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2014 Entomology Graduate Student Symposium

2014 Entomology Graduate Student Symposium on Friday, January 31

We have finalized the schedule for the 2014 Entomology Graduate Student Symposium. Come and hear about the exciting research being done in the Entomology Department! We will have a full day of student presentations with awards for the best presentations.

Thursday, January 30, we encourage prospective students to arrange meetings with faculty members and respective labs. EGSA will be hosting a social event for all current and prospective students from 7:30-9:30pm that evening at The Alley on Hillsborough Street (2512 Hillsborough St, Raleigh, NC 27607). The cost of bowling and shoes will be paid for by EGSA and drinks and food will be provided.  Guests are welcome at a cost of $8/person.  A sign up sheet is currently circulating.

Our seminar will be held the following Friday, January 31 in the Stephen’s Room (3503 Thomas Hall). Please let us know if you have any questions. We are looking forward to having a great 2014 symposium.


Amber Arrington  and Yvonne Matos

Friday, January 31, 2014 in 3503 Thomas Hall/ Stephen's Room


Coffee and Breakfast provided in lobby


NC Entomological Society Announcement


Session 1


Optimizing the banker plant system for biological control of aphids in greenhouses. Travis McClure and Steve Frank


Understanding the role of dietary nutrition in German cockroach bait performance. Alexander Ko, Coby Schal, and Jules Silverman


Generalist corn pest performance as affected by corn-mycorrhizal symbioses and nitrogen inputs. Paul R. Adams III, Dolly Watson, Michelle Schroeder-Moreno, Wes Watson, and Yasmin Cardoza


Partial JH Biosynthesis pathway in Ticks: Comparative Synganlion Transcriptomics and a New Perspective. Jiwei Zhu, Sayed M. Khalil, Robert D. Mitchell, Brooke W. Bissinger, Daniel E. Sonenshine, and R. Michael Roe


Coffee Break


Session 2


The effects of Western corn rootworm infestation and refuge scenario on Bt toxin expression in transgenic corn. Stephanie Gorski and Yasmin Cardoza


Interaction of bacteria and Aedes albopictus larvae: Differential effects of bacterial species on larval growth and transstadial movement of bacteria. Nicholas Travanty, Loganathan Ponnusamy, and Charles Apperson


The effects of acylsugars of the wild tomato Solanum pennellii on the oviposition behavior of western flower thrips (Frankliniella occidentalis) and tobacco thrips (Frankliniella fusca). Damon A. D'Ambrosio, Martha A. Mutschler, James F. Walgenbach, and George G. Kennedy


Evaluation of ingested insecticides on bed bugs (Cimex lectularius). Angela Sierras and Coby Schal


Flight activity and intra-plant distribution of Megacopta cribraria adults in soybeans. Alejandro Del Pozo, Dominic Reisig, Jack Bacheler, and Clyde Sorenson


Comparative value of various carbohydrate sources for the stink bug egg parasitoid Telenomus podisi (Hymenoptera: Scelionidae). Sriyanka Lahiri, David Orr, Clyde Sorenson, Allen Cohen and Yasmin Cardoza


Lunch provided in lobby


Session 3


Evaluating the potential for secondary kill in bed bugs. Yvonne Matos and Coby Schal


Advances in our understanding of evolutionary relationships of cyclorrhaphan flies using transcriptomic data. Keith M. Bayless, Michelle D. Trautwein, and Brian M. Wiegmann


Applying insecticide through drip irrigation for wireworm control in sweetpotato. Amber E. Arrington1, George G. Kennedy1, and Mark R. Abney2, 1Department of Entomology, NC State University, Raleigh, NC 27695, 2Department of Entomology, University of Georgia, Tifton, GA 31793.


Use of chemical and visual cues by necrophilous insects in detection and orientation to fetal Sus scrofa domesticus. Angela Bucci, Wes Watson, and Coby Schal


Urban heat and pests combine to decrease street tree health. Adam Dale and Steve Frank




Session 4


Pesticides and parasitoids: Does systemic imidacloprid effect the parasitism rates of the tobacco budworm? S.V. Taylor and C.E. Sorenson


Immunocompetency and oxidative stress resistance of honey bee populations across the urbanization gradient. Holden Appler, Steve Frank, and David Tarpy


Drosophila suzukii infestation in ripe and ripening caneberries. Katharine A. Swoboda Bhattarai and Hannah J. Burrack


Effects of starvation and molting on the metabolic rate of the bed bug, Cimex lectularius. Zachary C. DeVries, Stephen A. Kells, and Arthur G. Appel


Field evaluation of soybean genotypes for resistance to the invasive kudzu bug (Megacopta cribraria). Bradley Fritz1, Dominic R. Reisig2, Clyde E. Sorenson1 and Thomas Carter3, 1North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, 2North Carolina State University, Plymouth, NC, 3USDA-ARS, Raleigh, NC


Light snacks and announcement of student presentation award winners


Departmental Dinner/Social at Coby Schal's House, directions will be provided

 Click HERE for a PDF copy of this schedule.