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The Florida Department of Agriculture and
Consumer Services (FDACS) selected Dr.
Malcolm (Tom) Sanford, long-time
UF/IFAS apiculturist before his retirement,
to receive its Plant Protection Award of
Eminence. This is FDACS' highest award
for individuals who have provided significant
contributions to Florida's plant protection
program and is the first time this award has
been given to an apiary protection
contributor. Dr Sanford will receive an award
certificate and his name will join other
recipients on the Honor Roll of Eminence
Plaque in the FDACS Division of Plant
Industry building lobby in Gainesville. Since
his retirement, Dr. Sanford has remained
active in beekeeping both in the U.S. and
abroad. A pioneer in the use of the World
Wide Web for education, his beekeeping
newsletter was included in the book 51
Reasons: How We Use the Internet and
What it Says About the Information
Superhighway, he still maintains a site
highlighting all of his activities at
Dr. Jim Maruniak received the Advisor of
the Year Award from the University of
Florida Center for Student Involvement and
IDEAL on 5 April. This award is given
annually to one of the advisors of the 650
student organizations at the University of
Florida. Dr. Maruniak advises the Society
for Viral Studies formed by UF
undergraduate and graduate students
interested in learning more about viral
diseases. Monthly seminars with invited
speakers are open to anyone interested. The
members of the Society and Dr. Maruniak
have traveled to Washington D.C., Atlanta,
Puerto Rico, Guatemala and Cuba to meet
professionals involved in virus research and
eradication. Some previous members of the
Society are currently working at CDC and
NIH laboratories. For more information on
the Society for Viral Studies, contact Dr.
Maruniak at 392-1901 ext 148.
The Commonwealth of Dominica's Ministry
of Agriculture, Fisheries and the
Environment invited Dr. Marjorie Hoy to
consult on pests of citrus (especially the
brown citrus aphid) and a new invasive pest,
the red palm mite, Raoiella indica. She will
travel to Dominica 18-29 April to collect
specimens and to provide information and
training. You can see her publication on the
red palm mite at http://creatures.ifas.ufl.edu/
Graduate student Jennifer Johnson
Armistead received the Best Student Paper
Award, and $1,000, at the annual American
Mosquito Control Association meeting, in
Orlando, on 28 March. She spoke on
"Interactions of invasive species in mosquito
container communities in Virginia."
On 29 March, Aissa Doumbouya defended
her Ph. D. dissertation "Microsatellite DNA
analysis of four Culexpipiens
quinquefasciatus (Say) (Diptera: Culicidae)
mosquito populations in Florida and their
vector competence for West Nile virus."
Aissa Doumbouya also received a $1000
travel grant from the Southeastern Alliance
for Graduate Education and the Professoriate
(SEAGEP) to visit Istanbul, Turkey. There,
she met with faculty from the Department of
Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, in the
Institute of Medicine at Marmara University
Hospital. She was offered and accepted a
post-doctoral associate position, where she
will be working on techniques to detect
nosocomial bacterial infection of
Acinetobacter sp., and providing molecular
biology support to their virology laboratory.
While in Turkey, Aissa visited Dr. Hanife
Gene, (Ph.D. 2002), an assistant professor at
Canakkale Onsekiz Mart University
Dr. Marjorie Hoy will offer "Biology and
Control of Mites in Agriculture" (or
Agricultural Acarology) during Summer B.
All students interested in integrated
management of pest mites in agriculture
(including bee mites, ticks, mite pests of
farm animals, etc.) are welcome. The only
prerequisite is a course in general
Hertz JC. (March 2007). Velvet ants.
Featured Creatures. EENY-378.
Webb SE, Akad F, Nyoike T, Liburd OE,
Polston JE. (2007). Whitefly-transmitted
cucurbit leaf crumple virus in Florida. EDIS.
Persad AB, Hoy MA, Nguyen R. 2007.
Establishment of Lipolexis oregmae
(Hymenoptera: Aphidiidae) in a classical
biological control program directed against
the brown citrus aphid (Homoptera:
Aphididae) in Florida. Florida Entomologist
Singh R, Hoy MA. 2007. Tools for
evaluating Lipolexis oregmae (Hymenoptera:
Aphidiidae) in the field: Effects of host aphid
and host plant on mummy location and color
plus improved methods for obtaining adults.
Florida Entomologist 90: 214-222.
Hoy MA, Jeyaprakash A, Clarke-Harris D.
2007. Fortuitous establishment of Ageniaspis
citricola (Hymenoptera: Encyrtidae) in
Jamaica on the citrus leafminer (Lepidoptera:
Gracillariidae). Florida Entomol. 90:
Hoy MA. 2007. Book Review: Bourtzis KA,
Miller TA. (Eds.) 2006. Insect Symbiosis,
Vol. 2, CRC Press. Florida Entomologist 90:
Treadwell LW, Cuda JP. 2007. Effects of
defoliation on growth and reproduction of
Brazilian peppertree (Schinus
terebinthifolius). Weed Science 55: 137-142.
Williams DA, Muchugu E, Overholt WA,
Cuda JP. (2007). Colonization patterns of
the invasive Brazilian peppertree, Schinus
terebinthifolius, in Florida. Heredity.
Meetings and Presentations
Dr. Oscar Liburd gave an invited research
seminar in the Department of Entomology,
Michigan State University on 12 March
2007. His subject was "Integrated Pest
Management in small fruits with emphasis on
Dr. Oscar Liburd gave a research
presentation on "Management of key
blueberry insect pests in southeastern
plantings," on 6 March 2007 at the annual
Florida Blueberry Growers Association's
Spring blueberry meeting in Balm, Florida.
Dr. James P. Cuda was invited to participate
in the annual Florida DEP and UF/IFAS
Research Review for Invasive Plants in
Florida held in Ocala, FL, 22-23 March.
Cuda provided an update of his current
research on Brazilian peppertree through two
presentations: "Classical biological control
of Brazilian peppertree in Florida," and
"Screening of a new candidate biological
control agent of Brazilian peppertree
(Schinus terebinthifolius) in Florida.
Dr. Cuda also was a co-author on a
presentation by Dr. William A. Overholt on
"Foreign exploration for new natural enemies
ofHydrilla verticillata in East Africa, and a
presentation by Dr. Julio C. Medal on
"Screening of potential biological control
agents for wetland nightshade, Solanum
tampicense, in Florida."
Dr. James Cuda coordinated and
participated in the 2007 Aquatic and
Terrestrial Weed Control Workshop via the
Polycom system. The workshop, which was
transmitted to eight south Florida Counties,
was hosted by our department through the
efforts of Steve Lasley and the Pinellas
County Extension Office in Largo, FL, on 27
March. Cuda delivered a presentation on
"Integration of biological controls for
management of weeds in aquatic, wetland
and upland natural areas" and provided the
workshop participants with several biological
Dr. James Cuda attended the 81st Annual
Meeting of the Southeastern Branch of the
Entomological Society of America in
Knoxville, TN, 4-7 March. Cuda participated
in the SDC-319 Biological Control of
Arthropod Pests and Weeds Regional Project
meeting, and presented the paper "Suitability
of Brazilian peppertree, Schinus
terebinthifolius (Anacardiaceae, as a host
plant for the root weevil Diaprepes
abbreviatus (Coleoptera: Curculionidae).
The paper was co-authored by Mary Price, a
former undergraduate student majoring in
UF's Integrative Biology/Interdisciplinary
Veronica Manrique, a Ph.D. student in Dr.
James Cuda's program, participated in the
7th Annual CALS Graduate Research
symposium held in Emerson Hall, 21 March.
Veronica presented a poster on her
dissertation research project "Performance of
two candidate biological control agents
(Episimus utilis and Peint, pqhihihii q,
ichini) on four Brazilian peppertree
genotypes found in Florida." The poster was
co-authored by Cuda, Drs. William A
Overholt and Dean Williams. Veronica later
presented the same poster at the Graduate
Student Council's 2007 Spring Forum, held
at the Reitz Union, 4 April.
Rodrigo Diaz, a Ph.D. Student in Dr.
Willam A Overholt's program, participated
in the 7th Annual CALS Graduate Research
symposium held in Emerson Hall, 21 March.
Rodrigo presented a poster on his
dissertation research project
survival and potential distribution of
Ischnodemus variegatus (Hemiptera:
Blissidae), an herbivore of West Indian
marsh grass (Hymenachne amplexicaulis).
The poster was co-authored by Overholt and
Dr. James Cuda.
Graduate student Leslie Rios presented a
paper at the American Mosquito Control
Association (AMCA) meeting in Orlando, 1-
5 April Her presentation was "Extrinsic risk
factors for West Nile virus in Florida
horses." Co-authors are Drs. M. Long, J.-J.
Shen, J. Maruniak and J. Day.
Graduate student Christian Salcedo received
a Graduate Student Council grant ($250), and
an IFAS travel grant ($200) to present his
Master's research on Heliconius roosting
behavior at the II Meeting on Neotropical
Lepidoptera hosted by the Smithsonian
Tropical Research Institute, in Panama, 29
The Office of the Dean for Research awarded
Dr. James P. Cuda a $2,640 mini-grant from
to support and mentor Tanya Stevens, an
undergraduate student majoring in plant
pathology. Tanya will screen a fungal
pathogen of the genus Septoria as a
candidate for biological control of Brazilian
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.
Dr. Carl Barfield, Undergraduate
Coordinator, reports that our undergraduates
have formed an Entomology Club. Karol
Krey is President and Megan Magee is the
Event Coordinator and Treasurer. A Web
site, at http://entomologyclub.ifas.ufl.edu/,
supports and highlights their activities.
Bernadette Lee, a 20-year-old sophomore
and linguistics major, is studying entomology
as part of an undergraduate honors thesis
project. She is investigating how proteins in
a parasitoid wasp's venom affect the
Caribbean fruit fly, a crop pest the wasp
preys upon. More details and an image are at
A queen bee from Hymettus flew up to
Olympus with some fresh honey as a present
to Jupiter, who was so pleased with the gift
that he promised to give her anything she
liked to ask for. She said she would be very
grateful if he would give stings to the bees, to
kill people who robbed them of their honey.
Jupiter was greatly displeased with this
request, for he loved mankind; but he had
given his word, so he said that stings they
should have. The stings he gave them,
however, were of such a kind that whenever
a bee stings a man the sting is left in the
wound and the bee dies. from Aesop's
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