Beetle Research

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Beetle Tents 
Hemlock trees in the Smoky Mountains are threatened by a tiny, deadly pest. Researchers with UT AgResearch are using a predatory beetle to feast on these harmful insects.

(1 mention)

Saving the Hemlock 
Scientists and staff at Great Smoky Mountains National Park race to save the hemlock tree from extinction in their park.


Recent Publications

Screening predatory beetles for presence of DNA from thousand cankers disease complex members Klingeman, W. E., G. M. Pietsch, S. Boggess, R. Gazis, and D. Hadziabdic Guerry.  2019.  ESA Online, Ann. Mtg. Entomol. Soc. Amer., Presentation Abstract #147978, St. Louis, MO. 17-20 November 2019.

Fungal phoresy on Tennessee beetles, Pityophthorus juglandis, other bark beetles, and an update on a preliminary survey in Chrysobothris Klingeman, W. E., R. Gazis, K. Chahal, M. T. Windham, G. M. Pietsch, and D. Hadziabdic Guerry.  2019.  Southern IPM Org online, USDA-NIFA SCRI Project Planning Conference, Proceedings of the Flatheaded Borer Workshop, 1-2 July 2019, McMinnville, TN; pp. 50-52.

Effect of bark application With Beauveria bassiana and permethrin insecticide on the walnut twig beetle (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) in black walnut bolts.  Mayfield, A. E., J. Juzwik, J. Scholer, J. D. Vandenberg, and A. M. Taylor.  2019.  Journal of Economic Entomology, 112(5):2493-2496.

Mechanisms of resistance against insecticidal dsRNA in Leptinotarsa decemlineata (Colorado potato beetle).  Mishra, S.  2019.  M.S. Thesis.

Status and impact of walnut twig beetle in urban forests, native forests, and orchards Seybold, S. J., W. E. Klingeman, S. M. Hishinuma, T. W. Coleman, and A. D. Graves.  2019.  Journal of Forestry, 117(2): 152-163.

Molecular phylogeny and evolution of world Tachinidae (Diptera) Stireman, J. O., P. Cerretti, J. E. O'Hara, J. D. Blaschke, and J. K. Moulton.  2019.  Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 139: 119. [Abstract]

Behavioral responses of Pityophthorus juglandis (Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Scolytinae) to volatiles of black walnut and Geosmithia morbida, the causal agent of thousand cankers disease Blood, B, W. E. Klingeman, M. Paschen, D. Hadziabdic Guerry, J. Couture, and M. Ginzel.  2018.  Environmental Entomology, 47(2): 412-421. [Abstract]

Vegetable Pests: Spotted Cucumber Beetle. University of Tennessee, Knoxville Extension W487.  Hale, F. A., R. J. Pivar, and G. Phillips.  2018.  Vegetable Pests.

Vegetable pests: Spotted cucumber beetle.  Hale, F. A., R. J. Pivar, G. Phillips, and J. F. Grant.  2018.  W 487, UT Extension.

Incidence, Dispersal, and Risk Assessment of Walnut Twig Beetle, Pityophthorus juglandis, in East Tennessee Forests.  Hensley, P.  2018.  M.S. Thesis.

Bark colonization of kiln-dried wood by the walnut twig beetle: Effect of wood location and pheromone presence Mayfield, A. E., J. Audley, R. Camp, B. Mudder, and A. M. Taylor.  2018.  Journal of Economic Entomology, 111:996-999.

Phytosanitary wood treatments for TCD and nursery stock colonization by the walnut twig beetle.  Audley, J., S. W. Myers, A. M. Taylor, W. E. Klingeman, S. W. Fraedrich, P. Merten, R. Camp, and A. E. Mayfield.  2017.  Thousand Cankers Disease Research and Management Operational Meeting, 14 June 2017, Lafayette, IN.