Dr. Koon-Hui Wang, assistant research
nematologist, received the The American
Phytopathological Society's (APS) William
Boright Hewitt and Maybelle Ellen Ball
Hewitt Award during the society's meeting
in Quebec City, on 1 August. This award
recognizes a scientist, within five years of
receiving his or her Ph.D. degree, who has
made an outstanding, innovative contribution
toward the control of plant disease.
Born in Malaysia, Dr. Wang received her
degrees in Taiwan and Hawaii before
beginning her postdoctoral research in our
department. Her research focuses on the
integrated management of soil-borne pest
problems, including nematodes, fungi and
weeds. Her main focus and strength is
integration of multiple tactics including soil
solarization, cover crops, organic
amendments, plant resistance and biological
control as alternatives to methyl bromide.
The most impressive feature of her work is
that her efforts are integrated into the larger
context of soil and plant health management.
She emphasizes that nutrient cycling by free-
living nematodes benefits plants by
improving nutrient uptake and plant health.
Dr. Wang made significant progress in
understanding the ecological conditions and
use of organic amendments for stimulating
natural enemies of nematodes. She served
APS as chair of the Nematology Committee,
organized a nematology symposium at the
2005 meeting and co-organized another at
the 2004 meeting. Finally, Dr. Wang
organized and taught a course on nematode
biological control in our department.
[Summarized from the award text.]
On 7 August, Dr. James (Jamie) Ellis joined
the faculty as an Assistant Professor
specializing in honey bee extension and
research. His appointment is 70% extension,
20% research, and 10% instruction. Jamie
will also serve as the department's Outreach
Coordinator. His extension efforts will focus
primarily on honey bee husbandry,
Africanized honey bees, and entomologically
based youth programs. His research
emphases will include investigating 1)
techniques to improve honey bee
management, 2) honey bee behavioral
ecology, and 3) colony maladies. Dr. Ellis
received his B.S. degree in biology from the
University of Georgia (UGA), followed by
his doctoral degree in entomology from
Rhodes University in South Africa. He came
to UF from a postdoctoral position at UGA.
He is joined by his wife Amanda who is
completing her Ph.D. in entomology at UGA
Dr. Oscar Liburd was elected Vice
President of the Florida Entomological
Society (FES) at its annual meeting last
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Dr. James Nation received the FES
Achievement Award for Teaching.
Dr. Brian Cabrera received the FES
Achievement Award for Extension
Dr. Norman Leppla received the FES
Entomologist of the Year Award.
Mr. Patrick Conant of the Hawaii
Department of Agriculture, Hilo, visited Dr.
James P. Cuda's laboratory on 27 June. The
HDOA and UF are collaborating on
biological control of Brazilian peppertree.
Dr. James P. Cuda and graduate student
Onour Moeri were invited to tour the
laboratory of Dr. James Carpenter at the
USDA, ARS Crop Protection and
Management Research Unit in Tifton, GA,
on 13 July. The laboratory currently is
conducting research on the sterile insect
technique for suppressing the invasive cactus
moth Cactoblastis cactorum in the
southeastern United States.
After working for the department for 35
years, Dr. Bob Hemenway will retire 31
August. Over the years he reared and/or
observed mole crickets, ground beetles,
parasitic flies, various predacious and plant-
feeding bugs, house crickets, mealworms,
and several other insects. Bob was originally
supervised by the late Dr. Will Whitcomb.
Senior faculty and staff members will
understand why this was a memorable
experience. Since 1985, Dr. Hemenway has
worked with Dr. Howard Frank, with
distinction, as neither ever got steamed at the
other. He has no definite retirement plans but
is seriously considering moving back to
Carlsbad, New Mexico.
Graduate students Amit Sethi and Jennifer
Zaspel received $500 Scholarships from the
Florida Entomological Society at its recent
A number of our students participated in the
paper competitions at the FES meetings.
In the Ph.D. student competition, Karla
Addesso, Joseph Smith and Amit Sethi
took 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place Awards.
In the M.S. student competition, Jeff Hertz,
Hou-Feng Li and Teresia Nyoike, took 1st,
2nd and 3rd Place Awards.
At the FES meeting, Dr. Marco Toapanta
(Ph.D. 2001) of Bayer CropScience and an
adjunct assistant professor of the University
of Florida's Gulf Coast Research &
Education Center, at Balm, FL, presented a
paper co-authored by Dr. Dave Schuster on
"Oberon: a new resistance management tool
for whitefly control in vegetables."
Vazquez C, Buss EA. (July 2006). Southern
chinch bug feeding impact on St.
Augustinegrass growth under different
irrigation regimes. Applied Turfgrass
Barbara KA, Buss EA. 2006. Augmentative
applications of Steinernema scapterisci
(Nematoda: Steinernematidae) for mole
cricket (Orthoptera: Gryllotalpidae) control
on golf courses. Florida Entomologist 89:
Denmark HA, Welbourn WC, Fasulo TR.
(July 2006). Southern red mite, Oligonychus
ilicis (McGregor). Featured Creatures.
shrubs/southern red mite.htm
Denmark HA. (July 2006). A false spider
mite, Brevipalpus californicus. Featured
Weems HV. (July 2006). A picture-winged
fly, Delphiniapicta (Fabricius). Featured
Creatures. EENY-380. http://creatures.ifas.
Nearns EH, Branham MA, Bybee SM.
2006. Cerambycidae (Coleoptera) types of
the Fernando de Zayas Collection, Havana,
Cuba. Zootaxa 1270: 1-17.
Nearns EH, Ray AM. 2006. A new species
of Curius Newman (Coleoptera:
Cerambycidae) from Venezuela with notes
on sexual dimorphism within the genus.
Zootaxa 1256: 49-57.
Howard FW, Gallo S, Steinberg B. (July
2006). Mahogany webworm, Macalla
thyrsisalis Walker. Featured Creatures.
Howard FW, Gallo S, Steinberg B. (July
2006). El gusano tejedor de la caoba,
Macalla iltyi i\,ali\ Walker. Featured
Denmark HA, Fasulo TR. (July 2006). Red
and black flat mite, Brevipalpusphoenicis.
Featured Creatures. EENY-3 81.
Woodruff RE. (July 2006). Cactus weevils,
Gerstaeckeria spp. Featured Creatures.
Gillett JL, Hodges AC, Thomas RK. (July
2006). Videoconferencing (Polycom)
distance education. EDIS. IPM-142.
Cuda JP, Medal JC, Pedrosa-Macedo JH,
Overholt WA. 2006. Request for field
release of a nonindigenous sawfly
Heteroperryia hubrichi (Hymenoptera:
Pergidae) for classical biological control of
Brazilian peppertree, Schinus terebinthifolius
(Anacardiaceae), in Florida. TAG petition
06-05, APHIS PPQ. 55 pp.
Cuda JP. 2006. Pilot release of a
non-indigenous sawfly, Heteroperreyia
hubrichi (Hymenoptera: Pergidae), for
biological control of Brazilian peppertree,
Schinus terebinthifolius (Anacardiaceae), in
Florida. Draft Environmental Assessment,
APHIS PPQ. 65 pp.
Moeri O, Cuda JP. 2006. Biocontrol of
Brazilian peppertree with Episimus utilis: an
innovative application of F 1 sterility for field
host range testing. UF School of Natural
Resources and Environment, Min-Grant
Programs Annual Report. pp. 9-17.
Meetings and Presentations
Dr. Jaret C. Daniels presented the paper
"Ecology and population biology of Florida's
endangered Miami blue butterfly" at the
annual meeting of the Lepidopterists' Society
held in Gainesville, 14-18 June.
Dr. Jaret Daniels presented the paper
"Citizen science through compound eyes: the
Florida Butterfly Monitoring Network" at the
Lepidopterists' Society Educational
Workshop in Gainesville, 13 June.
Dr. Phil Kaufman participated in the 50th
Annual Livestock Insect Workers
Conference (LIWC) in Amarillo, TX, 24-28
June, 2006. He moderated the Beef Cattle
session and serves on the LIWC advisory
Drs. Lance Osborne, Phil Stansly and Dave
Schuster participated in a symposium on
"Biotype Q of the sweetpotato whitefly: an
emerging threat to Florida vegetable and
ornamental crops" at the recent FES annual
meeting. Dr. Osborne discussed "What is
Biotype Q and where did it come from?," Dr.
Stansly discussed "Prospects for biological
control of Biotype Q," and Dr. Schuster
summarized "Insecticide resistance in
Dr. Tom Sanford, retired apiculturist,
attended the recent Eastern Apicultural
Society meeting in Young Harris, Georgia.
He reported that a copy of Thomas Fasulo's
article on Africanized bees, "Yanks, Rebs &
Bees: how to be safe in the field," that
appeared in the May 2006 issue of The Civil
War Times was prominently posted.
Dr. Jim Nation attended the 22nd Annual
Meeting of the International Society of
Chemical Ecology (ISCE) in Barcelona,
Spain, 15-19 July. About 200 participants
met in the Biology Department of the
University of Barcelona. The program was
well organized, and papers covered a wide
range of topics. Barcelona is a beautiful city
with interesting museums, parks, and a
striking harbor on the Mediterranean Sea. At
least four of the scientists at the meeting,
including Jim, lost their wallets to pickpocket
artists. Jim was accompanied by his wife,
Dorothy, and an adult daughter, and after the
meeting, Jim and Dorothy flew to Zurich,
Switzerland, and enjoyed sightseeing for a
week in the area where they had spent a
sabbatical in 1983. Most of Europe was
experiencing a heat wave and drought. Jim
reports that it was about as hot in Barcelona
and Switzerland as here in Gainesville, and
Barcelona has received no rain since
February. The next ISCE meeting is
scheduled for July, 2007, in Jena, Germany,
at the Max Planck Institute.
During a joint meeting of the American
Phytopathological Society, Canadian
Phytopathological Society, and the
Mycological Society of America, 29 July 2
August in Quebec City, Canada, the
following posters were presented:
DPM student Denise Thomas, Dr. R. J.
McGovern, Dr. Norm Leppla, and DPM
student T. Durham "The new University of
Florida's certificate in plant pest risk
assessment and management."
Drs. Jennnifer Gillett and Norm Leppla -
"IPM Florida building through partnerships:
the UF, IFAS statewide IPM program."
At the same meeting, Drs. Jennifer Gillett
and J.W. Kimbrough gave the presentation
and abstract "A modified method to
visualize infection sites of spores of
Beauveria bassiana, an entomopathogen on
the citrus root weevil, Diaprepes
Dr. Mike Scharf, Dr. Joe Zhou, and
graduate students Matt Tarver, Caitlin
Buckspan and Margaret Schwinghammer
recently attended the 15th congress of the
International Union for the Study of Social
Insects, held 29 July 4 August, in
Washington, DC. At the meeting, Dr. Scharf
presented an invited symposium paper on
molecular influences of juvenile hormone on
Reticulitermes spp., while Dr. Zhou and Matt
Tarver (respectively) presented posters on
termite cellulase genomics and soldier-
derived semiochemicals. Highlights of their
meeting included participation in the first
meeting of the international termite genome
consortium, hearing talks by Dr. Edward O.
Wilson, and a sushi dinner with the Miura
lab from Hokkaido University.
Dr. James P. Cuda was invited to participate
in an Environmental Science Workshop for
middle school teachers on 21 June sponsored
by UF's Center for Precollegiate Education
and Training. Cuda gave a presentation on
biological control of invasive plants and
participated in a hands-on laboratory
showcasing biocontrol agents of the aquatic
plants alligatorweed, water hyacinth, water
lettuce and hydrilla.
Dr. James P. Cuda attended a quarterly
Board of Directors meeting of the Florida
Exotic Pest Plant Council held at the Palm
Beach County Extension Office, 28 June.
Cuda, who is the current chair of the
Brazilian peppertree Task Force, provide an
updated on current research and extension
At the FES meeting, Dr. James P. Cuda
organized and chaired a meeting of the ad
hoc Committee on Managing Invasive
Species. He also gave a presentation on
"Brazilian peppertree leaflet galling psyllid
Calophya terebinthifollii (Hemiptera:
Psyllidae): Field host range and impact
studies," and was a co-author on a
presentation about lovebugs by Dr. Norm
Mona St. Val, an undergraduate SEAGEP
student who spent the summer working in
Dr. Cuda's laboratory, gave a presentation
on her research project at UF's Particle
Engineering Research Center on 28 July.
Mona's presentation was "Testing of the
biorational compound Bacillus thuringiensis
var. kurstaki on the Brazilian peppertree
natural enemy Episimus utilis (Lepidoptera:
The following papers were presented in the
student paper competitions at the FES
"Economic injury level and description of the
damage inflicted by flower thrips,
Frankliniella spp. in early-season
blueberries," by H. Alejandro Arevalo and
Dr. O.E. Liburd.
"Evaluation of trap design and color to
improve grape root borer (Lepidoptera:
Sesiidae) monitoring," by Craig Roubos, Dr.
O.E. Liburd, and S. Weihman.
"Effect of timed releases of Neoseiulus
californicus (McGregor) in controlling the
twospotted spider mite in strawberries," by
Aimee Fraulo and Dr. O.E. Liburd.
"Effect of living and synthetic mulches with
and without a reduced-risk insecticide for the
control of whiteflies and aphids in cucurbit,"
by Teresia Nyoike and Dr. O.E. Liburd.
Dr. Jaret C. Daniels received a $18,400
grant from Disney's Wildlife Conservation
Fund to work on the Florida Butterfly
Monitoring Network at
Drs. Mike Scharf (PI) and Xuguo Zhou
(co-PI) successfully competed for a grant in
the USDA-NRI Genomics of Arthropods and
Nematodes program. They received
$370,000 for the project "Soldier-derived
semiochemicals in termites: templates for
prototype termiticides that act via caste
disruption," which will run from 12/01/06
Dr. Mike Scharf received a gift of $50,000
from DuPont to fund research to develop
tools for monitoring indoxacarb
susceptibility and resistance evolution in
German cockroach field populations.
Dr. Phil Kaufman received a $627,000 grant
from the U.S. Army's Deployed War Fighters
Protection Program to identify new
insecticides for management of medically
important Diptera. Drs. Jerry Butler,
Professor Emeritus, and Peter Perkins,
Courtesy Faculty, are consultants on the
project. The grant is funded over a three year
Drs. James P. Cuda and William A.
Overholt received a three year grant for
$124,000 from the EPA to survey for natural
enemies of the aquatic weed Hygrophila
polysperma (Acanthaceae) in India.
Hygrophila is a rooted submersed or emersed
aquatic plant of shallow water areas and
saturated shorelines in Florida that is
causing serious problems in many locations
formerly occupied by hydrilla.
The Florida Entomological Society provided
Mini- and Travel Grants to the following
$100 Mini-Grants: Karla Addesso,
Kaushalya Amarasekare, Alejandro
Arevalo, Jeff Hertz, Olga Kostromytska,
Jason Meyer, Teresia Nyoike, Murugesan
Rangasamy, Amit Sethi and Joseph Smith.
$100 Travel Grants: Karla Addesso,
Alejandro Arevalo, Jeff Hertz, Olga
Kostromytska, Teresia Nyoike, Craig
Roubos, Amit Sethi, and Joseph Smith.
Florida Butterfly Festival
Plan to attend the Florida Butterfly Festival
at the Florida Museum of Natural History
and the McGuire Center for Lepidoptera
Study on 14-15 October. Actually, events
begin on Thursday and continue all weekend:
movies, presentations, tours, field trips,
dances, contests and more for butterfly lovers
of all ages. See http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/
butterflyfest/ for a complete listing.
George Burns: "Gracie, before our trip to
Europe there are some things you should
know, like the national sports of the
countries we will visit. In Spain, the national
sport is bullfighting, but in England it is
Gracie Allen: "Well, I'd rather live in
England because it's easier to fight a cricket."
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