Title: Entomology and nematology newsletter
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Title: Entomology and nematology newsletter
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Publisher: Department of Entomology and Nematology, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida
Publication Date: May 2004
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May 2004

Faculty News

Dr. Philip Koehler announced that the
Veterinary entomology faculty position
description was approved and assigned
#931390. Formal review of applications will
begin August 3, 2004. This position has
40% teaching, 50% research and 10%
extension responsibilities. Currently the
search committee consists of Drs. Phil
Koehler (pgk@ufl.edu), Oscar Liburd,
Roxanne Rutledge Connelly, Jerry A.
Hogsette, Ellis Greiner, Saundra H.
BenBroeck, and Jonathan Day. Details are
available on the department's Web site at

In late April, a vote on the candidates for the
Insect Physiology position was taken, but
the department chair is away and there is no
word if the selected candidate accepted,
refused or is in negotiation. The June issue
will carry the announcement, although it
will be old news to most by then.

Dr Graham White joined the faculty as
Research Scientist coordinating the newly
funded Deployed Warfighter Protection
Against Disease-carrying Insects Research
Program (DWFP) sponsored by the
Department of Defense through the Armed
Forces Pest Management Board
(http://www.afpmb.org/) to facilitate the
development and acquisition of novel

chemistries and formulations for public
health pesticides, and application equipment
for military and public use. He is based at
the USDA/ARS Center for Medical,
Agricultural & Veterinary Entomology,
half-a-mile east of the Department of
Entomology & Nematology, working in
association with the Mosquito & Fly
Research Unit and its several Courtesy
Professors of our Faculty. Dr White's role
involves R&D liaison between universities,
industry, military entomologists and five
Research Centers of the USDA/ARS
.htm) working to improve personal
protection against arthropod vectors of
human diseases. With funding of $5
million/year, for at least 5 years approved,
this program complements current moves by
EPA to review vector control product needs
(http://www.epa.gov/ fedrgstr/EPA-PEST/
2004/April/Day-28/p9621 .htm).

Dr White is British with career background
as former head of the Medical Entomology
Section at the British Museum of Natural
History; former faculty of the London
School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine; the
Institute of Pathobiology at Addis Ababa
University and the East African Institute of
Malaria and Vector-Borne Diseases. For 12
years he was global vector control product
manager with multinational chemical
companies and also served during that

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period on the Board of the International
Trust for Zoological Nomenclature. He
brings to the faculty his honorary role as
founding editor of the quarterly research
journal Medical and Veterinary Entomology
from the Royal Entomological Society,
London, U.K.

Dr. John Burand, Department of
Entomology, University of Massachusetts-
Amherst, visited our department and Dr.
Jim Maruniak during the week of April 5th.
Dr. Burand presented a seminar on
"Evolution of Virulence of Sexually
Transmitted Viruses in Insects."

Dr. Kris Bramen, University of Georgia,
invited Dr. James P. Cuda to rewrite the
objectives for the new S-303 Regional
Project on Biological Control of Arthropod
Pests and Weeds. Cuda revised Objective II-
Exploration, importation and assessment of
natural enemies for invasive pests, and
solicited comments from other classical in
the southeast biological control researchers.

Drs. James P. Cuda, Julio Medal and
Ph.D. student Veronica Manrique. traveled
to South America March 6-17 to surveys for
natural enemies of Brazilian peppertree and
tropical soda. They conducted surveys in
northern Argentina in collaboration with
scientists from the USDA-ARS South
American Biological Control Laboratory
located in Buenos Aires. They discovered
several new natural enemies, including a
weevil whose larvae probably attack the
stems and twigs of Brazilian peppertree,
according to weevil taxonomist Dr. Charlie
O' Brien of FAMU University. The adults
are voracious leaf feeders that attack the
young leaflets. Cuda is attempting to
establish a small colony in quarantine in

order to conduct host range tests.
See the press release at http://international.


Fairchild GB, Weems HV, Fasulo TR.
(April 2004).Yellow fly, Diachlorus
ferrugatus (Fabricius). UF/IFAS Featured
Creatures. EENY-320. http://creatures.ifas.
ufl.edu/livestock/yellow fly.htm

Rios L, Maruniak J. (April 2004). Asian
tiger mosquito, Aedes albopictus (Skuse).
UF/IFAS Featured Creatures. EENY-319.
http://creatures.ifas.ufl.edu/aquatic/asian tig


In December, we announced that Pamela
Howell, one of our senior word processors,
won an IFAS Division Superior
Accomplishment award in the Clerical/
Office Support category. We are pleased to
report that in March she was selected for the
University-wide Superior Accomplishment
Award, which includes a plaque and a
$1,000 check. It is important to note that
there is only one winner in each category at
the University level. In addition to that nice
check, the University President will host all
the University-wide winners and their guest
at a football game this fall in his SkyBox.
Part of the reason Ms. Howell won the
award for 2003 year was for proofreading
and editing a three-volume, 4000 page
encyclopedia of insects, and volunteering to
help process all the department's backlog of
about 80 travels during an employee's
extended illness and absence.

Esther Dunn, a DPM student (Ent/Nem-
based) working with the IPM Florida

program, and Wendy Wilber, Alachua
County Horticulture Extension Agent,
received a Silver Award in the 2004 IFAS
IMAGE Awards Program for their IPM
Toolboxes project.

Scotty Long, who just received his PhD,
also received the University of Florida
Women's Club Graduate Student of the
Year Award which includes $1,000. Dr.
Long was nominated for the award by Dr.
Heather McAuslane and was a student in
Dr. James Cuda's laboratory.

The Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council
presented Dr. James P. Cuda with a plaque
for his service as a member of its Board of
Directors from 2002 to 2004. Cuda received
the plaque at the Council's Annual Meeting,
in Pensacola Beach, FL, 27-30 April.

This year, Entomology and Nematology
women won all four scholarships ($500
each) awarded by the UF/IFAS Agricultural
Women's Club. The Club honored recipients
Erika Anderson, Rebecca Baldwin, Katie
Barbara, and Cara Congdon, at a luncheon
on April 15.

Pupil Emergence

Two of our undergraduates received their
B.S. in Entomology at the end of the Spring
Semester: Rhiannon Lewis (with honors)
and Flavio Vasquez.

We also awarded degrees to 13 graduate
students. Listed below are their names,
degrees, where they are going (if known)
and their committee chair:

Matthew T. Brightman (MS private
sector in Chicago Stimac);
Roxanne G. Burrus (MS U.S. Navy -
Julie Cara Congdon (MS PhD at UF -
Marcus W. Griswold (MS OPS at UF for
summer 2004 Lounibos);
Mirian Hay-Roe (PhD OPS at UF -
Emily V. Heffernan (MS OPS at UF
summer 2004 Emmel);
Lewis Scotty Long (PhD U.S. Army -
John E. Luc (MS PhD at Clemson -
Erin J. Monteagudo (MS PhD at UF -
An Duc Nguyen (MS PhD Vet School at
UF Koehler);
Richard Pluke (PhD Postdoc in Puerto
Rico Liebee);
Andrew Rasmussen (PhD Postdoc at
FAMU Pescador);
Aureline Tartar (PhD ? Boucias);
Jeffery White (MS OPS at UF Liburd).

New Students

The department received one four-year
Alumni Fellowship from the Office of the
Provost for Kendra Pesko (University of
Michigan). Kendra will join Dr. Hoy's lab
later this year.

While we did not admit any new graduate
students for Summer 2004, two MS
recipients on the above list will continue
work on a PhD under their current

Will Study For Cash

Dr. Pauline Lawrence created an insect
physiology/biochemistry endowment that
will be used to provide a stipend for
graduate students working in this field.

FAO Summer School

The Department is currently hosting an
FAO-Interational Atomic Energy Agency
interregional training course on the use of
sterile insect technology and related
techniques for integrated area-wide
management of insect pests. Entomologists
from 25 countries are here for a month of
instruction, field trips and demonstrations of
area-wide pest management. Lecturers from
North and South America, Asia and Europe
will present documentation of successful
area-wide programs and details of the
technology used. Although fruit fly and
screwworm sterility programs are the most
well-known examples of this approach,
many other serious pests are either managed
by area-wide programs or are under
consideration. The USDA, Florida
Department of Agriculture and Consumer
Services-Division of Plant Industry and the
Department are providing staff and facilities
for the course. Attendees of the course come
from Argentina, Belize, Brazil, Bulgaria,
Chile, Cuba, Ethiopia, Fiji, Guatemala,
Honduras, Kenya (2), Mali, Mauritius,
Morocco, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia,
Spain, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda,
Venezuela and Vietnam. Drs David Dame
and Pat Greany are course contacts.


Dr. Bill Overholt reports that the opening
dedication of the new quarantine facility at

the UF/IFAS Indian River Research and
Education Center in Fort Pierce is scheduled
for July 9th. The time is not yet determined.
The facility is located near the corer of
Pruitt Research and Rock Roads. Some of us
have already been invited and others can be
added, based on involvement and interest.
Let Dr. Overholt (waoverholt@ifas.ufl.edu)
know if you would like to attend. If there is
sufficient interest, Dr. Leppla is willing to
arrange transportation from Gainesville to
Ft. Pierce and back. The one way distance is
219 miles, so plan for a long day.

Meetings and Presentations

Drs. James P. Cuda attended a Biological
Control Implementation Project Meeting in
Ft. Lauderdale, FL, on March 25th. The
Project Delivery Team, a component of the
Comprehensive Everglades Restoration
Plan, invited Cuda to become a member.

Dr. James P. Cuda participated in a tour of
the Holiday Park TAME melaleuca
demonstration site in Broward Co, FL, on 20
April. TAME melaleuca is The Areawide
Management Evaluation of Melaleuca, a
biological control based integrated weed
management project co-sponsored by

Dr. James P. Cuda attended the second
quarter Board of Directors Meeting of the
Florida Aquatic Plant Management Society
held in St. Petersburg, FL, on 21 April.

Dr. James P. Cuda attended a joint meeting
of the 6th Annual Southeast Exotic Pest
Plant Council and the 19th Annual Florida
Exotic Pest Plant Council held in Pensacola
Beach, FL, 28-30 April. His presentation
entitled, "Is the Defoliating Sawfly
Heteroperreyia hubrichi (Hymenoptera:

Pergidae) Safe to Release in Florida for
Biological Control of Brazilian Peppertree?"
The presentation was co-authored by Dr.
Julio Medal and Ms. Judy Gillmore. Cuda
also was a co-author on another oral
presentation and four poster presentations.

Dr. James P. Cuda was an invited speaker
at the Annual Aquatic Weed Control short
course held in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, 3-7 May.
His presentation was entitled, "Biological
Control of Aquatic Weeds in Florida", and
he also served as a moderator for another
oral presentation session.

Seminar Announcements

Spider Biosystematics ENY6932 Fall
2004: Time Friday, Period 6
Instructor: Dr. G. B. Edwards, FDACS-DPI
(edwardg@doacs. state.fl.us)

Instructor will provide a systematic
overview of spiders. Students will be
required to give one 25-30 minute seminar
chosen from an aspect of spider biology
(e.g., ecology, ethology), morphology,
physiology, systematics, or interaction with
people (e.g., agricultural, medical). Student
talks will coordinate with instructor
presentations. A list of suggested seminar
topics will be provided at a later date.

Keeping You Posted

Announce new posters or other displays in
Building 970. Send authors) and title to
fasulo@ufl.edu. Include location so
interested parties can find them.

Let's Party

Dr. John Capinera asked that we create a
Social Committee to plan and organize
social events for the department. Volunteers
will serve on a rotating basis and the
committee should consist of faculty, staff
and students. Volunteers were himself and
Drs. Jim Cuda, Heather McAuslane,
Norm Leppla, Faith Oi, and Mrs. Myrna
Litchfield. Myrna will request staff and
students volunteers by e-mail.

Compendia Online FREE

The online version of CAB International's
Compendia, an encyclopedia of animal and
plant diseases and pests, is now available
free to land grant university employees at
http://www.ipmcenters.org/cabi. The
Compendia synthesize a wide range of
scientific information that is useful for
scientists and extension educators,
particularly when called upon to provide fast
and accurate information regarding newly
emerging animal diseases and plant pests.
The regularly updated Compendia are
comprised of peer reviewed and edited
information from thousands of specialists
throughout the world. The Regional
Integrated Pest Management Centers and the
National Plant Diagnostic Centers are
making the three compendia available to
land grant university faculty and staff
members, free of charge, with funding
provided by CSREES.


Dr. James P. Cuda received a $2400 grant
from the Dean for Research to participate in
the 2004 Undergraduate Summer Internship
Program. The undergraduate student,

Maurio Andrews, will work on developing
a rearing technique of a leaf-galling psyllid
that attacks Brazilian peppertree.

Drs. Norm Leppla, Barbra Larson, Eileen
Buss, Mark Shelby, Norm Nesheim and
Susan Williams received a grant for
$40,000 from the Pesticide Environmental
Stewardship Program for "Landscape
Maintenance IPM Training to Promote
Reduced-Risk Pest Management Practices."

Luis Matos successfully completed his
Ph.D. qualifying examinations and also
received a $500.00 research grant from the
Sigma Xi Scientific Society to support his
Ph.D. research on the vertical transmission
of the Diachasmimorpha longicaudata
entomopoxvirus (D1EPV) to wasp offspring.

Alumni News

On May 3rd, Dr Dini Miller, Urban Pest
entomologist at Virginia Polytechnic
Institute and State University, returned to
UF to present the keynote address on the
opening day of the Southeastern Pest
Management Conference in Gainesville. Her
topic was "Return of King Cockroach: The
Story of Cockroach Bait Failures."

Club Virology

Dr. Jim Maruniak is advisor for the
Society for Virological Studies (SVS). This
is a student organization that promotes the
study of viruses with monthly seminars,
invited speakers and a yearly "field trip" to
virus-related locations. Past trips included
visits to the Centers for Disease Control
(CDC) in Atlanta, National Institute of
Health in Washington, and Institute Pedro
Kouri in Cuba. During Spring break 2004,
Dr. Maruniak and eight SVS students

journeyed to Puerto Rico to visit the CDC
unit and the University of Puerto Rico. Any
student interested in becoming a member
should contact Dr. Maruniak
(jem@ifas.ufl.edu). See the UF press release
at http://international.ifas.ufl.edu/focusweb/
focusapr04005.htm. The club's Web site is
at http://grove.ufl.edu/-ebola/.

Support Your Local Virus

The Society for Virological Studies hosted
its first West Niler 3-Miler run/walk through
the University of Florida. Some of the
comments heard about the course after the
race were: "very exciting," "challenging,"
and "beautiful" since it was mostly through
the University woods. Dr. Jim Maruniak
was in charge of the welcoming speech and
the race starting command. Graduate student
Sandy Garrett represented the Department
of Entomology and Nematology and also
received a prize for her good time. All the
prizes were "mosquito" related. We hope to
see more "entomological faces" next year!

Reaching Out

Erika Andersen (M.S. graduate student) is
our current Insect Outreach Program
Coordinator. You can contact her at 352-
392-1901 or UFBugs@ifas.ufl.edu for
information and scheduling. Recent
activities include:

April 1: Sandra Garrett spoke with
students from Wiles Elementary School at
Kanapaha park.

April 9-10: Dr. Carl Barfield, Erika
Andersen, Jennifer Meyer, and Jason
Meyer spoke with high school and
undergraduate students at the College of
Agriculture's Gator Encounters to promote

interest in the department among these

Erika Andersen spoke to the following:
April 13: -80 kindergartners at Norton
Elementary School; April 14: -120
elementary students at Rawlings Elementary
School; April 21: -100 preschoolers at
Winter Park Congregational Preschool in
Winter Park, FL: April 22: -30
special-needs students at Forest Lake
Elementary School in Deltona, FL; April 23:
-100 fourth graders from Belleview
Elementary School in Belleview, FL.

April 29: John Leavengood spoke at Career
Day at Trenton Elementary School. His
presentations were so well-received that the
school requested he stay for an extra
presentation after the fair was over!

Bug Quote

What is a butterfly? At best
He's but a caterpillar dressed.
Benjamin Franklin

Featured Creatures

This popular UF/IFAS Department of
Entomology and Nematology and FDACS
Division of Plant Industry Web site is
available at http://creatures.ifas.ufl.edu/.
New files are added every month and older
files are updated as information becomes
available. Looking for some exposure for
you and your favorite creature? During the
last 12 months, the Featured Creatures Web
site recorded 1,271,757 distinct visitors and
2,388,771 page views.

New text and/or photographs were added to
the files on: Asian subterranean termite
(major revision), Mexican fruit fly (major

revision), red imported fire ant, white-footed
ant, orb weaver and American serpentine

Newsletter Minutia

Thomas Fasulo is the newsletter editor.
Please send submissions to him at
fasulo@ufl.edu. Issues are published about
the middle of each month. Items for each
month's issue should be sent no later than
the 7th of that month.

Printed copies are distributed only within
Building 970. A notice is sent to all those on
the UF-Bugnews-l listserv when HTML and
PDF copies are posted on the newsletter
Web site at http://entnews.ifas.ufl.edu/,
which contains instructions for subscribing
and unsubscribing to the listserv. Andy
Koehler does the coding for the HTML

During the last twelve months, the
newsletter Web site recorded 36,754 distinct
visitors and 61,167 page views. The
newsletter listserv has 244 subscribers.

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