two 40-year rotation
plots to be initiated later this year. In preparation for its start up, soil from the old organic garden site will
be used to fill in where clay was excavated for NATL's 34th Street berm. Additional soil from the same
source will be spread over some of the remaining clay, which was dumped there about 30 years ago, when
it was excavated from the site of UF's dental sciences building. The west edge of plot C has some native
soil, which will provide a contrast with the clay and hauled-in soil. Some of the soil that is to be spread is
already stored at the south edge of Plot A, a 10-year-rotation plot due to be started in 2002.
EYN uses NATL the most! A recently completed survey found that seventeen Entomology and
Nematology faculty members teach courses in which the classes visit NATL one or more times. Of the 31
courses for which such use was planned, 23 had used NATL in the past. At least eight other departments
use NATL, but two have not returned their surveys. So far, Botany is runner-up for most classes with plans
to visit NATL-specifically 8, with all 8 being previous users.
GEORGIA APPROVES UF TUTORIALS
Tom Fasulo has developed, in cooperation with other members of this department, 16 CEU/Training
computer-verified tutorials that pesticide applicators can use to re-certify within Florida. Recently the state
of Georgia authorized three of those tutorials, developed with Phil Koehler, for CEUS in that state. Details
are available on the Buggy Software WWW site, available through: http://pests.ifas.ufl.edu/software/
PUBLIC HEALTH PEST CONTROL
David Dame and Tom Fasulo are cooperating on a USDA grant to develop the new national Public
Health Pest Control manual for the United States. This will be both a printed and electronic manual. As
each chapter is finished it will be made available on the WWW site in both HTML and PDF formats.
Chapter 10, "The Safe Use of Pesticides," is the first chapter available. When the manual is complete a
copy will be sent to each state in both printed and electronic formats. The site also includes links to related
list servers and WWW sites. http://vector.ifas.ufl.edu/
BEST OF THE BUGS
The latest WWW site to receive our department's Best of the Bugs award is Nova's "Tales From The
Hive", a companion site to its TV show by the same name. Our Best of the Bugs site is located at http:/
The UF Entomology and Nematology Department and the FDACS Division of Plant Industry have added
files on the following organisms to the Featured Creatures WWW site at http://creatures.ifas.ufl.edu/
Capinera, J.L. Diamondback moth, Plutella xylostella.
Richmond, D.L. Asian cockroach, Blattella asahinai.
Su, N., and R.H. Scheffrahn. Formosan subterranean termite, Coptotermesformosanus.
Scheffrahn, R.H., and N. Su. Florida dampwood termites, Neotermes
To save space in the newsletter, the citations for Featured Creatures are not listed exactly as they should be
referenced in a list of publications. The complete citation is: Author(s). (date). Title. UF/IFAS Featured
Creatures. EENY- ##. URL
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February 2000. Updated May 2003.
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