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: March 2007
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March 2007

Faculty News

Dr. Lukasz Stelinski joined the faculty of
the Citrus Research and Education Center at
Lake Alfred, where he begins his new
appointment as assistant professor of citrus
IPM. Lukasz's appointment is 80% research
and 20% extension. In the immediate future,
he will develop a research program focusing
on integrated management of citrus
leafminer, Diaprepes root weevil, and Asian
citrus psyllid. His interests include
applications of chemical ecology for pest
control and insect behavior. Lukasz
completed his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in
entomology in Michigan, focusing on use of
behavior-modifying chemicals for insect
control in small fruit and tree fruit systems
and a post-doc focusing on mating disruption
of lepidopteran pests. His wife Kirsten is
completing her Ph.D. in Michigan and
expects to join him in six to eight months.
Detailed information about Lukasz's research
interests and recent work is available at

Dr. Freddie Johnson retired for the second
time, this time as director of a UF/IFAS
Extension District. At a recent faculty
meeting, he was elected to Emeritus
Professor status.

Two of our faculty received awards at the
ESA-Southeast Branch (SEB) meeting in
Tennessee, 4-7 March. Dr. Rudi Scheffrahn
received the SEB 2007 Recognition Award
in Urban Entomology, and Dr. Faith Oi
received the SEB 2007 Distinguished
Achievement Award in Extension. Both are
nominees for the ESA 2007 awards in these

Dr. James P. Cuda was selected to
participate in the 2007 Grantsmanship
Workshop co-sponsored by the Office of the
Dean for Research and the California based
Grant Writers' Seminars and Workshops

Dr. James Cuda was selected to serve as the
department's liaison for IFAS International
Programs. Cuda will serve as the initial point
of contact for inquiries and requests from
that office, and will be an advocate for
international activities within our

Staff News

Dr. Khuong Nguyen, Senior Biological
Scientist, received a 2007 UF/IFAS Superior
Accomplishment Award in the
Scientific/Technical category for his work.
While not the entire basis for the award, Dr.
Nguyen has earned international recognition
for his work in identifying new species of
nematodes in the U.S. and around the world.

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Student News

At the recent SEB meeting, two of our
graduate students took first and second place
in the Ph.D. Student Paper Competition.

The First Place winner is John Herbert with
"Effect of crape myrtle Lagerstoemia spp.
parentage on its suitability as a host for the
crapemyrtle aphid Sarucallis kahawaluoka-
lani." Dr. Russ Mizell is co-author.

Second Place winner is Karla Addesso with
"Response of the pepper weevil, Anthonomus
eugenii Cano, to volatiles from host plants."
Drs. Heather McAuslane and Hans Alborn
are co-authors.

Dr. Rudi Scheffrahn reports that Teresa
Ferriera is a new graduate student in his lab
at the Ft. Lauderdale REC campus. Teresa is
studying colonization behavior, preventative
treatments, and genetics of the West Indian
drywood termite, Cryptotermes brevis. Her
four-year fellowship is funded by the
Portuguese Science Foundation in response
to a serious outbreak of this pest on Terceira
and San Miguel Islands, Azores. Many of the
infested structures are of great historic
significance as well as serving as homes and
businesses for the Azorean people.

Dr. Carl Barfield, Undergraduate
Coordinator, reported at the last faculty
meeting that we now have 31 undergraduate
majors, with an average GPA of 3.4.

Alumni News

Gino Nearns, previously with Dr. Marc
Branham's Lab, is currently a doctoral
student at the University of New Mexico.
However, he is the 2007 recipient of the
UF/IFAS Award of Excellence for Graduate

Research M.S. level, for his research on
"Revision and phylogeny of the tribe Curiini
LeConte (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae:
Cerambycinae)." Gino will receive a plaque
and check for $600.00 at the CALS 7th
Annual Graduate Research Symposium.

Gino Nearns also received the Kirby Hays
Memorial Award for Outstanding Masters
Student at the SEB meeting.


Crow WT, Porazinska DL, Giblin-Davis
RM, Grewal P. 2006. Entomopathogenic
nematodes are not an alternative to
fenamiphos for management of
plant-parasitic nematodes on golf courses in
Florida. Journal ofNematology 38: 52-58.

Crow WT. 2006. Biological control of
nematodes...cracking open the black box.
Florida Turf Digest 23: 20-24.

Hay-Roe MM, Nation JL. 2007. Spectrum
of cyanide toxicity and allocation in
Heliconius erato and Passiflora host plants.
Journal of Chemical Ecology 33: 319-329.

Meetings and Presentations

Dr. Billy Crow was an invited speaker at the
Golf Course Superintendents Association of
America Conference and Show in Anahiem,
CA, in February. He presented research
results on timing of nematicide applications
to a mixed audience of golf course
superintendents and turfgrass researchers.
While in CA, Dr. Crow visited the campus of
UC-Riverside where he spent the day
exchanging notes with California extension
nematologists Ole Becker and Antoon Ploeg.

Dr. Billy Crow was an invited speaker at the
Carolinas Golf Course Superintendents
Conference and Show in November. He
taught a four-hour seminar on nematode
management to golf course superintendents.

Dr. Marc Branham and graduate student
Seth Bybee recently returned from a two
week trip to Moscow, Russia. They were
invited to photo-document the more than 300
million year evolutionary history of fossil
Odonata at the world's largest fossil
collection, the Paleontological Institute of the
Russian Academy of Sciences. The trip was a
success and resulted in more than 20 GB of
images representing nearly all of their fossil
dragonfly holotypes. While in Moscow, they
noted the weather in Gainesville was in the
70s, while the temperature in Moscow was
around -30 F, a 100 degree difference.

Dr. James Cuda participated in two GIS
training workshops. The first was a 1-day
session held at the UF/IFAS Biological
Control Research and Containment
Laboratory in Ft. Pierce on "Introduction to
ArcGIS and Geostatistical Analysis," offered
by Civa Terra, Inc. The second was an
intensive 2.5 day extension in-service
training workshop on "Practical Training in
the Use of GIS and GPS for Natural
Resource Applications," held at the Gulf
Coast REC in Plant City, FL.

Dr. James Cuda participated in an extension
training workshop on Aquatic and
Right-of-Way Invasive Weeds at the
Hillsborough County Extension Office in
Seffner, FL, on 16 January. Cuda delivered a
PowerPoint presentation on "Biocontrol of
aquatic and right-of-way weeds," and
provided the workshop participants with
several biological control fact sheets.

Dr. James Cuda attended the Board of
Dirctors Meeting for the Florida Exotic Pest
Plant Council held in Cocoa Beach, FL, 23
January. Cuda, who is the current Chair of
the Brazilian Peppertree Task Force, gave a
report on current activities of the Task Force.

Drs. James Cuda and William Overholt
participated in the 2007 Dodd Shortcourse
held in Ocala, FL, 29 January. Cuda and
Overholt gave presentations on "Aquatic
plant and insect relationships", and "New
efforts to discover biocontrol agents for

Drs. James Cuda and William Overholt
co-organized and a conducted a Strategic
Planning Meeting for UF and USDA weed
biological control workers at the Ft.
Lauderdale REC on 30 January. The purpose
of the meeting was to develop objective
criteria for prioritizing weeds as targets for
classical biological control.

Dr. James Cuda was invited to participate in
the Everglades Cooperative Invasive Species
Management Area Steering Committee
Meeting held at the Big Cypress Indian
Reservation, Clewiston, FL, on 31 January.

Dr. James Cuda attended 47th Annual
Meeting of the Weed Science Society of
America held in San Antonio, TX, 4-8
February. Cuda presented the paper
"Exploratory surveys in Paraguay for new
biocontrol agents of Brazilian peppertree,
Schinus terebinthifolius (Ancardiaceae):
preliminary results." The paper was
co-authored by Dr. Julio Medal.

Dr. James Cuda attended the Board of
Directors Meeting of the International Weed
Science Society held in conjunction with the
WSSA meeting on 2 February.

Dr. James Cuda was an invited speaker on
20 February for the 2007 Interdisciplinary
Seminar Series sponsored by the School of
Natural Resources and Environment. Cuda's
presentation was "SNRE minigrant report -
field testing the host range of a Tortricid
moth for biological control of Brazilian
peppertree in Florida: is it possible?" The
presentation was co-authored by graduate
student Onour Moeri.

Dr. James Cuda was an invited speaker for
the 16th Annual Lecture Series: The Delicate
Balance of Nature, sponsored by the Key
Largo Hammock Botanical State Park on 28
February. The title of Cuda's presentation
was "Biological control of Florida's invasive


Dr. W.T. Crow and graduate student J.E.
Luc received a grant for $54,000 from the
Environmental Institute for Golf and the
Florida Golf Course Superintendents
Association (FGCSA) for "Biological control
of sting nematode on golf course turf with
Paseuria usage."

Dr. Crow also received the following grants:
$18,883 from the Florida Turfgrass
Association and FGCSA for "Root-knot
nematodes on turf in Florida", $5,000 from
the Florida Nursery Growers and Landscape
Association for "Biological control of
root-knot nematodes on woody ornamentals",
and $8,750 from the USDA SBIR Program
for "Efficacy of Pasteuria to control existing
infestations of Meloidogyne on potted

Spring 2007 Seminars

This semester's seminar committee members
are graduate students Seth Bybee, Amit
Sethi, Murugesan Rangasamy, Craig
Roubos, Andrew Derksen and Jen Zaspel.
Seminars are held on Thursday afternoons in
room 1031. Refreshments are served at 3:45
pm, and the seminar begins at 4:00 pm. A
listing of the seminars is available online in
the January 2007 issue.

2008 SEB Meeting

The 2-5 March 2008, ESA-Southeast Branch
meeting will take place in Jacksonville,
Florida. Dr. Amanda Hodges
(http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/hodges.htm) is
seeking volunteers to help with all the
associated duties involved with hosting the
meeting. Dr. Faith Oi is the program chair.


Departmental research into termite digestion
could lead to new strategies for ethanol
production and pest control. See the
03/01/07 entry in Pest Alert
(http://pestalert.ifas.ufl.edu/) for details.

Comcast Newsmakers interviewed Dr. John
Warner about bigheaded ants. The interview
will air in about a month on CNN Headline
News. According to its site, "Comcast
focuses on issues important to South Florida
featuring community leaders, opinion
makers, elected officials and people who
make a difference." Dr. Warner said Comcast
saw the Featured Creatures on the bigheaded
ant (http://creatures.ifas.ufl.edu/urban/ants/
bigheaded_ant.htm), which he and Dr. Rudi
Scheffrahn published in February.

A Featured Creatures photograph of an
Indianmeal worm larva, taken by Lyle Buss,
was used to illustrate a National Public Radio
"Science Friday" article on how viruses
change how effectively they transmit
themselves depending on host availability.
See http://www.sciencefriday.com/news/
030107/news0301072.html .

Bug Quote

the honey bee

the honey bee is sad and cross
and wicked as a weasel
and when she perches on you boss
she leaves a little measle

- Don Marquis (1878-1937) was a celebrated
New York newspaper columnist and humorist

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