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Gnats (Black Flies) 
In Tennessee’s warm months, gnats are a nuisance to people and animals. UT researchers are working to reduce the population by eliminating them before they’ve hatched from rivers and streams.


 

Recent Publications

Dynamics of transcriptomic response to infection by nematode Heterorhabditis bacteriophora and its bacterial symbiont Photorhabdus temperata in Heliothis virescens larvae An, R., K. Suri, J. L. Jurat-Fuentes, and P. Grewal.  2017.  Insect Molecular Biology, 26(5): 584-600. [Abstract]

Arylphorin is a mitogen in the Heliothis virescens midgut cell secretome upon Cry1Ac intoxication Castagnola. A., J. Jackson, O. P. Perera, C. Oppert, S. Eda, and J. L. Jurat-Fuentes.  2017.  PeerJ, 5:e3886. [Abstract]

Insects Associated with Stevia rebaudiana Bertoni (Bertoni), and Toxicity of Compounds from S. rebaudiana against Spodoptera frugiperda (J.E. Smith) Larvae.  Lowery, H.  2017.  M.S. Thesis.

Revisionary studies of Nearctic Dixidae: the Dixa rudis and D. fusca species groups.  Moulton, J. K.  2017.  Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America. November 5–8, Denver, CO.. [Abstract]

Activity of Bacillus thuringiensis Cry1Ie2, Cry2Ac7, Vip3Aa11 and Cry7Ab3 proteins against Anticarsia gemmatalis, Chrysodeixis includens and Ceratoma trifurcata Mushtaq, R., R. Behle, R. Liu, L. Niu, P. Song, A. R. Shakoori, and J. L. Jurat-Fuentes.  2017.  Journal of Invertebrate Pathology, 150: 70-72. [Abstract]

Intestinal regeneration as an insect resistance mechanism to entomopathogenic bacteria.  Castagnola, A., and J. L. Jurat-Fuentes.  2016.  Current Opinion in Insect Science, Volume 15, June 2016, Pages 104-110. [Abstract]

Basic and Applied Research: Entomopathogenic Bacteria Glare, T., J. L. Jurat-Fuentes, and M. O'Callaghan.  2016.  Microbial Control of Insect and Mite Pests: from theory to practice, Chapter IV Lerry Lacey, Editor Academic Press. [Abstract]

Homologs to Cry toxin receptor genes in a de novo transcriptome and their altered expression in resistant Spodoptera litura larvae Gong, L., H. Wang, J. Qi, L. Han, M. Hu, and J. Jurat-Fuentes.  2015.  Journal of Invertebrate Pathology, 129: 1-6. [Abstract]

MAPK Signaling Pathway Alters Expression of Midgut ALP and ABCC Genes and Causes Resistance to Bacillus thuringiensis Cry1Ac Toxin in Diamondback Moth Guo, Z., S. Kang, D. Chen, Q. Wu, S. Wang, W. Xie, X. Zhu, S. Baxter, X. Zhou, J. Jurat-Fuentes, and Y. Zhang.  2015.  PLoS Genetics, e1005124. [Abstract]

Field-evolved Mode 1 fall armyworm resistance to Bt corn associated with reduced Cry1Fa toxin binding and midgut alkaline phosphatase expression Jakka, S. R. K., L. Gong, J. Hasler, J. Banerjee, J. J. Sheets, K. Narva, C. A. Blanco, and J. Jurat-Fuentes.  2015.  Applied and Environmental Microbiology. [Abstract]

Nematicidal activity in extracts of chenopods Kouser, T, D. I. Yates, and K. D. Gwinn.  2015.  Phytopathology, 105(Suppl. 4):S4.75. Annual Meeting, American Phytopathological Society. Pasadena, Ca. Aug 1-5, 2015. [Abstract]

Susceptibility of Eastern Hellbender larvae to ranavirus under different environmental conditions.  Lillard, C. E., D. L. Miller, R. T. Jackson, B. S. Wilson, B. Wilkes, R. D. Hill, Y. Geng, and M. J. Gray.  2015.  Third International Symposium on Ranaviruses, Gainesville, FL.