Beetle Research

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Groves of ash trees lost to beetles, 6/2/2014


(3 mentions)

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

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.

Molecular phylogeny and evolution of world Tachinidae (Diptera).  Stireman, J. O., P. Cerretti, J. E. O'Hara, J. D. Blaschke, and J. K. Moulton.  2018.  Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. [Abstract]

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.

Walnut Twig Beetle (Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Scolytinae) Colonization of Eastern Black Walnut Nursery Trees Audley, J., W. E. Klingeman, A. Mayfield, S. Myers, and A. M. Taylor.  2017.  Journal of Insect Science, 17(3)70;1-9.

Trapping methods for walnut twig beetle, Pityophthorus juglandis, during the height of population density in eastern Tennessee.  Bray, A., J. B. Oliver, W. E. Klingeman, and N. N. Youssef.  2017.  Ann. Meeting of the Entomol. Soc. Amer., Denver, CO. 4-9 November 2017.

Susceptibility of the walnut twig beetle to pathogenic fungi.  Castrillo, L., J. Vandenberg, M. Griggs, J. Juzwik, A. M. Taylor, R. Camp, B. Mudder, and A. E. Mayfield.  2017.  Thousand Cankers Disease Research and Management Operational Meeting, 14 June 2017, Lafayette, IN (i.

Thousand Cankers Disease: Virulence of Geosmithia morbida isolates and potential alternative vectors of the fungus.  Chahal, Karandeep  2017.  M.S. Thesis. [Abstract]

Common defoliating beetles in soybean Graham, S.H., and S. D. Stewart.  2017.  UT Extension, W 392.